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  • Time to Learn to Love PR Measurement

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    William Comcowich
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    PR folks aren’t known for their math or analytics acumen. Many of us entered PR in the first place because we prefer words to numbers and dislike number-crunching. I know. I personally haven’t balanced a checking account in decades – and neither has my wife. (Our CPA balances the corporate accounts – and churns out [...]The post Time to Learn to Love PR Measurement appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • 5 ways to maximise your Business Card

    Joanne Dewberry
    Joanne Dewberry
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    A few years ago I had my business cards redesigned to have Charlie Moo’s on the front and on the back. This way I only needed one set of cards (frugal) and no space was wasted, so many people don’t utilise the back of their cards!  Earlier in the year Daddy Moo and I […] The post 5 ways to maximise your Business Card appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Marketers Expect to Spend More on Social Media Analytics & Mobile Marketing

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    William Comcowich
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    Corporations still struggle to measure their social media marketing efforts but expect to invest more resources in marketing analytics. Only 15% of marketing executives say they can prove the impact of social media on their business using quantitative approaches, according to the CMO Survey of 255 top marketing executives this month. Just 36% of the [...]The post Marketers Expect to Spend More on Social Media Analytics & Mobile Marketing appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Hobby or Small Business?

    Ask Conny Small Business Financial Solutions
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    Some of our hobbies are just that – something we do because we enjoy it & we all probably spend more money on the activity, whatever it is, than we’ve budgeted. But when does a hobby become a business? Hobby vs. Business The key factor in answering the business vs. hobby question is whether or […]
  • The Apology during a PR Crisis: No Time to Smile

    CyberAlert Blog
    William Comcowich
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Regrettably, public apologies have become a common element of corporate communications. Some CEOs deliver apologies that stabilize the crisis and restore, or even improve, public respect for the companies, while others succeed only in exacerbating the situation. Remarkably, there’s a key differentiator between corporate apologies that succeed and those that flop: smiling. If the CEO [...]The post The Apology during a PR Crisis: No Time to Smile appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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  • The Apology during a PR Crisis: No Time to Smile

    William Comcowich
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Regrettably, public apologies have become a common element of corporate communications. Some CEOs deliver apologies that stabilize the crisis and restore, or even improve, public respect for the companies, while others succeed only in exacerbating the situation. Remarkably, there’s a key differentiator between corporate apologies that succeed and those that flop: smiling. If the CEO [...]The post The Apology during a PR Crisis: No Time to Smile appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Social Media Influencers Get Picky about Brand Endorsements

    William Comcowich
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
      Almost everyone in PR and marketing now recognizes the power and value of social media influencers. Endorsements from bloggers, video producers or celebrities with enormous numbers of social media followers can supercharge PR and marketing campaigns. Realizing this, many brands are piling into influencer marketing. Influencer campaigns on social media can reach a broad [...]The post Social Media Influencers Get Picky about Brand Endorsements appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • 8 Web Analytics Mistakes Many Marketers Often Make – and How to Avoid Them

    William Comcowich
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    Web analytics produces an abundance of data that help businesses measure website performance, learn how to attract more visitors and increase sales. However, the shine has worn off the fancy charts and graphs since the early days of web analytics. Organizations seem less enthusiastic about the potential of web analytics and more impatient for analytics [...]The post 8 Web Analytics Mistakes Many Marketers Often Make – and How to Avoid Them appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Marketers Expect to Spend More on Social Media Analytics & Mobile Marketing

    William Comcowich
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    Corporations still struggle to measure their social media marketing efforts but expect to invest more resources in marketing analytics. Only 15% of marketing executives say they can prove the impact of social media on their business using quantitative approaches, according to the CMO Survey of 255 top marketing executives this month. Just 36% of the [...]The post Marketers Expect to Spend More on Social Media Analytics & Mobile Marketing appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Time to Learn to Love PR Measurement

    William Comcowich
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    PR folks aren’t known for their math or analytics acumen. Many of us entered PR in the first place because we prefer words to numbers and dislike number-crunching. I know. I personally haven’t balanced a checking account in decades – and neither has my wife. (Our CPA balances the corporate accounts – and churns out [...]The post Time to Learn to Love PR Measurement appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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  • #SproutChat Recap: How to Attract & Retain Quality Email Subscribers

    Sarah Nagel
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:10 am
    Email marketing is an art form. There is a lot to test and consider: timing, personalization, formatting, content and more. Before launching any campaign, it’s important to have a solid strategy in place. This week, Stephan Hovnanian of Shovi Websites joined us for #SproutChat to share his top tips for building a quality list of email subscribers. Hovnanian offered sage advice for setting tactics to ensure you’re fostering a relationship built on trust. Our #SproutChat community weighed in too with some other wise recommendations. Here are three key takeaways from this…
  • How to Get Twitter Followers Who Matter

    Aubre Andrus
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    As the saying goes, it’s quality not quantity that matters. But on the noisiest network there is, how can you expect anyone, let alone a quality audience, to find your great content? Luckily, Twitter is a perfect place to experiment, network, analyze, learn and repeat. And there is more than one way to attract a quality audience. Here are 10 tips and tricks that will help you increase your follower count in a thoughtful way. 1. Include Social Icons Everywhere The easiest way to get followers on Twitter that matter is to remind your existing customer base that you are on Twitter. This…
  • Social Hospitality: How 8 Hotels Engage Guests On & Offline

    Jennifer Beese
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    Customer experience is key. While this can be said of any business, it’s especially true within the travel and hospitality industry. Travelers turn to social media throughout every step of the their journey, from start to finish. For hospitality brands—hotels especially—your work starts even before a trip is booked. This industry relies heavily on word-of-mouth marketing, most of which takes place online nowadays. But by not being involved in those conversations, you’re taking a big risk. A 2013 Nielsen survey found that of those who used social media to research travel plans, only…
  • SEO Tips for Social Media Managers

    Dominique Jackson
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    The connection between social media and SEO has been debated for years. Marketers continue to argue over whether or not social media activity influences search rankings and while there’s evidence to support both sides, the truth is that there’s no concrete answer. What we do know is that social media can be used as a part of your SEO strategy. It’s important for social media managers to understand that SEO and social media marketing don’t have to be handled separately any more. In fact, there’s a very strong chance that you’ve been doing some SEO work…
  • Meet Team Sprout: Rusty, Visual Designer

    Jim Conti
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    Digging Sprout’s new look? This week, we officially wrapped up and announced our visual refresh, replete with an updated logo, new palette of green and entire suite of enhanced webpages. The reason for all this was simple: As a company, we take pride in making sure that everything—from our app to our blog posts—provides a seamless user experience. In this installment of our Meet Team Sprout series, we want to introduce you to someone whose work is integral in keeping us looking fresh. Rusty Cook is a Visual Designer here at Sprout. From leading the Sprout refresh to creating the brand…
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  • Vijay Nallawala's Inspiring Story -"My Bipolar Journey"

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:33 am
    Book Extract-My Bipolar Journey Chapter 2The Signs Had Been ThereIn most cases of Bipolar Disorder, the diagnosis takes place well after the condition has taken firm root, at times even years after –sometimes a decade or more. It was difficult to pin point when it began to insidiously grow within me. Of course, there were the bouts of depression in adolescence and a few years later, sporadically. My behaviour then bordered on the neurotic but there was still no alarm, so to speak. It was in the last few years preceding my hospitalization, however, that…
  • Well Woman Clinic Story

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:34 am
    The Founder & the VisionDuring her eight years of employment at India’s best hospital “AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi)”, Dr Nupur Gupta was exposed to the best in terms of medical care and technology. Thereafter she began her private practice and established ‘Well Woman Clinic’, at Sukhda Hospital, New Delhi and later in Gurgaon in 2010. The vision is to provide holistic wellness healthcare to Indian women.Dr Nupur says, “My long term goal is to popularize preventive gynecology in a more structured way by franchising my 'Well Woman' brand and taking…
  • Ghulam Sughra Solangi and Marie Curie-Uncovering Our Greatness

    25 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    This is a monthly column on becoming a great human being and has two opinions on the subject from eastern and western parts of the world namely Dr Amit Nagpal from India and Michael Thallium from Spain. If you wish to read more articles on this topic, please visit The Joys of Teaching by Dr Amit Nagpal. - See more at: This is a monthly column on becoming a great human being and has two opinions on the subject from eastern and western parts of the world namely Michael Thallium from…
  • BNI Incredibles, Gurgaon--A Story of Networking and Bonding

    22 Jul 2015 | 3:24 am
    An Incredible Story of Success through CollaborationA Senior Finance Executive who quit his job at American Express to start a health food restaurant A CA who started a recruitment consulting firm to put round pegs in round holes A Signage systems expert who brought the 80 year old pioneering business from Chawri Bazaar to Gurgaon A IIT IIM graduate & high flying executive who became a passionate photographer A Senior Executive from radio industry who started an event management company A Dentist who was sent on deputation to NSG A Senior Gynecologist from…
  • Dr Prakash Hindustani-A Story of a Hopeless Optimist and Journalist

    18 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    My Story“Go as far as you can see. When you will reach there you will see further” J.P. MorganI followed the above principle and took strange and bizarre decisions in my life. I left a government job and became a journalist at one third of the salary. Even in journalism, from daily to weekly, from newspaper to TV, from TV to web journalism, from web back to TV, the journey and switchovers continued. The bright side was that I got a chance to work across multiple platforms, from print to TV to web media. (Photo- Receiving ABP News Award from Dr Kumar Vishwas)One thing which…
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  • Taxing at the source is fair in law, so why not in practice?

    Nolan Sharkey, Winthrop Professor of Law at University of Western Australia
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:43 pm
    Treasurer Joe Hockey is going after a group of multinationals who he says are not paying their "fair share" of tax. Lukas Coch/AAPThe general consensus in Australia today is that multinational companies are not paying their fair share of tax. We often hear that while it may be legal, it’s still wrong. And it’s wrong because it’s not fair. International income tax is complicated. This complexity is being used as a smoke screen for people from both sides of the debate to gain mileage. How can people be so convinced that something is unfair when really, it often is not? It all…
  • Dramatic sharemarket gyrations may mask longer term dangers

    Richard Holden, Professor of Economics at UNSW Australia
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Time to panic, or time to chill: which is it? Reuters/Lucas JacksonThe past week saw dramatic movements on global equities markets, triggered by concerns about the Chinese economy. There were steep falls on indices around the world, include an 8.5% drop in a single day, Monday, on China’s benchmark index, the Shanghai Composite. This raised fears of a global recession in some quarters; while prime minister Tony Abbott said (from the Torres Strait) that “stock markets do go up and down. That’s just life in a market economy.” Time to panic, or time to chill: which is it? In many ways…
  • User-pays ASIC model shift costs, but is bad for the public interest

    Rodney Maddock, Vice Chancellor's Fellow at Victoria University and Adjunct Professor of Economics at Monash University
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has released a discussion paper on making ASIC user-pays. AAP/Mick TsikasThe discussion paper released by Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg suggests that businesses be “levied” to pay for a large part of the costs incurred by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission. At present ASIC is largely funded from consolidated revenue. The new proposal is that industry should pay a much larger share. In essence costs would be shifted from government onto business. The arguments made in the discussion paper in support of this increase in business…
  • Banks and government on warning

    Pat McConnell, Honorary Fellow, Macquarie University Applied Finance Centre at Macquarie University
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
    AAP/Dean LewinsRegulators tend to talk in convoluted riddles, deliberately torturing the language such that one is able to read into their official statements almost anything one wants. Who can forget the patron saint of regulators, Alan Greenspan, who described the collapse of the stock market during the dot-com bubble as merely ‘irrational exuberance’? But when regulators drop their carapace of incomprehensibility, it is time to take notice. Last week in a speech to Australian business economists, Wayne Byres, Chairman of APRA, was for a regulator almost blunt. His comments were aimed…
  • Spring selling season and other gimmicks

    Danika Wright, Lecturer in Finance at University of Sydney
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:27 pm
    The "Spring bounce" is an artefact of inadequate statistical modelling. AAP/Paul MillerIn the next couple of weeks you’ll start to see all the signs of the change of season. Like many Sydneysiders, I’m looking forward to the longer hours of sunshine and flowers blossoming. Inevitably, and unfortunately, we’re about to see an increase in property spruikers declaring “The main selling season is here!” (2012) “The market is poised for a bumper spring!” (2013), “There’ll be a strong surge in the traditional spring selling season!” (2014). The chart below shows why:…
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  • Diabetes Warning Signs Even Healthy Women Need to Heed

    Sarah Arrow
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    If you haven’t thought about diabetes before, it is time to stop and think for a minute. Why, you might ask? The World Health Organization’s figures from last year estimate over 350 million people worldwide have diabetes. The emerging epidemic is attributed to the rapid increases in overweight, obese and physically inactive individuals. Diabetes is […] The post Diabetes Warning Signs Even Healthy Women Need to Heed appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • The Rose Tree Body Oil – product review

    Terri B
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:22 am
    Some of you may remember the review I did for The Rose Tree earlier in the year when I first discovered this company and their amazing face products. This time I am reviewing another product in their ever growing range; the cedar wood, patchouli and ylang ylang body oil £26.   The body oil is […] The post The Rose Tree Body Oil – product review appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Green With Envy!

    Amy Havok
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    You know when you’re walking down the street and you see someone with really glossy hair, a gorgeous bag or some amazing shoes and you find yourself thinking “wow, I wish I had her hair/shoes/bag”? I do this a lot, definitely – because I’ve always had very thin and fine hair, I’m constantly getting jealous […] The post Green With Envy! appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • How to create a strategy and a 90 day action plan

    Morena Russell
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:59 am
    By now you have been in enough trainings, webinar, read a few books and you know what you have to do to have a profitable business. Maybe you are finding tricky to implement these strategies since you are already so busy. It could also be that you can’t decide which strategies to implement since you […] The post How to create a strategy and a 90 day action plan appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Experience Over Belongings

    Lottie Moore
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today my daughter arrived back from a festival – it was her second with out me, but, at 15, still with her youth group and leaders. The weather in the UK has not been good while she has been away, and for the last 5 nights she has been camping in all that the English […] The post Experience Over Belongings appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
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  • China Devalues The Yuan - The Logic?

    Douglas Castle
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:59 pm
    China devalued the Yuan today, sending shock waves through the international capital markets and exchanges. Yet, this devaluation should not have come as a surprise to anyone. And, no, it is not because the Chinese economy is slowing down, burning out or anticipating a bubble in any of its domestic investment markets -- China's economy is quite healthy, but will likely experience a slowdown during these next two years due to a decline in the traditionally high marginal propensity to save, increased dependence on leverage, illiquidity in its sovereign investments (Greek bonds, anyone?), and…
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Good Or Bad Idea?

    Douglas Castle
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:20 pm
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Good Or Bad Idea?Also: Who Wins And Who Loses?? Everyone from President Obama to trade analysts and economic pundits can speculate on what the Trans-Pacific Partnership will mean for the US economy, but the simple fact remains: no one can predict the future with any level of certainty. Many Americans fear that the pact will further decimate an already-struggling U.S. Economy by exporting more jobs. But are there counterbalancing benefits that could make this hotly-contested pact a good idea? The Internationalist Page suspects that the implementation of this…
  • Global Meltdown: China And IMF? - Douglas E. Castle

    Douglas Castle
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    At present, the Chinese Yuan is not one of the key international currencies. It is not incorporated in the IMF's basket of key international currencies, but there is much discussion in the international economic community regarding this possibility. If the Yuan were to become a key international currency, banks and other financial intermediaries and institutions would likely increase their reserves and portfolio holding percentages of the Yuan, driving its exchange value upward. Some additional effects associated with this legitimization and full acceptance of the Yuan would be a reduction in…
  • FATCA: International Assets And Accounts

    Douglas Castle
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    FATCA: YOUR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND ASSETSWhat You Absolutely Need To KnowBy: Douglas E. CastlePublished In: The Internationalist Page BlogRelated Article Published In: The Global Futurist Blog The provisions commonly known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) became law in March 2010. If you are a U.S.-domiciled individual or entity with assets or accounts outside of the U.S., or if you are a non-U.S. individual or entity with assets or accounts in the U.S., you must be in compliance with FATCA or risk the imposition of civil and potentially criminal penalties. The Internal…
  • International Business And The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act [FCPA] - Douglas E. Castle

    Douglas Castle
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:42 pm
      If you are a U.S. - based company and you conduct business overseas, or if you are planning to conduct business internationally in the interest or expanding your company's market reach, you should be certain that you are familiar with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). The essence of this law is summarized below:This article [which appears courtesy of the Chief Executive Newsletter] addresses the direction that enforcement of FCPA is taking as of the date of this writing. In sum, we're seeing fewer cases being prosecuted, but staggeringly increasing penalties for 1) failure to…
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  • How effective are you with the various aspects of communication in the workplace?

    Mark Coburn
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    The first thing that you need is to be a good learner. Not only this, you also need to be fast learner. Of course you need to learn the specific thing you are interested in and then take a plunge. In other words this can be explained like this if you are a fast learner then you could become an efficient problem solver. One of the most important things that you need to become as a successful business person is be a top class problem solver. Prepare your communication system. This will be your backbone, for without the proper Business communication skills devices, your company will suffer. Pay…
  • 6 Steps To Improve Communication With Your Clients

    Mark Coburn
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:42 am
    1. Though it seems the opposite of what you should do, the more time you take composing your email, the more helpful it will be to the recipient. It will save time in the long run. If you’re sloppy they’ll have questions and will have to write you back and that means another email in your box. 2. It is important to spend time developing yourself and increasing your skills. Many technical people forget to develop soft skills, and vice versa. Aim to attend at least two courses or workshops a year. Also regularly read relevant books to develop these skills. You have to stay one step…
  • Improving Listening Skills – The First Step In Better Workplace Communication

    Mark Coburn
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Every one of us truly believes, that we listen to other people. I’m here to argue this point. In most cases we don’t listen – we hear. Our ears hear what someone is saying but are we really listening from a business communication perspective? We may miss tone, inflection, the specific words they use, their values, beliefs, the nuances and what’s under the words. We might also attach judgments to what they are saying or how they are saying it, and don’t listen. Perhaps at times we are even thinking about the upcoming meeting, the report we have to finish, the…
  • Body Language – A Secret to Success

    Mark Coburn
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:31 pm
    Actions Speak Louder Than Words: We must have heard of this ever since our school days. We use our vocal chords to talk, but our facial expressions communicate our inner feelings. Understanding the body language is an intricate and yet practical skill. By consciously observing what others are trying to say, we can begin to deal with issues at work, home or anyplace, before they become problems. At work it is the boss who is all powerful. When you observe his body language, you notice how he strives to appear large, powerful and always in control. His status manifests itself ingeniously. On…
  • Tips To Better Business Writing

    Mark Coburn
    15 Aug 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Keep your phrases short and simple and try not to bore your readers: The language of writing business reports has changed. You need to focus on being clear and getting your message across to your reader. Stay away from old fashioned phrases like ‘With reference to our conversation’, ‘Kindly be advised’, ‘Please be informed’ and ‘I would like to bring to your attention’. Write in a way that your email or report reflects your personality. How often have you found yourself saying (or at least thinking), “Don’t they get it?,”…
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  • Rain Bird Corporation Receives NBRI Circle of Excellence Award for Employee Engagement

    Dr. Jan West, Ph.D.
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The National Business Research Institute (NBRI) is pleased to confer the distinction of Employee Excellence upon Rain Bird Corporation, and welcomes this organization to the NBRI Circle of Excellence. “Employee… The post Rain Bird Corporation Receives NBRI Circle of Excellence Award for Employee Engagement appeared first on NBRI.
  • Real Science, Real Results. Trust the NBRI Process For Your Company’s Survey Research.

    Ken West
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Surveys are a dime a dozen. Everywhere you look, “free” or “low-cost” surveys abound. But ask yourself this: Do I want cheap, fast results? Or do I want results I… The post Real Science, Real Results. Trust the NBRI Process For Your Company’s Survey Research. appeared first on NBRI.
  • Survey Design Starts with a Sound Question Database. Garbage In = Garbage Out.

    Ken West
    6 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    If reliable, accurate survey data is what you need, look no further than NBRI. We’ve made a name for ourselves, with companies of all sizes, for providing data you can… The post Survey Design Starts with a Sound Question Database. Garbage In = Garbage Out. appeared first on NBRI.
  • Online, Telephone, or Paper? Which Deployment Method is Right for You? A Combination?

    Ken West
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    You’ve heard the saying, “Surveys are only as good as the information is accurate.” You can’t afford to miss the mark by targeting the wrong audience. That’s why thousands of… The post Online, Telephone, or Paper? Which Deployment Method is Right for You? A Combination? appeared first on NBRI.
  • Solve the Puzzle with Meaningful Survey Reports.

    Ken West
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    The results are in. What’s the next step? At some survey providers, you’re on your own when it comes to deciphering what the data means for you and your business.… The post Solve the Puzzle with Meaningful Survey Reports. appeared first on NBRI.
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  • Can Questions Guide you to Better Business Communication?

    Cathy Miller
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    What do you do when you need directions for a road trip? Visit an online mapping service? Power up the GPS (global positioning system)? Obtain a TripTik Travel Planner from AAA? Or maybe you simply ask for directions. Asking questions is an effective strategy for mapping out better business communication. How? I’m glad you asked. The seventeenth post of our alphabetic journey through business communication steers you through techniques for asking effective questions. The destination is improved business communication. Are you ready for this road trip? Is the Road Open or Closed?
  • A Plethora of Persuasive Business Communication Tips

    Cathy Miller
    10 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Imagine if every ad, post or article you wrote induced others to believe you were right. It’s a marketer’s dream. The art of persuasion is a coveted skill ever since the serpent first convinced Eve to take a bite of that apple. The sixteenth post of our alphabetic journey through business communication shares seven persuasive language techniques and tips. Take a bite out of boring with better business communication. Persuasive Language in Action If you want a good example of persuasive language, picture a child pleading for a delay to bedtime. If we could hold on to that passion,…
  • Do You Treat Customers Like Outsiders?

    Cathy Miller
    3 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever walked into a room and felt like an outsider? You scan the room. Everywhere you look – small groups of people. Engaged in conversation. Laughing. Seemingly, joined by an invisible thread of connection. It’s the kind of situation that halts even the most confident individual. Or causes downright panic. The fifteenth post of our alphabetic journey through business communication identifies three blunders that can leave your communication recipients feeling like outsiders. Business Communication Goals What do you want from your business communication? Leads to new customers?
  • Negating Negative Business Communication

    Cathy Miller
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Language can be a tricky tool. Wax poetic and it becomes the language of love. Open the door to negative language, and it devours your intent. Convert the Negative Naysayer into a Champion Crusader for better business communication. The fourteenth post of our alphabetic journey through business communication exposes negative language and pampers it with positive alternatives. Negative Business Communication You care about the message you deliver with your business communication. The slightest language twist can make a huge difference in a reader’s response. I will admit that I often…
  • 7 Mistakes That Misrepresent Your Message

    Cathy Miller
    6 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The whoppers are easy to spot. The claims to make you a millionaire with a simple click on a link. Yet many individuals still fall for it. Thankfully, most of us are not in the business of scamming people. However, there are mistakes in business communication that can misrepresent your message. The thirteenth post of our alphabetic journey through business communication shares 7 mistakes in your business communication that may send an unintended message. The following excludes the darker side of misrepresentation – fraud and other intentional, illegal acts. We’ll leave that topic…
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  • How To ‘Monetise’ Your Data Assets

    Derek Munro
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    Research conducted by Experian in 2015 showed that the strategic importance of data in business is recognised by most organisations, principally in the realm of improved decision-making. Organisations are now looking to ‘monetise’ their data assets in more explicit and measurable ways in order to prioritise where investment will drive greatest returns, reduce risk and minimise loss. The monetisation of data is not a new concept, for some time now retailers have been using information about online searches to provide targeted, real time customer advertising. However technology is…
  • Bitcoin Is Becoming A Commodity For Daily Use

    Sai Karthik
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Bitcoin came into existence as a decentralised form of monetary exchange that was based on cryptography for its management. It was created in 2009 by an individual who goes by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto. Like every new innovation, the emergence of bitcoin as a form of currency encountered initial lack of acceptance and some discouragement. It had its ups and downs before it was able to break barriers and gain worldwide recognition as a form of investment and an indispensable commodity. But unlike all other forms of currency, Bitcoin does not have any regulatory authority to provide…
  • Changing Your Culture To Mitigate Cyber Risk

    Charlie Horrell
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    ICSA and FT’s Boardroom Bellwether report – a twice-yearly survey canvassing the views of FTSE 350 company secretaries – has just come out and the results are interesting. Three-quarters of UK boards believe that the risk of a cyberattack is increasing, and two-thirds are actively trying to mitigate that risk. 67% percent have openly discussed the government’s 10 Steps cybersecurity guidance, up from 63% last year. This survey shows that managing and mitigating cyber risk are important parts of a board’s responsibility, and boards are taking it seriously. But to set an example…
  • Adapting Your HR And Recruitment Strategy For Wearable Technology

    Mike Scotney
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    You may love them, you may loath them but frankly you can’t afford to ignore wearable technology and devices. It’s not an exaggeration to say they really are taking the world by storm, from Google Glass to Jawbone you don’t have to look far to find wearable technology, it’s even being used by people who do not consider themselves to be technologically advanced. This is all very well, but what does this have to do with recruitment and HR? It started this time last year when as a team we started playing with wearable devices more for fun than as a potential recruitment tool, going back…
  • A Guide To Finding The Perfect Office Space

    Dominic Wilford
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:01 am
    Looking for a new office space can at first seem like a daunting task. An office move is a huge undertaking, physically as well as financially and you have to get it right. With so many options to take into consideration and your organisation’s workforce to keep happy, it may seem impossible to achieve. Careful planning and research, however, will help ensure your success. A few simple steps will steer you in the right direction to find the perfect location and stimulating environment ideal for your business and your staff. Location It may sound like a cliché but location is key. You need…
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  • Leaked video claims to show Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z5 smartphones

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:35 am
    Sony may be making headlines with its More information: Powered by VBProfiles Via:: Venture Beat
  • Ola Leaking Personal Data of Users, Claims A Chennai Customer

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:38 am
    Ola was sharing with him, personal details of their customers throughout the day and throughout the night. And all attempts to reach out to them and help them fix this issue went in vain. Ola was earlier hacked and hackers claimed to have gotten user details as well. The post Ola Leaking Personal Data of Users, Claims A Chennai Customer appeared first on NextBigWhat. Via:: nextbigwhat
  • Food delivery service is now China’s third-most funded startup

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    China’s popular food delivery service (which translates to “Hungry?”) raised a whopping $630 million in Series F funding at a $3 billion valuation right before the weekend. The round propels it into the number three spot of China’s top-funded startups, with about $1.1 billion in capital raised to date. Group buying website Meituan slips to fourth place, also with about $1.1 billion — though it could be argued the two are now joint-third. Meanwhile, taxi-hailing app Didi Kuaidi and smartphone maker Xiaomi are still ahead in spots one and two respectively. From…
  • Food delivery service is now China’s third-most funded startup

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:10 am
    China’s popular food delivery service (which translates to “Hungry?”) raised a whopping $630 million in Series F funding at a $3 billion valuation right before the weekend. The round propels it into the number three spot of China’s top-funded startups, with about $1.1 billion in capital raised to date. Group buying website Meituan slips to fourth place, also with about $1.1 billion — though it could be argued the two are now joint-third. Meanwhile, taxi-hailing app Didi Kuaidi and smartphone maker Xiaomi are still ahead in spots one and two respectively. From…
  • Helpchat Opens Its API For Businesses

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:08 am
    Helpchat will include transactional functionality from companies including Ola, OLX, Freshmenu, CommonFloor, RoadRunnr etc and post integration, users would be able to call a cab, order laundry, or food directly within the Helpchat app and the fulfillment of the order would be done by the partners. The post Helpchat Opens Its API For Businesses appeared first on NextBigWhat. Via:: nextbigwhat
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  • How to Find Your Best Small Business Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    With more and more businesses utilizing technology to increase profits and improve overall efficiency, business managers and owners are finding themselves in need of talented and experienced programmers and developers That said, not all developers are created equal and with certain budget guidelines, finding the right person for the job becomes even more complicated. To help you screen candidates, here are some important questions to ask and the answers you should be looking for. The Questions You Should Be Asking There are a number of ways you can do your hiring process but whether you do…
  • Four Recruitment Trends Shaping the IT Landscape in 2015

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    With the unemployment rate slowly going down, salaries going up and companies improving their retention and engagement strategies, 2015 continues to be a great year for everyone in the IT industry. That said, every year brings a unique set of challenges particularly for recruiters looking for good IT talent If you are adding new members to your development team, here are five of the biggest trends and strategies that has shaped hiring practices in 2015. More companies are aggressively recruiting international graduates. Large companies with vast resources and big budgets used to dominate…
  • Winning the Talent War for Software Developers V: Blood is thicker than water

    Tony Morrison
    5 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    So it is interesting to note that there is a dispute as to the real meaning of the phrase “blood is thicker than water.” Whether it is stating that family relationships are stronger than all others, or that shared experiences–or rituals–involving blood trump family ties, I don’t know. (Argue about it on wikipedia, not here.)  But I’m going to use it in the most general sense possible here and say that you want your team to be as close as possible.  Yes, I’m talking about retention. Every talented developer that joins your company is not a win in the talent war, it is…
  • Winning the Talent War for Software Developers IV: Speed and Agility in Recruitment

    Tony Morrison
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    We’ve been discussing the talent war for software developers, and are reviewing successful tactics in recruiting and retaining talent. Last time we talked about the value of marketing. This week we are going to cover several other tactics: speed and agility. Products that are in demand don’t stay on the shelf. This is not a revolutionary concept. Why then, do so many companies expect a talented Java developer, or PHP expert for that matter, to wade through a 3-4 week hiring process? Can our corporate self-image be more egotistical? The most talented candidates will have another job offer…
  • Winning the Talent War for Software Developers III: Marketing to Software Developers

    Tony Morrison
    19 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    In previous posts we discussed the current demand for software developers and identified a few groups who are struggling to find and keep the talent they need.  Now it is time to look at a few tactics that work. In this post I’ll be discussing the first tactic: Marketing. I know what you are thinking.  Marketing?  That is not revolutionary, pal.  Well, lets think about that for a minute.  What are the basics to marketing?  Identifying a target market.  Understanding your customer.  The Four P’s: Price, Product, Promotion, Place.  None of these are new ideas, but has your…
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    Joanne Dewberry

  • 5 ways to maximise your Business Card

    Joanne Dewberry
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:04 pm
    A few years ago I had my business cards redesigned to have Charlie Moo’s on the front and on the back. This way I only needed one set of cards (frugal) and no space was wasted, so many people don’t utilise the back of their cards!  Earlier in the year Daddy Moo and I […] The post 5 ways to maximise your Business Card appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Modern Machines: Managing Your Mobile Workforce

    Joanne Dewberry
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:38 am
    The workplace is more mobile than ever before. Your employees may work remotely as well as in the office, and they may use devices like smartphones, tablets and laptops when they are out and about. All of this provides your employees with greater flexibility, but what about the security aspects? Security is becoming harder to […] The post Modern Machines: Managing Your Mobile Workforce appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Top Tips to developing SEO for Bloggers

    Joanne Dewberry
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:13 am
    If you have any sort of online presence whether that be a website or blog you need to understand SEO. So what is SEO?  Search engine optimisation (SEO) looks at increasing the visibility of a website/blog in a search engines unpaid results ie. natural or organic. Basically making your content hit the first page in searches […] The post Top Tips to developing SEO for Bloggers appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • How to get a job with no experience?

    Joanne Dewberry
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:53 am
    This day and age it appears that experience can be as important or (in some cases) more important than qualifications, which can bring new job hunters out in a sweat. So what can you do when experience isn’t on your side and your job search has taken a turn for the worst? Take some advice […] The post How to get a job with no experience? appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • How fast can you type?

    Joanne Dewberry
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:02 am
    I’ve written over 1,000 blog posts, web content, product descriptions, oh yes and a book too! So I think I’m quite handy when it comes to typing and writing. I remember learning to touch type at school and have kinda developed my own style of typing. I’ve talked (a lot!) about developing a healthy working […] The post How fast can you type? appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
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    SunGard Availability Services UK / Blog

  • How Cloud Orchestration Keeps The Cloud In Perfect Harmony

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    With the increasing adoption of cloud computing for critical workloads, IT environments have become incredibly complex. After all, it’s not as if everything can go into the cloud (some applications or data cannot or should not migrate to the cloud). And even the applications, data, and processes that can go into the cloud often do not go into the same cloud. Most IT environments are hybrids: they are in the cloud and on the ground. They are composed of public and private clouds. They often use multiple public and multiple private clouds. The result? Chaos. A business’ IT environment can…
  • Responding to a Heightened Global Threat part 2

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Sungard Availability Services recently collaborated with TerraVenta – which specialises in providing training and support services for government agencies and companies – to share some of their knowledge at a well-received customer event.  Which we are now bringing with our readers. Following on from Monday’s blog post – in which we revealed insights in recognition of the UK’s increased risk following the recent terror attacks in Tunisia, Paris and Copenhagen – we’re pleased to reveal hints and tips that could make a difference should you ever be caught up in…
  • Londoners prepare for second tube strike in four weeks, Daren Howell comments

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    Following weeks of failed talks over pay and conditions for London Underground’s night tube service, underground train drivers and staff will walk out today for a second time in a month. As a result, some four million Londoners will face major transport disruption from 18:30 tonight potentially until Friday morning. This latest strike is set to cause considerable disruption for businesses across the capital. Commenting on the disruption to business Sungard Availability Services’ Daren Howell, said: “With the speed of business ever increasing, the amount of inconvenience caused by…
  • Fancy a date with Sungard AS? Upcoming events for your diary…

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    4 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Sungard Availability Services will be attending, sponsoring and speaking at a  number of industry events throughout the year.  On the horizon after the summer break we have: Champagne Reception… 15 September, Sungard AS, London Sungard AS invites you to a champagne reception and evening entertainment at our flag​ship site, The City of London Recovery Centre based in Mansell Street, London. Cyber Security | Coventry 29 September Sungard AS, Coventry 81% of large companies reported a security breach in 2015, costing an average of £600,000 to £1.5 million. Are you prepared? Sungard…
  • Responding to a Heightened Global Threat part 1

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    In recognition of the UK’s increased risk following the recent terror attacks in Tunisia, Paris and Copenhagen, Sungard Availability Services recently collaborated with TerraVenta – which specialises in providing training and support services for government agencies and companies – to share some of their knowledge at a well-received customer event. With thousands of returning jihadists and the danger of lone wolf attacks by radicalised British nationals, the threat level from international terrorism to the UK is currently SEVERE, meaning an attack is highly likely. Islamist…
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    Ask Conny Small Business Financial Solutions

  • The Great Student Loan Lie

    14 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    While we’re talking about the many problems caused by student loan debt and how to address it, I think we need to start at the beginning and address a basic falsehood. Student Loans are not financial aid. They are debt, plain and simple. Let’s Play “Let’s Pretend” Colleges, banks and the government may all collude […]
  • Hobby or Small Business?

    26 Jul 2015 | 8:20 am
    Some of our hobbies are just that – something we do because we enjoy it & we all probably spend more money on the activity, whatever it is, than we’ve budgeted. But when does a hobby become a business? Hobby vs. Business The key factor in answering the business vs. hobby question is whether or […]
  • Don’t Confuse Cash Flow with Profits

    24 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    Cash Flow and Profit are two concepts that are often misunderstood, particularly by business owners who are unfamiliar with the accounting techniques used for recording Sales and “Accounts Receivable” when running a business. It is possible to make a Profit and still be caught in a cash flow bind. And the cash flow problem could […]
  • The IRS Goes Mobile

    10 Jun 2015 | 8:04 am
    You know it’s a mobile world when even the IRS has an APP. Feeling like you want to be closer to the IRS? If you still feel the same way after you lie down for a while, IRS2GO is for you. Seriously, though, IRS2Go is a free app for Android & iPhone that is available […]
  • It’s Tax Day. Owe Money? Make Your Payment Directly on the IRS Website.

    15 Apr 2015 | 7:50 am
    None of us like to find out we’ve come up short on our withholding or estimated taxes. That news delivered by your accountant or tax software can really ruin your day. But if you have to send money to the IRS, you can pay up easily on the IRS website using Direct Pay. And if […]
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    Naomi Simson's Blog

  • I got control by giving up control – peer to peer leadership

    Naomi Simson
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Jemma and myself on the leadership journey – EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 People often ask “Did you ever imagine RedBalloon would become what it is today?”  In all truthfulness, not really…. but I do remember that it is a long time since RedBalloon was a startup. Back in 2001 there was no such thing as social media; digital photography was rare; no smart phones; the tech industry looked vastly different than it does now… there was no TechCrunch (we had computer daily which would fax it’s daily roundup – but I digress)… Back in 2007 was the moment that I…
  • Entrepreneurs Need Mentors, Role Models—and to Always Be Listening for Gold

    Naomi Simson
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:17 pm
      “We all need role models — someone to lead the way, and drag others along with them.” Back in 2011, I attended an Ernst & Young Young Women’s Entrepreneur Workshop and the words of Avril Henry still resonate with me. She explained that one of the traits of entrepreneurs is that “we are there for the long term.” We do not give up easily – we are fiercely opportunistic, and are forever looking at the next success story. Success is in our blood. We are undoubtedly attracted to others who share this trait… I am not sure I fit the conventional mould…
  • Where do you get your wisdom?

    Naomi Simson
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:43 pm
    I get mine from the local shop… It’s fast and a few minutes walk from home… this is a far cry from what Nick Sherry predicted in 2011 that book stores would no longer exist in Australia by 2016. From where I sit as an author and reader, they appear to be thriving… in fact we are now well into 2015 and about to be celebrating another National Bookshop Day for very good reason. Maybe it is a case that all things ‘old’ are new again. I for one love flipping pages and finding wisdom. In fact there are more than 900 dedicated bookshops in Australia that bring in…
  • Taking the first steps are critical to connecting your people….

    Naomi Simson
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
      A bit of give – and you will also get.. I’m a big advocate of ‘win win’. However you might wonder how on earth walking during the month of September, or ‘Steptember’ as we call it, delivers so much more than you getting healthy and raising money for a great cause… what about this: it could in fact build the connectedness of teams at work. I have been sharing with business leaders in recent speaking engagements how I (and others) see workplaces shifting and evolving. For some it will feel more like a revolution than an evolution: Teams will be brought together – who…
  • We seek an #equalfuture and a #balancedvoice

    Naomi Simson
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:35 pm
     When ANZ invited me to hear The Hon. Julia Gillard, tennis great Martina Navratilova and former Chief of Army, General David Morrison speak I was all ears. Putting such a panel together means that they had something ‘big’ to share in the  ANZ Women’s Report. Primarily ANZ is asking the question; “Are our systems, and processes designed to disadvantage half of our population?” Could they start a movement to redesign systems to help women succeed? I have written about this before arguing that we need a balanced voice in all aspects of our community. During the launch, we heard from…
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    Negotiation Insights » The Importance and Impact of Setting Priorities in Negotiations: The CBA, Deflategate and Tom Brady | Negotiation Insights

  • The Importance and Impact of Setting Priorities in Negotiations: The CBA, Deflategate and Tom Brady

    Mladen Kresic
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Fans of American football are watching with great interest the recent developments around “Deflategate.”1 Of course, the drama always increases when a superstar such as Tom Brady is involved. One of the controversial aspects in this evolving saga is the power of the National Football League (NFL) commissioner, Roger Goodell. Goodell handed the four-game suspension penalty to Mr. Brady, in part for his lack of cooperation in the investigation, but is also the “hearing officer” who reviewed and made the judgement on Mr. Brady’s appeal of that penalty. How could…
  • Communication Credibility: Without It, There’s No Persuasion or Negotiation Leverage

    Mladen Kresic
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    Show us a successful negotiator and we’ll show you someone who is highly conscious about how they communicate with others. It’s not about who can talk the fastest or prove that they know more than everybody else in the room—it’s about building credibility. This is crucial because credibility ultimately translates into leverage for getting the right deal done. There are lots of ways to damage your credibility by communicating irresponsibly: Addressing other people in terms of stereotypes rather than unique individuals. An example is treating an IT leader in the room like a geek who…
  • Negotiation Mistakes: Own Them, Move on and Prosper

    Mladen Kresic
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Have you found yourself exasperated by a colleague or partner who won’t own his or her mistakes? The minute an error is discovered, they offer excuses and deflections instead of responsibility and solutions. This is not only a time-waster because you have to take extra steps getting to the heart of the problem, but your whole team loses credibility and the value of your business relationship is undermined. At K&R, we use the term Negotiation Capital™ to illustrate the goodwill that is created through credibility, good relationships and successful delivery. Negotiation Capital is like…
  • To Win the Deal, Add Personal Value to Your Negotiation Strategy

    Mladen Kresic
    4 May 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Effective, persuasive communication is fundamental to building winning deals. When you are understood and believed, you greatly increase your chances of gaining leverage and having your value argument accepted by the other side. However, we make a mistake if our communication doesn’t recognize two kinds of value: Company value to the other side Personal value to the representative of the other side You generate company value by making the deal beneficial to the customer’s organization. This helps their company’s bottom line or revenues, improves their return on assets, expands market…
  • K&R’s Mladen Kresic Contributes to Thomson Reuters’ Legal Solutions Blog

    Mladen Kresic
    12 Feb 2015 | 8:20 am
    Thomson Reuters’ Legal Solutions Blog recently featured a guest post from K&R Negotiations CEO Mladen Kresic, who penned a piece about the importance of lawyers not getting too lost in legal terms and keeping an eye on their client’s business value: “When brought on as the legal member of a business negotiation team, it’s natural that we view the process through a legal filter. But sometimes attorneys get lost in the purely legal dimensions of the negotiation process and lose sight of the fact that we are ultimately there to provide business value for our clients.” The post…
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • A Special Incentive for Rapid Teamwork Pre-Orders

    Sean Glaze
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:50 am
    I am excited to announce that my next book, Rapid Teamwork, will officially launch on September 21st, 2015. For the many fans and followers and friends that I have had the pleasure of connecting with over the last few years, I wanted to offer you the opportunity to pre-order the book and receive a couple of great gifts for doing so. Rapid Teamwork tells the story of Greg Sharpe, a manager that readers can easily relate to. Greg’s team has been underachieving and struggling with a few issues.  What he and his executive team experience during an unusual rafting retreat is a lesson on how to…
  • Keys to Retaining Your Team’s Top Talent

    Sean Glaze
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:54 am
    Today’s guest post is by Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results (you can get your copy by clicking here).  (You can learn more about Mike and the book at the end of the post.) Here’s Mike: Erin joined your team about a year ago. She came in with many other candidates for a job opening and she impressed you in the interview. She was far and away the best candidate. You knew you would be lucky to get her to join your team. Since her first day of work, she has lived up to the high expectations she set in her interviews.
  • How to Motivate Your Team with Numbers

    Sean Glaze
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    I was reminded of an important technique you can use to motivate your team while talking with my son about the basketball camp he attended this week. One of the things that makes him a good player is intrinsic motivation – he practices on his own because he just enjoys getting better.  He doesn’t do it because dad offers him milkshakes or other extrinsic rewards. Now, there is NOTHING WRONG with sharing rewards and celebrating individual or team performances… what gets rewarded often gets repeated… but if the external reward is the only motivation, study after study has shown that…
  • Assigned Seats Are Even More Effective Outside of Schools

    Sean Glaze
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:23 am
    Teachers have used assigned seats for decades to arrange and organize students in their classrooms, because it was convenient.  In my classroom, I used to assign seats and would switch up those assignments at different points during the year to allow students to interact and build relationships with people that they otherwise likely wouldn’t have talked with. But leaders in any field should find a way to assign seats to their people at meetings and events – and not just for organizational efficiency. Assigned seats can be a powerful positive catalyst for building relationships and…
  • How to Build Accountability With a Team Character Draft

    Sean Glaze
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:32 am
    With the NFL draft approaching, millions of people are getting excited about the addition of talent to their team rosters.  Most people can see and appreciate talent – but great leaders know that talent alone is never sufficient.  Talent without character and trust – traits of great teammates – will always underachieve. So how do you build an appreciation of character and emphasize the importance of great teammates, while also creating a culture of accountability among your athletes? Well, even for a veteran coach that sounds like a tall order… but it really is possible. Early in…
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    The Hiring Tips

  • The “You’re Not Qualified” Approach

    Stan Dubin
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Now this is probably more of a “trick” than an approach, but I read about this being used in a job interview and I can see how it could be effective.        
  • Projects Instead of Résumés?

    Stan Dubin
    8 Aug 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Maybe not "instead of resumes," but definitely worthy of discovery in the hiring interview.        
  • Would She Give Away 300 Loaves of Bread?

    Stan Dubin
    1 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Your applicant’s answer and her further explanation is a nice insight into how she thinks and might act down the road.        
  • Customer Loyalty or Company Loyalty?

    Stan Dubin
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Let's give a very specific example and find out what's most important to our applicant.        
  • The Demanding Manager

    Stan Dubin
    25 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Most, if not all of us, have had the experience of working with a manager that was very demanding. Let’s find out how our applicant handled this.        
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    EMA Blog

  • Why Do Home Lenders Prefer Millennials?

    26 Aug 2015 | 4:54 am
    It is no secret that millennials are less active in the housing market than the generations before them, but it looks like the tide might be changing in that regard as of late. Young people have largely stayed out of the process of owning a home for many potential reasons: the recent recession, underemployment or unemployment, overwhelm from student loan payments, or the perception that they would not qualify for loans. According to new research from the National Association of Realtors, however, it looks like first-time homebuyers have upped their share of the purchase market in recent…
  • Is the Decline of Bank Originated Mortgages Good or Bad News?

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    It is no surprise to anyone in the lending industry that the number of bank originated mortgages has decreased. Part of this is due to the economic crash of 2008 that had such a big impact on the housing market, but the fallout from the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act also had important ramifications for lenders. With many bank lenders pulling themselves out of the market or significantly reducing the number of loans they had available, non-bank lenders have arrived on the scene in relatively large numbers. In fact, recent research from Harvard University indicates that these non-bank lenders are…
  • What You Need to Know about the FHA’s New Loan Defect Taxonomy

    20 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    The Federal Housing Administration has handed down new taxonomy for loan defects. The goal is to give lenders more information and improved clarity about the quality assurance provided for FHA loans, but lenders should be aware that it is not a shield free from potential piercing. In fact, this taxonomy does not offer unlimited protection against enforcement actions taken by regulators, including those at the Department of Justice. Taxonomy Goals The purpose of the new taxonomy is that it aids lenders in the discovery of underwriting mistakes, ultimately cutting down on the number of errors…
  • Why G-Fee Parity has been a Boon for Smaller Lenders

    18 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    In the past, it was harder for smaller players in the lending market to grab a share of the action, but it looks like that trend is slowly being changed. This is largely due to the fact that the difference between what bigger and smaller lenders pay for guarantee fees to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae has been narrowing, allowing even some of the industry’s smallest loan originators to increase their share. G-Fees These guarantee fees for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae loans have grown by 250 percent over the past six years. In 2009, the average basis points for these fees was 22, but that number…
  • Why Mortgage Lenders Need to Talk to Borrowers Who Think They Are Not Eligible for Loans?

    14 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    According to a recent survey of mortgage executives, too many eligible borrowers are under the impression they would not qualify for a home loan. This misconception is causing such borrowers to avoid even looking into a mortgage application. Part of the reason for this misperception has to do with the tighter lending standards that were the norm in the aftermath of the housing market collapse. The new regulations issues by the federal government, in addition to the actions taken by individual lenders, have been a reaction to looser standards that allowed too many people to take out home loans…
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    Midlands perspective

  • Grand designs for the property sector

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:58 am
    I was delighted to welcome Jon Lovell, former head of our global real estate sustainability practice, to our recent Deloitte Midlands Real Estate Dinner. Alongside more than 30 of the region’s leading figures in the sector, Jon and the guests discussed a variety of topics from urban futures, sustainable development and responsible business, to the slightly more surprising (and yet informative) topic of West Midlands heavy metal bands. As the evening progressed, one point I found particularly interesting during the discussions was how for some, the volume of rhetoric around innovation in the…
  • Midlands businesses facing potential tax change double whammy

    10 Aug 2015 | 6:28 am
    At the end of last month the government published two consultation documents: One relating to the engagement of workers via off-payroll arrangements known as “personal service companies” (PSCs), and; one on the tax and NIC treatment of termination payments.  Engaging workers off-payroll The reality is that many Midlands businesses engage individual workers via PSCs. Commercial reasons for businesses engaging individual workers via PSCs include; covering a short-term or specific business need or because the individual wishes to take advantage of the benefits of incorporation and neither…
  • Internal Auditing - driving better insights in the financial services industry

    9 Jul 2015 | 1:45 am
    There is no question that internal audit has been on a journey. And whilst there have been significant improvements to the work auditing teams have delivered over the last couple of years – largely driven by new regulations – there is still a way to go. For those in the financial services sector it is also a much-publicised time of fast-paced, significant change, which is leading to increased focus on the area of data analytics and specifically, identifying where greater insight can potentially be gained. This change is also impacting on the role the audit team plays on project assurance,…
  • My journey to partnership

    24 Jun 2015 | 1:04 am
    Birmingham-based Andy Halls was admitted to partnership on 1 June, as part of Deloitte UK’s largest ever annual intake of partners. Andy has led the firm’s Equity Capital Markets (ECM) team in the Midlands for three years and joins a team of 11 other audit partners in that region. “2015 is an exciting year for me professionally, but also for the Midlands. Investment in the Midlands is helping to drive the economy and bring business to the region, with many companies looking to leverage the region’s highly skilled talent pool.” “I grew up in Yorkshire and studied in the North East,…
  • Midlands' Real Estate gets off to a flying start in 2015

    7 Apr 2015 | 3:21 am
    As we finish the first quarter of 2015, so far the Real Estate market is living up to expectations, with regional cities, such as Birmingham, benefiting most.2014 was an outstanding year for the UK property market with investment reaching a level not seen since before the downturn and returns at 20 year highs. The consensus envisages a moderation in performance in 2015, but our view is that this cycle has further to run.  Within the Midlands, and Birmingham particularly, we are seeing continued demand from a wide range of investors. Not only inward investment from funds, property companies…
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    Activate Group, Inc » Articles

  • Concentration Is One Of The Biggest Risks To Your Business!

    Howard Shore
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    Concentration Is One Of The Biggest Risks To Your Business! You may be focusing on the wrong indicators in your company. Your revenue may be growing, your profit margins good, and your net profit plentiful, yet you may be close to impending problems. Concentration is one of the biggest risks to your business so you must make it an important part of your key performance indicators. You can measure concentration both in terms of market and customer, and both areas need to be monitored for the reasons in this article. Why Should You Care About Concentration? Issues relating to concentration come…
  • How Predictable and Consistent is Your Profit Growth Rate?

    Howard Shore
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:19 am
    How Predictable and Consistent is Your Profit Growth Rate? Two important measurements of the health of your business are the predictability and consistency of your revenue growth rate. If someone were to ask you “What was the growth rate in your profit in each of the last 3 years?”; “What was it last quarter?”; and “What was the growth rate in the comparable quarter last year?”, could you answer those questions quickly and without stumbling? Many business owners are not tracking these crucial statistics, so when they give me their answer and I check the numbers, they are usually…
  • How to Increase the Value of Your Business

    Howard Shore
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    How to Increase the Value of Your Business Is selling your business a future consideration? If you are like many business owners, you know you will one day sell your business. Too often owners take time for granted. They always believe they have more time to consider how best to prepare their businesses for sale. The flaw in their thinking is that they really do not know whether the best time to sell is this year, next year, or 50 years from now. I have heard so many stories from people who were offered a lot of money to sell their businesses and turned down the offer only to find only five…
  • How Do You Measure The Success of A Meeting?

    Howard Shore
    29 Jul 2015 | 1:13 pm
    How Do You Measure The Success of A Meeting? How do you know whether or not your meeting was successful? Do you measure the success of a meeting by the fact that it started or ended on time or by the fact that you completed its agenda? Many times you can cover your agenda and fulfill the time constraints and yet accomplish nothing. Often I see leaders judge their meetings successful because there was lively discussion. Or people got animated. Or they had fun. One leader showed me long lists of items they talked about during one of their all-day meetings. I suggest that you set much higher…
  • What are the Meeting Participation Pitfalls?

    Howard Shore
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    What are the Meeting Participation Pitfalls? How well are your meetings functioning? Through this series of articles I have been highlighting the many factors that must be considered for your meetings to go well. While conducting your meeting there are several meeting participation pitfalls that your meeting facilitator should help you avoid. Are You Potentially Seeing Your Role in the Wrong Way? The most serious meeting participation is the leader who wants to give the answers to everyone in the room.  Don’t get me wrong there are times when we need answers from the senior leader but this…
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    The NFPT Blog

  • NFPT Partners with Medical Fitness Network

    NFPT Team
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    We are very excited to announce that NFPT has partnered up with Medical Fitness Network (MFN) to help connect fitness trainers and those with medical conditions who desire or need a fitness trainer. The NFPT and MFN share a mutual goal of educating people about healthy living and complementary healthcare management of chronic diseases/medical conditions and their risk factors. This partnership helps connect consumers to qualified fitness and complimentary healthcare providers who are interested in working with those with medical conditions through MFN’s online network. The mission of the…
  • Diastasis recti; Not Just For New Borns and Pregnant Women

    David Brancato
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    The purpose of this article is to bring awareness that a six-pack rectus abdominus requires recruitment of the transverse abdominis to sustain abdominal strength in order to prevent separation of the linea alba. The rectus abdominus development is a great show highlight, but be careful in equating that development to core strength. Why, because for the most part in development of the rectus abdominus one can be off-setting development of the transverse abdominis sheath of muscle. Without equal attention to the transverse abdominis the linea alba will (see picture below) soon begin to weaken…
  • How To Do Incline Bench Presses with Dumbbells

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Emphasis The primary muscles stressed in this movement are the chest muscles pectoralis major and minor). The secondary muscles stressed are the shoulders and triceps. Starting Position Grab a dumbbell in each hand and carefully lay on an incline bench set at a 30-45 degree angle with your arms extended up toward the ceiling (2 inches apart). Push your chest up and squeeze your shoulder blades together. This will help to isolate the upper and central muscles in the chest. Movement Take two to three seconds to lower the dumbbells until your elbows are at 90 degrees with the dumbbells outside…
  • NFPT Inducted to National Fitness Hall of Fame

    NFPT Team
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Let’s take it back to 1988. Think fanny packs, parachute pants and boom boxes…and Ron Clark at a small desk in the #5 engine room hoping to finish the last chapter of his business plan before the siren went off. Ron has always served others, no matter where life took him. He started NFPT out of the same service minded mentality. He saw a need for something different, something that applied to him then and still applies to people who want to be trainers today. He wanted to help people put their passion for fitness to work. He wanted to help people who were starting off in the fitness…
  • Four Easy Steps to Get More Personal Training Clients

    Bev Hosford
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    #1 Train Friends and Family for free or by donation. Many trainers build their business with this one task. Make sure you’re certified, have business insurance and a business tax license. It’s also smart to have a liability waiver and health history form, so you can keep good records. If you treat your hobby like a hobby it will be just that. Treat your hobby like a business and it can blossom into a career. Your friends and family will see how serious you are when you act like a professional. Then, they can convey that to the people around them. Do an excellent job and others…
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    Custom Toll Free® Blog

  • Pay Attention! Why Being Memorable Matters

    Vanity Numbers
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:42 am
    We don’t have to remember much today—thanks to technology. Everything we need or want to know is literally available at a click of a button. Did you know that humans today have an attention span less than a goldfish? Over the last ten years, our attention spans have decreased from 12 to 8 seconds! With this fact to consider, businesses might want to think of some quick and easy marketing techniques that really sink into the minds of your customers.     Attention Span Stats According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, attention span refers to the time we concentrate…
  • Take Me to Your Leader - They Have a Toll Free Number

    Vanity Numbers
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:11 am
    Take a look at leaders in your industry. What do they all have in common? Chances are you will find that nearly (if not all) are using toll free numbers for sales and/or customer service. Get online and select any large player of any industry, and you will instantly spot a toll free number on their website or business collateral. Why do the big guys use a toll free number? There is a good reason that today’s industry leaders offer toll free calling. First and foremost, It is a proven strategic marketing tool that keeps giving back. Here are a few additional supporting reasons behind the…
  • 4 Ways a Vanity Number Will Optimize Your Business

    Vanity Numbers
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Throughout history, small businesses have been trying to find the most effective methods to communicate with their customers. However, even just a decade ago, technology was quite primitive compared to what is available today. Back in the day, word-of-mouth was the most effective and trustworthy form of communication. Today, everything is different, thanks primarily to the advancement of communication technology. The positive side of technology is that today small businesses can communicate, and get their brands in front of customers easier than ever before. read more
  • Toll Free Numbers: Time Tested, Business Approved

    Vanity Numbers
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:03 pm
        Marketing in the twenty-first century requires some savvy thinking and strategic planning. If you are going to compete in your market, then you’d better be prepared to offer a unique product or service that gains you that competitive edge. Internet competition is fierce, and you’d better be thinking outside the box if you intend to get on board with leading marketing trends that are bringing in customers. We all know toll free marketing has been around awhile. In fact, many businesses are under the incorrect notion that toll free vanity numbers are old, and outdated…
  • Are You Using the Best Connection for Customer Experience?

    Vanity Numbers
    16 Jul 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Today it’s all about the customer experience (CX). Whether shopping activities are fulfilled on-premise or online, consumers may not be the first to admit it, but CX is driving sales in today’s competitive landscape. Marketers are getting on board to introduce flamboyant marketing plans that leave no stone unturned. Pressed to find new modes for customer-facing perks, marketing companies are looking at the past, present, and future to uncover the tools that have proven timeless toward improving leads and establishing long-term clients. And on this list are toll free numbers. Here…
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  • The distribution of food manufacturing jobs and where they pay the best

    Advice & Resources
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    When we think of regions where the economy is driven by food, most of us think of cornfields in Iowa, apple orchards in Washington and dairy farms in California. But a lot of the economic activity around food actually occurs after it is picked from the ground or milked from a cow. Food manufacturing, which turns livestock and agricultural products into other products for consumption, is responsible for Green Bay's cheese and Seattle's coffee. This industry made up nearly 1.5 million wage-and-salary jobs in the United States in 2014—about three times the number of crop production…
  • 8 Tips for Outsourcing Call Center Projects

    Robin Rayburn
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
  • Job Crafting: A Fresh Take on Your Old Job

    Robin Rayburn
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:26 pm
    When your job gets monotonous and boring trying a more creative approach to old tasks can improve your work outlook. Sue Shellenbarger joins Lunch Break With Tanya Rivero. Photo: Getty Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.
  • How to get past an ATS

    Advice & Resources
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    If you're on the job hunt, there's a good chance your resume is getting pre-scanned by a company's Applicant Tracking System, or ATS. These programs are designed to help employers sift through applications and resumes more quickly, bringing the best candidates to the top and saving the employer from needing to read through dozens – sometimes hundreds – of bad options.Here are five tips to make sure your resume makes it through an ATS and ends up in the hiring manager's hands.1. Find the keywords Applicant Tracking Systems use keywords to sort and organize resumes and cover…
  • Companies hiring this week: 8/25

    Advice & Resources
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:21 am
    1. ADPIndustry: HR technology/softwareSample job titles: Sales executive, application developer, design engineer, strategic account executiveLocation:New Jersey, Georgia, Pennsylvania, California, New York, Florida2. Ashfield HealthcareIndustry: PharmaceuticalSample job titles: Pharmaceutical sales representativeLocation:Nationwide3. DCS CorporationIndustry: EngineeringSample job titles: Systems engineer, data engineer, program analystLocation:Washington, D.C.; New Jersey; California4. KrogerIndustry: Retail – grocerySample job titles: Grocery store clerk, meat cutter, cake decorator,…
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    The Career Secrets

  • About

    22 Aug 2015 | 3:33 am
    The Guy behind Career Secrets is “Ahmad” and I am from Pakistan. By Profession I’m a Blogger and SEO Optimizer. Career Secrets helps to turn your skills into successful career. I share easy and applicable ways that housewives, students and unemployed can learn and apply to make money online right from their own comfortable living rooms. All strategies shared here are a result of my personal experience. In Career Secrets, I try my best to share stuff that may prove helpful to wider audience. Topics covered here are mainly related to make your career through Affiliate…
  • Career Secrets-6 Ways to Pinpoint the Perfect Career

    12 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    Career decision making is difficult sometime and there are many stages come in your career when you get embarrassed because of so many reasons. At that time you are unable to make the correct decision about your career. If you're feeling stuck yourself, then here are 6 ways to pinpoint the ideal career for yourself. Follow these career building guidelines to learn how to avoid mistakes in your career and make you life comfortable.Career Assessment TestYou can find a number of sites online where you can take a test…
  • Career Secrets-Best Careers in Today’s World

    12 Aug 2015 | 3:09 am
    Career choice is an important step and if you are familiar about what types of careers will be sticking around in the future and those that are losing momentum is something important to keep up with. This will not only let persons know which companies are employing, but it will help those also who are going to start their career after their college education. Here we will discuss some best careers you can adopt in your future.Career as Physician AssistantPhysician assistants are the important members for a physician.  In a survey it was highlighted…
  • Career Secrets-8 Qualities for Good Insurance Agent

    11 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    There are many fields to build career but insurance is best way to build your career. If you have decided to start your career as an insurance agent and you wish to have a bright future then you have to have some qualities for that. All good insurance agents share some of the following core qualities in one way or another. If you want to be successful in your career then follow these career guidelines and prove yourself as a good insurance agent.Earn the Trust of Your Customer Insurance agents, who listen carefully to what their…
  • Job Interview–How to Answer the Tricky Question

    2 Aug 2015 | 2:25 am
    Job Interview is the key factor when you are trying to find career after your college education. One may come across a lot of questions when going to a job interview that can actually serve as traps. There are many things to think about while going to job interviews. The manners by which you answer the questions as well as the contents of your answer are points which may be used for or against you, depending on how you do. One of the trickiest questions to be encountered, however, is the question which asks you about what your greatest flaw is.Job Interview-Never…
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    Knoodle » BLOG

  • The “M” Word

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    By: Rosaria Cain, CEO We all want “M”… No, it’s not money that I’m talking about.  We all want Millennials (although, I suppose it can be assumed more millennials could equal more money). Anyway, so what about millennials? Well first, the millennial demographic is booming for brands, which means it’s important for your business to have a strategy that will reach them. “But, Rosaria,” you ask, “How will we reach them?” If you are a millennial, the answer could be as obvious as the phone you’re currently using to read this. If…
  • Mobilegeddon: How To Keep Up With Google’s Changing Algorithms

    20 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
     By: Lad Makinde, Digital Director What does Google’s latest update mean for your business? It was given the moniker “mobilegeddon”. The update that had marketers and businesses near and far running wild in the streets shaking their fists at the search marketing gods, aka Google. If you’re not aware by now, and I really hope you are, back in May Google announced an update to its famed algorithm. It wasn’t the first time Google has made changes to how it determines search rankings, but it was a very unexpected and abrupt change for many. So what was this earth shattering change and…
  • What It Really Means To Go The “Extra Inch” For Your Customers

    13 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    By: Sandra Guadarrama-Baumunk, Director of Client Services In a recent article, Exceeding Guest Expectations, Stacy DiNuzzo, Public Relations Manager for the Disney Institute states, “Take the extra time to see things from your customer’s perspective and go the “extra inch” to make the experience better. We strive to exceed expectations through a series of small magical moments by paying attention to details to delight our guests. These little moments of magic add up to one amazing experience where all guests feel like VIPs (Very Individual Persons).” The client experience is an…
  • New Clients Versus Existing Clients: What’s The Right Balance?

    6 Aug 2015 | 4:50 am
    By: Larry Winward, Vice President The likelihood of selling an existing customer is 60-70%.  The chance of selling a prospective client is 5-20%, according to Marketing Metrics. So what is the correct balance of new versus repeat clients? Some experts in the field of marketing communications preach that a yearly 33% increase in new business is a sustainable growth rate.  This increase can result from more spending from current clients and new client acquisition, and would allow for some client loss while keeping the agency strong and healthy. Another answer might be to obtain as much new…
  • 5 Myths About Creativity

    30 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    By: Matthew Wilson, Vice President of Creative I want to dispel certain myths that simply are not serving us well. My subject is creativity. Ask any business owner how important it is…yet you will rarely find it taught in schools. Throughout my career, I’ve discovered some notions accepted by society that not only are not true but are holding us back by actually preventing our creativity from doing it’s job.   MYTH #1 Creativity means originality. Most of us believe that to create means to make something that wasn’t there previously. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
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    Smart Business Revolution

  • 091: From College Dropout to 6-Figure Author

    John Corcoran
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    My guest on today’s episode of the Smart Business Revolution podcast is Chandler Bolt. Chandler is no ordinary guest. He’s a young guy – most of my guests are a long further along in their career – Chandler is in his early 20s. He dropped out of college. And he doesn’t have a long career. But I was introduced to him recently and I thought he had an interesting story to tell. While he was still in college, he decided to write and publish a book. I was busy chasing girls and going to parties – he’s writing a book. That book helped launch a six figure business – built of course…
  • How I Quadrupled My Email List in 7 Months

    John Corcoran
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:28 pm
    Quick question – wanna get more leads and sales? Sure you would …. just about everyone needs more of those, right? But it’s not easy. If you’re a small business owner or service professional like most of my readers, then you have to find new leads, close them, and then actually do the work! There aren’t enough hours in the day. Well, it turns out there’s a much better way. It’s about shifting from a “one to one” model to a “one to many” model. In this article, I want to share a new strategy I’ve used this year to quadruple my email list, build my reputation as an…
  • 4 Tips for Sending Killer “Cold Emails”

    John Corcoran
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    How often do you get to host royalty as a guest post on your blog? Not often enough. This is a guest post by Wendy Weiss, aka “The Queen of Cold Calling.”  I met Wendy a few months ago and she has some great advice not just on how to be more effective when cold calling people, but also on how to send effective “cold email.” Take it away, Wendy!   Here’s an email I received this week (typos and all): “I hope you enjoyed the weekend. I tried your office this morning but unfortunately could not get a hold of you. I would like to meet with you next week to…
  • 090: Mandi Ellefson | How to Get Back 20 Hours Per Month

    John Corcoran
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:53 pm
    OK let’s imagine you’re 8 years old… And it’s Saturday morning after a long week. You’re tired, you’re ready to sleep in. Then your Dad wakes you up to do chores. Not just any chores. He has a checklist. For you how clean the bathroom. How you clean the kitchen. You have to initial that you completed each step of the way. Sounds like a nightmare to me, but for Mandi Ellefson, it was an inspiration. Mandi grew up in a home where her father ran a tight ship just like I described. She grew up with 6 siblings and so her father created a system by necessity. They needed to be organized…
  • How to Make Friends in Any Room

    John Corcoran
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:44 pm
    You know that feeling you get when you enter a room and suddenly you realize you don’t know anyone? Not a single person? It’s kind of like those ‘80s movies where someone shows up to a house party and then the record player screeches to a halt and the entire room seems to turn its head at once? Sometimes life feels like an ‘80s movie. When this happens to you, your heart may start racing. How do you meet people? How do you start mingling? More importantly, how do you start making friends – fast? This is a common problem for many people. You’ve probably been to an event where…
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    Project Exponential

  • The responsibility to connect

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:20 am
    We have tools at our fingertips to connect and unite. Different levels of support, layers of talent, examples to reference. With access comes choice. What if “connecting” was an obligation? Would you make that call? Send that email? Reprioritize your schedule? Your introduction could match a promising worker with an employer in need, build a bridge for a new partnership, make someone’s work a little easier. Often, it isn’t a lack of opportunity or awareness but of willingness.
  • The path to purpose may not be straight

    21 Aug 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Employees, employers, job seekers alike have recognized there is no direct route to The Role, The Position, The Job, The Title, The Mission. What was once seen as a liner progression has evolved into a winding, twisting path in which many skills are acquired along the way. Because of this, overlaps have found themselves folded between industries, and relationships blossom in places once before unrealized. This is what makes Project Exponential successful: areas of commonality and unexpected crossover. The finance manager and singer-songwriter connect over adventure. The marketer and social…
  • Mistakes

    13 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    Screw ups. Everyone makes them. They’re part of the creative process, embedded into music, wired into our brain. So why is it so difficult to let go of them? Redefining “mistake” turns dirt into gold. When you trade in unrealistic expectations and begin to cherish the unexpected, you gain valuable opportunities and news ways of seeing the world around you. Tweet me: How do you define mistakes? What have you learned from them? Have you been surprised by an imperfect outcome or erroneous decision?
  • 7 steps to find your purpose

    4 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    “How do I find my purpose?” I hear this one a lot. It’s a big question, and in Western society, a lot of weight is placed on the answer. When I came across mine, I wasn’t looking. In fact, I had given up the pro/con lists and analysis charts, and I donated “What Color Is Your Parachute?” to the local bookstore. I very well understood what I did and did not like. I knew exactly what caused me pain and what made me feel good. I knew that giving to others and serving communities made me feel at ease and alive and redirected self-absorption away from…
  • “It’s showtime.”

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    Audible groans fill the train. A man with a bike is asked to move, and after refusing, a much taller man carries the bike to the back of the car. Reluctantly, the biker follows. Three performers fill the empty space and press play on a steady beat. Six pack abs curl around poles as the train lurches slowly towards Brooklyn. Flipping, stomping, twirling, hopping. A second dancer begins his routine, less steady than the first. It’s impossible not to wonder if someone will be kicked in the face. You’re waiting for a slip, an accident, but miraculously it doesn’t happen.
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    Mission Mode

  • DRJ Fall World 2015 – Are You Ready?

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    This year’s Disaster Recovery Journal Fall World event is just a month away and MissionMode will be there in force.  If you haven’t yet registered, now is the time to sign up: Event:      Fall World Location:  San Diego, CA Date:        September, 27-30, 2015 For those of you who are already registered, we have some suggestions about how to get the most out of this year’s Fall World: 1.  Don’t Miss Jason Zimmerman’s Session “Incident Management Systems – A Business Continuity Program Game Changer” on Monday... Read More The post DRJ…
  • Readiness Best Practices: Reputation Management in a Crisis

    Jason Zimmerman
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    The focus of most business continuity plans is operational resiliency – how to keep operations running smoothly in the event of an unforeseen crisis.   But some crises don’t involve disruptions to service delivery.  When reputation management based crises occur, the steps for restoring marketplace trust are vastly different than those required for physical disruptions and/or power/IT failure. Warren Buffet was quoted as saying “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.  If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” Reputation-based crises…
  • BYOD Policies for Business Continuity Plan

    Jason Zimmerman
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    When an unexpected disaster strikes, it is important to have a business continuity plan in place. A continuity plan will allow business to quickly return to normal operations following a natural disaster, power outage, or other type of catastrophe. While creating a perfect continuity plan is difficult, it is also extremely beneficial. Technology advancements in the last few years have changed the way we work. Employees are likely to be using their personal smartphones, tablets, or laptops for business at any point in time. It is the responsibility of management to make smart... Read More…
  • Boost Your BCM Program Maturity: Arm Your Team with the Right Tools

    3 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Disaster Recovery Journal Monthly Webinar Series Event Sponsored by MissionMode Wednesday August 26, 2015 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET There is a strong correlation between organizations that invest in tools to simplify business continuity management and those reporting BCM program success and maturity. Despite the proven effectiveness of incident management tools in improving crisis management success and the relative affordability of these solutions, only about 25-30% of organizations have armed their business continuity teams with incident management technology. In their 2014 Hype Cycle Report,…
  • Extensive Government Security Breach Proves All Are Vulnerable

    23 Jul 2015 | 2:49 pm
    We are led to believe that the U.S. government is ultra secure because it has some of the best protection in the world. Apparently, our cyber protection is not as perfect as we imagined since the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) recently had two major breaches of personal security. Officials from the OPM have commented with only extremely vague communication about the incident publicly, and on July 10th, Katherine Archuleta announced her resignation as the head of the OPM. At MissionMode, we believe that any business can learn from this incident... Read More The post Extensive Government…
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    Currency News: UK daily forex news

  • Losses Forecast for Pound Sterling vs USD Exchange Rate, Gains vs AUD NZD CAD

    Frank Davies
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    EUR Gains after German CPI: Pound and US Dollar Fluctuate Today A higher than expected showing from this afternoon’s August Consumer Price Index data from Germany has helped keep the euro (currency : EUR) strong against the other major global currencies today. Analysts had been anticipating a year-on-year showing of...
  • Pound Sterling FX Outlook vs Euro, US Dollar & Swiss Franc

    John Cameron
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    UK GDP Forecast to Impact Pound Sterling Exchange Rate Trading Today Investors holding the POUND STERLING (currency : GBP) will be nervously eyeing this morning’s UK Gross Domestic Product data for Q2. Expectations are high, which is invariably a dangerous set up for any British economic statistic – anything below...
  • Losses Forecast for Pound Sterling GBP vs AUD, NZD: Commodity Currencies Rally Today

    John Cameron
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    FX ALERT & USD News: British Pound Falls against US Dollar after US GDP Data For the second session on the trot, better than anticipated US data has provoked selling pressure on the Pound Sterling US Dollar GBP USD exchange rate. Building on yesterday’s encouraging US Durable Goods Data figures, this...
  • Today’s Currency News British Pound Sterling Exchange Rate Forecast vs EUR USD CAD

    John Cameron
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Pound Sterling News Today: BoE Rate Hike Bets Pushed Back, GBP to EUR, NZD, AUD Trending Lower The POUND STERLING (currency : GBP) struggled to assert itself against the high-yielding Commodity Dollars during yesterday’s session as investors regained their collective nerve. The UK unit continues to be weighed down by...
  • Pound Sterling Forecast to Improve vs Euro (EUR) Once More: GBP-EUR Predictions

    John Cameron
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Australian Dollar, New Zealand Dollar Gain Today: GBP to AUD, NZD, Fall from Best Conversion Rates Mixed messages from markets across the globe have caused significant movement for major currency pairs across the world during today’s trading session. European stock markets suffered renewed losses when they...
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    The Portfolio Partnership

  • The Acquirer’s Playbook – Strategy

    Ian Smith
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:42 pm
    The Acquirer’s Playbook was recently published on Amazon. It sets out a simple little process map to build M&A capability into your business – The Acquisitions Approvals Model. Using extracts from the book I explain the essential first phase of getting acquisitions right – the strategy piece. Phase 1 – Develop Strategy This first phase of the Acquisition Approvals Model is focused on defining who you are. What is your strategy? Remember strategy is what you leave out. Acquisitions are a terrible idea if you’re unclear in which direction you want to travel. Stage 1…
  • Prospects are People not Companies – B2B Selling

    Ian Smith
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:03 pm
    The most precious commodity a sales professional enjoys is time! Where you choose to spend that time is the difference between success and failure. Your sales process (I use Prime – Diagnostic Questions) should demand that you understand the value proposition you bring to the market. It should demand you are able to articulate outcomes you can achieve for a range of businesses. This is my Discovery Phase. And it’s all about companies. It’s all about where you hang out. It’s all about lakes I want to fish in. It’s all about hanging around companies with the greatest need for change.
  • Cross-Selling – Execution Tips & Objections

    Ian Smith
    11 Aug 2015 | 6:15 pm
    You’ve just acquired another business and you want to create some synergies, by selling the newly acquired company’s products through your other subsidiaries. So how do you do it? This is a classic cross-selling problem. Or you may have launched a new consulting offering that you want to sell to existing customers who already buy your existing software product. This is also a cross-selling opportunity. Or as CEO you realize that the % of group sales achieved by cross-selling is pitifully low e.g. < 5% and you want to transform this performance. These are all reasons for a new…
  • The CEO’s Sales Audit – 10x thinking.

    Ian Smith
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Imagine you’ve just been appointed CEO of a private company or a division of a public company. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been in the job 10 years, I’m asking you to imagine! How would you audit your sales performance? How would you know if you had a great team with a bad set of products or a weak team with a great set of products? Or both? Well here’s a 20-question list for starters. It doesn’t cover the questions you’ll need to ask your product teams or the customer support teams but it’s a start. I hope it helps. Sales Team Interview on a one on one basis,…
  • Public Companies – Building M&A Expertise Requires a Playbook

    Ian Smith
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    We are not good at acquisitions. At best 50% are a success in the eyes of the acquirer. The key determinant of success? Price? Location? No, the research is pretty consistent – the post acquisition integration of the target is the keyResearch conducted by Cass Business School, covering 12,339 deals including 2,917 acquisitions of distressed companies from 1984 to 2008, concludes that price is not the determining factor for success but that post-acquisition integration is the key (Moeller). In addition research done by Dr. Koen H. Heimeriks, Stephen Gates, and Maurizo Zollo pointed out that:…
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    Kathryn Welds | Curated Research and Commentary

  • Three Approaches to Identifying a Career Path

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    -*What’s the best way to find your professional path? Mark Savickas Career interventions have evolved over the past 70 years from individual differences assessment to occupational development to current emphasis on life planning. Vocational guidance was supplanted by “career education,” focused on fulfilling developmental tasks and adapting to occupational requirements. More recently, “career counseling” built on the preceding approaches by considering each individual as the designer and author of a career path. Mark Savickas of Northeast Ohio Medical University…
  • Plastic Surgery Changes Perceived Personality Traits

    19 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Michael J. Reilly People often evaluate others using intentional or unintentional facial profiling — making inferences of personality attributes and personal qualities by visual observation, according to Georgetown University Hospital’s Michael J. Reilly, Jaclyn A. Tomsic and Steven P. Davison, collaborating with Stephen J. Fernandez of MedStar Health Research Institute. This cognitive short cut can lead to biased impressions and limited opportunities for those unfavorably judged. Jaclyn A. Tomsic They asked observers to rate women’s personality and character traits following…
  • Higher “Purpose in Life” Reduces Adverse Health Outcomes

    12 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Lei Yu Purpose in Life – the sense that life has meaning and goal direction – is associated with reduced risks of adverse health outcomes including stroke, according to Rush University Medical Center’s Lei Yu, Patricia A. Boyle, Robert S. Wilson, Julie A. Schneider, and David A. Bennett collaborating with Steven R. Levine of SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Patricia A. Boyle Older people with a greater sense of purpose are less likely to develop other undesirable health conditions including: Alzheimer’s disease, Disability, Frailty, Mortality, Myocardial infarction, Reduced…
  • Reinventing Performance Management to Reduce Bias: Strengths, Future Focus, Frequent Feedback

    5 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Steven Scullen Most performance management systems set goals at the beginning of the year and determine variable compensation by rating accomplishment of those objectives. These evaluations typically are considered in lengthy “consensus meetings” in which managers discuss the performance of hundreds of people in relation to their peers – sometimes called “stack ranking,” or more cynically “rank-and-yank.” Michael Mount These year-end ratings don’t provide “in-the-moment” and “real-time” feedback about actual performance as it happens, so may be less useful in improving…
  • Women, Men, and Time: Differences in “Managing” a Limited Resource

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Francis Wade Special thanks to Francis Wade of 2TimeLabs for his sharing his expertise. Though women and men have the same amount of time, women seem to manage more time demands and have developed more skillful time practices to grapple with perceived “time scarcity,” according to detailed time-use studies by New South Wales’s Lyn Craig and Janeen Baxter of University of Queensland. Lyn Craig They found that working mothers invest more hours taking care of children and doing housework than their working husbands. Arlie Hochschild This finding validates the idea that women do a…
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    Jeremiah Stanghini

  • Why It’s Important to Have Diversity (in age!) in Your Work Teams

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:01 am
    If you had to guess, would you say that younger people or older people are better at learning abstract causal principles? When first thinking about this question, I would have thought that older people would be better at this given that they have more experience and that they might have been in analogous situations. However, the research seems to indicate that younger folks are better at things like this. Here’s a passage from the researchers that specifically address my thought that experience would be helpful: The very fact that older learners know more may make it more difficult…
  • Psychologists Want an Alternative to the DSM

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    In another life (or a different timeline, if you prefer) I didn’t change paths and continued on to become a clinical psychologist. In that life (or timeline), I, and many other psychologists are using something totally different than the DSM and the psychologists in this timeline are jealous. Confused? Recent research published sought to see if the attitudes of psychologists, with regard to the DSM, have changed at all. It turns out, they haven’t: The results are no different from what was found three decades ago, namely, that a significant number of psychologists are unhappy…
  • Perseverance Negatively Correlated with Counterproductive Work Behaviours

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:03 am
    New research shows that perseverance might be a key character strength when it comes to counterproductive work behaviours. The researchers were interested in finding the character strengths that were most correlated with work performance and counterproductive work behaviours (things like absenteeism, lateness, incivility, etc.). As the title of this post suggests, the researchers found that perseverance is the character strength that is most negatively correlated with counterproductive work behaviours. Meaning, when a person is found to have a lot of perseverance, they’re also…
  • Board Diversity Paramount for Achieving Corporate Benefits

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    Earlier this year, there was some interesting research published about board diversity, as it relates to achieving corporate benefits. Specifically: Board diversity improves governance and product development especially in firms led by White men CEOs. There are at least two important implications of these findings. First, we have no evidence that firms with White CEOs and diverse boards experience greater conflict than other firms due to distrust, lack of social similarity, or resultant communication barriers. Indeed, it appears that the presence of ethnic diversity on the governing body only…
  • How To Be a Better Person: Awe Yourself

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:25 am
    Research published earlier this year seems to indicate that when we’re “awed,” we’re more likely to engage in prosocial or altrusitic behaviour. The researchers conducted five different studies: Individuals higher in dispositional tendencies to experience awe exhibited more generosity in an economic game (Study 1). Experimentally inducing awe caused individuals to endorse more ethical decisions (Study 2), to be more generous to a stranger (Study 3), and to report more prosocial values (Study 4). A naturalistic induction of awe in which participants looked up at a…
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    Zintro Blog

  • FDA Approves First 3D Printed Drug

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first 3D-printed drug this month, Spritam, designed to treat seizures brought on by epilepsy in children and adults. It was developed by Aprecia Pharmaceuticals Company using ZipDose, a 3D printer that creates pills by printing out thin layers of powder, with layers of a water-based binder spread in between. Tablets made with ZipDose technology can dissolve with a sip of water in less than five seconds. The plan is for Spritam to be commercially available in early 2016. Zintro expert Scott Bork is President of Medical Inspirations, LLC.
  • Zintro Feature Update: Add Attachments!

    20 Aug 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Our Product and Engineering teams have been hard at work adding a new feature – Attachments. Check out the highlights below for more information: Users can now post attachments in any conversation. Both Clients and Experts can send and receive attachments. Once submitted, attachments cannot be deleted. Users can send multiple attachments at once or even pair an attachment with a quote or payment. Attachment view after submission. The post Zintro Feature Update: Add Attachments! appeared first on Zintro Blog.
  • Zintro Feature Update: New Profile Options!

    19 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Our Product and Engineering teams have been hard at work improving our Profiles feature. Check out the highlights below for more information:   Profile Enhancements 1) Experience and education:Enter all of your experience and education details including a main and secondary image. 2) Links: Include links from social profiles, websites, samples, etc. 3) Webinars and Videos: Embed YouTube videos directly into your profile. 4) Articles and Publications: Where have you been featured? This is where you can showcase the publications. 5) Profile Progress: We’ve made filling out your…
  • Inquiry Roundup- Food Packaging

    14 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Aluminium Foil Packaging Hi, We are looking for some insights on Food Packaging Aluminum/Paper Laminate Foil Industry. We are looking for experts who have an experience managing current procurement best practices in supplier engagement/diversification, nature and length of contracts. Please let us know if you would be able to help us on this area, we would be happy to compensate 200-250 USD per hour for your time. Thanks, Ritika View Inquiry Seafood Canning i like to setup a fish (sardine) canning processing plant in Bangladesh. I Need help with the Machinery, technical know how, marketing…
  • “Formulating a Successful Regulatory Strategy” Presented by Parul Chansoria

    12 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    Zintro Webinar Presented by Parul Chansoria, Founder and CEO – Elexes Presenter’s Note: “As the regulatory requirements constantly evolve and become increasingly complex, it is important for companies to formulate a thought through regulatory strategy rather than relying on a previously successful one. A strong regulatory strategy is very important for bringing new medical devices to the market.” About Parul: Parul Chansoria is an experienced RAC and ICH GCP certified Regulatory Affairs Professional with a Bachelor’s in Bio-medical Engineering and a Master’s in…
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    Sensei Marketing

  • Low Digital Marketing Acumen Is Hurting Brands

    Sam Fiorella
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:37 pm
    There’s a discrepancy, it seems, between the amount of time marketers spend talking and blogging about digital marketing and their likelihood to actually execute digital marketing efforts. From the volume of articles written, conferences attended, and twitter chats participated in, one would assume that all marketers and the brands they represent are completely digitally savvy and thus taking advantage of all that the medium offers. A variety of reports I’ve encountered recently seem to suggest the opposite; marketers’ low digital marketing acumen is hurting brands or maybe…
  • How Facebook Rips Off Businesses

    Sam Fiorella
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Looking through some of my most recent articles on Sensei’s blog, one would think I’m on some mission to malign all social networks. Over the last two weeks I’ve questioned Instagram’s new advertising platform in one post and the questionable use of “influencers” by brands on that same network in another.  It wasn’t that long ago that I told readers that businesses don’t necessarily require a Business Page on Facebook. In truth, I utilize (and benefit from, in varying degrees) all these networks for various client projects I manage. It’s that experience, and the resulting…
  • “The Fat Jew” and Instagram – All That’s Wrong with Influence Marketing

    Sam Fiorella
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:51 am
    Josh Ostrovsky, otherwise known as “The Fat Jew” is quite a big deal these days (pun intended). Ostrovsky has amassed a large social media audience, predominately on Instagram (5.5 million followers) and Twitter (251,000 followers), through which he shares his humorous take on life. Often, these viewpoints are profanity-laced, lewd, and/or off-color comments and images, which have not  stunted his popularity; in fact, it may be the very reason for it. It’s that popularity and following that has attracted the attention of brand marketers desperately seeking a social media magic bullet.
  • Will Instagram’s Advertising Platform Hurt Its Popularity?

    Sam Fiorella
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Instagram announced this week that it will open up the advertising flood gates to businesses seeking access to its 300 million monthly users. The illusive Instagram ad, which previously required personal contact with an Instagram sales person, lots of advance planning, and large budgets will soon be less, well, illusive. Using 3rd party advertising apps, marketers and adverting agents will soon be buying and managing advertising in the same manner they do on Facebook, Instagram’s sister network.  Further, they will be able to do so through a single interface instead of being forced to flip…
  • Time To Convert Your Social Engagement Into a Sales Funnel?

    Sam Fiorella
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    We’ve all heard the analogy of social media acting like a megaphone, digitally amplifying your voice to a large crowd. While this is technically correct, amplification  no longer the end-goal of social media marketing.  Well, at least it shouldn’t be. When we were first introduced to “Web 2.0,” marketers were excited about the fact that technology would allow two-way conversations to occur via the web (as opposed to traditional one-way broadcast messages found in print and television advertising).  Where the Internet promised a free and open platform to market yourself or your…
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    Procurement Bulletin Website

  • More Fast Food Businesses Are Testing Delivery

    Procurement Bulletin
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by macrofarm Delivery is the next big trend in fast food. Several businesses have already started tests in key communities. Now, Taco Bell and KFC are getting in on the action. The companies plan to begin delivery testing soon. Yum Brands operates Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut already offers delivery, but Taco Bell and KFC are yet to tap into that market. Right now, delivery only makes up a small portion of fast food industry sales. There’s big potential there, especially if businesses can keep their delivery costs down. Yum Brands has been in the news a lot…
  • Coca-Cola: Why the Expansion to China?

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    27 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
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    Procurement Bulletin
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  • Amazon Broadens Its Elements Brand to Food Items

    Procurement Bulletin
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Atomic Taco The biggest retailer on the Internet is Amazon. They started out as a book company that helped college students sell textbooks to each other for discounted rates. Then, they expanded into clothing, electronics, and beyond. Now, Amazon is interested in the grocery food market. In May 2015, Amazon applied for more than two dozen trademarks for food items. That’s because they plan on expanding their Elements brand into several grocery items like milk, cereal, pasta, coffee, and baby food. Currently, some Elements items like baby diaper and wipes are…
  • American Trucking Association Opposes Rhode Island’s Tolling Plan

    Procurement Bulletin
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:01 am
    Image via Flickr by born1945 Rhode Island recently proposed a truck-only toll on some of the state’s roads and bridges. The money would go towards rebuilding infrastructure that is in disrepair. The American Trucking Association (ATA) is fighting back, calling the toll unfair. If there is a toll, it should effect all vehicles that use the roads. President and CEO of the ATA Bill Graves said, “As a former governor, I understand the importance of not only properly funding infrastructure, but maintaining the state’s fiscal house. However, this plan to toll only trucks is quite…
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    International Shipping, Moving Service in Boston MA

  • How to select the best International shipping service

    17 Aug 2015 | 4:58 am
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Many people are simply scared to select an international shipping service because of horrific stories shared by relations of disappointments experienced in moving their goods across different international destinations. If you share this feeling, all I can say is fear no more and read through this article because we share your concerns too. The post How to select the best International shipping service appeared first on International Shipping, Moving Service in Boston…
  • International Mover

    10 May 2015 | 10:25 am
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Anyone can claim that they are the best International Mover in Massachusetts, Connecticut or California but what make us your ideal mover is the way we cater our service to fit all your household moving needs. The post International Mover appeared first on International Shipping, Moving Service in Boston MA.
  • Notary Service in Massachusetts

    10 Apr 2015 | 4:15 am
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Lowell, Tewksbury, Chelmsford, Dracut MA area residents and businesses can get their documents notarized by one of our licensed professional notary public to make their life easier. Stop by your nearest Neighborhood Parcel today for Massachusetts notary services that fit your schedule. Your documents will be reviewed and signed in front of our Notary Public then received the appropriate seal and filing. The post Notary Service in Massachusetts appeared first on…
  • Picking Up The Pieces

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:33 am
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA International Moving doesn't have to cost you a fortune if you hire the right company. Neighborhood Parcel has decades of experience in helping area residents with local or long distance moves. We offer services in packing, storage, and delivery anywhere in the world. Our experienced crew is trained to help you pack up your place quickly and carefully, and you will be offered all the necessary moving supplies. Your packages will arrive safely to their destinations and…
  • 5 Worst Countries To Ship To

    18 Feb 2015 | 5:48 am
    Neighborhood Parcel Leading International shipping, Moving, Ocean shipping and Document shredding service company in Boston MA Neighborhood Parcel came up with top 5 worst international destinations to ship to. The list was compiled based on actual consumer experience and survey of local clients that ship to these destinations on regular basis. The International shipping difficulties came in variety of ways from having unclear import tax policies, delayed clearance process, heavy bureaucracy and local corruption. The post 5 Worst Countries To Ship To appeared first on International Shipping,…
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    The Project Plan Blog

  • 7 Ways To Track Your Projects

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    How is your project going really? You can only answer this question and lets face it project managers get asked it a lot if you are tracking your project on a regular basis and have all the up-to-date information at hand.But there is so much project information where should you start if you want to track properly? It might seem as if you have so many documents and you know so much that its almost impossible to pull together one single view of whats going on.However project tracking is a key skill and its precisely because there are so many documents available to you that makes it possible to…
  • How Virtual Teams Make Projects Succeed

    1 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    Most of the time I work from home. I do have a desk in the office but Im either on the road meeting clients or working from home the majority of the week. I like going into the office dont get me wrong but I actually think it is important to work remotely some of the time. After all most of my project managers and clients work this way with remote teams so I may as well experience what thats like first-hand.Ive been working like this for many years and I have to say that virtual teams make projects succeed. Co-located teams arent bad of course but today there arent that many companies who…
  • Promote Your PM Skills on LinkedIn

    4 May 2015 | 7:15 am
    Are you on LinkedIn? As a career tool it is a fantastic resource. If you want to build your reputation online then promoting your project management skills on LinkedIn is the way to do it! You might not know that LinkedIn is also a collaboration tool as it includes many groups where you can discuss project issues with experts.Whether you want to compare project management software products and are reaching out to others for reviews trying to find a perfect template or simply want to set up an online profile so employers can find you more easily then consider LinkedIn as the answer to your…
  • 5 Reasons To Stay in Your PM Job

    1 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    Feel like leaving? Weve all had days like that when your sponsor doesnt return calls and you need a critical decision made now your team misses a milestone Finance are on the phone asking why your project budget is overspent this month You feel like going home pouring a large glass of wine and browsing the job adverts on your laptop. Maybe project management isnt for you and a nice job in another sector would be more suited to your talents. Lets see whats available out thereBut wait just a moment!Project management is a great career choice. Give me until the end of this article and Ill see if…
  • 7 Tricks For Managing Your Time

    2 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    I am not someone to leave things to the last minute but I have lost count of the amount of times that by the end of the week I still havent made it through my task list. Its not that I procrastinate (much!) but its hard to get everything done. The main problem I have is that I plan my time fully and then when extra tasks come along its impossible to fit it all in. I still try though!At least I understand where I am going wrong and each week I do try to plan with a bit more flexibility so that I have some slack in the system for those urgent unforeseen tasks. Thats one trick that Ive learned…
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  • 5 Quick Ways to Develop Successful Relationships

    Chris Ducker
    9 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    In my 24-years in the business world – the last 12-years of which have been as an entrepreneur, I’ve come to the conclusion that one of the key factors that separate the struggling from the uber successful, is the ability to create, cultivate and develop successful relationships. As much as we enjoy hearing about the ‘self-made’ man or woman, the reality of things is that collaboration and connection will always play a role in our success. Bottom line, without others, dreams remain dreams. And the same goes for you. That means whatever you’re pursuing, whatever you’re wanting,…
  • 10 Reasons Why Every Entrepreneur Should Attend Tropical Think Tank 2016

    Chris Ducker
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:50 pm
    The online business landscape changes at an insane pace and it is up to entrepreneurs to stay abreast with the latest news if they want to stay relevant. Events and conferences are the perfect way to blend work and meeting new people, but sometimes it can even be more than just that – sometimes it’s life-changing. It’s this term, life-changing, that we hear from Tropical Think Tank attendees more than anything else, when we ask them to sum up their experience at the event. Myself and my team have now held the event two years in a row, and we’ll be doing it again in…
  • 12 Ways to Use Periscope to Build Your Personal Brand! [Infographic]

    Chris Ducker
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:08 pm
    If you’re focusing on building a personal brand, you simply MUST get active on Periscope! I’m on Periscope. Follow me @chrisducker You might be thinking, “Wait a second Chris, I was just getting a handle on incorporating Instagram and YouTube into my brand building strategy and was even considering the idea of doing a podcast – and now I need to learn Periscope?!!” Well.  Yes… and No. NO because youdon’t need to ‘learn’ Periscope, because there’s really nothing to learn. As you’ll soon see from this post, functionality is quite easy and…
  • 7 Email Hacks That’ll Turn You Into an Insanely Productive Entrepreneur [Infographic]

    Chris Ducker
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:29 am
    Let’s face it, there isn’t an entrepreneur on this green earth of ours that wouldn’t want to cut down the time they have to spend managing their email on a daily basis. It’s a subject that I’ve blogged about countless times, as well as covered on the podcast, too. Yet, for some reason so many ‘productive entrepreneurs’ continue to be bogged down by the never ending abuse that their inboxes battle with – and not all that productive in the process! Nowadays, email has become the go-to source of communication. Some of us have learned to handle it…
  • Tropical Think Tank 2015 [Full Event Review]

    Chris Ducker
    7 Jun 2015 | 8:03 pm
    WOW. Where do I even start!!!? A few of weeks ago myself and my team held the second annual Tropical Think Tank event here in the Philippines and it was a rip-roaring success! I wanted to get around to publishing this update a little sooner, but a trip to Hong Kong straight after the event with John and Kate from Entrepreneur on Fire, client visits, funnel build-outs and spending time with my youngest before he goes back to school full-time, have taken up most of my attention! However, here I am, finally getting around to writing it – but, first, here’s the video highlight reel…
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    NCTechNews -- North Carolina business and technology news

  • FileSolve Announces New President

    David Menzies
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- FileSolve, a division of Patterson Pope and leading provider of information governance solutions, today announced that Peter F. Ransome was named its new president. A successful entrepreneur, CEO, and sales and marketing executive, Ransome brings over 25 years of success in information management, enterprise content management, records management, business process outsourcing, and IT outsourcing. "Peter is a proven leader known for his motivational management style and success in managing and growing operations, sales teams, marketing departments and channel programs," said…
  • How DNA ‘Proofreader’ Proteins Pick and Edit Their Reading Material

    David Menzies
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:20 am
    RALEIGH & CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered how two important proofreader proteins know where to look for errors during DNA replication and how they work together to signal the body’s repair mechanism. When a cell prepares to divide, the DNA splits first, the double helix “unzipping” into two separate backbones. New nucleotides – adenine, cytosine, guanine or thymine – are filled into the gaps on the other side of the backbone, pairing with their counterparts (adenine with…
  • Details Announced for Third Annual NC DataPalooza Demo Day

    David Menzies
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:17 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Organizers recently announced details for the third annual NC DataPalooza Demo Day, the culmination of a 90-day startup competition that fosters open-data innovation in the Triangle.  The event, hosted at the downtown Raleigh Red Hat Annex on Monday, September 21st, will feature a keynote address by Red Hat’s Chief Information Officer, Lee Congdon, remarks from Durham-based open source startup, and pitches by three early-stage open-data teams. The three finalists, chosen by a team of judges during a private pitch event earlier in August, include Open 511,…
  • Immedion Enhances Cloud Services with OnApp and VMware vCloud Air Network

    David Menzies
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Immedion LLC, South Carolina and Western North Carolina’s premiere provider of Cloud, colocation and managed services, today announced it has selected OnApp as its Cloud Management Platform and has extended its VMware vCloud Air Network™ participation by joining the vCloud Air Managed Services Provider (MSP) initiative. OnApp has been selected to help Immedion enhance and simplify the end-user Cloud Portal experience. Using the OnApp platform to deliver both VMware vCloud® Air™ and VMware vCloud Director® services, Immedion will manage VMware-based enterprise…
  • CWNP® Announces IT Professional Wi-Fi Trek Conference September 24-26 in San Francisco

    David Menzies
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:12 am
    DURHAM, N.C. & SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. -- CWNP®, the IT industry standard for vendor neutral enterprise Wi-Fi certification and training, is pleased to announce it will be hosting the IT Professional Wi-Fi Trek Conference September 24-26 in San Francisco, California. This premier technology event at the Parc 55 Hilton, Downtown San Francisco will provide networking opportunities, exhibits, and educational opportunities on subjects including mobile device management, Wi-Fi attack methods and vertical market issues in design.“Wi-Fi Trek is the only conference that represents the complete…
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    Newsfile Corp News Releases

  • ChroMedX Submits PCT Patent Application for HemoPalm(TM) Blood Analysis System

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - August 28, 2015) - ChroMedX Corp. (CSE: CHX) (OTCQB: MNLIF) (FSE: EIY2) (the "Company"), a developer of in vitro diagnostics and point-of-care testing (POCT) technologies is pleased to announce the filing of a PCT (Patent Cooperation Treaty) Patent Application pertaining to the HemoPalm™ Cartridge and Analyzer system called "Joint Spectroscopic and Biosensor System for Point-of-Care Testing" (PCT/CA2015/050455).PCT/CA2015/050455 has the potential to effectively extend the lifespan of the Company's issued US Patent pertaining to the HemoPalm™…
  • Discovery Harbour Resources Corp: Company Receives Partial Results From Phase Two Drilling

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - August 28, 2015) - Discovery Harbour Resources Corp. (TSXV: DHR) has completed its second drilling program at its 100-per-cent-owned 2BAR project in Nevada and has received partial assay results. This press release is published in conjunction with the Company's release of its MD&A and prior to the receipt of all final assaying results. The Company is concerned that theresults (ICP and Cu-SCR21- total copper)noted in this release are not representative of the amount of mineralization intercepted and visible in the core. The ICP and Cu-SCR21…
  • IIROC Trade Resumption - Americas Petrogas Inc.

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - August 28, 2015) - Trading resumes in: Company: Americas Petrogas Inc. TSX-V Symbol: BOE Resumption Time (ET): 15:45     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and…
  • IIROC Trade Halt - Americas Petrogas Inc.

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - August 28, 2015) - The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company:  Americas Petrogas Inc. TSX-V Symbol: BOE Reason: At the Request of the Company Pending News Halt Time (ET) 14:22     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…
  • IIROC Trade Resumption - Tethys Petroleum Limited

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - August 28, 2015) - Trading resumes in: Company: Tethys Petroleum Limited TSX Symbol: TPL (all issues) Resumption Time (ET): 12:00     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment dealers and…
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  • Change Management for Agile Projects

    12 Aug 2015 | 6:26 am
    Through our years of designing, developing, and implementing knowledge and information management technologies, we’ve consistently regarded user understanding and buy-in as key criteria for success. The change management profession aims to reduce the purported 70% failure rate on large projects by concentrating on the people side of change. Change professionals focus on communications, training, and stakeholder engagement activities for projects ranging from the rollout of a new document management system to a new records retention process to a corporate reorganization. Typically, change…
  • What is Meant by Knowledge Management?

    6 Aug 2015 | 6:51 am
    Knowledge Management is becoming more important as organizations continue to grow and face numerous challenges. As Wiig stated, “Competitiveness in the new world is directly dependent not only on the value and sophistication of the knowledge assets but also on how well they are renewed and utilized to conduct competent work” (Wiig 1999). Recently, the board of directors of the African Development Bank Group (ADBG) approved their Knowledge Management strategy, declaring that “knowledge and innovation have emerged as crucial features of development strategies in many parts of the…
  • Driving process innovation - Part Two

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Introduction In Part 1 of this article I explored the opportunity for professional service firms to apply process management practices to their services and internal support processes to drive improvements in cost and service. In Part 2 I will discuss the key role that Knowledge Management could play in helping to realise this opportunity. A key role for Knowledge Management Some mid to large professional service firms have established internal teams to help coordinate and drive process improvement and re-engineering activities, in a mid-sized firm this can be simply one person in a…
  • Driving Process Innovation - Part One

    16 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    Professional Service firms are facing a number of major competitive challenges including price-down pressures from clients, accelerated by the 2008 financial crash, deregulation in some markets (such as the UK and Australian legal sectors), increasing competition from lower cost economies (such as IT services from India) and new internet-enabled business models (such as in IT and design services, in accountancy and in legal services). In response to these challenges, firms are increasingly recognising the need to innovate both in the services they…
  • Justifying KM

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    During a time of budget cuts you might be called upon to explain why Knowledge Management shouldn’t be axed.  What do you say? Justifying why Knowledge Management is essential to your organization can be a difficult task.  However, failure to gain managerial and executive support for KM is a frequent cause of KM initiative and program failures.  To effectively justify the importance of KM, focus on the end results of KM:  operation efficiency, risk reduction, and competitive advantage through innovations. In explaining the rationale for Knowledge Management, practitioners sometimes make…
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    HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing

  • How You’re Doing Branding Wrong, And What To Do About It

    Kevin Wood
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    The post How You’re Doing Branding Wrong, And What To Do About It appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Having a consistent and clear brand will help you build a business that lasts for the long-term. At the core of your branding should be a connection between you and your customer. The role of your brand is to communicate your value to your customer in the clearest manner possible. Only by understanding your customer can you truly create a brand that lasts. Most companies go about branding from the opposite approach and end up with a brand that speaks to no one. Below you’ll…
  • 4 Tasks That Will Save Your Email Marketing Campaigns

    Alex Ivanovs
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:24 am
    The post 4 Tasks That Will Save Your Email Marketing Campaigns appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. On the internet, email is like having a mobile phone, with the difference that on the internet — you can almost always get anyone’s phone number, at any given time. Sometimes, you create something and ask users to enter their phone number (email) in for you, so that they can be notified when you share and publish more of the amazing stuff that got the interested in the first place. We now it by the name of email marketing. The reasons for creating an email list have…
  • How To Use Split-Testing To Improve Your Website

    Kevin Wood
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:38 am
    The post How To Use Split-Testing To Improve Your Website appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Optimizing your website could be the missing factor in making your website a success. Split-testing allows you to truly unlock the power of your website. Imagine being able to test every aspect of your website, so it’s perfectly catered to your ideal visitor. When you’re building your website right out of the gate you’re actually making an educated guess about what you think your visitors are going to like. Split-testing allows you to morph your website into something that speaks…
  • The Power Of Native Advertising With Instagram

    Jeremy Jensen
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    The post The Power Of Native Advertising With Instagram appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. The term ‘native advertising’ has been criticized in some ways as unethical, due to the disguise in which businesses and corporations present their products. Most recently, Al Jazeera America highlighted a questionable innovation by CNN, under which they’ll be broadcasting corporate propaganda disguised as news, a move that looks very bad for the integrity of journalism. However, the good news within this article is that native advertising doesn’t have to be…
  • Top Productivity Apps For Small Business Owners

    Kevin Wood
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:55 am
    The post Top Productivity Apps For Small Business Owners appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. As a small business owner you’re going to have a ton of tasks to manage and keep track of every single day. It’s easy to get overwhelmed, and this is where the power of apps can come in. By managing your workflow and reducing the time spent doing aimless things you’ll be better able to advance your business. In this post we’re going to cover the top productivity apps for small business owners, and how they can be used to transform your business. Most of the apps below will work…
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  • Evolution Bookshelf: “The Speed of Trust”

    Brendan Anderson
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:03 am
    As you know from my last book summary, I was fixated on Trust…or lack thereof, so I dug out my running list of books recommended by fellow entrepreneurs and noticed that The Speed of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything by Stephen M.R. Covey had been recommended by several people. This seemed like the perfect time to move this one up on the list. While on my family trip over spring break this year, I made a point of listening to portions of this book every morning on my run, and even found myself stopping often to take notes. It was the perfect time for me to concentrate on what was…
  • Elevating the Finance Role in Your Small Business

    Brendan Anderson
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    As a small business begins to grow, one of two things occurs: either the founder begins taking on more of the company’s responsibilities in terms of accounting, marketing and operations, or they begin to invest in people with expertise in these areas. While many entrepreneurs understand the latter as a natural part of their small business’ evolution, they don’t often know when to make the transition from having a leader wearing multiple hats to dividing up the work among specialists to the company’s benefit. And it’s missing this window of opportunity that might very well lead to an…
  • The Rise of Midwest Venture Capital

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    12 Aug 2015 | 4:31 am
    Many of my friends, when introducing me to someone, invariably say that I am from Chicago, Houston or Pittsburgh because they have heard me say that I lived in those cities before moving to Cleveland. The fact is that I moved eight times by the time I went to college and in a way feel fortunate that I have seen a great deal of the country. I laugh at times that I should work for the CIA because my early roots are a mystery to many, including good friends. But today, I consider myself a Midwesterner and Cleveland my home. I think a lot of that kinship comes from the fact that I love what I…
  • Small Business Leadership: How Financially Capable Are Your Employees?

    Brendan Anderson
    7 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    Small business owners realize the impact finances have on their organization as a whole, yet they aren’t always aware of the effect an employee’s personal finances plays both inside and outside of the workplace. This doesn’t mean offering employees a significant increase in pay is the answer; however, it does mean owners should take an active role in making sure employees exercise sound financial practices. Otherwise, it could eventually influence their performance on the job, and ultimately, the overall health of the organization. According to a recent study by Harris Interactive on…
  • Evolution Book Shelf: “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”

    Brendan Anderson
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    The second book in Evolution’s quarterly book club was The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. This is the second time I have read this book – it is a must read (or listen) for all teams that want to grow. Creating a cohesive team is more difficult than most entrepreneurs ever dream. My two most memorable concepts: 1. “If you could get all the people in an organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.” 2. An outsider listening in on a meeting between a team should feel a little…
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  • 5 Tricks to Generate Endless MLM Leads that Convert

    Vineet Gupta
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    So you also want to know how to Generate Mlm leads? LOL You are not the only one. Tons of people ask about mlm lead generation so that they have ample home based business leads. Today I am going to share the exact strategy which I use to generate endless flow of Mlm leads. Sometimes I get so many leads that I need to stop the promotions or I get tired sharing the leads with my team Just kidding, I don’t get tired doing Network Marketing, Haha So, What I am doing for MLM Lead Generation? Now without wasting any more time, following are the proven techniques to build your Network Marketing…
  • MLM Success Stories: Interview with Mr. Narender Yadav

    Vineet Gupta
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:56 am
    Hey there, today I’ll be interviewing another great MLM Leader in the series of MLM Success Stories that I bring for my readers. By the way you can find the previous interviews published on this blog here. As always I will waste no time & get started with the Interview: Lets welcome Mr. Narender Yadav ji, who has been a committed networker ever since he is known to me. 1. Narender ji, Please introduce yourself to our readers? Hello Vineet & all, I’m Narender Yadav, served for 26 years for Government of India for Defence service  and also worked for Intelligence…
  • 5 Keys to Your Network Marketing Success in 2015

    Vineet Gupta
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    So you also want to know how you can get network marketing success.You are not the only one. In my half a decade of experience of NETWORK MARKETING, I have been asked this question several times. So many people come up to me to ask this Golden question: How to Succeed in Network Marketing? I thought to write an in-depth tutorial on it so that it helps people like you to get right direction. Also make sure along with what you will learn in this tutorial, you also spend some time daily reading few Network Marketing Books, that will take your knowledge to next level & help you get network…
  • Is Network Marketing a Good Career? YES or NO?

    Vineet Gupta
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    Today morning when I woke up & I was checking the Emails there was an email from Quora. Subject line  of the email was: Can you answer this question? I opened the email & the questions was – “Is network marketing good or bad to start one’s career?” Following is the screenshot of the question asked by someone on Quora: If you don’t know about Quora it’s a Question & Answer website. You can Ask any question or reply to questions you have knowledge about! Is network marketing a good career? I think this is very common question that comes to mind when we get…
  • WARNING: 035 Reasons Why people Fail in MLM?

    Vineet Gupta
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s been half a decade for me into MLM business & I have seen people making all kind of excuses. They tell me different reasons why they are not able to Succeed in MLM business. There are hardly half a dozen people who accept the fact that they didn’t succeed because they didn’t do what is required to succeed. Rest everyone has some or the other reason. Funny thing is sometimes such people themselves as me Why people fail in mlm How to avoid MLM Failure?   Irrespective of whatever stage you are into, in you business as of now, it’s because of YOU. And if you wish…
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    Easy Offices - Blog

  • Healthy Work Lunch, Healthy You

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:20 am
    When you’re at work, the easiest lunch option is to pop out to the local coffee or sandwich shop and grab whatever is quickest to chomp down before the afternoon of heavy meetings begins. However, with people working more hours than ever before, and sedentary lifestyles being a major cause for concern amongst employers, it’s more important than ever before to make more effort to be healthy. © simpleinsomnia Between 1993 and 2013 there was a huge rise in the amount of men and women classified as obese in the UK. The amount of obese men rose from 13.2 percent to 26.0 percent and…
  • Job Performance – Sleep Matters

    24 Aug 2015 | 1:06 am
    As a general rule, we all know that if we don’t get a good night’s sleep, we’re going to be pretty cranky at work the next day. However, what most people don’t realise is exactly how much of an effect a lack of sleep can have on their job performance in the long run. © Annie Mole Are you getting enough sleep? The first thing you need to do is recognise the signs. When life gets a bit crazy, perhaps you’ve got a new baby or you’re super busy, or things in your personal life are testing, it can be easy to forget about the very basics we need – eating…
  • New Clifton Serviced Offices Available

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:43 am
    Set within a Grade 2 listed building, these serviced offices can offer your business a modern and recently refurbished interior. The offices all have excellent natural light and are based in the heart of Clifton just a few minutes walk from the famous suspension bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Serviced Offices in Clifton The fully furnished office space benefits from a kitchen area, break out rooms and state of the art technology. If you would like more information about this fantastic serviced office in Clifton or would like to arrange a viewing please call Easy Offices on 020…
  • Office Workers – Move More, Sit Less

    21 Aug 2015 | 12:46 am
    Working in an office is fabulous for comfort, but pretty awful for the waistline. Comfy office chairs are great things, but the more time we spend in the chair, the shorter our lifespan according to numerous studies on the effects of a sedentary lifestyle. © A huge portion of adults will spend a minimum of five hours sitting down , and shockingly, some people will spend over 14 hours of the day sitting down (Source). This might seem completely fine, but the studies that revealed this information also show eye-opening figures suggesting all that cuddle time between your…
  • The Importance of Fire Risk Assessments

    18 Aug 2015 | 2:33 am
    It doesn’t take a vast amount of education to understand that a fire in your work premises would be bad news. As well as the cost of equipment, loss of earnings, overall building damage and general business disruption, there’s also the much more horrible potential consequence of human injury or in the worst possible scenario – fatality. In 2013-2014 there were 22,000 fires recorded in buildings that were not dwellings, 17 fatalities and 1,083 non-fatal casualties occurred in those fires (Source). In the same year, it was recorded that a shocking 75% of fires in other…
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  • How to be a dog of a leader…in a good way

    Brian Null
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Outrageously bad employee behaviour makes for great stories in the media. You know the ones, like getting injured whilst having sex on a work trip, suing because the chair height was adjusted or the after-hours office liaison that the hotel patrons next door photographed. Even though these stories pique our curiosity, these are more the exception, and the rule of bad employee behaviour is an underlying slow rot that progressively destroys workplace culture. The old adage of ‘one bad apple makes the whole bunch go bad’ really does apply when it comes to culture. Great leaders are sniffer…
  • 5 Tips to Make Room for Career Growth

    Brian Null
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:37 am
    “The problem is never how to get new, innovative thoughts into your mind, but how to get the old ones out.” – Dee Hock, Founder and former CEO of Visa The theme this month is clearing the path for mobility in your career.  I coach a number of mid-career professionals and the recurring theme as they work hard to move from a staff level role into a leadership role is that they want to bring all their skills, training, and capabilities with them into their new role.  After all, it has taken a lot of time and effort to acquire these skills, and we want to prove to people that we have…
  • How to Successfully Get Away from the Office During the Summer

    Brian Null
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:09 am
    When you own a business, time off can bring more stress than relaxation. Who will check your emails and answer the phones? Will your team be okay without you? What if you completely disconnect and someone needs to reach you? The list goes on and on. While tearing away from the office may be difficult, a 365-day work year isn’t healthy for anyone. There are only a few weeks left of summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take advantage of them.  Below are some ways you can prepare your business for your well-deserved summer vacation so that when you’re gone, it really feels like a…
  • You Just Took Over a New Team, Now What?

    Brian Null
    3 Aug 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Over your career, you will likely change jobs. If you are a team leader, a change in jobs probably means a change in teams as well. In an ideal world, you would get to handpick every person on your team to recruit only “A” players who work well together. When you move to a new team, you have to work with the team you are given and get the best out of them. A first step to get the best out of your team is to know what you are working with. In your first weeks, you can assess the strengths and weaknesses of each member of your team through your own interactions and through past reviews and…
  • The Key to Non-Profit Growth: Think like an entrepreneur

    Brian Null
    3 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Here’s what we know. For profit companies develop a vision, strategic plan, execute it and grow.  So why shouldn’t non-profit organizations do the same? At CURE Childhood Cancer, our mission is to fund research that will lead to a cure for children’s cancer in which 16,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. So while we don’t manufacture or service gadgets, our approach for driving up revenue is built on the same business model as a for-profit company, and it works.  Over 9 years, we have grown 452% bringing passion and purpose to our goals of dispersing millions of dollars to…
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    Winnipeg Hockey Talk

  • Four Winnipeg Jets Invited to NHLPA Rookie Showcase

    Mitch Kasprick
    29 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    Four Jets and three players from Manitoba invited to NHLPA Rookie Showcase – On September 1, 2015, 40 of the National Hockey League’s top prospects and rookies will be in Toronto for the 7th annual NHLPA Rookie Showcase. Connor Hellebuyck View image | The Winnipeg Jets will be represented by Nikolaj Ehlers, Nic Petan, Josh Morrissey and Connor Hellebuyck.  Does “Upper Deck” know something that Winnipeg Jets fans don’t? Nikolaj Ehlers View image | Upper Deck, the official trading card partner of the NHLPA and the NHL get a chance…
  • What about Lee Stempniak?

    Derek Curtis
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Winnipeg Jets fans are wondering why no Lee Stempniak? –  Winnipeg Jets fans were wondering “what about Lee Stempniak” after reports came out he wanted to remain a Winnipeg Jet. Fan chatter didn’t take long to follow.  “Why wouldn’t they sign Stempniak?”  or  “They chose Matt Halischuk and Anthony Peluso over him?” are a few of the questions I have seen. The Winnipeg Jets signed Anthony Peluso for two years with a $609,000 AAV per season.  I’m sure Anthony would rather be on the ice all the time but he has always been a good…
  • Why Wouldn’t The Winnipeg Jets Re-sign Their Top Players?

    Mitch Kasprick
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:09 am
    Andrew Ladd, Dustin Byfuglien and the Winnipeg Jets –  In our most recent Winnipeg Hockey Talk podcast, we were discussing the lack of news in regards to Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien when I asked this question. “When, how and why did we buy-in to this notion that we can’t sign both of them?”   From WHT Podcast 042 >>> listen HERE  These conversations started not long after July 1, 2015,  when Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien’s contracts officially entered into their final year with the Winnipeg Jets and contract extensions could be discussed.
  • Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Aug. 24

    Mitch Kasprick
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:16 am
    Things about the Winnipeg Jets and the NHL that crossed my mind over the weekend — Some random facts and a few thoughts from this past week about the Winnipeg Jets, the Manitoba Moose and the National Hockey League. 1.  Today’s theme on my “Random Thoughts” is going to revolve around Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien since another week has come and gone and there is still no news regarding either of them from TNSE.  2.  I think the main reason Winnipeg Jets fans are obsessing about the status of Andrew Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien is that they were led to believe in…
  • Podcast 042: Winnipeg Jets and NHL Talk

    Mitch Kasprick
    22 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Winnipeg Jets Talk – Free Lee Winnipeg Hockey Talk Editor Mitch Kasprick is joined by co-host Darryl Manchulenko and they discuss the notion of why, where, and how did all this talk start that the Winnipeg Jets can’t or won’t re-sign both Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd.  Don’t hockey teams try to re-sign their best players? Mitch takes a shot at Auston Matthews for playing in Switzerland during his draft year and dumps all over the USHL and explains his reasons why.  Darryl still thinks there is a chance the Jets might still sign Lee Stempniak (Free Lee) and Mitch…
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  • How to Experience Rome Like a Pro

    Diners Club International
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Known as the Eternal City or Caput Mundi (capital of the world), Rome is an ancient city that became the capital of a unified Italy in 1870, after taking the title from Florence.  Although the capital of Italy is a large cosmopolitan city, with 3,000 years of art, culture, and architecture on display, Roman cuisine... Read more »
  • Gaggan Anand’s #BestMealEver

    Diners Club International
    6 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    “Wow, how did they do this? Wow, wow!” said Gaggan Anand, owner and executive chef of Bangkok Indian restaurant Gaggan, (No.1, Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, No. 10 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015) when asked about his #BestMealEver experience that mystified his sensibilities. Dining at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain... Read more »
  • Miami, New York & Chicago: 3 Dream Cities for Summer Vacation

    Diners Club International
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:12 pm
    This summer, the United States is calling you for a visit. Miami is a beach state of mind, where art deco buildings dot the boulevards and lounging by the pool is par for the course. It might be hot and sometimes rainy this time of year, but fewer lines and lack of crowds, coupled with... Read more »
  • Top Spots in Tuscany

    Diners Club International
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Italian cuisine is full of variety and each city within the 20 regions of Italy offers its own culinary specialties. In Tuscany, earthy staples abound, from hearty soups to ubiquitous antipasti (often  composed of crostini and cold cuts), to parpadelle (ribbon pasta) served with tomato sauce of wild hare or boar, to Chianti and Tuscan... Read more »
  • Share Your #BestMealEver with Diners Club

    Chrysoula Economopoulos
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    What are your favorite food memories? Enchant us with stories about hidden gastronomic treasures, from an experience at one of the top restaurants around the world to a secret family recipe that tantalizes your taste buds and conjures memories of your youth. We want to know about the time friends introduced you to a taverna... Read more »
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    Alliance Business Coach

  • Google & Uber

    Peter Simoons
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:19 am
    From BFFs to frenemies This case description of the actual Google & Uber alliance is an example of a description that you will have access to as a member of the Alliance Mastery member program. The program will reopen for registration shortly. Every case in the program consists of an introduction about the companies and the strategic alliance, it will describe you how the alliance developed and will show you the success factors, or what went wrong. The case will conclude with some thought provoking questions to help you analyze the situation and learn from it in a way that it will be…
  • The Story of the Pie

    Peter Simoons
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:13 am
    What would you prefer: a small or a large piece of the pie? Wow! Thank you so much for your valuable responses to last week’s survey! The survey is still open till Sept 1 so if you haven’t found your 5 minutes to contribute yet you still can: through this link. I could not resist my curiosity and wait for the consolidated results; so I peeked into the raw data. I found some valuable remarks and questions in there. To some of them I’ll come back to you one-on-one, others I’ll address in my weekly articles. About the pie Now, the story of the pie: It is not just because my eldest…
  • Questions, Questions, Questions

    Peter Simoons
    16 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    It was 3 am last Friday when a loud bang woke me up and reminded me of the fact that beautiful hot summer weather in the Netherlands rarely goes without thunderstorms. Just the day before I was working from the garden table and posted this picture on Instagram as the view from my “open office”. This summer I’ve spent a fair amount of time working on the business instead of in the business. As an entrepreneur you regularly need to look forward to where business is going and adjust priorities. Sometimes when people ask me what I do I tell them that “I ask questions” and that sums it…
  • Can technology replace alliance management?

    Peter Simoons
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    What do you think, can technology replace alliance management? Some will have a definitive answer to that question, however, as with many things in alliances, the answer should probably start with “it depends”. No matter how you look at it, technology is changing our lives. Think about video: right now you can have a high quality video conversation with me regardless where we both are in the world. That conversation can take place from devices we carry around in our pockets. Barely 10 years ago we needed to travel to look each other in the eyes or we needed very expensive…
  • What’s in a name?

    Peter Simoons
    3 Aug 2015 | 2:18 am
    What is an alliance for you? Ask that question to a colleague or a partner and there is a good chance that you’ll receive an answer that is different from your own view of what an alliance is. The past weeks I have been in a few conversations about alliance definitions. The first conversation was with Erik who said that he did not really like the word “alliance” at all. Erik works a lot with startups and SME sized businesses in the Netherlands. We discussed what an alliance is and how it can be used within his business. However, we also concluded that the word alliance doesn’t really…
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    Linear to Circular

  • The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies

    Chris Oestereich
    23 Aug 2015 | 4:07 am
    In a study of consultants by Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, managers could not tell the difference between employees who actually worked 80 hours a week and those who just pretended to. While managers did penalize employees who were transparent about working less, Reid was not able to find any … Continue reading The Research Is Clear: Long Hours Backfire for People and for Companies →
  • Dark side to Open? — Medium

    Chris Oestereich
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:39 am
    We must understand and respect the intimate scales & journeys of openness — and host the spaces which allow contrarian perspectives, encourage the paradox, conflicting ideas, disagreeing ideologies, in-completeness, weakness, doubt, vulnerability and uncertainty whilst maintaining and accelerating empathy. Our current notion of OPEN is at risk of destroying the space & place of creativity and invention. … Continue reading Dark side to Open? — Medium →
  • Seth’s Blog: The other kinds of laziness

    Chris Oestereich
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:47 am
    There’s the laziness of bureaucracy, which gives us the chance to avoid the people right in front of us, defaulting instead to rules and systems. -Seth Godin
  • So What Can We Do About Inequality? | Institute for New Economic Thinking

    Chris Oestereich
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    The basic income is very close to the idea Thomas Paine put forward in the 1790s. (Paine’s proposal, by the way, is on the website of the U.S. Social Security Administration). That proposal is something that I and many others think is really interesting, which is that everyone, on reaching the age of 18 or so, should … Continue reading So What Can We Do About Inequality? | Institute for New Economic Thinking →
  • Accenture punts annual performance reviews and rankings | The Washington Post

    Chris Oestereich
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:10 pm
    (Accenture) will disband rankings and the once-a-year evaluation process starting in fiscal year 2016, which for Accenture begins this September. It will implement a more fluid system, in which employees receive timely feedback from their managers on an ongoing basis following assignments. Accenture is joining a small but prominent list of major corporations that have … Continue reading Accenture punts annual performance reviews and rankings | The Washington Post →
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  • Outsourcing Can Save Your Business Time and Money, Here’s How

    Outsourcing Insider
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Most small to mid-sized enterprises, particularly start-ups, encounter this problem: How do you expand your operations with minimal risk at the least expense? How do you manage day-to-day operations without taking the focus off on core business activities? For most of these businesses, time and money are always on the short leash. Most business owners try to micro-manage everything which can be helpful to ensure operations are working efficiently, but this approach isn’t sustainable in the long term as it will make you exhausted and overworked, it will also hinder your business from growing…
  • Outsourcing Services: Which Is Best for Your Business?

    Outsourcing Insider
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:59 am
    Outsourcing wasn’t formally recognized as a business strategy until 1989, but businesses have been outsourcing ancillary services to external suppliers even before. With industrialization bringing about specialization of services and an increase in demand for such—outsourcing has become the solution. What’s seen as an advantage is the myriad of outsourcing services businesses can choose to outsource. There are several types of outsourcing services, based on the task or service provided, location, and relationship involved. According to the task or service provided: 1.
  • The Benefits of Outsourcing: A Guide for SMEs

    Outsourcing Insider
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Being a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) in any industry is a tough feat to pull off, especially if the most lacking commodity you have is time. Most start-ups face this dilemma, and it could be very frustrating when you’ve got all the ability and commitment to move your business forward, but certain areas can’t be given enough attention because of time constraints. Outsourcing, or the practice of employing the help of outside firms to handle important work a business does not have certain resources for, is now becoming popular among many entrepreneurs. Various business transactions…
  • 2015 UK IT Outsourcing Study: 10 Key Insights

    Outsourcing Insider
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:17 am
    As technology continues the advance at a rapid speed, it’s no wonder that IT outsourcing (ITO) is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world—and it’s no exception in the UK. A recent study of ITO customers and contracts in the UK conducted by Whitelane Research in collaboration with PA Consulting Group shows how and why demand for ITO services in the UK will grow. The researchers surveyed top executives from 260 of the UK’s biggest consumers of ITO services that hold more than 800 unique contracts with a collective value of more than £15 billion—almost 75% of the UK market…
  • The Latest in Outsourcing: July 2015

    Outsourcing Insider
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:54 pm
    July has been an eventful month in the outsourcing industry. Here’s a rundown of the significant events that took place in BPO companies this month. Global outsourcing breaks all-time records in first half of 2015 ISG’s latest global Outsourcing Index has announced a surge in worldwide outsourcing records in the second quarter of 2015—a milestone reached despite the 7% year-on-year decline in the annual contract value (ACV) for the first half of this year ($6.2 billion). The following breakthroughs occurred despite the first quarter of 2015 being considered as one of the slowest…
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  • On CNBC Now

    5 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    Did the  Global Entrepreneurship Summit Achieve Its Objectives?I'm on CNBC now to to the segment
  • Pictures from #GES2015Kenya

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
  • On Africa Business Today now...

    31 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    On Africa Business Today now discussing Barack Obama's African tour which has generated quite a bit of excitement, it's also put some focus on whether enough is being done to keep Africa on the move, and change "old stereotypes". Link to segment...
  • Sharing Stories and Insight at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

    29 Jul 2015 | 1:11 pm
    Sharing one’s Peace Corps experience with others isn’t rare for a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV). But sharing your experience with the President of the United States? That’s not something everyone can claim. On July 25th and 26th, 2015, the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) was held in Nairobi, Kenya. At the summit, three RPCVs spoke about their paths to entrepreneurship and how their time in the Peace Corps influenced their work and desire to give back in unique ways. Read more...
  • See You at The Global Entrepreneurship Summit Kenya

    12 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    l'll be hosting the discussion on how to scale your business at the 2015 The Global Entrepreneurship Summit Kenya. Joining me will be Wale Tinubu - Oando Foundation, Ifeanyi Oteh – Ampion,  Enyo Kumahor - CEO of Cobalt, Ayodeji Adewunmi - I look forward to meeting these amazing entrepreneurs when I get to Kenya next week. 
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    Market Business News

  • Japanese industrial output fell by 0.6 percent in July

    Joseph Nordqvist
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Japanese industrial production dropped in July by 0.6 percent following the 1.1 percent increase in June, according to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Output in July was worse than the median forecast for an increase of 0.1 percent in a survey of economists carried out by Bloomberg. Shipments were down 0.3 percent in […] The post Japanese industrial output fell by 0.6 percent in July appeared first on Market Business News.
  • Osborne announces £500 million investment in Faslane base

    Harriet Phelps
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:40 pm
    George Osborne announced more than £500 million of contracts to overhaul the Royal Navy’s submarine base at Faslane, securing 6,700 jobs and set to create thousands more. The Faslane Naval Base in Scotland is the home of Britain’s nuclear weapons – in the form of Vanguard-class nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed submarines. The money will be spent […] The post Osborne announces £500 million investment in Faslane base appeared first on Market Business News.
  • Brazil has slipped into a recession

    Veronica Cruz
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Brazil has slipped into recession after official figures revealed that the country’s gross domestic product fell 1.9% in the second quarter of the year. Year-on-year, second quarter growth was down 2.6 percent. Analysts expected the Brazilian economy to contract, but the real figure was worse than expected. In addition, the government statistics agency IBGE said […] The post Brazil has slipped into a recession appeared first on Market Business News.
  • BoE position on rates unchanged by China

    Joseph Nordqvist
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The slowdown in China’s economy has not changed the Bank of England’s stance on when and how it will begin increasing interest rates. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Saturday that even though China’s economic slowdown could drag global economic growth down, the decision to raise rates is still at the top of […] The post BoE position on rates unchanged by China appeared first on Market Business News.
  • HSBC IT glitch affected 275,000 payments

    Joseph Nordqvist
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:22 pm
    HSBC issued a statement apologizing for the inconvenience of today’s payments problems in the UK caused by an IT glitch. The bank said that it has processed approximately 99% of payments affected by the glitch, with the rest expected to be completed overnight. A total of 275,000 payments were affected by the glitch, according to […] The post HSBC IT glitch affected 275,000 payments appeared first on Market Business News.
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  • Why Offshore Drillers Were Down Yesterday

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:56 am
    Seadrill Ltd (NYSE:SDRL), Noble Energy, Inc. (NYSE:NBL),Transocean LTD (NYSE:RIG) and North Atlantic Drilling Ltd. (NYSE:NADL) were all down during trading yesterday following the skepticism for the offshore drilling industry’s outlook shown by Seadrill’s CFO.
  • Why Apple May Have Been Turned Down By Square

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:56 am
    Square refused Apple Inc.\'s (NASDAQ:AAPL) acquisition offer, as it was for $3 billion compared to its self-valuation of $5 billion, according to rumors.
  • 5 Innovative Footwear Items By Nike That Are Bound To Catch Your Eye

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:56 am
    Nike (NYSE:NKE) is going to release some innovative products in its sportswear category. Bidness Etc breaks down the upcoming attractions for you.
  • Hope For RadioShack

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:56 am
    In its effort to avert bankruptcy, RadioShack Corporation (NYSE:RSH) is mulling over a financing package worth $585 million.
  • Lockheed Martin Establishes Technology Center

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:56 am
    Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT) has established a technology center in Silicon Valley to complement its lasers, telescopes and targeting systems.
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    CDC Synectics on How to Leverage Resources

  • How to Make Sound Fact-based Decisions

    Connie Siu
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Fact-based decision-making is one of the many approaches to decision-making. Having the data doesn’t help to make sound decisions unless you do 5 things.
  • How to Overcome Change Resistance

    Connie Siu
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    How frequent do you hear the following in your conversation about change? Customer support doesn’t have access to the system The gatekeeper checks the form before it is handed over for date entry It is not the responsibility of returns processing to speak with customers Marketing needs to approve the advertisement copy for the campaign The admin clerk doesn’t have the aptitude to take on the expanded role The advisor is too busy to complete the client agreement properly The trouble ticket has to go through tier 2 support first The work order is held up because the account for the labour…
  • Readiness for Change

    Connie Siu
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    How receptive is your company to change? The readiness for change has a bearing on who you need to champion change and the effort that would be required. The Readiness for Change grid illustrates the differences. When the change resistance is high, a conservative change mindset would lead to cautious moves so as to minimize conflicts. The chance of success is low because any resistance would cause the change effort to retreat. On the other hand, an aggressive mindset would instigate constant battles. Those who want to push change through would take a hardline. Others who don’t like change…
  • 3 Reasons Why Job Role is the Last Consideration

    Connie Siu
    30 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    Making transformational changes involves overhauling the status quo to achieve significant improvements. Often, companies become concerned about the impacts on job roles too early, limiting themselves from exploring options that could deliver major advancement. There are three reasons why companies should put job roles aside as they brainstorm transformational changes. 1.       Create unnecessary constraints If the company let questions such as who will be able to do the work or the number of jobs impacted influence their thinking, it would rule out options with excellent potentials…
  • Are You Treating Cause or Effect?

    Connie Siu
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Effects get us excited about taking action. Dealing with a cause usually takes more effort than dealing with an effect. Find out why and aim for a real solution.
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  • 7 Email Hacks to Turn You into an Insanely Productive Entrepreneur [Infographic]

    28 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    This infographic from Chris Ducker shows 7 email hacks to turn you into an insanely productive entrepreneur. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual ContentingThe post 7 Email Hacks to Turn You into an Insanely Productive Entrepreneur [Infographic] appeared first on VISUAL CONTENTING.
  • 7 Proven Visual Content Marketing Tips to Drive Traffic to Your Website [#VisualInbound]

    THE SEEN Team
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    Nowadays, visual content has become a phenomenon and plays such a significant role in attracting people to your website as well as encouraging engagement and sharing. According to a Citrix report: Nearly 2/3 of all posts on social media are visual content. 54% of all internet users have posted original visual content that they personally created and it has become the most powerful tool for them to engage fans. Content with visual images gets 94% more views. Set your brand apart from various amount of written content published online every day by getting visual! When you use visual content,…
  • A Decade in Demand – Top 10 Milestones in Demand Generation [Infographic]

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
    ANNUITAS, a demand generation and marketing strategy firm, uses its 10th anniversary as an opportunity to look at how demand generation has evolved over the last decade, and the most important milestones that influenced business along the way. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: Visual ContentingThe post A Decade in Demand – Top 10 Milestones in Demand Generation [Infographic] appeared first on VISUAL CONTENTING.
  • How Modern Marketers Are Using Mobile [Infographic]

    THE SEEN Team
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    This infographic from Oracle discusses about how modern marketers are using mobile. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: THE SEENThe post How Modern Marketers Are Using Mobile [Infographic] appeared first on VISUAL CONTENTING.
  • Connect with Your Audience – Your Agile Social Marketing Template for Success [Infographic]

    THE SEEN Team
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    This infographic from Microsoft is your agile social marketing template for success to connect with your audience. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: THE SEENThe post Connect with Your Audience – Your Agile Social Marketing Template for Success [Infographic] appeared first on VISUAL CONTENTING.
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    Pinnacle Telecom - Comms Buzz

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

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:31 am
    Companies embracing the merging of voice and data technologies will be the ones which prove most successful. The worlds of data and voice have evolved separately in recent years, but those organisations which marry them together using current technologies will see substantial benefits in the form of capital and operational cost savings, lower cost of ownership for hardware, reduced risk associated with continuity and disaster recovery, and new opportunities for innovation. First, there is the world of the data centre. Its servers and other hardware components, and the business applications…
  • Get control of your telephone calls via the web

    18 Aug 2015 | 5:38 am
    We have introduced a complete communications service for businesses that is packed full of features and controlled via an easy-to-use web portal. Our new ‘Horizon’ service lets managers easily control the business environment while enabling employees to maximise their productivity. The suite has lots of clever features and an emphasis on control through the web that takes away the need for an often-expensive IT expert. Managers can quickly configure the system according to their organisation’s changing requirements, while their employees can manage calls easily and effectively. With…
  • Integrating mobile devices into communications infrastructure key issue for companies

    10 Aug 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Organisations need to take a fresh look at how they are integrating their employees’ mobile phones into their corporate communications network. Mobiles should be an extension of a feature-rich network rather than a stand-alone add-on for employees. No business tool is more essential or ubiquitous than the phone. With the huge array of technologies now at our disposal, we still depend on the power of voice communications that let us connect instantaneously and talk with anyone in the world. No more so than in a world where business operations are spread around the globe with highly mobile…
  • Mobile Phone Management Key To Business Success

    4 Aug 2015 | 1:12 am
    As mobile phones celebrate a milestone birthday, it’s interesting how they have moved from a simple communications device to now being a key part of business processes. It has now been 40 years since the first mobile phone call when a telephone engineer rang a technology rival from a ‘cell’ phone in New York. The device was almost 23cm tall, weighed more than one kilogram, contained 30 circuit boards, had a talk-time of 35 minutes and took 10 hours to recharge. Today, mobile phones in many of our client’s systems are set up to handle many complex forms-based applications that talk to…
  • Communications help for retail businesses

    28 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Pinnacle is proud to be helping retailers who are under pressure to provide outstanding customer service in the current difficult high street trading conditions. We are providing solutions designed to improve responsiveness to customers, as well as providing greater efficiency across the business and dramatically reducing communication costs. Your employees are busy serving in-store customers, the phones are ringing unanswered; will missed calls result in missed sales opportunities? Simple call routing allows questions relating to opening times, store locations and requests for job…
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    Market Deeper

  • An Outlook on the Future of Home Security

    Nitin Sirsat
    14 Aug 2015 | 5:49 am
    Home security is a concern for everyone, no matter where a person lives. People who have had security issues in the past are even more aware of the fact that even the smallest issue can lead to a big and costly problem. When thinking about their future, there is no one who would not want to think about protecting their … Read More >>The post An Outlook on the Future of Home Security appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • What is a Gantt Chart for Project Management?

    Nitin Sirsat
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    Infographic brought to you by Wrike – Online Gantt Charts… Read More >>The post What is a Gantt Chart for Project Management? appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • TOP 12 Vendors of IT exams

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:36 am
    With sufficient amount of IT exam vendors in the market, it is difficult for a parent to decide, which one will be the best for the student. Even if they do decide the best, other brands don’t hesitate in competing. We have compiled a list of the top 12 vendors of IT exams who have really risen and made a … Read More >>The post TOP 12 Vendors of IT exams appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • 6 Top Marketing Trends for 2015

    Nitin Sirsat
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Infographic brought to you by Wrike – Project Team Management Software… Read More >>The post 6 Top Marketing Trends for 2015 appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Ignite the techie in you

    9 Jun 2015 | 1:36 am
    India is truly named as the developing country since it enhances the various qualities and adopts new technology at a faster rate. We Indians have a knack to learn about new technologies which are available in the market. We also do keep a note of how other countries are developed with respect to India. And since, Indian students own a … Read More >>The post Ignite the techie in you appeared first on Market Deeper.
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  • 5 Tips for Marketing Seasonal Products

    Nick Huang.
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    One of the biggest challenges—if not the biggest challenge—of running a business that offers seasonal products is finding how to bring in money in the offseason. For instance, you had a vision for a particular kind of sweater you wanted to produce and sell. You built your company around these sweaters, so much so that they have become your brand...
  • Vanuatu: A Mini - Guide for Business Travellers

    Nick Huang.
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Doing business abroad always brings its unique challenges depending upon your destination. If you are planning to visit Vanuatu on business then, as with all places, you will find the business environment different to the one that you are familiar with at home. It is therefore well worth finding out about the business culture before you leave, as...
  • Banner Stand Tactics to Help You Stand Out at an Exhibition

    Nick Huang.
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    The humble banner stand is a great way of attracting and harnessing attention. They can visually place you right in front of your audience or consumer. However, when it comes to design and tactics of use, many businesses fall short. Getting the best out of Colour Graphics banner stands is not difficult when you know how. The steps of excellent...
  • Understanding Gold as an Investment

    Nick Huang.
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:12 am
    The financial markets are huge and varied, with the potential for hundreds of different assets to be speculated on and incorporated into your portfolio. Some are more common and well known than others, and gold is almost certainly one of them. Even those who have no prior knowledge of the financial markets would know that gold is widely traded and...
  • Six tips for tradeshow newbies

    Nick Huang
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    The tradeshow is a gift. You set up your booth or stall, adorning it with roller banners, posters and giveaway leaflets from Colour Graphics , you bring your wares and you wait as the customers come flocking … Is it that simple? Is it that easy? Do people automatically flock to stands? It seems that way when you look out forlornly at the passing...
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    Globalization Partners International - Blog

  • 5 Safe Ways to Get Quality Links in a World Full of Penalties!

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Link gaining is an important piece of digital marketing strategies. Having quality links can be very valuable in terms of search engine ranking, but having bad links can be detrimental to your website's traffic. When it comes to links, quality is much, much better than quantity. Search engines, like Google, are constantly evolving their guidelines and practices to ensure they are delivering relevant, credible information to their searchers. So it can be challenging to safely build links and avoid penalties. Earning links naturally by creating great content is always the preferred method. In…
  • Arabic Language Translation eBook

    25 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    As part of its enhanced eBook collection (Translation eBooks), Globalization Partners International (GPI) has published its latest educational eBook entitled "Quick Facts: The Arabic Language."   The Language and Locale Quick Fact eBooks series contains a collection of Translation eBooks covering and curating information on languages, locales, cultures, writing systems and translation services by country.   In Quick Facts: The Arabic Language eBook you can learn:   Arabic Language Tips and Facts The Arabic Writing System Middle East Languages and Locales: Essential Facts Useful…
  • SEO for Blog Posts

    20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Creating content marketing strategies to provide relevant information to your audiences in the form of easy to read blog posts is an effective way to attract more qualified website traffic. But what do you do to make sure your blogs are receiving traffic from your audiences? You create search engine optimized, data-driven blog posts.   Optimizing your blog posts so search engines can find your content and deliver it to your target audiences is necessary to gain traffic. In this blog, I will detail some best practices for optimizing your blog posts. SEO Best Practices for Blogs Research…
  • China: Culture and Tradition

    19 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    China, with it's large population and booming economy, is an attractive market for many global businesses. But China has a very different culture than many western countries. It is as important to be familiar with the culture and customs as it is to be familiar with the language and economy when considering expanding into the Chinese market. Chinese Culture   China has more than one billion people representing 56 ethnic minorities groups. According to the Asia Society, some of the groups are: Han Chinese, Tibetans, Mongols, Manchus, Naxi and Hezhen. The Han Chinese are the largest group…
  • Content Marketing World 2015 is Almost Here!

    17 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Content Marketing World conference brings about 3,000 marketers from around the world to the Cleveland Convention Center September 8th to the 11th.   I spoke with a marketing company owner recently at a networking event and I asked him how much of his business for clients is digital. He considered it and said 30%. I asked him how much they were doing five years ago. He said zero. He clearly understands that five years from now digital will be his business.   Digital marketing will be the overwhelming focus of CMW. In total, there will be 150+ sessions. The first day will be a…
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    Rapid Formations Blog

  • What is the difference between a consultant, a contractor and a freelancer?

    Rachel Craig
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    What is the difference between a consultant, a contractor and a freelancer? There are more than 4.6 million self-employed people in the UK who operate as sole traders or through limited companies or limited liability partnerships. Many of these individuals are referred to as freelancers, contractors or consultants, but what do these terms actually mean? It can be particularly confusing because these labels are often used interchangeably when discussing self-employment but there are significant differences between all of them. Generally, the role of a consultant is to advise; to ‘consult’.
  • How and when to register charges at Companies House

    Rachel Craig
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:46 am
    How and when to register charges at Companies House A charge is the security a limited company (or limited liability partnership) gives over its assets when it borrows money from a bank or other type of lender. It is essentially a binding liability to satisfy a secured debt. By providing security for a debt, the lender can take possession of the secured assets and sell them if the company does not, or cannot, repay the loan. These types of loans take priority over unsecured loans and shareholders’ dividends if a company is wound up or goes into administration or receivership. Security can…
  • Advantages and disadvantages of limited company formation

    Rachel Craig
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Advantages and disadvantages of limited company formation The limited company structure is one of the most popular business models for all types and sizes of businesses. To register a company in the UK, your business must be legally incorporated with Companies House – this is a governmental agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills that operates as the official Registrar of Companies for England and Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. When you incorporate a limited company, it becomes a separate individual in the eyes of the law and is responsible for its…
  • Do I need business insurance when I register a limited company?

    Rachel Craig
    20 Jun 2015 | 3:32 am
    Do I need business insurance when I register a limited company? There is no legal requirement for you to take out any kind of business insurance when you set up a limited company in the UK unless you employ other people, own commercial premises, operate company vehicles, are part of a recognised profession, your business activities present a potential risk to individuals and/or the property of others, or members of the public are likely to visit your business premises or trading location. You may also wish to consider Directors and Officers (D&O) Liability insurance and Income Protection…
  • What is copyright protection?

    Rachel Craig
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:06 pm
    What is copyright protection? It doesn’t matter what type of industry you’re in – the UK is flooded with competition. Bearing that in mind, it’s getting more important than ever to ensure your company is able to stand out from all the corporate wannabes and copycats. But how? By and large, the key to establishing brand recognition is all about content. What could your be producing that nobody else can? Perhaps you’re able to offer fantastic industry insights through a company blog, or fantastic original images and graphics on your website. This sort of content will draw customers in…
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  • Announcing a new order fulfillment center in Tilburg, Netherlands

    Lauren Jow
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    After much anticipation, we’re excited to share that our newest order fulfillment center in Tilburg, Netherlands, is now open! We have been busy preparing for the launch of our Tilburg warehouse and wanted to tell you about some of the added benefits this location brings.   Strategic location Centrally located between Antwerp (Belgium), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Dusseldorf (Germany), Tilburg benefits from direct access to highways and nearby carrier hubs, making it an ideal location for distribution. The fulfillment center is stocked by two nearby ports of…
  • Shipwire V3 Product Catalog Upgrade

    Tony Holbrook
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:26 pm
    We recently rolled out a number of improvements to our V3 Application, including updates to the user interface and navigation. As a next step, it’s time to extend a V3 upgrade to merchants who are currently using the V2 product catalog. This will allow everyone to take advantage of new features, such as the Guided Product Creation Flow. “Product catalog” refers to the data structure of how your products (SKUs) are defined in the Shipwire platform. When adding or editing product attributes like weight, height, retail price, etc., you are editing your product catalog.   Shipwire…
  • Update: Create an order

    Tony Holbrook
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    On June 10, 2015 we are rolling out a change to the “Create an Order” workflow within the Shipwire Web Application. The new workflow is designed to save time; It optimizes the order creation process and reduces the number of steps it takes to create an order. As part of the ongoing improvements to our V3 Web Application, we are focusing on making day to day activities more efficient and intuitive. This this is another step in that direction and was inspired by merchant feedback (thank you!). For detailed documentation of the updated “Create an Order” process, please visit this…
  • Discovering trust in team

    8 Jun 2015 | 11:05 pm
    A while back my colleague, Tony Holbrook, used his “one-line Linkedin status change announcement” to write about what compelled him to make a recent career and company move. I’d like to do the same, but share why I have not made a change to another company.   The mouse that roared A bit about us: Shipwire is responsible for getting great products into the hands of millions of customers. Though we’ve been in this business a short time compared to some, it’s a good bet we’ve shipped something to your doorstep. That tangible connection with so many…
  • PeSA Takeaways 2015

    Ross Wood
    6 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Last week my colleague, Jeremy, and I represented Shipwire at the annual PeSA Conference on Australia’s Gold Coast. Our second year attending was even better than the first. If you weren’t there this year and just stumbled upon this post, PeSA is a conference for retailers by retailers and it features influential speakers like Bob Schwartz of Nordstrom. It’s a great event to connect with and learn from others doing e-commerce successfully.   Technology takes center stage This year, e-commerce technology was a major topic of discussion and in his keynote, Schwartz spoke…
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    The Brook Expert Insights Blog

  • 4 supplier relationship management tips for healthier partnerships

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    In every industry, building effective relationships with your suppliers is crucial for business success. Distributors in particular, must maintain supply chain performances that control inventory costs and ensure that products are available for shipment to end-users exactly when they are needed. But, depending on the amount of suppliers you deal with, building healthy relationships and long-term associations can be difficult. It’s not just about spending or logistics, you need to form cooperative partnerships with trusted suppliers who will consistently and dependably deliver quality…
  • 5 essential risk management checks for a smoother supply chain

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The way you conduct your supply chain procedures is inherently responsible for your overall business success. Your chain of supply delineates how your business moves and operates and must therefore be protected against unforeseen difficulties and interruptions.
  • What is ERP? A client conversation that led to a clear ERP definition

    14 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Just the other night, I asked my husband what he thought ERP meant. His answers, "Early recovery program... Entity reporting process... Everyone requires profits?" Now, he's a pretty smart guy and no stranger to successful business operations, but it struck me. Even with all the hype, Enterprise Resource Planning systems are a mystery to many intelligent business owners.  So, what's the best way to explain ERP? How to give an ERP definition that makes actual sense? A recent client inquiry helped shed some light on the confusion surrounding ERP software…
  • How Your ERP system Improves Cost Control With Accounting Software

    12 Aug 2015 | 2:19 am
    Your ERP system can perform many beneficial functions. In addition to providing a clear, comprehensive (and real-time) view at all of your various activities, it also includes integration strategies that are designed to further enhance cost controls and improve productivity and performance.  Among these are project management and accounting software.  These tools offer businesses an excellent way to analyse performances, control costs, and improve productivity. Breaking down tasks into smaller, more manageable actions, stages, and steps helps you identify areas within your…
  • 4 Ways to drastically shorten your software development life cycle

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Businesses today use software for almost every activity. Whether it involves communication with customers, suppliers, and staff, or it’s used to generate performance reports and analysis, your software development life cycle is an essential part of your daily operations. Even if you don’t realise it; the development process has been conducted somewhere, somehow, and embedded codes make it possible for your office to operate.  
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    Real Estate Investing

  • Air Duct Washing 101: Exactly how the Work Will get Completed

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:41 am
    The key causes of performing typical air duct washing is usually to keep a clear air flow and healthy environment in addition to better the system’s efficiency. By avoid unnecessary repairs, other reasons include safe concern to reduce damage and to save money. The air in the house circulates throughout the oxygen tubes within the HVAC systems and constantly havedust and debris, and other incredibly tiny components. The standard regulations require that all HVAC systems to have a furnace filter that will capture the particles in the air, but this does not mean that you have 100% clean air.
  • Investing In Real Estate: What Every Investor Should Know

    3 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Is real estate investing something you have been thinking about? Do you wish to find another home for renovating or plan to buy a home for your personal use? This guide has great suggestions to have you started. By using these tips, you’ll make well-informed decisions. You should feel good about your decision in the end. Learn about general property values in your locality. It is vital to know the area that you are buying in. When you look at what is going on from a street level, you can make a more informed decision. Find an area that you feel comfortable with. Limiting yourself to one…
  • The Real Estate Investing Guidelines To Follow

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    People really desire to make money with real estate in today’s world. Oftentimes, people will not know where to start. You need to learn some basics before you start investing in real estate successfully. Read on to learn all there is to know. Find a market you enjoy. You will achieve consistency faster by sticking to a particular market sector. Get to know your market type and continue with it for repeated success. As an investor, you have to think realistically about how you are going to divide up your available time. Having issues with a tenant can eat up quite a bit of time. A…
  • Tried And True Real Estate Investing Tips

    27 Mar 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Have you considered real estate investing? Does the idea of “flipping” a house sound desirable to you? Here you’ll find some good advice to start with. Apply this advice to make the best possible decisions. This way, you can prepare yourself for investing in real estate. Find like-minded people and learn from them. Lots of people want to invest in real estate. There are probably many groups formulating in your area that focus on this subject. Or if there are none in your area, there are quite a few online forums where other investors congregate. Take advantage of the…
  • A Few Pieces Of Real Estate Investing Advice

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:22 am
    Anyone can make money investing in real estate. That is, provided that they have taken the time to learn some critical information about the process and how to stand apart from the competition. If you’re interested in investing in real estate, the following article will give you some vital tips. When you’ve made the decision to invest in real estate, make it professional by setting up an LLC. This will help to protect both you and the investments that you make in the future. Also, you might secure tax benefits due to your business endeavors. Always try to find out what the local…
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    Lead by Adventure

  • How to Lose a Customer Over 78 Cents

    Will Ratliff
    13 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    I’m a big advocate and proponent of customer service. As in a huge believer. Ever since my mid-20s when I worked in a retail store called Eastern Mountain Sports and went through some phenomenal training, I am sold out on quality customer care and training. Unfortunately in this day and age, well-done customer service is hard to find. Sometimes, next to impossible to find. Several weekends ago, I was traveling with my family back from a wonderful weekend filled with friends, family time, and fireworks. We had stopped in a 7-Eleven to gas up and get a snack for my son. My wife let him…
  • 5 Ways to Face Your Fear as a Leader with Bonus Quotes. #4 Might Surprise You!

    Will Ratliff
    28 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    As a leader, you are sure to face fears on a weekly, if not daily basis. Learning to overcome them and to push through can be some of the toughest obstacle to moving forward in your leadership. It is often a difficult, but necessary task to push through fear and make a decision or deal with an issue. Here are 5 surefire ways to help in getting past those fears. 1. Face it Head On The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the…
  • 7 Team Building Games You Can Lead with Hula Hoops

    Will Ratliff
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    If I say, “Hula Hoop,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Quick! When you think of hula hoops, you probably don’t necessarily think of team building games. You might think of memories of elementary school PE or recess. You might think of a sibling or neighbor who used to enjoy playing with them. As for me, a number of team activities come to mind! (Surprise, surprise.) Most of these I have experienced and led; however, some of them are new to me and a couple are adapted from other exercises that I have led. Here are some fun and challenging team building games…
  • 5 Essential Elements of Icebreaker Activities

    Will Ratliff
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:12 am
    As a teamwork facilitator, understanding how each element works and fits in to the overall design of a team building program is vital. This infographic details the 5 essential qualities that each icebreaker activity you run should have.   What icebreaker activities are your favorites? Do they qualify according to this infographic? Share in the comments below! The post 5 Essential Elements of Icebreaker Activities appeared first on Lead by Adventure.
  • Warning! Do NOT Read This Unless You Want to Become a Dangerous Leader.

    Will Ratliff
    4 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    You might have seen one of these “creatures” before, but you probably didn’t know just how dangerous they can be. They are prone to wandering outside the box. They upset the status quo and have dangerous ideas. They are often hard to manage and continually step out of bounds. They tend to push ahead and are not easily satisfied. They are driven but can also be dangerous and tend to upset others. They seem to create problems and more work for others wherever they are found. You can often find them brainstorming and creating new and alarming concepts. They do not always play…
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  • eBay No Longer Allows 2 Non-PayPal Payment Processors After Divorce From PayPal

    Laura Northrup
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:15 pm
    (Liz Wise) eBay and PayPal have now completed their divorce, and one of the terms that they agreed to is that at least 80% of payments on eBay are supposed to go through PayPal. That could be the reason why eBay is eliminating competitors ProPay and Skrill from the payment options for shoppers and for sellers, but the real reason is probably more practical.. eCommerceBytes points out that the timing is interesting, since PayPal also happened to raise fees for sellers who process more than $3,000 per month in payments using the service. In their e-mail to sellers about the change, eBay said…
  • Burger King Joins Nabisco Brand Party, Tries Chips Ahoy Milkshake

    Laura Northrup
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Fast-food and coffee chains want to serve up drinks and desserts that are flavored like chocolate chip cookies, but these aren’t just any old chocolate chip cookies. No, chains including Dunkin’ Donuts, Dairy Queen, and now Burger King are selling Chips Ahoy-branded items in their restaurants, a confusing bit of cross-branding. A new offering from Burger King is even stranger. It may be in the testing phase, and was spotted in Visalia, California. It combines two flavors to create the Chips Ahoy S’mores Milkshake. What is so s’morey about it isn’t entirely clear,…
  • Amazon Lets Third-Party Merchants Limit Where They’ll Ship Prime Items For Free

    Laura Northrup
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    (Akira Ohgaki)Amazon’s Prime program includes third-party merchants, whose shops let the online Everything Store expand its inventory without building more warehouse space. While the company is experimenting with making these merchants part of the Prime program for items that already have free shipping, However, some of these merchants get to limit how far they will ship an item for free. This is logical for smaller companies that don’t have the same bargaining power with the U.S. Postal Service and private carriers as Amazon, and who simply don’t want to subsidize…
  • American Airlines Will Honor Super Low “Mistake Fares” That Discounted Flights Up To 90% (UPDATE)

    Mary Beth Quirk
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:57 pm
    (benh57) UPDATE: After hearing from some Consumerist readers that American Airlines was canceling those tickets bought on the cheap due to a website error, the airline confirmed that while it it’s still going to honor some “mistake fares,” other folks won’t be so lucky. The company told Consumerist in a statement that it will be honoring “the overwhelming majority of fares that were the result of a technical error in currency exchange rates.” But after reviewing the bookings, American said “a small number have been canceled based on how the traveler…
  • Court Rules NSA Phone Data Collection That Is Now Changing Anyway Is Still Legal

    Kate Cox
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    (J) After several years of back-and-forth rulings, an appeals court in Washington, D.C. has ruled today that the NSA’s controversial bulk phone data collection program can indeed continue… at least until November, when it gets shut down anyway because Congress changed the law in June. If you’re feeling a bit confused by what is or isn’t legal, there’s a good reason for that: this case has been going back and forth for years. And while it’s been doing so, the law itself has changed. This particular legal saga began when the ACLU and others filed a lawsuit…
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    Hotel News Resource

  • Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta to Unveil Largest Convention Center in Riviera Nayarit

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:58 am
    All Inclusive Collection is scheduled to unveil the brand new, 12,900 sq. ft. Sanctuary Convention Center to Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta in Fall 2015. The Sanctuary Convention Center will be the largest convention center ever built in Riviera Nayarit, tripling Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta's current meeting and event space to nearly 20,0000 sq. ft.
  • Waldorf Astoria Chicago Sale Arranged by JLL

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    JLL's Hotels & Hospitality Group announced that the firm arranged the sale of the 189-room, Waldorf Astoria Chicago. JLL also secured acquisition financing on behalf of the buyer.
  • Deloitte Perspectives - Strategy, Not Technology, Drives Digital Transformation

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am
    The fourth annual research study by MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte probes executives’ views of what drives digital transformation. The report is based on responses from 4,800 business executives across 27 industries and 129 countries, and incorporates interviews with executives and thought leaders from a number of industries.
  • Hotel Occupancy in the Asia Pacific Region Up 2.1% to 70.7% for July 2015

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    Compared to July 2014, the Asia Pacific region reported a 2.1% increase in occupancy to 70.7%, a 1.1% rise in average daily rate to US$105.12 and a 3.2% increase in revenue per available room to US$74.34.
  • Creative Capital: Financing Hotels Via EB-5

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    A federal program that encourages foreign residents to invest in U.S. projects can create distortions in the hotel development cycle, according to a study published by the Center for Hospitality Research (CHR) at Cornell University.
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    LT Copywriting - Professional Blog

  • Do You Know How to Figure Things Out? 

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    What's Behind Your Mind's Door #1? Learn-2-Learn Series (Part 4 – Sensing and Intuitive Learning Techniques) Many people learn differently. Some learn by Sensing and others by Intuition.  These are the most basic of the learning styles in that they are the ones people use most and find themselves using in almost every learning situation. Either through theory or real world application. We will go over the techniques for these learning styles, but remember… to become a true meta-learner, you must learn to learn beyond the techniques that make you feel comfortable.  *Note…
  • #3: Learn-2-Learn Series (Part 3 – Visual and Verbal Learning Techniques)

    14 Aug 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Many People Learn in many different ways. Sometimes people prefer to learn through actually seeing the process in action (Visual) while others prefer to have it explained to them in finer detail and ask questions for immediate feedback (Verbal). Most of the time people want and need both as redundancy affects their ability to retain it. Which is why you need to know these techniques to better your ability to learn as both a visual and verbal meta-learner.*Note – Techniques used by each style can work and be useful to the other styles. Just because one…
  • Do you have a Shark Loan?

    6 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    How to Build Your Life as a Business Series You, whether you like it or not, are a business. As a capitalist in a capitalist society, you must accept this one simple truth.  Because the fundamental block of our society is that whether you know it or not, you are a business and are treated as such. For example: You are taxed like a business. Your profits are taxed (Income Tax) as well as your actions (Sales Tax). You have costs (Rent, Food, and Clothing) and revenue (Income, Dividends, and other ROIs) like a business. You are invested in just like a business. (Parents and government put…
  • Learn-to-Learn: How to Master Subjects In and Out of Order

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:44 am
    #2: Learn-to-Learn (Part 2 – Sequential and Global Learning Techniques) Now that you know a few techniques that work for both Active and Reflective Learners, it’s time to learn the different techniques that best work for you if you’re a Sequential Learner and a Global Learner. *Note – Techniques used by each style can work and be useful to the other styles. Just because one may statistically be better for one does not mean it won’t work for you. Try them all and experiment a little. Sequential Learner Techniques Most learning is structured around Sequential…
  • The Meta-Learning Series: Is This Your Style?

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
    Reflect upon what you learn and capsulize it. #2: Learn-to-Learn (Part 1 – Active and Reflective Learning Techniques)After figuring out your learning-style last week, it’s time to learn the different techniques that work best for you. *Note – Techniques used by each style can work and be useful to the other styles. Just because one may statistically be better for one does not mean it won’t work for you. Try them all and experiment a little. Active Learner Techniques If you are an active learner and you’re creating your own class or in a class that doesn’t…
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    Company Rescue Blog

  • August 2015 - Insolvency Notices

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:40 am
    Creditors Voluntary Liquidation notices Firebug Industries Limited A meeting of the Creditors of the above named Company will be held at the Offices of KSA Group Ltd, 99 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3XD on 7 September 2015 at 11:45 am for the purposes mentioned in Section 99 to 101 of the said Act. Factonomy Ltd A meeting of the Creditors of the above named Company will be held at the offices of KSA Group Ltd, 99 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3XD on 25 August 2015 at 10:45 am for the purposes mentioned…
  • Insolvency Statistics on Insolvency Enforcement Actions

    19 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
    The insolvency service has just released some statistics on their enforcement actions for April to June 2015 The number of enforcement outcomes obtained by the Insolvency Service continued to decrease year-on-year, in line with falling numbers of insolvencies. Director disqualifications decreased year-on-year for the third consecutive quarter. The number of companies wound up in the public interest decreased but remained broadly on trend. Bankruptcy and debt relief restriction orders and undertakings continue to decrease in line with decreasing trends in bankruptcies and debt relief orders.
  • Two directors disqualified after lying about sales of over £1 billion

    14 Aug 2015 | 2:40 am
    John and Carmel Billany are banned from acting as directors after an investigation found accounts had been tampered in order to secure extra finance for their supply business. John is disqualified for nine years while Carmel is banned for six years and three months. Based in County Durham, Linden Group Limited supplied hydraulic components to traders and businesses around the world.  Falsified accounts showed their turnover was £1.2 billion, when in fact the actual turnover for £3 million. The investigation came as a result of Linden Group Limited becoming insolvent in 2013…
  • Free tools to help your business

    7 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    Below we’ve provided a handy list of free downloadable expert guides, toolkits and templates from across the whole of our site to help directors and accountants plan the next best steps for a struggling business.  Download our daily cash flow template   Is your business insolvent? Take our test   Complete list of warning signs (what the banks, creditors and suppliers are looking for)   An expert guide to company voluntary arrangements (CVAs) – Online and downloadable PDF.   USB insolvency toolkit for accountants - all of our guides and…
  • Company mis-sold an interest rate swap wins £4.6 million settlement with Lloyds

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:23 am
    The director of the Coin Group care home company, Errol Bland, has recently won an out of court settlement with Lloyds Bank in the latest case involving the mis-selling swaps scandal. London law firm, Lexlaw, acted on Bland’s behalf to claim back compensation on a 30-year hedging product bought eight years ago. Compensation had previously been refused on the grounds the borrower was too ‘sophisticated’ and knew the risk involved. However, Bland is now being paid back £900,000 in interest payments, £200,000 in legal fees and an expected £3.5 million from a…
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  • Internet Marketing – The 7 Pillars of Website Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The purpose of a website is THE MOST mis-understood piece of building an Internet marketing strategy. Most people use it as an over-priced business card. Your website is supposed to create traffic, leads, and revenue opportunity. When it accomplishes this task – your Internet marketing strategy is sound! Now if you’re smart, you’re using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to drive traffic to your website. If you’re even smarter you’re paying for website traffic through Facebook advertising and other avenues. Yes. (Smart) People pay for website…
  • The Ability to Stay Focused – The Core of Any Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The ability to stay focused is at the core of ANY success. If you aren’t focused in your business and don’t have a clear idea of your goals and purposes, you’ll ALWAYS struggle. I’ve never been shy about telling people my entrepreneur story. If you haven’t heard it, I’m a recession-entrepreneur. I was shoved from a job that I absolutely loved for almost 9 years. I guess in my ignorance/bliss of loving my job it never occurred to me that could happen. It never entered my mind that my job could be taken from me and everything I worked for over 9 years would…
  • Marketing Strategies – Survive or Thrive in Your Business?

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Very often I will get asked by a business owner, “How can my business survive in today’s marketplace?” My heart breaks a little when I hear the question, I find it painful that one has the goal of merely surviving. I want every business owner to have the goal of thriving. It’s possible! You’ll first need to understand why the marketplace is so tough, then its matter of coming up with a marketing strategy and plan of attack. Let’s determine the reasoning behind the more difficult economy. First, it’s important to understand that most everything that…
  • How to Use Presentation Platforms to Increase Website Traffic

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Let’s face it, coming up with a social media marketing strategy is overwhelming. There’s so many moving parts, you probably don’t know how to use it or more importantly why to use it. First, let’s talk about what a social media strategy should be about – it’s about growing your followers AND driving traffic to your website. Social media platforms are amazing for increasing website traffic. Post Google updates (Penguin, Hummingbird etc.) organic traffic (Traffic that comes from the result of people typing into the search engine a certain phrase or keyword…
  • Have a Small Business Idea? Here’s Some Considerations

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    One of the worst things you can do? Create a business with absolutely no foundation other than it seems like a cool idea. When I left corporate America and entered into the world of entrepreneurship I thought that being a smart business woman gave me a leg up. Boy, was I stupid! I had a very cool idea, all my friends and family said so! But I did no research on my market. I didn’t know who my buyer was, and what’s worse I couldn’t reach enough of them to support my business. So guess what? 13 months, tons of lost time, tons of lost money, lots of tears later – big…
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    Hyrell Blog

  • Launching a Big Data Initiative

    18 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Once your HR team decides to move forward with a big data initiative, several questions may begin to come to mind, such as “How will I get approval for this?” and “How will we have the resources needed to complete the project?” These are all legitimate concerns, but they can usually be overcome without too many hurdles. Here are three best practices for launching a big data project in a small or medium-sized business... Build a Business Case for the Project Using data that is easily accessible, document why the project makes business sense. For instance, how will the results reduce…
  • Webinar Recap: Firing without Paralyzing Fear Webinar

    11 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Firing an employee can be confusing. Whether you are a small business owner or an experienced professional, the termination process is rarely “easy” and certainly not “stress-free.”  Navigating the paperwork and nuanced legalities can cause apprehension for even the most seasoned HR pro, but the process doesn’t need to insight fear. Hyrell is here to help! We recently teamed up with HR legal expert, Jonathan Segal, for a 30 minute webinar with Hyrell’s Co-Founder, Patrick Clark. Jonathan offered his sage advice (peppered with a witty sense of humor). During the discussion he…
  • Hyrell Awarded as Top Rated Recruiting / Applicant Tracking System

    4 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s not every day that you get an award for doing a job that you love.  For years, our job at Hyrell has been simple and straightforward:  Provide the best web-based recruiting and hiring tools for businesses of all sizes. We work tirelessly to help our clients streamline their recruiting practices using smart, intuitive hiring solutions. And the entire team at Hyrell loves meeting (and exceeding!) our clients’ expectations. That’s why we are proud to announce that we have recently been awarded as a Top-Rated Recruiting / Applicant Tracking Systems, by TrustRadius, a leading…
  • Small, Medium, and Large: How HR Teams in Small and Medium Sized Businesses Benefit From Big Data

    28 Jul 2015 | 6:07 am
    When it comes to “Big Data,” small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) don’t have the same volume of information as large companies. However, that doesn’t mean that HR teams at SMBs can’t benefit from data integration and analytics similar to what large organizations use. The opportunities are great. According to the SMB Group, only around 18% of small businesses and 57% of medium businesses currently use business intelligence and analytics solutions. HR expert Josh Bersin has suggested that “talent analytics” is a better term for big data applied to Human Resources. The goal of…
  • Big Data 101: What Is It and How Are Organizations Using It?

    14 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Everywhere we turn, we hear the term “Big Data.” It’s top of mind in the business press and conversations. Recent research by Accenture found that 90% of organizations believe Big Data will transform their business like the Internet did, and 83% are pursuing Big Data projects to gain a competitive edge. You’ve probably heard the Big Data term too and perhaps you are wondering what all the fuss is about?  In this three part blog series, we will try to demystify Big Data and how it is collected. In our first post, we’ll discuss what Big Data is and how HR teams in large…
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    Matter Solutions

  • Make Your FAQs & User Guides Rock!

    Svanhild Egge
    16 Aug 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Having a frequently asked questions (FAQ) or User Guide page on your website is a great way to help answer the user’s questions and concerns, while making it clear that the organisation is listening to what the user has to say. If your FAQ section echos real questions from real customers, it’s likely it will… The post Make Your FAQs & User Guides Rock! appeared first on Matter Solutions.
  • Finally Stop Referral Spam In Google Analytics Forever

    Daniel Paull
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:10 pm
    Spam Spam Spam! This is all we hear about on the web these days and for many people it wasn’t a problem with their Google Analytics — until now, with referral spam! But don’t worry if this is happening to you, we’ve got a simple solution for you outlined below. Referral spam is now corrupting… The post Finally Stop Referral Spam In Google Analytics Forever appeared first on Matter Solutions.
  • SEO Training Will Stop You Getting Ripped Off

    Jen Mackie
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    It might seem strange that a company like Matter Solutions who offer SEO services are also offering SEO training. If we’re training people how to do SEO, aren’t we potentially doing ourselves out of a job? Well, we firmly believe that knowledge beats ignorance. If you know how to do SEO properly, the internet will… The post SEO Training Will Stop You Getting Ripped Off appeared first on Matter Solutions.
  • Ideas for Link Building in Difficult Industries

    Stephen Grealy
    12 Jul 2015 | 8:54 pm
    Link acquisition can be one of the more difficult and time consuming SEO tasks, however that makes it all the more satisfying when you pick up a good link. While there are plenty of link opportunities out there, some industries are more difficult than others, and you can be forgiven if you find yourself struggling… The post Ideas for Link Building in Difficult Industries appeared first on Matter Solutions.
  • WordCamp Presentation. Wouldn’t life be better without clients?

    Ben Maden
    28 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Ben’s presentation about working with and getting the most out of your life building websites for clients. Looking at his experiences, some good, some bad, working through tasks for clients and trying to keep focused on the goals, i.e. a great website for the client. Once WordCamp TV process the video etc we’ll post a link… The post WordCamp Presentation. Wouldn’t life be better without clients? appeared first on Matter Solutions.
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  • Contract Management – The Devil’s in the Details

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:07 am
    Contract Management – Are You Missing Critical Contract Elements? Nothing happens in business until somebody buys something. The old adage is as true today as it has ever been. Increasing global competition presents your prospects with a dazzling array of options,
  • Conflict Of Interest Disclosure – 5 Signs You Have an Effective Policy for COI

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    When employees are asked to disclose conflicts of interest (COI’s) in orientation or refresher training, or receive regular email requests from HR or Compliance, the ease with which such inquiries are dismissed can be quite alarming. Conflict Of Interest Disclosure
  • Are You Done Creating That Policy? Don’t Break Out The Champagne Just Yet!

    5 Aug 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Creating a new policy or procedure can be a resource-intensive and time-consuming process. Depending on the complexity of the issue being mapped, the work can require the input of multiple personnel and several rounds of review and revision before a final version
  • Conflict Of Interest Disclosure – 3 Steps Beyond Disclosure

    4 Aug 2015 | 12:17 pm
    From a compliance and risk management perspective, conflicts of interest (COI) disclosure require both prompt and clear disclosure, along with documented evidence of appropriate action taken by HR/Compliance once the disclosure has been made. Failure to do so can create
  • Your Policy and Procedures Audit Does Not Need To Painful

    28 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    If you were to look up the term ‘necessary evil’ in a dictionary, there should probably be a picture of an auditor included somewhere in the definition. Everyone can appreciate the valuable work that auditors do in keeping organizations in
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    Purchasing, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Insights

  • Sign up for the official Startup Scrums hackathon!

    Brittany Whitmore
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:06 pm
    Written by: Brittany Whitmore This is it! You don’t want to miss the first official Startup Scrums HACKATHON! Your mission: create a working prototype for a product that will help people reach their full potential – create something that will help people release their superpower! Apps that make people more efficient, more organized and just have a better day in general. Show us what you got – there are no limits! You will form teams of 3-5 (with at least one hacker, hustler and hipster each). Sign up to save your spot HERE Schedule: Friday Oct 16, 6:00 PM to Late: Social…
  • Aman Mann Joins 0 to 100 Panel

    Brittany Whitmore
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Written by: Brittany Whitmore Procurify’s Aman Mann joins the panel: 0 to 100: Accelerate Your Tech Business On September 25, 2015, join over 500 entrepreneurs, tech community members and Vancouver’s fastest growing tech companies. Presented by Smythe Ratcliffe, Boast Capital and Launch Academy, 0 to 100: Accelerate Your Tech Business (#0to100yvr) features a C-level startup panel, Product Hunt startup demos and is the Official Friday Night Social of Vancouver Startup Week (#VSW2015). Location:  Villa Amato Ballroom (3rd floor – 88 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC) Date:…
  • Maverick Spending: A Fatal Virus And How To Cure It

    Sergio Giordano
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Written by: Sergio Giordano The access and availability of real-time data has immense value for businesses. Particularly across their supply chain, knowing where the “good buy” can be found is as significant as developing a new business operation entirely. This idea of finding the good buy is built into procurement best practices. Furthermore, purchasing and procurement activities are constantly becoming a competitive factor for companies. Especially within manufacturing, on average, a high volume of supply turnover is around 50%. As a result a number of sophisticated techniques and…
  • 16 Levels of Procurement in the UK

    Natasha Levanti
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    Written by: Natasha Levanti Undeniably the procurement progress varies a great deal from project to project, requiring a great deal of patience to not only understand but to map out the various intricacies that one may or may not come across within the process. ACE, within its report entitled Procurement Landscape, has compiled a diagram (see full sized here: Procurement Landscape Report – Diagram) showing the various routes through the process, splitting the basic stages of the process into a total of 16 levels. The paths vary according to factors present and decisions…
  • Discover The UK Procurement Landscape

    Natasha Levanti
    21 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    Written by: Natasha Levanti The UK Government spends around £230 billion on products and services per year, with the complexity of procurement varying by project. Acknowledging the inefficiencies within the most recent Construction Strategy, set forth by both industry and government, a number of time or resource cost reductions were set to be achieved by 2025, with the assumption that many of these could be achieved through reform of the procurement process. Yet, despite past research on where efficiencies can be found, reforms remain slow, with a high number of inefficiencies…
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    Euro Exchange Rate NewsEuro Exchange Rate News

  • Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) Exchange Rate Forecast: Pairing Ready to Move on Today’s Eurozone Inflation Rate

    Louisa Heath
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) Exchange Rate Forecast: Pairing Ready to Move on Today’s Eurozone Inflation Rate An unenthusiastically received UK GDP undercut the strength of Sterling (GBP) on Friday, however the GBP/EUR exchange rate began to regain ground as concerns over potential ECB deflation and Greece weighed on the Euro (EUR). Euro (EUR) Weakened as Effects of Black Monday Diminished with Pound (GBP) Capitalising on Dovish ECB Comments Although the single currency (EUR) was one of the few assets to benefit from last week’s Black Monday and the trader panic that ensued from the…
  • Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Forecast: Eurozone Inflation Rise may Cause Euro to Pound Sterling Uptrend Today

    Oliver Meredew
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Forecast: Eurozone Inflation Rise may Cause Euro to Pound Sterling Uptrend Today The Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) exchange rate is likely to rise today if the Eurozone annual inflation rates come in higher than forecast. EUR/GBP Exchange Rate News: Marketplace Meltdown Last Week made Euro See-Saw in Performance The Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) exchange rate showed an incredibly varied performance last week after the global stock market crash caused both joy and despair for speculators of the common currency. The Euro rose astronomically…
  • Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) Exchange Rate Forecast: Sterling Static Today as UK GDP Meets Prediction

    Oliver Meredew
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:52 am
    Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) Exchange Rate Forecast: Sterling Static Today as UK GDP Meets Prediction A failure to excite speculators in the UK GDP results today has seen the Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate hold an earlier decline as stock markets return to normal. GBP/EUR Exchange Rate News: Sterling has Disappointing Day in Second Overall Reversal of the Week The Pound Sterling (GBP) has slipped down against many of its major competitors today as stock markets returned to their most stable level of the week after ‘Black Monday’. The Pound fell on that day but steadily…
  • British Pound to Euro Exchange Rate Forecast: GBP/EUR Dives on Euro Haven News, GBP/USD Hit 1.53 before UK GDP

    Ollie Carpenter
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:48 am
    British Pound to Euro Exchange Rate Forecast: GBP/EUR Dives on Euro Haven News, GBP/USD Hit 1.53 before UK GDP Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) Exchange Rate Forecast to Decline ahead of German Inflation Data The Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate declined by around -0.5% on Friday afternoon. Despite the fact that British economic data produced positive results on Friday, the Pound softened versus the majority of its most traded currency rivals. The depreciation can be linked to fears that China’s economic struggles will weigh on the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) and see the…
  • Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rate Forecast: Pairing Regaining Ground Today in spite of Improved US GDP

    Louisa Heath
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:46 am
    Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rate Forecast: Pairing Regaining Ground Today in spite of Improved US GDP The single currency (EUR) has returned to hawkish form this morning ahead of the upcoming German CPI figures, with the US Dollar (USD) flagging somewhat after slightly mixed data yesterday. Dovishness from European Central Bank Board Members Undermined Previous EUR/USD Conversion Rate Gains as Euro Weakened Previously high demand for the common currency (EUR) died off over the last few days as the improving situation on the global stock markets in the wake of Black Monday reversed…
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  • Shop custom hinges online at our new online ecommerce store

    Midlake Products
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Do you like to shop online? We hope so, because we’ve worked hard to launch our new online store –, where you can shop online and purchase specialty hinge products right from your computer without ever having to talk to someone! It’s Easy to Shop – Just Select the Options You Want! One of the unique features of our new online store is the ability to select your product by choosing from a variety of product features. As you make each selection, we’ll narrow down the products available to you, and not only show you a price, but also a detailed product drawing…
  • Custom Spring Hinges – Sketch Animation Video

    Midlake Products
    31 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    Check out the latest in our series of sketch animation videos – this one is about spring hinge manufacturing. Many clients often come to us after having issues with “off the shelf” spring hinges. Either the hinge didn’t work, didn’t fit, or it simply failed. This video takes you through some of the design considerations for spring hinges and also addresses a few of the common myths we encounter such as lead times and cost.
  • Why Manufacturing Will Always Have a Special Place in America

    Midlake Products
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:16 pm
    In our cultural memory, there are few parts of our economy that we think of and remember as fondly as the manufacturing sector. The hardworking blue collar breadwinner, just like the third-generation family farmer, is a quintessentially American image. With the way the economy has struggled in the past decade, many people wonder why those types of jobs aren’t available like they used to be, and this has become a popular talking point for politicians from both sides of the aisle. What Happened to American Manufacturing? The answer to where all of these manufacturing jobs went is actually…
  • Manufacturing Is Slowly Becoming Cool

    Midlake Products
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    When most people think of manufacturing, they often think of dark and dreary factory work. It all comes back to the image of manufacturing that was prevalent at the turn of the twentieth century and persisted until the 1950s. There’s a misconception that if you work in manufacturing, you work long hours in a dull environment, constantly pressing a button or pulling a lever. Though this may have been true of some types of American manufacturing that took place several decades ago, this is no longer the case. Just like all other parts of the economy, U.S. manufacturing has continued to evolve…
  • What’s that Extra ¼” on Your Hinge Really Costing You?

    Midlake Products
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:35 am
    One of the things that people rarely think about with their doors, lockers, and other enclosures is the hinges. So as long as they aren’t falling off, they do not seem to attract much attention. However, there is often a hidden problem lurking, and it’s costing your company money unnecessarily. Let’s take one of our clients as a prime example. We were manufacturing hinges for billboards, chutes, lockers, and enclosures for them, and they were having some issues with their lead time. However, they had trouble with their lead time because the hinges were always different and they always…
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    Number Direct » Articles

  • How To Use Asda’s Price Guarantee And Get The Best Deal

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    Asda's Price Guarantee service makes a promise to customers: you will never be beaten by its major competitors on price.The post How To Use Asda’s Price Guarantee And Get The Best Deal appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Santander’s New Kitti App Makes Collecting Money Smarter

    20 Aug 2015 | 8:22 am
    Santander has developed a unique app, the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, that makes collecting a "kitty" of money smarter than ever before.The post Santander’s New Kitti App Makes Collecting Money Smarter appeared first on Number Direct.
  • How to Report Suspected Cruelty to the RSPCA

    Daniel Goss
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:04 am
    If you suspect an animal is being cruelly treated, you can report it to the RSPCA using these simple steps.The post How to Report Suspected Cruelty to the RSPCA appeared first on Number Direct.
  • How to Use Gumtree Like a Pro

    Daniel Goss
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    Gumtree can be an amazing service for buying and selling online, if you know how to post a really great ad...The post How to Use Gumtree Like a Pro appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Amazon Drones Prepare to Conquer the Skies

    Daniel Goss
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:42 am
    Amazon has just released a proposal at NASA that proves how serious it is about its coming fleet of delivery drones.The post Amazon Drones Prepare to Conquer the Skies appeared first on Number Direct.
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    Self Made Businessman

  • Case Study – Here’s What Happened When We Got Featured On Product Hunt

    Dave Schneider
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:46 pm
    On Sunday, August 2nd – NinjaOutreach went live on ProductHunt. For those of you who don’t know, ProductHunt is like Reddit for cool, new products. Each day products are showcased and the audience can upvote them (no downvoting). Generally only a handful are showcased a day – less than 20. ProductHunt is known to send droves of traffic to the products that get featured because the website itself gets so much traffic and has a highly engaged audience. Products, generally, are submitted only once, and receive the most exposure on the day they’re submitted. Naturally,…
  • Why Overconfident Entrepreneurs Can Fail

    tarek hossain
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Isn’t cockiness that which you should avoid?  Being confident is a good thing, right?  Are you sure?  Well, yes, it is a positive to be confident yet overconfidence is reason why several entrepreneurs fail despite current position, past success, and positive attitudes. To err is human and despite a mighty impressive resume, being overconfident is a hurdle that some entrepreneurs need to overcome or else face the peril of defeat.  Here’s why being too confident in business and beyond is a bad thing. The Hard-Easy Effect It’s normal to underestimate easy tasks and grow overconfident…
  • NinjaOutreach 6 Month Update – Progress

    Dave Schneider
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    A few months ago I stopped providing monthly updates. The reason is that I am already providing monthly updates on the NinjaOutreach blog, and it was just getting tedious to write both of them, given that largely they were quite similar. Afterall, NinjaOutreach is the only project I am working on right now (what a relieve!). However, I wanted to provide a 6-month update on the project for those who were interested in reading, but do not regularly follow the NinjaOutreach blog. The angle that made sense to me today was none of than progress. In my opinion, progress is the most important thing…
  • One Simple Trick That Has Greatly Improved My Business

    Dave Schneider
    12 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    I started doing something I wasn’t doing before, and I’m starting to realize how much I should have been doing it a long time ago. What’s the BIG change? I started noting down all opportunities that I needed to follow up with. The idea came to me when I was reading an article by Steli, CEO of, a CRM for sales teams. He said, and I quote “I have a simple philosophy – I follow up as many times as necessary until I get a response. I don’t care what the response is as long as I get one. If someone tells me they need another 14 days to get back to me I will…
  • Why You Shouldn’t Be Content Marketing, Seriously

    Dave Schneider
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:55 am
    I had a call the other day with someone who found me on SoHelpful and wanted to talk to me about his marketing strategy for a new business he had in mind. The business was more or less a productized service for developing and supporting eCommerce sites for small business owners. The idea was fine – his marketing strategy was not. What did he want to do? Content marketing combined with influencer outreach. Sound familiar? Seemingly this is right up my alley and a great fit for my influencer marketing software NinjaOutreach – but would you believe I talked him out of it? The fact is…
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  • Tips to help your job search

    Michele Cuthbert
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    While spicing up your resume with small fibs about your skills, past job titles, and the like may be tempting in hopes of making yourself appear more qualified, this may not be the most beneficial... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why a professionally made video matters…

    18 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    From HD cameras on the market to free software downloads, anyone who gets their hands on a camera thinks they can produce a video. But not everyone can produce a compositionally great video. Just... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jump start your work day…

    14 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Recognition vs. Favoritism

    Baker Creative
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:58 am
    Let’s be honest, we just like some people better than we do others. But managers and supervisors have to try to reward employees for reasons based job performance, not just on how much they like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why media relations matter…

    17 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    The face of media has change drastically in the past decade. Many business evolve into content publishers and bloggers become targets for media outreach to drive engagement. Competition can be fierce... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Exit Coach Radio & Podcast

  • Kathy Fettke - Real Wealth Network

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Kathy Fettke, CEO and Founder of Real Wealth Network based in Walnut Creek, CA, an organization dedicated to helping members get the most current and cutting edge education and information they need to succeed as real estate investors.  Kathy is a licensed Realtor, former mortgage broker, and an active real estate investor She was selected as one of America’s “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” by Goldman Sachs at the 1st annual and now 2nd Annual Builders and Innovator’s Summit. Kathy Fettke is an active real estate investor, licensed Realtor, certified coach, and former mortgage…
  • Carole Kretchman - Taking Your Business Online

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:55 am
    We add new content daily! Listen on iTunes: See the Index for more on this Topic or by this Guest.
  • Anthony Saccaro - Investment Options & Income Strategies

    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Anthony A. Saccaro, ChFC, founder and president of Providence Financial & Insurance Services, is a financial planner and registered investment advisor- but is first and foremost an educator. For over 15 years, he has consulted with thousands of individuals about their finances. He is passionate about teaching and coaching clients on the universe of investment options in order to help them develop clear income strategies for a secure future. Saccaro is a frequent speaker on estate and financial planning topics and is an advisory board member for Senior Market Advisor, a leading industry…
  • KJ Trapp - Train Your Smartphone & Grow Your Business

    29 Aug 2015 | 2:55 am
    We add new content daily! Listen on iTunes: See the Index for more on this Topic or by this Guest.
  • Steven Snyder - Focused Passion

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Steven Snyder is author of the book Focused Passion: How to be Better, Faster, Smarter, and Happier, with Far Less Stress, and Much More Passion.  Questions Answered:  1) What is Focused Passion? 2) How can it help readers to become mindful? 3) What are the benefits of living with less stress and more passion?  Contact Info:  Website: Email: Bonus Material:  Focused Passion: How to be Better, Faster, Smarter, and Happier, with Far Less Stress, and Much More Passion is available on Amazon in paperback and on Kindle. 
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    Colin Burnett's Wealth Creation Blog

  • Marketing Tools Via Email

    17 Aug 2015 | 3:32 am
    Email marketing tools If you can show consumers what you are offering in an attractive and innovative way, they will become your customer and buy your product. You should endeavor to make your emails seem as personal as you possibly can. As with other types of marketing, people are more likely to respond if they feel a personal connection with you. For instance, if you have an idea of why they wanted your emails, mention that in your communications with them. If people do not willingly sign up for your emails, you will get a lot of spam complaints and perhaps lose customers. Only send…
  • New business marketing ideas!

    17 Aug 2015 | 3:32 am
    New business marketing ideas! When you target the needs of your client, you need to know that your new business marketing ideas will work better. This article has some great tips for a variety of consumers. If you plan to use emails as a marketing tool, you must first gain permission from each customer you would like to include in your campaign. Otherwise, your mail may be seen as spam and complaints will increase. You may even lose customers over it. TIP! Any message you send out should be proofread for spelling, grammar, and sentence structure. It’s important to make sure that your…
  • Marketing Coaching for Effective Email

    16 Aug 2015 | 8:54 am
    Use marketing coaching materials! The Internet has dramatically increased the ways that businesses interact with their current and potential customers. Marketing coaching may even become obsolete! Do not ever send unsolicited emails. Your emails could be marked as spam if you send them to people who did not sign up on their own. This is very bad for your business’s reputation and might even get your IP address blocked by some ISPs. My marketing coach always said: “You should endeavor to make your email as personal as you possibly can”. Like all marketing, treating your customers as…
  • Marketing Ideas For Email!

    13 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    Marketing ideas Marketing Ideas for email has been around as long as the Internet exists. While programs and spam filters are successful in blocking out unwanted messages from reaching someone’s inbox, proper e-mail marketing can benefit both you and your readers. Read on into this article in order to find some marketing ideas you can use to enrich people’s lives and improve your own pockets. Do not ever send marketing emails to those who have not requested them. Your emails will be considered as spam if you send them to people who did not request them. This is very bad for your…
  • Facebook Advertisement can Grow a Business

    12 Aug 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Facebook advertisement can help your business. There are a lot of Facebook users. You are quite likely one of them. Here are some tips for Facebook advertisement. Always use a professional tone when you post on any social media. Custom Audiences can help you to personalize the emails that you send. This is a good way to improve your conversion ratio and keeps down your campaign costs as many people use Facebook advertisement to change their leads into full sales on the site. Talk to your fans. Take everything that is posted into consideration. Numerous successful businesses have benefited…
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    Biz Epic

  • Sly Stallone and the Importance of the Shameless Art of Self-Promotion

    Chad Stewart
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The shameless art of self promotion is supposed to be just that -- shameless. Often shame, pride, fear and other unhealthy emotions get in the way of our honing of this most valuable life and business skill. The post Sly Stallone and the Importance of the Shameless Art of Self-Promotion appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • When to Hire a Business Consultant

    Ivan Widjaya
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:21 pm
    Every business needs a consultant sooner or later. This […] The post When to Hire a Business Consultant appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Will Smith’s 10 Unofficial Keys to Success

    Chad Stewart
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Though he hasn't written a book officially listing each of the following as his 10 definitive keys to success, Will Smith has been teaching them to us in one way or the other for years. The post Will Smith’s 10 Unofficial Keys to Success appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Gearing up for a Career Change? Here’s How to Land More Job Offers

    Chad Stewart
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:50 pm
    There's a lot of thought that needs to go into a successful career change. Here's how to put your best foot forward when writing resumes and dealing with recruiters in a new industry. The post Gearing up for a Career Change? Here’s How to Land More Job Offers appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Greatest Benefits you Could Offer your Employees (But you Don’t!)

    Ivan Widjaya
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Finding and retaining great employees is one of the key […] The post Greatest Benefits you Could Offer your Employees (But you Don’t!) appeared first on Biz Epic.
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    Industry Leaders Magazine

  • Crude Oil Prices Downward Trend Recorded in Today’s Opening Trade

    Anna Domanska
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:36 am
    Oil prices are required to stay under descending weight until the expected improvement in demand next year, then they can stretch around $USD 55-60 a barrel. Crude oil prices declined in Asia on Monday, as traders took profit, where US Crude Futures tumbled by about 6.1 per cent, extending last week’s 7.3 per cent decline. Along with this, decline in commodities have also been recorded on forecasts in 16 years, indicating as the weakest Chinese growth since 1990. Since the time that oil costs began to decrease past year, the quantity of operating US oil rigs has diminished sharply. Oil's…
  • Amazon’s laying off engineers and scaling back new projects after lacklustre Fire Phone sales

    Carrie Ann
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:42 am
    In the wake of the Fire Phone's epic failure, e-commerce behemoth Amazon has reportedly laid off dozens of engineers from Lab126, its hardware-development center in Silicon Valley. It’s not yet clear how many people were axed since they must sign non-disclosure agreements in order to get severance, but the division employs around 3,000 workers, according to reports. The company has consolidated Lab126's phone arm with its tablet and e-reader division, which also contributed to the job cuts. According to reports, Amazon has reportedly scaled back or discontinued numerous projects at the…
  • Google Denies European Union Antitrust Charges of Market Abuse

    Christy Gren
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:35 am
    Google general counsel and SVP Kent Walker said that the search giant can also prove how the commission failed to take into account the impact of large shopping services like Amazon and eBay, two of the major players in the space. In April, the European Commission, the EU's executive body accused Google of stifling competition and harming consumers by improperly favoring its shopping comparison services over those of its rivals. Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement at the time that Google would have the opportunity to convince the commission otherwise, or else face the…
  • Fundraising round, Uber China closes on $1 billion

    Carrie Ann
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:03 am
    Fundraising round early, Uber Technologies Inc’s China division closed at $1 billion, despite strong domestic competition for the U.S. based ride service in the car hailing market of China. The list of Chinese unit’s investors include Chinese Internet mammoth Baidu inc (BIDU.O), Hillhouse Capital, Asia’s largest hedge fund, China CITIC BANK CORP Ltd  (601318.SS) , Ping An Insurance Group Co of China (601318.SS, China Life Insurance Co Ltd (601628.SS) among others. Since the two months Uber began funding around, it reportedly raised $2 billion, finishing the $1 billion round of funding…
  • Animal Right Activists Unveil the Rotten Truth behind McDonald’s McNuggets

    Anna Domanska
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:45 am
    McDonald's supported the decision given by Tyson, and said that they found the behavior showed in that video clip to be absolutely unacceptable. The company is at present investigating the situation further with Tyson Foods Popular fast-food brand McDonald’s has cut ties with one of its chicken supplier after an animal right group displayed a gruesome video footage that showed operations of Tennessee poultry farm clubbing, stomping, and stabling on chickens. The animal right activists have unveiled the videotape during a news conference held in Los Angeles. They stated that the video was…
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  • Orange – Lesson 7: Standing Out with Special Guest: Dave Dyson of Eclipse Telecom

    Derek Rudel
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Go ahead… break the rules! In fact, we encourage you! This episode of Orange is all about contrast, being bold, and straying from the herd. Eclipse Telecom CEO, Dave Dyson, shares his insight into effective communication by sharing a story about how going against the norm positively impacted his organization. Want to start from the beginning? Watch: Orange – Lesson 1: Communicating Beliefs in Business
  • Maximizing Opportunity with Presentation Resources – Featuring: Joe Pulizzi of Content Marketing Institute

    Square Planet
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    In this episode of Maximizing Opportunity, Brian and Derek chat about presentation resources they use at SquarePlanet. Their guest, Joe Pulizzi—Founder of Content Marketing Institute, shares his insight on how those resources can help to craft meaningful stories, and ultimately bring your presentation to the next level. Enjoy and let us know what you think with an iTunes review! For more on Presentation Resources, be sure to watch Orange – Lesson 6: Presentation Resources
  • Taste vs. Aesthetic: Foodie Culture & Presentation Design

    Maria Ranahan
    16 Jul 2015 | 9:31 am
    Like many people, my phone sometimes feels like a mere extension of my hand. Because of this, I live in a world of Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds, which source me daily with inspirational quotes, unwanted updates on my childhood friends, and a little bit of promotional bullshit. With the exception of a few season finale spoilers, I truly do love being a part of these online communities. Recently, I’ve started following a lot of food bloggers. Like, a lot. When I scroll through my Twitter feed, I see an endless stream of restaurant check in’s and pictures of ice cream cones. I see a…
  • Orange – Lesson 6: Presentation Resources

    Square Planet
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    How do we keep our creative juices flowing like a raging river instead of a trickling stream? Where do we get the inspiration to craft engaging stories and messages for presentations? Why is the bottom drawer of Brian’s desk so dang messy? In this episode of Orange, we talk about great resources every great communicator can add to their presentation tool belt to help curate ideas, tell stories, and maximize opportunities. Check out our Resources page for more or listen to our latest episode of Maximizing Opportunity: Maximizing Opportunity with Presentation Resources – Featuring: Joe…
  • The 10 Commandments of Presentation Design

    Kaylee Conrad
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:41 pm
    DISCLAIMER: This blog post is not intended to give you an abbreviated design education. It won’t tell you how big to make your fonts or hit you with lots of information about resolution and color schemes. It’s not even going to touch on layout and hierarchy. And while all these things matter (and trust me, I really do care about them), a great presentation isn’t about fundamentals in design structure — it’s about conveying your message to your audience in a clear, concise, and meaningful way. In honor of that sentiment (and since I grew up Lutheran) here are the 10 Commandments of…
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    getAbstract Blog

  • Working Toward Happiness

    Rick Adelman
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:17 am
    For the small businessman or middle class employee, meeting your financial obligations is like trying to navigate the Khumbu Icefall at Mt. Everest. You proceed cautiously looking for solid footing, all the while realizing that unpredictable shifts in the terrain can create yawning crevasses into which you can easily plunge. The route is treacherous, intimidating and highly personal. Only another struggling climber can appreciate the difficulty of the journey. So it’s easy to be skeptical when a billionaire like Warren Buffett tells you what you need to do to be happy and successful.
  • Eye on the Prize

    Rick Adelman
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:35 am
    What on earth can a scholarly meditation of mankind’s fickle journey through history possibly have in common with the characteristics of exponential entrepreneurship; Coca-Cola’s design principles and agility; Baby Boomers not only postponing retirement but also launching businesses; or the role conversations play in the successful implementation of corporate strategies? The answer: getAbstract’s 15th annual International Book Award. The five English language nominees for this prestigious prize reflect the diversity of business literature that getAbstract set out to acknowledge in…
  • Finalists Announced for the 2015 getAbstract International Book Award (Press Release)

    9 Aug 2015 | 11:45 pm
    The world is changing faster than ever before. Such volatility and uncertainty is frightening for some and exciting for others. getAbstract falls into the latter category, because changing environments always provide inspiration for great books.  The books getAbstract selects for its library are all relevant to business, but they share one other characteristic: They never advise “business as usual.” getAbstract is proud to present the getAbstract International Book Award to the best business books of  2015. This year, getAbstract assessed more than 10,000 English and German business…
  • How is the Answer

    Rick Adelman
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    When it comes to transforming your organization, good intentions will only get you to the starting line. The “whys” and “whats” of change management are significant, of course, but turning theory into practice requires direction. Therein lies the critical difference between Vlatka Hlupic’s The Management Shift and other books that promise to retool and revitalize your culture. Hlupic, a professor at the University of Westminster and founder and CEO of London’s Drucker Society, provides the “hows,” so you can enhance performance and sustain success. Like many other business…
  • Happy to be of Service

    Rick Adelman
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:28 am
    “Look, kid,” the big boss says from behind a solid oak desk, smoke billowing from his pungent cigar as his triple chin spills over the Windsor knot in his tie. “I know ya’ got some talent. Come work for me. I’ll give you a nice salary and good benefits. Maybe someday you’ll have your own office.” The young man accepts the offer – with the tacit understanding that he’ll spend the next 20 years plowing forward with his head down, obeying orders without so much as a whimper. The employer-employee relationship was pretty simple in the old days – and undoubtedly still exists.
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    Frank Diana's Blog

  • Rebroadcast: Coffee Break with Game-Changers

    Frank Diana
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:27 am
    | Business Networks and the Digital Economy: Ready for Digital Humanism? on Coffee Break with Game-Changers | VoiceAmerica™ – The Leader in Internet Media Source: Coffee Break with Game-Changers | VoiceAmerica™
  • Coffee Break with Game-Changers | VoiceAmerica™

    Frank Diana
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:27 am
    Join me today August 26th at 11:00 EST for another episode of Coffee Break with Game-Changers | VoiceAmerica™.  Episode Description The buzz: Let’s get together, yeah yeah yeah! What does it really mean for you to have a connected business? Analysts estimate that by 2020, social networks will connect 2.5 billion people, the number of connected […]
  • Empowerment Economy

    Frank Diana
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:34 am
    On a recent Radio Program focused on the future of business, Gray Scott introduced another future scenario. He called it the empowerment economy, and he described it this way: He sees the past in three stages: 1) companies were in the business of providing supplies and core objects 2) we moved away from that to […]
  • Emerging Paradigms and the Future of Business

    Frank Diana
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    I had the pleasure of joining SAP’s Coffee Break with Game Changers Radio Show on August 5th.  This was my third appearance on the show, and I was joined by Futurist Gray Scott and SAP Global Innovation Evangelist Timo Elliott. The show titled “Emerging Paradigms and the Future of Business” was part two of a […]
  • Future Thinking

    Frank Diana
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    I’m struggling with the term disruption and its effectiveness in driving urgency. Most definitions describe a radical change in an industry or business strategy, and most involve the introduction of a new product or service that creates a new market. My struggle is not with this decades old view of disruption, but its application in […]
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    Wylie Communications, Inc.

  • Your brain on wordplay

    Ann Wylie
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We pay attention to and remember puns, alliterationA hand shoots up in my Make Your Copy More Creative workshop.Center of attention The Broca area is the part of your brain responsible for processing language — or not. Image by Henry Vandyke Carter via Wikimedia Commons“But,” the communicator says, “don’t you risk confusing people with wordplay?”Well … yes, you do. And that’s part of the point.When readers encounter wordplay, they first try on the literal meaning of the words. When that doesn’t work, they seek alternative meanings.Because…
  • I’ve got a little list

    Ann Wylie
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Eight thoughts about the length of your listicleThank you, David Letterman.Is 10 tops? How many items should you include in your listicle?The Top 10 list rules the Web — or at least, Buzzfeed. The number of Buzzfeed listicles with the numeral 10 in the headline outranked the next most popular numeral (15) by 142%, according to research by Noah Veltman and Brian Abelson, two Knight-Mozilla fellows. Fiddle around with their addictive “listogram” for details.Perfect 10 The number of Buzzfeed listicles with the numeral 10 in the headline outranked the next most popular numeral…
  • Break the news

    Ann Wylie
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The New York Times improves on the fact packWriting a news story? You could do worse than study The New York Times for inspiration.News? Or snooze? Take a tip from The New York Times and run “snappy synthesis” news leads instead of fact packs and announcements.We analyzed 87 stories in the Dec. 15, 2014, edition of the Times. (We skipped the sports pages and one-paragraph stories.) Reporters started 44 of those pieces with news leads.News leads put the bottom line up front so busy readers in a hurry can gulp the news in one paragraph rather than reading the whole story. On Dec.
  • Readability smackdown

    Ann Wylie
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Master Class attendees boost reading ease by 226%, 230% — even 300%One of my favorite parts of my Catch Your Reader Master Class is our Cut Through the Clutter contest.Using Microsoft Word’s Readability Statistics, attendees edit their copy, bringing their Flesch Kincaid grade level down and their Flesch reading ease up.Don’t dump a paper pyramid on your reader Multiply your message’s readability, in less than an hour. Just take a tip from some of these Catch Your Readers Master Class graduates.Our Chicago Master Class winner increased reading ease by a remarkable…
  • Are you giving your readers e-somnia?

    Ann Wylie
    25 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Bedtime screen reading keeps folks up all nightHere’s one more obstacle to reaching readers online: Reading that email or blog post before bedtime can literally cause your readers to lose sleep.One more thing that’ll kill you The blue light from an electronic device may increase your readers’ risks for cancer and heart disease. Image by James Royal-LawsonAt least, that’s what researchers from Harvard Medical School at Brigham and Women’s Hospital say.The researchers observed folks reading an e-book on an iPad for four hours before bedtime. Then they watched the…
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  • Thailand automotive actors and eco-system

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Thailand is a major production cluster for the Southeast Asian automotive industry. Through the country ups and downs, Thailand’s automotive sector has shown great resilient with major companies and parts suppliers remaining very active. Here is a detailed summary of the Thai automotive actors and eco-system. For a more comfortable reading, it is quite suggested to … Continue reading Thailand automotive actors and eco-system → The post Thailand automotive actors and eco-system appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Overview of oil and gas in Southeast Asia

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Many Southeast Asian countries produce fossil fuels. While gas production grows, some oil exporting countries now become importers to meet a rising internal demand. With useful data, maps and graphs, here are some clues on the production, distribution, consumption and trade of oil and gas in the region. On the side of an exhaustive report on Energy Supply … Continue reading Overview of oil and gas in Southeast Asia → The post Overview of oil and gas in Southeast Asia appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Human Resources insights on talents in Indonesia

    11 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Companies in Indonesia are poised to benefit from the country’s high potential for growth in the coming years. They will however have to face challenges to attract and keep the right staff. To help recruiters and HR professionals succeed in this task, this study by LinkedIn provides valuable insights on the mindsets of workers in Indonesia. Indonesia talent trends … Continue reading Human Resources insights on talents in Indonesia → The post Human Resources insights on talents in Indonesia appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Understanding corporate and investment banking

    4 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Banks provide a wide range of services. Through “Retail Banking” they cover the financial needs of individuals, but with their “Corporate and Investment Banking” business, they attend to the needs of large businesses and projects. As it is not always so clear to everyone, here is a little video to bring light on these activities. The … Continue reading Understanding corporate and investment banking → The post Understanding corporate and investment banking appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Human Resources insights on talents in Malaysia

    28 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Rising towards the high income country status, Malaysia offers an interesting environment for businesses, jobs seekers and recruiters. In this study, LinkedIn analyses the mindsets, goals and driving forces of the professionals of Malaysia, bringing insights on the Malaysian job market through comparisons with other countries. Malaysia talent trends 2014 – summary Introduction – page 2 … Continue reading Human Resources insights on talents in Malaysia → The post Human Resources insights on talents in Malaysia appeared first on ASEAN UP.
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    Problem Kids Blog

  • Back To School Preparation Checklist – Have You Forgotten Anything?

    Robert Locke
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Going back to school is not as easy as it seems. It is useful to have a back to school preparation checklist so that the whole operation is as smooth as possible. Being calm and supportive should be the basic foundations you will be building on. There are usually practical issues to sort out first, routines to get going again and above all, a positive approach towards a new beginning so that the child can face the social and academic challenges with confidence. Talk to your child about his or her attitudes about going back to school. There may be doom and gloom that the holidays are over and…
  • How To Build A Resilient Child –10 Parenting Tips.

    Robert Locke
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Ever wondered if you are doing it right in how to build a resilient child? Maybe you are too anxious or overprotective? Here are 10 parenting tips to help you stay on track and make sure that your kid will bounce back from setbacks and grow up much more confident, independent and resilient. The good news is that resilience skills can be taught. WHY kids need to be resilient. Kids have to adapt to changes and they have to face obstacles and setbacks. Just one of the normal aspects of life. They have to get used to a new class, new braces on their teeth, challenges with homework, not being…
  • Dash and Dot Robot Pack Review

    Robert Locke
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    We had lots of questions which needed answering when we bought the Wonder Workshop Dash and Dot Robot Pack. The best way to find out was to actually buy it and try it with the kids. These were some of the questions we had in our minds as we opened the pack. Everybody loves a robot and kids are no exception. Start telling a robot what to do and you are taking the first step to learning coding so that is a good start. Could there be a toy that would blend the whole new world with robotics, inspire kids and get them to be creative and have a lot of fun while doing so? Could it actually teach…
  • Start Potty Training- Interview With An Expert

    Robert Locke
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Unbelievable but true. A father beats his son to death because he has not made progress with his potty training He is charged with murder and may face the death penalty. You can read this incredibly sad story here. This is an extreme case but it does point to some of the problems with parents’ frustration when they have to start potty training. James Franco decided to do a spoof video of Shia LaBeouf’s video in which he shouted ‘Just do it’ and all your dreams etc. James decided to use potty training as the motivation for doing something. However a much kinder and softer approach has…
  • Getting Inside A Teenage Brain – 8 Facts You Must Know

    Robert Locke
    2 May 2015 | 12:40 pm
    “The young are heated by Nature as drunken men by wine.”- Aristotle You know the scenario better than I do. A pile of clothes on the bedroom floor which has been there a long time or breaking the speed limit. Teenagers can be anything from moody, impulsive, verbally abusive, reckless, to being downright maddening and disrespectful. Getting inside the teenage brain is absolutely crucial to coming to terms with all this. Who are the experts on all this teenage brain stuff? One parent of teens (they are now in their twenties) is Frances Jensen who was not only a parent but also a…
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  • 3 new exciting ways to get massive web traffic for 2016

    Charlie Mundi
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:26 pm
    What I’m about to show you about getting massive website traffic is the real deal, so pay close attention Forget about running a Google search on how to get massive website traffic. They’re all going to show you the same old methods. These are the methods you’ve read about for years. The problem is, if they work at all, they work very slowly. Time is something you shouldn’t waste. Now, let’s take a look at the present, leading into the future. These are methods no one is talking about. Here are 3 new ways to get massive traffic for 2016: 1. Get your website…
  • Affiliate Marketing for 2015 – Jump on Hot Niches

    Charlie Mundi
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Affiliate marketing has changed in recent years. Many of the traditional methods are not as effective as some of the new methods which I am about to present to you. Follow these methods, and you can easily make about $12 thousand dollars in the next 30 days. Affiliate Marketing has changed for 2015 – You Need to Change With It 2015 is almost over. It’s a whole new ball game now. Affiliate marketing has changed, and will continue to change for 2016. You need to change with it. The traditional approach in affiliate marketing has been to find a product, send the buyer to the landing…
  • How to make people on Social Media love you in 4 easy steps

    Charlie Mundi
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:32 am
    Post your content to your website, and go away   If I’ve said this a million times, I still haven’t said it enough: Get the right content posted, get away from your website, and go where the people are. It doesn’t matter how good, or how right your content is. You have to get it to the people. Make them want more. That’s exactly what I’m going to show you how to do. You’re going to learn how to make those people on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest want for nothing. Take care of them, and they’ll take care of you. How do you do this? READ ON! 1.
  • Top 5 Online Marketing Trends for 2016 – How you can benefit

    Charlie Mundi
    16 Aug 2015 | 9:12 pm
    As the years change, so does internet marketing and making money online. At one time, all you had to do was come up with a catchy title, some basic key words, and your website took off. This is not so anymore. There’s a lot more to this now. People don’t want to see content that’s boring, stale and of no help to them. If people like your content, you’re flying high. If they don’t, you need to go back to the drawing board. I’m going to present it to you in black and white, with nothing fancy. Think about the following for 2016, understand it, and you…
  • The magic key that makes people want to buy from you

    Charlie Mundi
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:47 pm
    You’ve been trying to make money for a long time. You’re probably using the internet. That’s pretty much the standard today. When you started, you had such high hopes and aspirations. You created your first website and thought you were on your way to Fortune 500 status. You took everyone’s advice and posted ads on your website. To make it interesting, you created content that you thought would attract visitors. You waited, and waited, and waited, and then: IT ALL WENT TO HELL IN A HANDBAG Finally, you ask yourself, “Where’s the blasted money?“ Do I…
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    FastUpFront Small Business Blog

  • Should You Use Periscope in Your Business?

    Gary Barzel
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:50 am
    Ever since Periscope officially went live a few months ago, a growing number of people, businesses, and organizations have been trying to figure out how to take advantage of this live video streaming app while it is still relatively new and not so popular yet. If you are running a small business, you may be wondering if … Continue reading Should You Use Periscope in Your Business?
  • Who Are Today’s Remote Workers?

    Gary Barzel
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    When you hear the words “remote worker,” what images come to mind? Perhaps you picture a tech-savvy twenty-something sitting in a cafe and tapping away on his tablet. Maybe you think of a mother in her thirties trying to balance the demands of career and family, by working from her home office. Or, you imagine … Continue reading Who Are Today’s Remote Workers?
  • Reimbursing Employees for Healthcare? You Could Be Fined!

    Gary Barzel
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Recently, a rather obscure and not so well known IRS rule went into effect out that could have devastating consequences for many small business owners. The new legislation is directed at employers who are helping their employees offset the cost of health insurance with so called health insurance reimbursement accounts or HRAs. For many employers, reimbursing … Continue reading Reimbursing Employees for Healthcare? You Could Be Fined!
  • What is Three-Pronged Pricing?

    Gary Barzel
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:03 pm
    As a new small business owner, pricing your products or services properly can get a little tricky. How do you determine how much to charge? How do you put an appropriate number on the value that you are offering? When you are just starting out, you may want to consider a three-pronged pricing structure. This … Continue reading What is Three-Pronged Pricing?
  • Why Millenial Entrepreneurs Will Be the Real Drivers of Alternative Finance

    Gary Barzel
    14 Jun 2015 | 6:28 am
    Long after the word “recession” stopped populating media headlines, the various forms of alternative, non-bank financing have continued to generate a more mainstream appeal , and this trend is only going to get stronger as the millenial generation continues to mature. This is good news for the alternative business finance industry, since this trend will … Continue reading Why Millenial Entrepreneurs Will Be the Real Drivers of Alternative Finance
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    GA Blog

  • Everyday Tips for Achieving Bigger Wins

    Ritika Puri
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:56 am
    As an entrepreneur, one of the earliest lessons I’ve learned is that big wins are the collection of many small steps. Many people have asked me how, as a solo founder, I managed to build a company with a customer base of 70+. I wish I had a glamorous answer, but I don’t. The truth is that my company is the outcome of 5 years of 13-16 hour days and many, many dead-ends. My secret is that I’ve positioned each and every day as a baby step forward—an attitude that is even more critical now, since I’m working with my technical co-founder (and husband) to continue our core consulting and…
  • 11 Skills You Need to Land Your Dream Marketing Job

    Ryan Robinson
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    Earlier this year, the Harvard Business Review proclaimed that marketing is dead and that loyalty killed it. What does that really mean for established marketers and those looking to forge a career in the field of marketing? In today’s business climate, consumers are frequently seeking solutions to their problems. Often, they’re able to find multiple possible solutions just from running a simple Google search. These solutions often come in the form of online tools that make us more productive at work, products that make our lives easier, and experiences that help us grow in both our…
  • How to Land Your First Job as a Developer, According to Udemy’s VP of Engineering

    Ali Pisano
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Claire Hough, VP of Engineering at Udemy, recently dropped by General Assembly’s San Francisco campus to give our students some insight into the post-Web Development Immersive (WDI) job search. A veteran of the tech industry, Claire managed engineering at several startups before joining Udemy and has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to career advice. Read on for her top 5 lessons for new developers trying to find that first job. 1. Approach your job search with confidence. Don’t sell yourself short, and don’t undersell what you know. Use active words in your resume (you didn’t help…
  • How I Turned My Passion into a Six Figure Business

    Ritika Puri
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    I’ve  wanted to be a writer since I was 11-years-old, but I never thought that I could make a comfortable income doing it. Throughout college, graduate school, and my first few years at work, I did everything that I could to escape my talent—I completed a statistics-based masters program, designed analytics frameworks for a digital marketing team, and landed in a strategic partnerships role. All the while, I spent my evenings moonlighting on Craigslist, looking for writing gigs to support my full-time income and pay off my six-figure undergrad debt. Eventually, this extra, fun income…
  • 6 Surprising Celebrities Who Know How to Code

    Hannah Atkin
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Photo source: Google Creative Commons Over the past few years, students and workers across the United States (and the world) have heard the battle cry to learn code. With over 120,000 open technology jobs  in the U.S. alone, skilled professionals are needed to take businesses and technology to the next level. Some organizations, such as, have begun enlisting celebrities to learn code—using their influence to encourage others, particularly minorities in tech, to follow their lead. While some celebs have unexpected backgrounds in technology, others are learning code for the first…
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    Working Capital Review

  • Four Sure-Fire Ways to Motivate Your People

    Jack and Suzy Welch
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’re a leader, you know that lighting a constant motivational fire under your people is one of your biggest jobs. And you surely have seen how effective the obvious incentive — money — is in motivating people. Even in employees who claim money doesn’t matter to them. Indeed, money’s power to energize people is so tried and true we won’t dwell on it. Nor will we talk about two other no-brainers: interesting work and enjoyable co-workers. You already understand how helpful they are in getting people to invest heart and soul in their jobs. So what else can you do…
  • Millennials Are Creating a Happier Workforce as They Find Their Footing

    Marc Raybin
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    It used to be that a young person would graciously accept an offer from a company, work his or her way up the corporate ladder and retire with a decent pension. That was then; this is now. Millennials as a group have the reputation amongst many of the older set to be job hoppers and are often chastised for it, but that seems to be missing the point. The Atlantic notes that jumping “between jobs in your 20s, which strikes many people as wayward and noncommittal, improves the chance that you’ll find more satisfying – and higher paying – work in your 30s and 40s.” Job hoppers tend…
  • Need Capital? Try Frugal Innovation

    Anthony Feldman
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:49 am
    North American funding for venture capital seems to be taking off. According to Preqin, North America-focused venture capital funds raised $10.6bn in Q2 2015, “the highest quarterly amount ever raised for the vehicles of this strategy,” according to ValueWalk. But funding for innovation is not available to everyone. In his recent TED Talk, Navi Radjou discusses “frugal innovation,” a practice pioneered by emerging markets entrepreneurs who, despite being constrained by limited resources like capital, education, energy and healthcare, are able to create value through innovation.
  • How to Mitigate Loss Through a Public Apology

    Elizabeth Wellington
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    When Netflix CEO Reed Hastings publicly apologized for hiking prices in 2011, he exacerbated rather than mitigated the effects of a poorly communicated business decision. Netflix users cancelled their subscriptions by the thousands. In less than three months, Netflix had lost 53% of its net value and $8 billion dollars in shareholder worth. A new study from Harvard Business Review gives leaders like Hastings a formula for navigating the treacherous waters of organizational apologies. For serious transgressions, HBR suggests that senior leaders “immediately express candor, remorse, and a…
  • Employees Working More Hours Can Backfire

    Taegan Goddard
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    A large body of research suggests that working long hours, doesn’t necessarily make companies more profitable, the Harvard Business Review reports. “For starters, it doesn’t seem to result in more output. In a study of consultants by Erin Reid, a professor at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business, managers could not tell the difference between employees who actually worked 80 hours a week and those who just pretended to. While managers did penalize employees who were transparent about working less, Reid was not able to find any evidence that those employees…
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    Small Business Tips

  • The Most Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And How To Avoid Them Part 3

    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
     The Most Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And How To Avoid Them: Are You Ready For The Next Installment Welcome back and I hope you all had an opportunity to explore and implement the information in part 2.  We have covered nine common mistakes and ways to avoid them in the previous segments of this series. The Most Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And How To Avoid Them: Did You Read Part 2? If you have not viewed the information in part 2 then I would recommend that you click here to check out the first installment of “The Most Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And…
  • The Most Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And How To Avoid Them Part 2

    22 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
     The Most Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And How To Avoid Them: Are You Ready For The Next Installment Welcome back and I hope you all had an opportunity to explore and implement the information in part 1.  We have covered four common mistakes and ways to avoid them   The Most Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And How To Avoid Them: Did You Read Part 1?   If you have not viewed the information in part 1 then I would recommend that you click here to check out the first installment of “The Most Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And How To Avoid Them”…
  • The Most Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And How To Avoid Them Part 1

    15 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The Most Common Mistakes New Entrepreneurs Make And How To Avoid Them: Packing And Getting Ready For The Journey A large number of people who start their own business do not realize how much work and time will be involved. They fail to carry out any primary research and as a result become quickly overwhelmed. Perhaps the first question to ask yourself then is whether you are in fact ready to start your own business. Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset?  Are you committed to spend all the time you need to succeed? And are you ready to take massive action? The Most Common Mistakes New…
  • How to Keep Your Small Business Alive Part 3

    8 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    How to Keep Your Small Business Alive: Lets Address Budgeting And Planning Lets remember that there is a statistic that states that 9 out every 10 businesses fail within the first 5 years of existence where 9 out of 10 of those fail within the first year. In this series we will address something to give you a better opportunity to sustain past the five years and beyond. In the last articles we have discussed the importance of records and management in part 1 and cost and spending in part 2. You are welcomed to click on of the two subjects to review the information in those articles. So now…
  • How to Keep Your Small Business Alive Part 2

    1 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    How to Keep Your Small Business Alive: Lets Address Cost and Spending Lets remember that there is a statistic that states that 9 out every 10 businesses fail within the first 5 years of existence where 9 out of 10 of those fail within the first year. In this series we will address something to give you a better opportunity to sustain past the five years and beyond. In the last article we have discussed records and management and how those hinder the business prospering. If you have not read part 1, then I recommend going back to read or refresh yourself before going forward. You can get there…
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    Greg's Corner

  • Defending what’s Wrong for the Right Reasons

    Greg Collier
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:11 pm
    It’s been many years since Geebo removed its personal ads section and I’m happy to say that, over the years, many other sites have followed. But not all of them. One, in particular, has continued to successfully fight legal efforts to shut down the site’s personals section, considered a facilitator of illegal prostitution and sex-trafficking industries. That site is and, under most circumstances, I’d use some pretty choice words to express my feelings about the site and its legal team, which invokes the First Amendment to protect its sex-ad revenue pipeline, even at the…
  • Trump’s Political Push Exposes Bad-For-Business Behavior

    Greg Collier
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    As a business owner, I understand that my customers and business relationships are key to the long-term success of my company and I want to do everything I can to maintain and expand those relationships. At the same time, I also need to be able to maintain my voice and speak up about issues that matter to me, both professionally and personally. That’s one of the best things about having this blog. Still, there’s a fine line that must be walked when a business owner starts sounding off on the controversial topics of the day – and. boy, are there plenty to choose from these days. The…
  • Today’s state of sports: Kids could teach the pros a thing or two

    Greg Collier
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Over a recent weekend, I spoke with a friend who had spent the past couple of months coaching a little league team of 8-year-old boys. The kids had a good season, he said, emphasizing that “good” didn’t necessarily mean “winning.” Sure, they won their share of games, he said. But they lost a couple of heartbreakers, too. Still, he said, all of the kids had a good season. Some really improved their skills. Others picked up some confidence in their abilities. And at the end-of-the-season party, the kids talked about great catches and good hits instead of victories or losses. For these…
  • Don’t be a Craigslist Killing: Raising Awareness for Safer Face-to-Face Transactions

    Greg Collier
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:21 am
    Conducting business with a stranger always brings a certain amount of risk – both for buyer and seller. But, in this digital age of classified advertising, where individuals are conducting one-on-one transactions for used cars, sports tickets, furniture or even intimate relationships, the risk of harm grows exponentially. Consider the recently-published “Craigslist killings,” a list of 84 people whose lives were cut short over the last 8 years through encounters with people they met via the online classifieds site. Some were involved in encounters that were already risky enough,…
  • Cheating in the NFL: Here’s One Simple, but Tough, Question for the New England Patriots

    Greg Collier
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    I have only one question for the person who deflated 11 of the 12 footballs for the New England Patriots when they played against the Indianapolis Colts for the AFC Championship earlier this month. Was it worth it? I mean, here we are, counting down the days until the Super Bowl, the biggest game of the year, and instead of listening to radio hosts and TV analysts talk about the strengths of a running game or weaknesses in the defense, I’m listening to questions about quarterback Tom Brady’s integrity and suggestions that Coach Bill Belichick be suspended from the Super Bowl. Was it worth…
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    Hiring For Success

  • Book review: Blue Ocean Strategy

    Ciaran Ryan
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Earlier we reviewed the book Zero to One by Peter Thiel who argues that if you want to start a business, make it a monopoly. “Competition is for losers,” he claims. Well, here’s another book with a similar theme. The book is Blue Ocean Strategy, by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, who argue that “cutthroat competition results in nothing but a bloody red ocean of rivals fighting over a shrinking profit pool.” This conclusion is based on a study of 150 strategic moves (spanning more than 100 years across 30 industries). The authors say lasting success comes not from battling…
  • Expats returning home in record numbers

    Ciaran Ryan
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    More than 400 000 white expat South Africans have returned to the land of their birth since the apex of the financial crisis in 2009, according to Moneyweb. PCS managing director Philip Park is quoted as saying there is a notable increase in expats on the firm’s books, who some years ago would have slotted into the larger corporations. Today, it is the medium-sized firms that are doing the hiring. SA’s white population of working age (15 to 64 years) peaked at 5.9 million in 1973, but declined steadily to 3.9 million in 2009. Since then, the white population has risen to 4.3 million,…
  • How to steer yourself out of an emergency

    Ciaran Ryan
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:40 pm
    By Philip Park How do you steer yourself out of an emergency? I am talking here of the type of emergency that any business or individual goes through. First of all, how do you spot an emergency? Simple, declining or unchanging statistics. Here is a graph of South Africa’s economic growth rate (gross domestic product) until 1990. I just use this to show you what an emergency looks like. The good news is that any condition can be improved. The reason I want to focus on Emergency is that too often we hear companies blaming emergencies on “the poor state of the economy”, lack of government…
  • The curse of success

    Ciaran Ryan
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:55 pm
    By Philip Park Success carries its own inherent hazards. To achieve success you had better find out exactly what actions produced the success. Was it a new marketing campaign? Did you hire a new executive? Get rid of an old one? Introduce a new bonus programme for staff? A combination of the above? Success is sweet when it arrives, but it is also dangerous. Oh, so dangerous, because the temptation is to assume that success will continue of its own accord with no external guidance or direction. That’s the first mistake. Everyone has experienced success (let’s call it Affluence, since this…
  • How IT is changing the recruitment game

    Ciaran Ryan
    25 May 2015 | 3:37 am
    One sector of the economy that never seems to disappoint is IT. The rate of development in this sector places fresh demands for new skills on IT-related employers – something that has remained more or less constant for the last two decades. Pauline Michell, specialist recruitment consultant at PCS, gives us an update on trends in IT recruitment. Pauline points out that candidates have a much broader universe of potential job prospects from which to choose, thanks to social media and online search capabilities. But for employers, there is no substitute for carefully vetted and…
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    Business & Personal Growth Tips

  • GE 111: How CB Insights Uses Content Marketing To Get 1,000+ Signups Per Month

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hey everyone, today’s interview is with CEO and Co-Founder of CB Insights, Anand Sanwal. CB Insights helps you track the world’s most promising private companies, their investors, and their acquirers to help you innovate faster and invest smarter. How 1989’s UX Inspired CB Insights Anand started CB Insights six years ago after working in venture capital and for American Express. While working at American Express, he had to use old school data tools that charged a fair amount of money for a mediocre experience, and the data wasn’t that impressive. It was so…
  • GE 110: How John Lee Dumas Built A Business From $0 to $250K+ Per Month Off Of Podcasting

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hi everyone, today’s interview is with John Lee Dumas, host of the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast. For those of you that don’t know, Entrepreneur on Fire is an award-winning podcast that hosts an interview with an inspiring entrepreneur seven days per week, every week. John’s interviewed the likes of Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, and Gary Vaynerchuck, and has one key trait to share that he consistently sees in the most successful entrepreneurs. A Soldier from Maine Finds His Passion in Entrepreneurship In his earlier days, John went to college on an ROTC scholarship and then spent…
  • GE 109: How Brazil’s Hotel Urbano Grew Into The Largest Travel Brand on Facebook (11M+ Fans!)

    19 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hi everyone, today’s interview is with João Ricardo, co-founder and CEO of Hotel Urbano, a company that lets travelers find and reserve accommodation and activities. It’s the single largest travel brand on Facebook, and with well over $135 million in funding, it’s one of the most heavily-funded startups in Brazil. A Law School Dropout Uncovers the Profitabiliy of the Internet João was going to law school in Brazil when he went to do a six-month foreign exchange in London. While he was there he got so familiar with…
  • GE 108: How Y Combinator Helped Olark Move From a Side Project into a Startup With 10K Customers

    17 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hi everyone, today we’re talking to Ben Congleton, co-founder of Olark, a tool that lets over 10,000 companies chat with their website visitors online. The tool lowers the first-touch communication barrier and helps with sales, prospecting, and funnel optimization. Today Ben’s got some interesting insights on setting up a strong remote work culture and what it was like to start off with just four people in a small town house. Ben’s Entrepreneurial Background Ben got his entrepreneurial start as early as elementary school, when he sold pencils to other students.
  • GE 107: The Simple Blueprint Gideon Shalwick Used To Grow A YouTube Channel to 36M Views & 360K Subscribers

    12 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hi everyone, today’s interview is with Gideon Shalwick, founder of Veeroll, a company that simplifies creating and targeting true view video ads on YouTube. Their software helps you not only create videos, but figure out how to get traffic to your site that’s relevant and that actually converts. Immigrating from New Zealand to Australia for Entrepreneurship  Nine years ago, Gideon was working in a good job, but had that itch we’ve all felt to go and do his own thing. He quit his job, moved from New Zealand to Australia, and wrote a book to sell online. He quickly…
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    The Lab

  • Tips for a Successful Interactive Kiosk Deployment

    Olea Kiosks
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Interactive kiosks are everywhere!  Nearly every day in the news there is a new story of kiosks being deployed in a wide variety of applications intended to create greater efficiency in a variety of industries, including retail, food service, casino gaming, government agencies, school campuses, and more. With so many success stories, many businesses see […] The post Tips for a Successful Interactive Kiosk Deployment appeared first on The Lab.
  • Casino Loyalty Kiosks – The Key to Successful Loyalty Programs

    Olea Kiosks
    4 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Customer Loyalty Programs were first introduced in the airline industry in the early 1980s by American Airlines.  These programs expanded to other industries quickly, and the first casino loyalty program was introduced by Harrah’s in 1998. From 2000 to 2006, total customer loyalty program enrollments in the US across all industries increased 35.5% to 1.5 […] The post Casino Loyalty Kiosks – The Key to Successful Loyalty Programs appeared first on The Lab.
  • NFC Technology and Interactive Kiosks

    Olea Kiosks
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:23 am
    Over the last 20 years, the mobile phone has evolved from a simple portable device used to make calls to the newest smartphones which are miniature handheld computers with more computing power than all of NASA’s computers that were used in the Apollo moon missions combined! One of the latest technologies to hit mobile devices […] The post NFC Technology and Interactive Kiosks appeared first on The Lab.
  • How Self-Service Kiosks Are Improving the Consumer Experience

    Olea Kiosks
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    Self-service purchasing is changing the way we shop. 85% of Americans have used a self-service kiosk and that number is even higher for younger age groups. Consumers love the convenience and efficiency, and businesses love the ROI and faster queue turns. Self-service kiosks are a win-win. Self-Service Technologies Improve the Bottom Line According to some […] The post How Self-Service Kiosks Are Improving the Consumer Experience appeared first on The Lab.
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    Thrive! Europe

  • Resilience Lessons from the Greek Financial Crisis (Bird’s Eye View 2)

    DRI International
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:57 pm
    By Lyndon Bird, Chair of the DRI Future Strategic Vision Committee Today I would like to start with an international issue that has dominated the news media in Europe for many weeks (some might say years) and has had an impact globally that is superficially beyond its obvious significance. I mean the financial crisis in Greece, the concern this might spread to the wider Euro bloc and the potential impact this might have on the entire international financial community. I appreciate that economists might tell us that this is a minor matter compared with a potential melt-down of the Chinese…
  • Jean-Marie Paquet: My Experience as a Resilience Professional

    DRI International
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    Jean-Marie Paquet is a Certified Business Continuity Professional and the representative of DRI in Luxembourg.  For more information on becoming involved with DRI in Luxembourg, please visit his consulting firm, Net-Consilium. He shares his experience in resilience as well as his insights into the industry as a whole. How did you become involved in resilience and its related industries (business continuity, disaster recovery, emergency management, etc.)?  I became involved sort of by chance.  During a visit on site in the late 90s, the hosting company started a BC exercise for operations…
  • DRI International Convenes Global Think Tank on Future of Resilience, Seeks to Unite Profession

    DRI International
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    Originally published on Drive: E-news from DRI International Bringing together a global community of subject matter experts, DRI International has convened the Future Strategic Vision Committee, the leading global think tank on matters of operational resilience, discipline integration, and the future role of resilience professionals. This interdisciplinary group seeks to unite the profession by establishing meaningful and productive links among other professional bodies, higher education, and membership organizations. DRI has tapped Former Business Continuity Institute (BCI) Chair Lyndon Bird…
  • Turkish Professionals Engage in Interactive Session

    DRI International
    20 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Exchange by DRI Istanbul has held its first event this Spring in Istanbul.  The event was an impressive start for Exchange, with about 40 attendees from 18 companies. The day began with a discussion of the Professional Practices followed by a workshop and several working groups.  It concluded with an Executive Panel and a brief presentation on governance. Photos of the event can be seen below.  For more information on business continuity in Turkey, please contact DRI Istanbul.
  • Announcing Turkish Professional Practices

    DRI International
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:17 am
    The DRI Ten Professional Practices for Business Continuity Professionals are now available in Turkish.  The Professional Practices are a body of knowledge designed to assist the entity in the development and implementation of a Business Continuity Management program.  Use of the Professional Practice framework can increase the likelihood that no significant gaps will be present in your program as well as increase the likelihood that the various parts of the program will work cohesively in an actual disruptive event.  This important resource will help DRI Istanbul serve Turkish-speaking…
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    Thrive! Asia

  • DRI Regional Conference in Beijing

    DRI International
    5 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    10 – 11 September 2015 Shang Dong Jing Lv Hotel, Beijing DRI is proud to announce a new regional professional conference in Asia. DRI BJ2015 is the Asian professional conference of Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRI) in Beijing Sept. 10-11, aiming to provide a forum and platform for DR/BCM/ERM professionals to share experiences and exchange technologies with others in the region. The conference will benefit local business continuity management professionals and businesses, allowing them to learn from colleagues from other parts of the world, as well as exchange practical…
  • Merleen Yap: My Experience as a Business Continuity Professional

    DRI International
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    Merleen is a Manager with the Enterprise Risk Services practice of Deloitte Singapore. She shares with us on her role as a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), her daily work and why she chose this as her career. You graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from University of New South Wales, how did you learn about Business Continuity Management (BCM)? I was assisting my manager in a BCM engagement for an insurance company that was looking for assistance in assessing the gaps of their BCM implementation. That was when I started, and I have never stopped thinking about BCM…
  • Spotlight on DRI Malaysia

    DRI International
    4 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    DRI Malaysia was established in 2006 to promote and complement DRI International in the region and has been rapidly growing ever since.  We would like to take this opportunity to highlight DRI Malaysia’s important presence in Thrive! and critical service to the business continuity community in Asia. Member-Get-Together-Activities On April 2, DRI Malaysia held a successful MGTA to discuss flooding along the eastern coast. The program can be found here and photos can be found here. Articles Thrive! Asia has recently added articles originally published by DRI Malaysia.  Topics covered…
  • Support The Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund!

    DRI International
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:11 am
    Support The Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund! The DRI Foundation is calling all continuity professionals, and their organizations, to donateto the Foundation’s Nepal Relief Fund, part of our Donations after Disasters program. We pledge that every penny donated will go directly to relief and recovery efforts. There is strength and solidarity in numbers. By combining our donations, we will send a message of support, help, and hope from our community to those in need. For more information, please visit the DRI Foundation.
  • Public-Private Partnerships Essential to Resilience in Japan and Beyond

    DRI International
    3 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    DRI International is proud to have participated in the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.  The event was a resounding success for all involved. Following their participation, DRI has released a white paper titled “Public-Private Partnerships are essential to attaining the next level of resilience in Japan and the greater global community.”  To download the paper for free, please visit the Library of MyDRI. To learn more about the conference, please browse the following resources from the UN: The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk…
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    Thrive! Middle East and Africa

  • Reflections on the Bristow Helicopter Crash in Lagos (August 2015)

    DRI International
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:59 am
    Philip Keshiro, DRI Nigeria Appreciation We would like to appreciate all the agencies and officials that took part in responding during the recent Bristow Helicopter crash. Review of the incident From reports we were told that the first responding agency got to the scene at least one hour after the incident as reported. From the visuals shown most if not all of rescue efforts (diving) were carried out by local divers with their boats. Preparedness Issues from Incident a. Total reliance on local divers with inadequate tools only compound or elongate the timing for rescue. b. Timeliness of…
  • National Continuity Plan vs Total Business Resilience: In whose court is the ball?

    DRI International
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Adewale Akinwale Winning in a game of Tennis revolves around a player’s ability to hit the ball back at the opposing player with as much dexterity as possible. Getting the ball back across the net ensures that the bulk does not end in your half of the court, in which case you would have lost a point. The flurry of warnings and notices of closure/service outages from core service providers to Nigerian customers in the last week of May 2015 was rather suggestive of a weakened tennis player who could do no more than swing his racket and hit the ball in the direction of the hapless spectators…
  • Networking with DRI Istanbul

    DRI International
    20 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    Exchange by DRI Istanbul has held its first event this Spring in Istanbul.  The event was an impressive start for Exchange, with about 40 attendees from 18 companies. The day began with a discussion of the Professional Practices followed by a workshop and several working groups.  It concluded with an Executive Panel and a brief presentation on governance. Photos of the event can be seen below.  For more information on business continuity in Turkey, please contact DRI Istanbul.
  • Important Resource for BCM in Turkey

    DRI International
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:23 am
    The DRI Ten Professional Practices for Business Continuity Professionals are now available in Turkish.  The Professional Practices are a body of knowledge designed to assist the entity in the development and implementation of a Business Continuity Management program.  Use of the Professional Practice framework can increase the likelihood that no significant gaps will be present in your program as well as increase the likelihood that the various parts of the program will work cohesively in an actual disruptive event.  This important resource will help DRI Istanbul serve Turkish-speaking…

    DRI International
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    Philip Keshiro,DRI Nigeria The Sendai Framework for DRR 2015 is a great improvement to the Hygo Framework for Action 2005 – 2015: Building Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. Having gone through the Hygo Framework, I summarized it with a statement ‘Developing countries help your citizens’. It was generally not ‘punchy’ and clear BECAUSE any time I get in contact with those implementing DRR, the question is “what has Business Continuity got to do with DRR? ”. Hence, the understanding was flawed (my opinion), implementation was without a clear direction, and…
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    StartUp FASHION

  • Fashion Archives: A Look at the History of the Sheath Dress

    Jessica Bucci
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I am willing to bet that every single one of our female StartUp FASHION readers has at least one sheath dress in her closet. This particular dress’ sleek, minimal silhouette works with all body types, and continues to remain a chic and relevant style as the years go by. In fact, this particular dress has stood the test of time for longer than you might think. While the sheath conjures up visions of the 1950’s and 60’s, this style has been around for much longer- thousands of years longer. The sheath dress, a close-fitting dress with a defined waist, has taken on several different…
  • Fashion Business Owners Musings: When Trying Something New Punches You in the Face

    Nicole Giordano
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Everyone is always saying that we, as business owners, need to ignore the fear we have of trying something new or different. They say that putting ourselves out there is incredibly important to success. And feeling a bit vulnerable is all part of the territory. I know this, because I’m one of the people who is always saying it. But what happens when we put ourselves out there, allow ourselves to be vulnerable, and the result is a big fat punch in the face? Or worse, radio silence. Seriously, is there anything more embarrassing than when you open yourself up and share your opinions,…
  • Search Engine Optimization for Your eCommerce Website

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    If you build it they will come, right? Not necessarily. eCommerce websites need more than visually appealing designs, beautiful images, and intriguing content. They need to be properly optimized so that your target audience actually comes to the site. Below are eight tips to help drive traffic to your website through Search Engine Optimization best practices. Site Performance As valuable and attractive as high-quality images and videos are, having too many can slow down your site. A slow site is bad for both the user experience and SEO. To fix this, reduce the size of your images or enable a…
  • What You Need to Know About Small Batch Production

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
      With the resurgence of US manufacturing, there are more options for manufacturing your collection at the quantity you need.  Knowing how much production you should start off with can be complicated. Starting small or producing a large run each have their benefits, but which one is right for your brand? What is Small Batch Production? Small batch production is a term used to describe a small production run, typically less than 500 units (garments). Finding factories with low quantities can be daunting, but don’t be afraid to ask a factory representative what their minimums and…
  • Fashion Business Owner Musings: When You’re the Most Driven Person You Know

    Nicole Giordano
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
      What I’m about to say is most likely going to come across as highfalutin. (isn’t that word fantastic?). But I don’t care. Well, I do care, but I’m going to say it anyway. Because this weekly column is about honesty. So here goes. I often feel like I’m the most driven person in my life. {Weird gurgle sound}. I want to delete that sentence so badly right now. I feel like a overblown idiot. I feel like screaming at myself “Who the hell do you think you are?!”. I feel a little nauseated. But I’m not going to delete it, because I know that you…
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    Center for Business Modeling

  • Three Tips to Build Your Buyer Personas

    Christopher Ryan
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    Reaching out to your targeted audience has never been so easy—after all, research shows that much of the buyer’s journey these days starts online with quality content. In fact, a recent Gartner survey says that digital marketing spend will increase by eight percent in 2015. What’s more, “the survey found that of the 51 percent of companies who plan to increase their digital marketing budget in 2015, the average increase will be 17 percent.” Finding out where your potential customers are “hanging out” in the digital space and getting heard in that space can be difficult, thanks…
  • Making Your Business Model More “Customer-Obsessed” in the Digital World

    Patty Tomsky
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:22 pm
    When your business model includes technology (and let’s face it, everybody’s does right now, at least when it comes to reaching customers) you need the right kind of people on board to uncover your next competitive move. You need the combined strength of product development visionaries; marketing gurus; and business analysts comfortable with the reams of big data that digital business models generate. So let’s say you have the right kind of team in place. What else are you doing right? Your partners and processes are iterative and agile—you can move on a dime to tweak your sales and…
  • Can You Really Use Marketing to Shrink the B2B Sales Cycle?

    Christopher Ryan
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:36 am
    It seems at least once a week that I talk to a B2B company about how to shrink their sales cycle. Sales executives and CEOs get especially frustrated because their quarterly sales forecasts become much harder to predict when the sales cycle timing is all over the map. For example, we have one technology client where it seems half their deals close in days or weeks, while the other half can take six months or more. So what is going on and what can us B2B marketing types do about it? The first thing we need to do is accept certain realities, regardless of the pain involved. And the first…
  • Watching for World-Changing Disruptions to Your Business Model

    Patty Tomsky
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:28 am
     An expert shares what your business model needs in the global landscape Every once in a while, I like to lift up my head and look around at the global disruptions that will impact my business. When I read Nicholas Forsan’s blog this week, I gained new insight into the global trends that will disrupt all businesses and found a new way to look at my current business model to shore it up against chaos. Here are a few of Forsan’s insights that I found worth watching: “The digital world gives us the tools to make smarter decisions, e.g. to generate commercially viable insights from…
  • Capturing Value in Nontraditional Ways

    Steve Imke
    22 May 2015 | 9:36 am
    When I grew up in Massachusetts, I remember reading a story about Joe Kennedy. He would go up to owners of older drafty apartments in downtown Boston and make them a unique proposition. Many of the units were poorly insulated and cost a small fortune to heat in the winter. Joe would agree to insulate the building at no cost to the owner if the owner agreed to simply pay Joe the historical heating bill for a contracted period of time. Then at the expiration of the contract, the owner would begin to pay the actual heating bills from that point forward and owe Joe nothing for his investment in…
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  • From BYOD to BYOA – What the Workplace App Explosion means for Internal Communicators

    Claire O' Brien
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:45 am
    In the last 10 years or more BYOD (bring your own device) has become common in all but the most highly regulated of industries e.g. HIPAA compliant hospitals. While BYOD policies govern the use of an employee’s device requiring security measures are put in place to protect the company if the device is lost or stolen, these policies do not cover how the data on the device is used, managed or shared. What is most worrying are the issues surrounding high risk exposure to malware and viruses, data security implications, and the potential for employee misuse. Forty percent of IT departments…
  • Creating email newsletters employees love to get

    denise cox
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    Over 60% of organizations regularly send employee newsletters, however it’s safe to say most of them are serving as a dumping ground for everything. A monthly batch-and-blast to ‘all employees’. This style of newsletter contributes to inbox clutter – and is generally ignored by employees. What are the elements of a good email employee newsletter that your employees value? Good employee newsletters provide a line-of-sight across the organization. The information they receive is relevant and keeps them informed about the organization. It provides clarity around changes or other…
  • [Q&A] Part 1 of 2: How to Turn Boring Corporate Content into Engaging Employee Communication

    Guest Blogger
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    In a recent webinar guest host Steve Crescenzo spoke about creating corporate content and communications that people will actually pay attention to and act on. In this first of two guest posts, Steve answers some of the questions asked during the webinar. 1. What advice would you offer on how to communicate effectively during periods of significant change impacting on the people in an organization? Communicate as much as you can as soon as you can. And then communicate about what you can’t talk about yet, or don’t know about yet. It’s my experience that employees can handle just about…
  • Why don’t senior leaders participate more actively on social channels?

    Guest Blogger
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Senior Leaders have given two main reasons for their low participation on social media such as Twitter and LinkedIn – time and benefits The current CEOs of Shell, BP, GSK, PWC, KPMG, UPS and Coca-Cola have a little over 3,000 followers between them on Twitter. Virgin CEO Richard Branson has six million followers on Twitter, and uses this public-facing social platform to powerfully share his views on leadership and culture, promote his business interests – and recognize colleagues. My own survey of senior leaders inside large corporations revealed that only one in ten are on…
  • Why business communicators should nurture a culture of co-creation in an organization

    Guest Blogger
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:14 am
    We understand that humans unconsciously care about about two things; looking good and being loved. As business communicators, most of our work involves partnering with leaders and other internal stakeholders to ensure that they we communicating the right information, at the right time, to address the needs and concerns of our audiences. Ultimately, ensuring that both the company and executive sponsors are seen in the best light. In other words, we do all possible to make our leaders look good. Being loved is another issue. How do we create a context so that people feel loved at work? Just…
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    Securities & Going Public Lawyers

  • What is a Penny Stock Email Campaign ?

    Brenda Hamilton, Securities and Going Public Lawyer
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Going Public LawyerIn our digital age, sensible people know they should be wary of unsolicited financial advice, but there are still many who can’t resist the allure of the “guaranteed profits” that will be generated by a “once in a lifetime opportunity” received in a penny stock email campaign.  There are different kinds of scams involving penny stock email.  Some may present what appears... Read MoreGoing Public Lawyer
  • SEC Charges Vincente Garcia Under FCPA

    Brenda Hamilton, Securities and Going Public Lawyer
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Going Public LawyerOn August 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that a former executive at a worldwide software manufacturer has agreed to settle charges that he violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) by bribing Panamanian government officials through an intermediary to procure software license sales. An SEC investigation found that Vicente E. Garcia, the former vice president of global... Read MoreGoing Public Lawyer
  • SEC Charges Microcap Stock Promoters

    Brenda Hamilton, Securities and Going Public Lawyer
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Going Public LawyerLast month, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) charged a trio of alleged microcap stock promoters with defrauding investors by disseminating promotional investor relations e-mails and newsletters exhorting readers to immediately buy purportedly hot stocks so they could secretly sell their own holdings at a substantial profit. The SEC alleges that the three men, who live in Israel, obtained shares... Read MoreGoing Public Lawyer
  • Regulation D and PPM Lawyers – Going Public

    Brenda Hamilton, Securities and Going Public Lawyer
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:22 am
    Going Public LawyerA private placement memorandum (“PPM”) is also referred to as a confidential offering circular or memorandum.  PPM’s are used by private companies  in going public transactions and by existing public companies to raise capital by selling either debt or equity in an exempt offering.  In registered direct public offerings, the resale of these shares are often registered on Form S-1. These... Read MoreGoing Public Lawyer
  • Signator Investors Settles SEC Charges

    Brenda Hamilton, Securities and Going Public Lawyer
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:39 pm
    Going Public LawyerOn August 13, 2015, the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that three Maryland men have agreed to settle charges that they defrauded investors in a company that owns and operates residential and commercial real estate.  Boston-based Signator Investors Inc. and one of its supervisors agreed to settle separate charges that they failed to supervise two of the men who... Read MoreGoing Public Lawyer
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    Atlanta Business Radio

  • Cobb County Edition: Chris Burley of Quantum Tech Solutions

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Chris Burley/ Quantum Tech Solutions Chris Burley is the Vice President of Sales for Quantum Tech Solutions. Chris has been in the IT and Telecommunications industry for over 10 years and has served in sales and project management capacities for industry powerhouses such as Verizon, AT&T and IBM. At Quantum Tech Solutions, we provide innovative and reliable mobile, voice, data, and network technology solutions to businesses around the globe. We have over two decades of experience designing and deploying solutions to streamline business processes, optimize workforces, improve work flow,…
  • Cobb County Edition: Littie Brown of SpeedPro Imaging Marietta and Jason Rockman of CAN Capital

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
    Littie Brown/ SpeedPro Imaging Marietta SpeedPro Imaging specializes in producing high quality graphic images for our customers that convey a message, attract attention and reinforce their brand.  Our products ranges from a small yard sign to attract attention to a vehicle wrap reinforcing their brand. If you can imagine it we can print it.   Jason Rockman, VP Branding at CAN Capital CAN Capital, Inc., established in 1998, is the pioneer and market share leader in alternative small business finance, having provided access to $5.0 billion in capital for hundreds of thousands of small…
  • Special Edition: Capital Club Radio

    19 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Michael Flock / FLOCK Specialty Finance Michael R. Flock is the Chairman & CEO of FLOCK Specialty Finance. Michael has been involved in the credit, collections, debt buying, and outsourcing businesses for over 20 years beginning with being President of Dun & Bradstreet’s Receivables Management Services. In 2007, he founded Flock Advisors, an M&A and capital provider to these industries. In a move to provide capital and expertise to more industries underserved by traditional financial services, this company changed to FLOCK Specialty Finance in 2013. Michael earned his BA from…
  • Cobb County Edition: Dr. Brittany Valmond of Chiropractic Specialists and Alix Moore of Blue Equinox

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:45 am
    Dr. Brittany Valmond/ Chiropractic Specialists Dr. Brittany Valmond was born on the tropical island of St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. In high school she became fascinated with biology, specifically the anatomy and physiology of the body. After graduating from high school, she decided to pursue her Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. Upon completing two years of her studies at the University of the Virgin Islands, she decided to embark on her journey of becoming a Chiropractor after developing a growing passion for holistic healthcare. Dr. Brittany transferred to Life University in…
  • Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk with bbr Marketing and David Klanac with Trustfuel

    13 Aug 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk / bbr Marketing    Bonnie Buol Ruszczyk has been a member of the creative and marketing services community for over 20 years and does not appear to be leaving it anytime soon. As president of bbr marketing, she has relished the challenges of entrepreneurship as she worked to grow and nurture a new business. Since the firm’s inception in 2009, Bonnie has led the young company to become widely recognized and respected within the professional services marketing niche, with award-winning client websites and an outstanding history of business success having worked with…
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    ALS Locksmith Blog

  • Advice On Looking For A New UPVC Door

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Don't go for the cheapest door. "Buy cheap by twice" comes to mind. Don't buy UPVC, go for composite.  If you go for composite then go for timber composite. The other type is basically a PVC door in drag. Look for rollers on the mechanism its a big give away. Were fitting is concerned steer away from friends of the family or homers. You have no comeback when they fail. Go for a company that has its own team of dedicated fitters. Stay away from subcontractors. The guarantee that comes with the door may not cover you if the door has been poorly fitted. Go for an insurance backed guarantee.
  • Double Glazing Repairs Glasgow

    27 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    UPVC door repairs Glasgow specialise in UPVC double glazing door repair. We do everything but the glass. As a family run business we see the value in carrying out the right repairs and rejuvinating old windows that can be repaired rather than replaced. More often than not good quality windows and doors are replaced with low quality, low grade double glazing doors and windows that will eventually fail and leave a deep hole in your pocket. Affordable Locksmith Services double glazing repairs DO NOT FIT DOORS AND WINDOWS. We repair them and if we can't it wont cost you a penny. That's our…
  • Yale Lock Change

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    When you phone a locksmith the average customer thinks that all locks are the same and when looking for a quote will go for the cheapest quote. But what really happens is that they get a quote and what is usually fitted into the door is the cheapest lock. If you ever phone a national company. Call centers and all. You'll get charged upto £100 per hour plus vat and then the price of the lock on top. I think a lot of customers would be shocked if they found out that they had just spent well over a hundred quid for a lock that costs less than a fiver wouldn't you? At A.L.S. Locksmiths…
  • How to repair your door and window locks

    21 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Affordable locksmith Glasgow west end provide a lock repair and lock replacement service. We also provide professional lock installations, emergency services and UPVC door and window repairs Glasgow. Locksmiths Glasgow West End lock service is an independent company serving all areas in Glasgow. Family run we don't charge vat, call out charges, hourly rates or travelling time. All our locking products are sourced from established lock manufacturers and everything we repair or install comes with a 1 year guarantee.Affordable locksmith Glasgow west end provide a service that is…
  • Looking For A Local Locksmith In Glasgow

    7 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Looking For A Local Locksmith In Glasgow On the internet Adwords Looking at the Google page you'll see listings to the right and top 3. These are Adwords. Every time you click on these it costs the vender a certain amount of money. For instance clicking on the top listing for the search term "Locksmith Glasgow" will cost them between £7 and £15 per click. Only the nationals will hold the top 3 positions as they have a large marketing budget. This cost is then carried onto the customer. Local Map Listing You have to be very careful here. Even Google know that there is a big problem…
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    Binary Option Evolution

  • How to Root Galaxy Note 5 and Install TWRP

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    How to Root Galaxy Note 5 and Install TWRP #Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 5 a few weeks ago and the root has already been achieved on the phone along with a fully working custom recovery. The root method was found by senior XDA member who confirms that all the...Read more »The post How to Root Galaxy Note 5 and Install TWRP appeared first on Binary Option Evolution.
  • How To Update Xperia Z3+ to Android 5.0.2 (28.0.A.8.251)

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:02 pm
    How To Update #Xperia Z3+ #Sony just started rolling out the Android 5.0.2 update Xperia Z3+ that carries the build number 28.0.A.8.251, this is surprising considering how the phones that are older and relatively less powerful than the Xperia Z3+ are updated to Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, but then again, Sony did...Read more »The post How To Update Xperia Z3+ to Android 5.0.2 (28.0.A.8.251) appeared first on Binary Option Evolution.
  • Netflix parting with high-profile films as deal with Epix lapses

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    #Netflix parting with high-profile films Netflix braced its subscribers for the loss of some hit movies with a blog post saying it’s letting its agreement with cable network Epix lapse in September. The move will drop films including The Hunger Games: #Catching Fire, World War Z and Transformers: Age of...Read more »The post Netflix parting with high-profile films as deal with Epix lapses appeared first on Binary Option Evolution.
  • Development Update: Liquid Lemur Linux 2.0 Alpha 2

    30 Aug 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Liquid Lemur Linux 2.0 Alpha 2     Edward Snyder has announced the availability of the second alpha release of Liquid Lemur Linux 2.0, a distribution with a “hybrid” desktop experience that combines the Window Maker window manger with elements of the Xfce desktop. Unlike the first alpha build which was...Read more »The post Development Update: Liquid Lemur Linux 2.0 Alpha 2 appeared first on Binary Option Evolution.
  • USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, NZD: Outlooks For The Coming Week – Morgan Stanley

    30 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Outlooks For The Coming Week  Outlooks “USD: USD Strong against EM. Bullish. We see scope for USD strength to continue. However, we distinguish between the performance of USD against low yielding funding currencies where we see less scope for depreciation, and against commodity currencies and EM, where we expect strength to...Read more »The post USD, EUR, CAD, AUD, NZD: Outlooks For The Coming Week – Morgan Stanley appeared first on Binary Option Evolution.
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    Business Common Sense

  • The Care and Feeding of Superstars and Ninjas

    Karina Mikhli
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:59 pm
    I'm always amused when I read job descriptions looking to hire superstars and ninjas. I know people who refuse to respond to ads like that and I don't blame them, since I think few companies know what to do with these purple unicorns should they find them.First off, and this is not the purpose of this post so I won't dwell on it, many of these ads ask for too much and offer too little remuneration. But what I will discuss is that these overachievers, whatever you call them, require proper care and feeding otherwise they'll be gone before you can blink.Since these superstars and ninjas…
  • Time Constraints Help with Focus

    Karina Mikhli
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:18 pm
    As per Laura Vanderkam in her book I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make the Most of Their Time, most of us don't work as many hours as we think we do. To prepare for her book, Laura gathered time logs from 143 women making over $100K and who had at least one child at home under the age of eighteen. When viewed from the weekly 168-hour perspective instead of the weekly 24-hour perspective, they actually were able to spend enough time sleeping and with family, even when working 50 hours or so. As she points out, it's about making trade-offs: it's okay to work longer one day so…
  • Recovering from Self Disappointment

    Karina Mikhli
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:36 pm
    We've now all been taught that failure is good and the road to learning. If you go into any B&N or online bookstore and type in failure, you'll get thousands of hits. (B& brought back 4171 results under "failure" for their book category; when I narrowed it down to "business" books, I got 381.) But what about self disappointment? How do you recover from letting yourself or someone else down?  Of course we can reframe this as just a type of failure and therefore subject to all those 381 books and the iteration mindset, but it still feels wrong. And you still feel if…
  • Your Self as an Evolving Journey

    Karina Mikhli
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:54 pm
    I usually enjoy taking personality tests (as I've written before), since they teach me something more about myself. The last one I took, Everything DiSC Management Profile (for my Leadership class as part of the Jack Welch MBA) taught me how far I've come.As per DiSC, I'm a DC: Dominant Conscientious. In brief, that means I'm things like results-oriented, strong-willed, and direct on the dominant side and analytical, precise, and systematic on the conscientious side. It also apparently means that I should have difficulty offering support and encouragement to my staff, not be good at…
  • Keep It Simple

    Karina Mikhli
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Donald Sull and Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, in their book Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World, demonstrate that a few simple rules are the secret to overcoming complexity.Simple rules are not new. They have been practiced by religions and societies through the ages and are a method to overcome analysis paralysis and other delaying tactics.As they explain, there are six types of simple rules. Three types are about what to do—boundary, prioritization, and stopping rules—and three types are about doing things better—how-to, coordination, and timing rules.They then go…
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  • 5 Methods To Increase Your Website’s Revenue with Affiliate Marketing

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:10 pm
    That means that you have to be one of the first to implement new advertising concepts and techniques. The following article contains just a handful of the most proven affiliate marketing strategies. If you perform especially well for a particular company, ask for a raise.... The post 5 Methods To Increase Your Website’s Revenue with Affiliate Marketing appeared first on AtulHost.
  • 5 Smart Strategies on How to Build Your Business Online

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    Business online is among the most effective and efficient ways to improve your business. This can only happen when online marketing is done using the right ways at any given time. So I’m discussing about 5 smart strategies on how to build your business... The post 5 Smart Strategies on How to Build Your Business Online appeared first on AtulHost.
  • Why Keyboards are in Qwerty Format

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    The question is asked by every newbie computer learner or child presented with keyboard for the first time that why keyboards are in qwerty format, or why keyboards are not in alphabetical order? So why keyboard keys are not in alphabetical order, because the reason dates back... The post Why Keyboards are in Qwerty Format appeared first on AtulHost.
  • 50 Happy Friendship Day WhatsApp Status Quotes Messages

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    9 Aug 2015 | 1:45 am
    Human beings are social creatures and have always appreciated the importance of friends in their lives. To celebrate this noble emotion it was believed to have a special day dedicated to friends and friendship. Accordingly, first Sunday of August was declared as a holiday in United... The post 50 Happy Friendship Day WhatsApp Status Quotes Messages appeared first on AtulHost.
  • Some Powerful Ways to Improve Your Website’s Ranking in Google

    Atul Kumar Pandey
    7 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    The Internet has changed the ways people interact with each other, as well as humanity itself. One popular mode of communication is blogging, through which people opine on their favorite subjects and build regular readerships. If this interests you at all, then continue reading... The post Some Powerful Ways to Improve Your Website’s Ranking in Google appeared first on AtulHost.
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  • Empower Your People

    13 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    Empower your people! Why would you? Because if you do you will get people who: i) make decisions Show them they don’t need to come to you for approval for every little thing. That they don’t need to fill 3 forms to get couple signatures in three weeks for something that can be decided in 2 minutes. Let them make decisions. Decision making is like a muscle – if you do many decisions you will get much better in them – your decision making muscle will grow. ii) make mistakes Hey, what did you expect? Of course, they will make mistakes. Let them learn from those and…
  • World Is Changing, So Should You

    6 May 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Couple days ago I received email from my friend with comparison of a world from a decade ago and now. It looked like this: Ten years ago… The first video was uploaded to YouTube. Facebook, then just a year old, dropped “the” from its old URL “” after acquiring “” for $200K. An early prototype of an autonomous car completed the DARPA Grand Challenge The term “Drone” meant a military weapon system. Bitcoin and blockchain didn’t exist, and wouldn’t be created for three more years. Android was a small…
  • Company Without Managers

    10 Apr 2015 | 11:40 pm
    On Monday I am flying back to Prague after spending almost 3 months in my beloved Melbourne with my family. People ask me when we start to talk about my company – “who is now running it while you’re here?” Nobody I say (which is true) – we don’t have any managers in our company. Everybody has his/her area of responsibility and does everything to make sure it’s working. It’s how we operate and this is our company culture. We also don’t have any meetings. We talk to each other and help each other. We haven’t done inventory check in…
  • Steve Jobs on Startups

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:37 pm
    This week I was re-reading Steve Job bio (by Walter Isaacson) and again found lots of inspiration there. Especially his focus on product development and hiring best people is always an inspiration for me. One thing this time really hit my eye. Part of his last thoughts on his life and business. “I hate it when people call themselves “entrepreneurs” when what they’re really trying to do is launch a startup and then sell or go public, so they can cash in and move on. They’re unwilling to do the work it takes to build a real company, which is the hardest work in…
  • Jim Rohn’s Words of Wisdom

    23 Mar 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Here are my notes from one of Jim Rohn’s motivational speeches that I have listened to this week. This and much more from Jim you can find on YouTube. Well worth listening. “Always do more than you get paid for, to make an investment in your future” “for things to change you got to change for things to get better you got to get better” “we get paid to bring value to marketplace, you don’t have to work on the marketplace, you only have to work on yourself and your skills” “be so busy giving recognition to others you don’t really need…
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    In Wealth & Health

  • Skillet Ground Turkey Curry with Garbanzo Beans and Dates

    Jessa Nowak
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:57 pm
      Easy, healthy, light, high protein and low carbohydrate. Nothing could be better than this skillet ground turkey curry with spinach, garbanzo beans and dates. Perfect for a weeknight meal, it’s made in one pan and is ready in 15 minutes.       This recipe was a fluke that instantly turned into a favorite. I had attempted to quickly throw together a dinner that used ground turkey that wasn’t spaghetti and meat sauce or meatballs. I recall wanting to create something close to the Thai dish larb, which is often ground chicken, served room temperature with a…
  • Almond Boku Superfood Bites

    Jessa Nowak
    7 Aug 2015 | 3:35 pm
      If you haven’t yet tried a superfood powder, now’s the time! These almond superfood bites are jam-packed full of incredible nutrition. Almonds, oats, chia seeds, cinnamon…all nutritious ingredients on their own are amplified, thanks to the addition of Boku Superfood.    Almond Boku Superfood Bites   The base of this recipe is almond butter. Homemade almond butter. Toss almonds in a food processor and they’ll turn into a meal. Keep going and they will start to form butter (see pic 3). Image 4 is what the almond butter will look like after the…
  • 10 Salad Ingredients to Create a Restaurant Worthy Salad

    Jessa Nowak
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Have you ever had a gourmet salad that blew your mind? Likely, it wasn’t created in your kitchen. We tend to do last minute prep, throwing lettuce in a bowl then tossing it with bottled dressing. Maybe on a good day, a tomato or cucumber will find it’s way in.  Prepare to end your boring salad routine without much extra fuss. Learn what salad ingredients create perfect balance to quickly and easily create a restaurant worthy salad at home. With this method, most of the add-ins don’t require prep, so it’s quick and easy to add a ton of…
  • Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps with Honey Garlic Glaze

    Jessa Nowak
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Vegetarian Lettuce Wraps   Meatless Monday is a godsend, especially after a weekend full of heavier foods. These Asian inspired vegetarian lettuce wraps provide the right amount of carbs to fill you up while remaining super light and tasty. Take a look, you’ll want to be sure to add this one to your recipe box.     Balance Makes Perfect The balance in this dish is what makes it superb. Opposing flavors jive together creating a sweet and savory taste with warm and cool mouth-feel sensations. The tempeh and garbanzo beans provide a meat-like substance without having to…
  • Frozen Snickers Chocolate Bars

    Jessa Nowak
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:11 pm
    Every once in a while, it’s fun to make a sinful dessert. I reserve the right to create delectable treats for special occasions. This past Father’s day, I decided it was time to do something a little different. And so the Frozen Snickers Chocolate Bar recipe was created.  Remember, a healthy, sustainable lifestyle can include any food. ENJOY! Inspiration for these sweet and salty bars came from the recipe developed by Imperial Powdered Sugar found here.    A Great Dessert Varies Texture & Flavor A truly satisfying dessert must have the perfect balance…
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    Grey Box Creative

  • Brand Development: Reinforcing Ethical Branding

    Greybox Admin
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Amid the different socioeconomic, environmental, cultural, and political concerns facing most countries nowadays, many companies have become inspired to integrate a more socially relevant approach to the way they produce and market their products and services. The result is a brand development process that is based on promoting ethical consciousness among today’s consumers. Here are ways to reinforce your company’s ethical branding: Promote the experience. Ethical branding taps into the humanitarian ethos that exists in every consumer, by highlighting such concerns as fair trade, animal…
  • Marketing Materials and Strategies You’re Probably Taking for Granted

    Greybox Admin
    14 Aug 2015 | 11:26 pm
    When discussing efforts to promote their brand or products, most companies turn to their marketing team, which is then expected to develop the traditional set of marketing materials, from pamphlets and posters, to videos and radio adverts, among other media. In truth, there is a host of alternative venues you can use to boost your brand or your company, but which you are probably not taking advantage of. Here is a list of three of them. Speaking engagements. If you are a business owner or a company official, you will be invited to speak before a crowd at one point...The post Marketing…
  • Keep Your Customers Coming with Innovative Marketing Materials

    Greybox Admin
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:24 pm
    Successful companies are built on a sustainable business model, and the use of marketing materials based on strategies that aim not just for one-time buyers, but a very loyal bunch of customers who are expected to come back for a product or service again and again. Below are some tried-and-tested ways to make everyone a repeat customer: Get their contact details. It begins with knowing the ways you could reach them. Ask for their e-mail address the first time, and give them a good reason to part with this personal information. For instance, you can offer them an instant freebie. Then,...The…
  • The Story Behind the National Geographic Logo Design

    Greybox Admin
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Most of us are familiar with the National Geographic logo, whose design features a rectangular box in bright yellow. Beside it would be the text ‘National Geographic’ in its characteristic sans serif, all capital letters typeface. But what is the story behind this iconic logo? A booklet called Identify: Basic principles of identity design in the iconic trademarks of Chermayeff & Geismar talks about its very interesting history. As with many of the world’s most effective and recognizable symbols, the current logo design of National Geographic is the product of a rigorous study of…
  • Why it Pays to Publish Diverse Marketing Materials

    Greybox Admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:18 pm
    One of the mistakes you can commit in handling your company’s online marketing efforts is offering just one type of marketing materials to your audience. Expert marketing strategists, however, stress the utmost importance of producing diverse types of content. Here is a list of reasons why it pays to do so: Diversity of content keeps your page from becoming boring. After a while, visitors of your page will very likely get tired of looking at text on your sites, especially if they are not the reader type. You should then be able to spice it up with videos, podcasts, news...The post Why it…
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    Pharmaceuticals Market Research Reports

  • Global Sodium Hyaluronate Injection Industry 2015 Market Research Report

    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Global Sodium Hyaluronate Injection Industry 2015 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Sodium Hyaluronate Injection industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure.The Sodium Hyaluronate Injection market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well a ...Order / Buy a copy of this report @…
  • United States Heparin Industry 2015 Market Research Report

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The United States Heparin Industry 2015 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Heparin industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Heparin market analysis is provided for the United States markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and Bill of Materials cost struc ...Order / Buy a copy of this report…
  • United States Mecobalamin Tablets Industry Report 2015

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The United States Mecobalamin Tablets Industry Report 2015 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Mecobalamin Tablets industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Mecobalamin Tablets market analysis is provided for the United States markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and Bill of Materials co ...Order / Buy a copy of…
  • Japan Pharmaceutical Packaging Aluminum Foil Industry Report 2015

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Japan Pharmaceutical Packaging Aluminum Foil Industry Report 2015 is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Pharmaceutical Packaging Aluminum Foil industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Pharmaceutical Packaging Aluminum Foil market analysis is provided for the Japan markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufac ...Order / Buy a copy of…
  • Europe Heparin Industry 2015 Market Research Report

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The Europe Heparin Industry 2015 Market Research Report is a professional and in-depth study on the current state of the Heparin industry. The report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Heparin market analysis is provided for the Europe markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Development policies and plans are discussed as well as manufacturing processes and Bill of Materials cost structures are also ...Order / Buy a copy of this report…
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    Global Call Forwarding Blog

  • India 1800 toll free numbers are now available for immediate purchase

    12 Aug 2015 | 10:06 am
    A limited quantity of India 1800 toll free numbers are now available for immediate purchase. These new India Phone numbers are accessible across all landline and mobile networks in India without the need of international accessibility from the callers phones. You may view pricing and select your number directly from our order menu by going to Additional Services option from this control panel (on the right lower side of the page) and selecting Call Forwarding. When you select India from the drop down menu, you will see two different toll free options (0008 and 1800). 1800 toll free option…
  • Toll Free Phone Numbers: The Answer To Your Business Prayers?

    8 Jun 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Small business owners benefit from vanity phone numbers, Business toll free options and better customer service Have you ever stayed up late at night, surfing the channels on your television, and become engrossed in a home shopping show? Or is it just me? I was up late last night, not being able to relax enough to catch some sleep, and I became obsessed with home shopping. It was an amazing experience. I have relatives who have masterfully conquered the art of T.V. shopping, but I have never had the interest or desire. So I found myself switching back and forth from a deluxe comforter set…
  • How to Port Your Phone Number(s) to a Call Forwarding Service

    2 Jun 2015 | 9:54 am
    Changing phone numbers can be quite a hassle. You need to contact a significant number of people and companies who get in touch with you by phone in order to let them know that your number is about to change. Often, some of them won’t get the message or will forget, meaning you need to get in touch with them multiple times in order to get them to start calling the right number. This can tale a lot of valuable time, and depending on who needs to call you, it might have serious implications for your business’s personal finances. Choose a Call Forwarding Service The best way to take…
  • Largest selection of UK Local and Toll Free Numbers

    1 Jun 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Activate your new UK Toll Free Number in less than 5 minutes. 1. Pick Your Number Choose from any 800, 888, 877, 866 or a UK Local Phone number. 2. Choose Your Plan Plans start at low price points per month. Choose from a wide selection of plans based on how much you actually use. 3. Try it Free You can be set up and running with a free trial. Contact us to learn more. Having an United Kingdom (UK) toll free number is an important part of business growth and development. Expanding your service to areas outside your region opens you up to greater customer numbers and business growth. That is…
  • 1800 Toll Free Number Tricks: Cutting Down Hold Times

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Used properly, features like an auto attendant, call forwarding, and call queues get your callers to the right person within your business in the least amount of time. Used poorly, these features can create long hold times and frustrate your callers. This week we’ll cover three ways the features of your virtual phone system can cut down the time between when a caller dials your toll free number and when they reach someone that can help. 1. A “Get-to-the-Point” Auto Attendant Your pre-recorded auto attendant greeting from Global Call Forwarding welcomes your callers and directs them…
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    SMB Resources and Reviews

  • 5 Ways To Boost Content Engagement on Your Website

    Joseph Brady
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:53 pm
    A lot of Internet marketing gurus throw around “engagement” this, “KPI” that and “analytics” the other thing without ever really explaining what these terms even mean, never mind what the The post 5 Ways To Boost Content Engagement on Your Website appeared first on Small & Midsized Business Reviews.
  • Tips on Boosting Morale in a Small Business

    SMB Reviews
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:41 pm
    If you are at the head of a small or medium-sized business, Having great office morale takes the place of millions of dollars in the bank set aside specifically for The post Tips on Boosting Morale in a Small Business appeared first on Small & Midsized Business Reviews.
  • Is Square Right for Your Business Processing Needs?

    SMB Reviews
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Square Processing Is Convenient, But Is It Practical? Square credit card processing services provide individuals with a convenient and affordable way to accept payments from their smart phones. The question The post Is Square Right for Your Business Processing Needs? appeared first on Small & Midsized Business Reviews.
  • Employee Attitudes That Turn Away Your Customers

    SMB Reviews
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Your employees interact with your customers every day, and you trust your employees with the only people who create revenue for your business. Employee behavior directly influences how much your The post Employee Attitudes That Turn Away Your Customers appeared first on Small & Midsized Business Reviews.
  • E-commerce Website Best Practices

    SMB Reviews
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Every web retailer wants to increase sales in their e-commerce website. However, if sales are less than what was expected, one must uncover the reasons and find solutions. Designing an The post E-commerce Website Best Practices appeared first on Small & Midsized Business Reviews.
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    Retail, POS & Inventory Management Systems | Retail Directions

  • The Secret to Successful Empowerment

    Andrew Gorecki
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    At first glance, the radical corporate cultures that frequently make the headlines appear progressive, perhaps even revolutionary. But don’t be fooled. Bean bags, undefined workdays and unlimited leave policies don’t drive business success – quite the opposite.  They only become possible when a business experiences an extraordinary upsurge, reflecting a ‘philosophy of success’ created after success has already been achieved. Yet, giving your team more freedom makes a lot of sense. Those who work at the ‘coal face’ have the best understanding of your customers and tapping into…
  • Why Bother to Budget?

    Andrew Gorecki
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:59 pm
    When asked by business owners or senior executives how to improve their business, I usually give the same answer: adopt Deming's Management Method, known as Total Quality Management (TQM). TQM helps businesses evolve towards higher quality management. The effectiveness of the approach has been well proven and, though it can be a difficult management methodology to adopt, the results it delivers far outweigh the work required. The biggest challenges when implementing TQM stem from the counter-intuitive nature of its certain elements. This makes it difficult for businesses to adjust to a…
  • Cybercrime Needs Cyberlaw

    Justin Cohen
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:10 pm
    If opportunity makes a thief, then the internet and our increasing reliance on digital media deliver unprecedented opportunities to those with the skill and desire to break into other people’s systems. Opportunity and means combine to create a frightening reality, as the architecture of the internet was designed to promulgate connectivity, not security. According to a joint report by CSIS and McAfee, the estimated cost of cybercrime last year was $400 billion (equal to about 30% of Australia’s national product), and this figure continues to increase annually. A study by…
  • Desiderata and the Media – Part 1

    Justin Cohen
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:46 pm
    American writer Max Ehrmann wrote the prose poem Desiderata in 1927 in which he said: "Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery." In my experience, you need not look further than the media to see plenty of the trickery Mr Ehrmann refers to. When it comes to media reports, it would be unwise to believe anything you're told on face value. An old story out of Russia articulates this well. One evening in the late 1970s Radio Moscow apparently made an announcement telling people that if they came down to the Red Square they could get a free car. Crowds of people…
  • Serenity, Courage & Wisdom

    Andrew Gorecki
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:59 pm
    In his famous Serenity Prayer, American theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote: God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference. From a non-religious perspective, this is exceptional advice for business too. The future may be unknown and unknowable, but you can predict with certainty that it will bring change. Therefore, you cannot avoid it, but you still have some control – you can decide how to respond when it happens. Your response will often dictate your fortunes, so, as illuminated in the Serenity…
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    Translation Agency

  • [Infographic] Russia in a Nutshell

    Francesco Cavallone
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:23 am
    Since the beginning of this century, Russia has been full of potential for foreign business opportunities. Nowadays, Russia, with 150 million people, is the largest market in Europe, though there is very uneven distribution of facilities and infrastructures over one of the largest countries in the world. Demand for Western goods and expertise in technical sectors, such as advanced engineering, financial services and ICT, is very high. But taking a closer look at import data, it is obvious there are many unexplored sectors and niches.Of course, there are many obstacles to overcome. Doing…
  • 10 Signs You Should Invest In Website Localisation Services

    Francesco Cavallone
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:11 am
    In today’s business context, you have to consider your website as one of the first places at which your potential customers will find information about your products and services. There are companies that invest part of their initial budget in website localisation services in order to be able to communicate with a larger audience. Many others use a more cautious approach and prefer to make a solid and profitable launch in a single market before looking for a language service provider to help them with the localisation of their website in a foreign language.A multilingual website is today a…
  • [Infographic] Website Localisation is the key to global success

    Francesco Cavallone
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:09 am
    It is undeniable that globalisation and the constant growth of Internet users have helped businesses to succeed globally. Connecting brands with potential customers is simple as never before. They can find information, reviews, and everything they need online. However, in many cases they use their native language to research on the Web. This means that website localisation is one of the most important aspects of global success. In fact, if you look at start-ups and businesses that are increasing their revenues globally, you can see a common denominator. They opt for a website translation…
  • 3 reasons why a cheap translation agency will damage your brand

    Francesco Cavallone
    10 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    Your business is growing well and you plan to reach new markets, but you have to face the linguistic and cultural differences. You do not like to waste your money and you may look for a cost-effective translation service. However, when we talk about a cheap translation agency, businesses should think about the impact and consequences of choosing a low-cost translation service. Nowadays, you can find free software online or agencies available to translate your project for a very low price. The obvious question for brands should be: “Do they have the right level of knowledge and experience to…
  • Who said that Russian is a difficult language to learn?

    Francesco Cavallone
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:22 am
    Russian is the largest native language in Europe with 144 million users. It is the most geographically widespread language in Eurasia. It is the eighth most spoken language by number of native speakers. And, most importantly, it is one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Nevertheless, many people have a very limited knowledge of this language and Russian culture. In this post, I will explore three characteristics of this wonderful language.The alphabetPeople know that Russian is written using Cyrillic. Let’s examine this foreign alphabet in more depth. Cyrillic consists of…
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    Virtual Office London » Blog

  • How to correctly take money out of a Limited Company

    Robert Carter
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:38 am
    How to take money out of limited company? Just like an individual person, limited company is separate entity in eyes of law, so one cannot simply takeout the money from the business account as if it was their personal bank account. Legally the company is the owner of all the finances, so certain procedures must...
  • What is a shareholder and what do they do?

    Robert Carter
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    What do shareholders of limited companies do? The shareholders are beneficial owners of the limited companies. Shareholders invest in companies in return for the equity shares. It allows them to vote on management and the direction of business. It also allows them to receive portion of the profits with relation to the percentage of their...
  • Top tools and apps to help your business meetings

    Robert Carter
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:47 am
    Tools and apps to help set your meetings Meetings can be a powerful weapon for SMEs, but also a huge waste of time. A well-organised meeting agenda can be vital for any company; the key here is to be clear about the agenda of meetings, the reason for each one, the people who will attend...
  • What technologies can be used for sharing business expertise online?

    Robert Carter
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:32 am
    What technologies can be used for sharing business expertise online? Business consultancy is a global phenomenon, but a lack of understanding of online technology could be holding some consultants back. How can business leaders use the internet to share their knowledge effectively with an international audience? Business knowledge can of course be shared through e-books,...
  • Five styles of leadership that do not work

    Robert Carter
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:18 am
    Different styles of leadership that do not work Every organisation needs a leader and each leader has their own style of management. What defines leadership? We all have in mind the qualities and skills needed to be a leader and are almost always rigged to a particular style of exercise that encompasses leadership. Among the...
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    Business Reporter

  • Rene Carayol: No one hears you scream online – it is far too distant and anonymous

    Rene Carayol
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:30 am
    There is rarely a business bulletin nowadays that doesn’t mention a significant successful fraud. This is of course not the full picture, as most businesses and many consumers do not feel compelled to report their perceived lax controls. It’s now nearly always a sophisticated cyber-attack or the now more prosaic online fraud. This is not news, but it is certainly becoming far more widespread and consequently, far more concerning. We are all much more aware about opening that badly spelled email, or the one with the dodgy logo, but these phishing emails still work. Many are still…
  • Working smarter, not harder, is the key to beating the mobile fraudsters

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    With an average total cost per data breach in the UK reaching almost £2.5million in 2015 , the stakes are extremely high for e-commerce businesses.1 Data security is an area of increasing concern and a breach in privacy can break even the most loyal customers’ trust. Fraudsters are more determined and sophisticated than ever, so no e-commerce business can afford to be complacent about fraud. The emergence of new channels and technologies gives fraudsters an increasing number of methods with which to attack retailers. Some will attempt to commit fraud through mobile channels, where…
  • Mobile fraud will increase without adequate defences

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Mobile is the most-used banking channel in 13 of 22 countries and accounts for around 30 per cent of all interactions worldwide. m-commerce has soared to 15 per cent of all merchants, with merchants citing customer convenience as the key driver. Yet mobile fraud is increasing due to the expansion of mobile functionality. For example, of merchants accepting m-commerce payments in 2014, mobile transactions accounted for only 14 per cent of the total transaction volume, but 21 per cent of the volume of fraudulent transactions. This shift towards mobile increases the need for advanced mobile…
  • The golden touch: why effective cyber-security needs a more outgoing approach

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    To defend themselves against a fraudulent cyber-security attack, organisations need to make sure they know where all their critical data is – not only within their own firm, but also that of their suppliers and partners. All parties need to be educated about what is at risk, and systems need to be built which allow organisations to stop attacks in the first instance. Raj Samani, CTO for Intel Security EMEA and special adviser against cyber-crime to Europol and the European Cyber Crime Centre, has been working with authorities to fight against cyber-attacks. He says: “We have this concept…
  • Mobile fraud is increasing – and merchants still aren’t ready!

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Mobile commerce is booming in the UK. Figures issued earlier this year predict UK shoppers will spend £14.85bn in 2015, up 77.8 per cent from 2014. This boom is good for merchants and consumers. Unfortunately, it is also good for fraudsters. Criminals are opportunistic. The surge in mobile commerce has given fraudsters more chances to defraud consumers, merchants and banks alike. The Kount Mobile Payments and Fraud Survey is the biggest of its kind in the world. Some 2,000 merchants, service providers, card issuers, acquirers and card associations all took part in the 2015 survey, sharing…
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  • What Is In A Business Name?

    24 Aug 2015 | 3:39 pm
    So much time can be spent thinking of what to name your #business. As your name will help you to position your business, whatever you call it, will impact upon how you are viewed by potential customers and investors. Starting out, you think you’ve found a name, but you check it out and it’s either already in use, with a reserved domain name, or that it actually means something quite different in another language! Then you involve family and friends to help you work through options. When you become overwhelmed with too many bad, cheesy or boring names, it’s easy to zone out and your…
  • Why You Should Be More Like Jeremy Corbyn

    17 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    Credit: Why You Should be more like Jeremy Corbyn I don’t want to get into a political debate here, and I am not trying to incite you to throw blunt objects at your computer screen either. Love him or hate him, Jeremy Corbyn is making headlines right now, and there is a very good reason why he is the centre of attention. But it may not be entirely because of his political beliefs. What is all the shouting about? I am finding as I grow older that I am becoming far more interested in politics than I ever was before. However, I still find it mind-numbingly boring at…
  • How To Hack Your Social Media Post Writing

    10 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    Credit: How to Hack your #Social Media Post Writing Do you know what the one thing is that most small #business owners dislike doing above everything else? Coming up with ideas for writing regular social media posts. For many entrepreneurs, sole traders and small business owners, writing can be the most frustrating task they face every day. Some actually hate it. Let me ask you a question. How many times have you actively avoided writing social media posts by finding something else to do instead? Quite a few times, I am sure. Learning To Love What You Hate If you really…
  • Another Year

    Hannah Williams
    10 Aug 2015 | 2:37 am
    Whether you have a calendar on your phone or a paper one like me, it shows that the year is January to December. We have a celebration to ring in the New Year so surely that is the only marker we need and calendar we should follow. But it’s not is it. I still use the new school year to remind me of certain events. It means a few family birthdays are coming up, I need to put a reminder in for a few months to make my Christmas cake, most people will be back at work after summer and therefore I can really push my #business. Also it reminds me that #GBBO and #SCD are coming soon. My…
  • Oh, That’s Pretty! But What Am I Supposed To Do Now?

    3 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Credit: Sage infographics Oh, That’s Pretty! But What Am I Supposed To Do Now? Have you ever visited a website and thought, wow! Nice website…..but where do I go from here? The problem faced by most small #business owners is that we may choose to build our own websites in an effort to save some money. Self-build sites are quite commonplace now, but if site building is not really our strong point, we will probably just pick the prettiest template we can because we want our site to look nice, right? On the other hand, we may recognise that building a website is something best left…
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    Excellence in Financial Management

  • Appreciating 'Appreciative Inquiry' (Part 1 of 2)

    Matt Evans
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    In order to plan and look forward in a meaningful way, we need to first look back, appreciating the things we do well. It is those things that we excel at that gives us a strategy for a bright future. In a rapidly changing world, traditional approaches to planning often don't work. We assess strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, developing strategies to address a multitude of issues, only to have wasted resources and time trying to address issues that are difficult to control. Instead of this long exercise in planning, we need a much more rapid and direct approach to getting the…
  • Everyone Should Have a Dashboard

    Matt Evans
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    Distinguishing high and low performance often requires a common set of metrics. Applying standard metrics across different positions can drive exceptionally high levels of performance across a company. This is often found in the world of sports. Examples include a baseball pitcher’s ERA (Earned Run Average), a football quarterback’s passer rating (QPR), or the average per game metrics applied to basketball players – Points per Game, Rebounds per Game, Assists per Game, Steals per Game and Blocks per Game. This standard framework binds the company, allowing managers to quickly size up…
  • Want a Superior Workforce? Hire Women

    Matt Evans
    30 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    It goes without saying that people make the difference in great companies. Author Jim Collins brought this point home in his book: Good to Great. One reason this can be challenging is that people are different and they may not work well with others. So how do you reduce the selection process and find people who can add the highest value across the entire workforce? Well you may have to be somewhat bias in favor of women. Take for example Alibaba (China’s, a landmark company founded by Jack Ma who recently explained that the success of Alibaba has a lot to do with women.
  • The ABC's of Competency Models

    Matt Evans
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:33 am
    As you drill down the drivers of performance for most organizations; things like great customer service, efficient processes, and empowering technology, you reach a base level for making these drivers happen. This gets you back to the qualities of your human resources – knowledge, expertise, experience, and those things needed for successful execution. And the combination of skills, expertise, knowledge and other intangibles will vary from job to job, function to function. For example, what we need for executing for securing new customers is not necessarily the same as what we need for…
  • Cyber Security 101

    Matt Evans
    12 Jul 2015 | 10:40 am
    One of the most profound challenges facing every company is Cyber Security. Many of us, including myself, are ignorant about the threat. Some of the largest companies are experiencing massive data breaches. Examples include:·         Target Department Stores - Debit and credit card data stolen impacting 100 million customers·         J. P. Morgan - Customer data compromised affecting 76 million customers·         Home Depot – Reported 50 million customer email addresses…
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  • Leadership, The Lift or Drag Of An Organization?

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:39 pm - Providing broader information on entrepreneurship, executive management, tech, personal finance and more - to help people succeed in business and life.     People   Apollo program, Flight test engineer, Human spaceflight, International Space Station, Leadership Development, NASA, NASCAR, Neil Armstrong, North American X-15, President John F. Kennedy, Space Shuttle program RICHTOPIA - - Providing broader information on entrepreneurship, executive management, tech, personal finance and more - to help people succeed in business and…
  • Economic Inequality: When Is Enough… Enough?

    28 Aug 2015 | 8:12 pm - Providing broader information on entrepreneurship, executive management, tech, personal finance and more - to help people succeed in business and life.     Money,Retirement   Billionaires, Economic inequality, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Multi Millionaires, Personal finance, UBS, Value (personal and cultural) RICHTOPIA - - Providing broader information on entrepreneurship, executive management, tech, personal finance and more - to help people succeed in business and life.     Money,Retirement…
  • The Insider’s Guide to Serendipity

    27 Aug 2015 | 8:48 am - Providing broader information on entrepreneurship, executive management, tech, personal finance and more - to help people succeed in business and life.     Guidance & Opinions   Dead Sea scrolls, Go With the Flow, Horace Walpole, Ko Samui, Philosophy of science, Pompei, Scientific method, Serendipity, Synchronicity RICHTOPIA - - Providing broader information on entrepreneurship, executive management, tech, personal finance and more - to help people succeed in business and life.     Guidance & Opinions…
  • Reverse Mentoring – Letting Young Leaders Show the Way

    24 Aug 2015 | 6:54 pm - Providing broader information on entrepreneurship, executive management, tech, personal finance and more - to help people succeed in business and life.     Guidance & Opinions,Retirement   Alternative Development, Diversity, Leadership Skills, Moral responsibility, Organizational culture, Reverse Mentoring, Sonia McDonald RICHTOPIA - - Providing broader information on entrepreneurship, executive management, tech, personal finance and more - to help people succeed in business and life.     Guidance &…
  • Best Social Media Tools for Marketers

    20 Aug 2015 | 6:22 pm - Providing broader information on entrepreneurship, executive management, tech, personal finance and more - to help people succeed in business and life.     Marketing & Sales   2015, Buffer, BuzzSumo, Curalate, Engagement marketing, NeedTagger, NeoReach, PostPlanner, ROI of Social Media, Search engine optimization, Social information processing, Social Media Marketing, World Wide Web RICHTOPIA - - Providing broader information on entrepreneurship, executive management, tech, personal finance and more - to help people succeed in…
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  • Robert Reich: Why the ‘Gig’ and ‘Share’ Economy Is the Last Thing You Want to Depend on to Pay the Bills

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:16 pm
    An excellent perspective on what the sharing economy means to employees/contractors. We have built a society with laws meant for the post industrial-revolution economy. Now we will need to rethink the entire framework. The insurance industry has an interesting opportunity to create new products. The “employee” too needs to figure out how he could leverage […] The post Robert Reich: Why the ‘Gig’ and ‘Share’ Economy Is the Last Thing You Want to Depend on to Pay the Bills appeared first on AnuPartha.
  • Is IOT Triggering the Next Disruption in the Semiconductor Industry?

    29 Aug 2015 | 4:38 am
    While Gordon Moore made the prediction in 20th century that the number of chips on transistors would grow double every 2 years, SoftBank Founder Masayoshi Son has now predicted that the number of transistors on a circuit would be more than the number of brain cells in a human by 2018! Computers will outsmart human […] The post Is IOT Triggering the Next Disruption in the Semiconductor Industry? appeared first on AnuPartha.
  • 5 CORE SKILLS OF DISRUPTIVE, VISUAL-THINKING INNOVATORS | Xiaomi And Beyond: Asia’s 29 Unicorns Ranked By Valuation and more

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:10 am
    > Visual thinking can help solve complex problems creatively. It is a key skill that disruptive innovators need to hone! > Here is a list of Asian Unicorns that have a combined value of about $144B. The list includes the likes of Xiaomi, Flipkart and Didi Kuaidi. > Digital technology can transform an organization […] The post 5 CORE SKILLS OF DISRUPTIVE, VISUAL-THINKING INNOVATORS | Xiaomi And Beyond: Asia’s 29 Unicorns Ranked By Valuation and more appeared first on AnuPartha.
  • The Story Behind How Pocket Hit 20M Users with 20 People

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:44 am
    Nate Weiner, founder and CEO of save-for-later service Pocket has a simple but effective guiding principle to running his organization – stay focused with an incredibly small team – that is also incredibly efficient, minus the complex structures. Read more The post The Story Behind How Pocket Hit 20M Users with 20 People appeared first on AnuPartha.
  • Swim Toward Blue Oceans

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:19 am
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  • LAX To See Ridesharing Options In Coming Weeks

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:57 pm
    Entrance to the Los Angeles International Airport LAX To See Ridesharing Options In Coming Weeks Officials responsible for consumer affairs are divided over today’s decision by the Los Angeles City Council to allow some new players into the exclusive, taxi- and limosine-dominated transport industry. Uber and Lyft, two private transportation network companies, have been approved to pick up passengers at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Uber and Lyft are private companies which claim to be part of the next generation of for-hire transportation, taxi-cabs for a world where the…
  • New Study Finds Uber Use Reduces DUI Deaths

    30 Aug 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Has the person taking the car keys been drinking, too? Ridesharing Saves Both Cash and Lives A recent study conducted by experts at Temple University claims ridesharing (also called ridesourcing) is saving lives. The increased use of private transportation network companies, Uber X in particular, has resulted in a marked decrease in driving homicides where alcohol was a determining factor. Researchers Brad Greenwood and Sunil Wattal have calculated, based on data compiled in California from 2009 to 2014, that a nation-wide implementation of such services would save 500 of the 13,000 lives…
  • 5 Ways You Can Contact Uber for Help

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    5 Ways You Can Contact Uber for Help We’ve all taken to the internet to complain when we have a problem. Typically, this is down to the customer support for the company in question being almost unreachable or flat-out useless at times. In a world of outsourcing support services in a bit to cut costs, this is becoming an ever-increasingly popular trend – which isn’t always for the best. In this regard, Uber is no different. It’s rather surprising for a company that has caused such a disruption to the transportation industry to be lacking in such a critical area of its service. You…
  • Best Uber Sign-Up Bonus For New Drivers In 2015

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Uber Bonus For New Drivers In 2015 Driving for a rideshare company is predominantly a source of additional income for most. If you own a car, have time to spare, and an enterprising attitude, it takes little effort to make turn Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, or one of the several ride-sharing options to fund your extra income pool. That though is little more than a glorified part-time job. Ask a good financial advisor (or that CPA friend of yours) and chances are he’ll frequently encounter the keyword ‘income diversification’ at you. Income Diversification: Why does a ride-share driver need it?
  • Lyft and Uber Tax Questions Answered: Documentation is Key Without 1099 Support

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    How To Calculate Rideshare Taxes Without A 1099 Rideshare programs have skyrocketed in popularity and accessibility; for both drivers and customers.  The amount of rideshare drivers has increased exponentially since last year and with this explosion of growth has come many questions as they relate to your responsibilities to the IRS. Uber and Lyft drivers are like any other entrepreneurs out there and most are wanting to keep their financial records and responsibilities above board in all ways.  The problem that many are encountering though is that although the rideshare driver industry is…
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    Thank You For Selling

  • 9 Stellar Movies about Salespeople

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:40 pm
    The world of sales is not always wrapped in convenient packages. Direct sellers have to undergo training to ensure that they will be champions of the products or services that they represent. These films chronicle what sales people go through in order to close that enviable deal. Death of a Salesman (1985) In this moving tale, door-to-door sales is used as a metaphor for the failure of one’s dream. This Pulitzer Prize-winning film revolves around a salesman in the middle of a crisis. The falling apart of his career and family makes him reassess his life choices. “The only thing…
  • 5 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Taking the entrepreneurial route doesn’t always equate to comfort and convenience. Building a business is tough and if you’re not careful, you will be surprised that you have already lost precious hours.  Don’t let your drive dwindle by using these time-saving tips. Don’t let email steal your time While email is indeed a blessing, it can be a terrible master too. Unless you assume the role of a customer service representative, checking your email from time to time shouldn’t be your priority. Schedule two times per day that are solely allocated for checking your email. Most…
  • A Global Network Built Door-to-Door

    23 Aug 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Direct selling is not a new concept, but even though it has existed for many decades, it does not mean that direct sellers have to stop innovating. As trends change, the preferences of consumers also become varied. Nonetheless, despite such variation, consumers are still yearning for one thing when making purchases: a more personal touch. With the advent of technology, consumers these days are more finicky when it comes to their choices. They weigh up their options more because they know that information about a particular brand or product can be easily obtained. This is why companies should…
  • 6 Career Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Committing

    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    You are born to make your dreams come true. This is a statement which you should often tell yourself if you feel like your career struggles are too much to carry. Success is more fulfilling if it’s well-earned but you have to remember too that the path towards it isn’t easy. In the next points, you will read several career mistakes which seem harmless but are actually self-sabotaging. Mistake #1: Forgetting to network Even if you appreciate the value of working alone, speaking to people can get you far. No one became successful by being on their own. The world’s greatest moguls have an…
  • Tips for Making Your Sales Business Card Noticed

    18 Aug 2015 | 7:24 pm
    While people nonchalantly give business cards these days like confetti, there was a time when these “wallet fillers” were governed by a stringent set of rules. Thanks to the industrial revolution, the rules in distributing the cards became less rigid. In the sales field, the importance of a professional business card shouldn’t be overlooked. Since a business card is oftentimes the first item a prospect receives from you, that piece of paper is a good opportunity to make a positive impression. Enlist the help of a graphic artist Your card is a part of your collateral package. If you are…
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    Apolitical Views

  • A set of quick hitters

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    I was on the phone with Africa and sorting out the aftermath of emerging economy meltdowns, when listening to Fox Business for Asian market movement. The whole idea that we developed was crystallized when a Fox anchor jumped on the Schulmberger offer for Cameron Iron for 14.8 bil and stated that this kind of activity might give a boost to the oil stocks; same old US 80’s, 90’s,2000’s deal boost equities by weakening the industrial economy. Remember and understand what will happen – jobs at Cameron will be cut – professional jobs; accountants, manufacturing…
  • Disguised Radicalism

    25 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Global security is at the lowest level since 1936, chaos is the order of the day. Personal freedom and security is at the lowest level in a century and will continue to diminish if the industrial powers do not exhibit leadership. Being a leader is hard, it requires perseverance and sacrifice of the leaders for the good of all. We have said this before, if the US had pulled out of the Korean peninsula in 1954 like the middle east in the past seven years what would the world look like today. Kosovo is moving towards radical Islam this will lead to Europe being at jeopardy in its security over…
  • A reflection of economic fog

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    We have been slow in our writings on purpose the past two weeks, everyone is jumping on the I predicted the crash band wagon. We believe if one looks at our writings the past several years our opinions and predictions do not need to be repeated. Many people around the globe make money on the backs of people who work for a living, we will let them speak loudly when there is a crisis as they will say what is necessary to protect their feckless livelihood. We will speak in as simple terms as possible about the truth of what is happening. In the US there is acceptance that the massive downturn is…
  • World Economic Security (or rather Insecurity)

    20 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    The US EPA moves to unilaterally combat climate change is a major self inflicted wound to a US economy that is already bleeding to death. Remember Obama’s dislike for his Indonesian step father that his mother saw as a turn coat to the global freedom fighter community when he went to work for Exxon- in his eyes big oil is bad. We presented the case that Europe would back the Iran nuclear deal so that the Euros could get their share of the frozen Iranian monies, seems like that is certainly coming true as European businesses are already flocking to Tehran. Of course the Russians and…
  • China moves

    19 Aug 2015 | 9:30 pm
    China is putting the pieces together for a move to number one in the world economy. Has China’s economy slows down they have taken several actions to actually increase their position by replacing the US as the world’s number one economy. Pushing the Shanghai stock market to create an inflow of foreign currency with a dollar basis knowing that it was artificially inflated and would drop precipitously. However they improved the velocity of foreign currency in country as the economy in China slowed. Created a sell off of gold creating additional dollars and not impacting their known…
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    Enterprise News

  • Carnegie Mellon gets $35-M gift from TCS

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:49 am
    Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has donated $35 million to Carnegie Mellon University, to date the largest gift to CMU from a multinational corporation and from outside the United States.The donation will fund a new facility, the Tata Consultancy Services Building, which will support education and cutting-edge research by CMU faculty and students. With some 40,000 square-feet of space, the stand-alone structure will house state-of-the-art facilities, providing collaborative spaces for CMU faculty and staff. The building will provide space for TCS staff to interact with university faculty,…
  • Facebook debuts own AI assistant

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:32 am
    Facebook began to test a new service called M, a personal digital assistant inside of Messenger that completes tasks and finds information on the user’s behalf, according to David Marcus.Marcus, Facebook VP for messaging products, said in a recent post that M is powered by artificial intelligence that's trained and supervised by people.“Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M can actually complete tasks on your behalf,” said Marcus. “It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.”He explained…
  • HKT unit deploys Verint speech analytics

    31 Aug 2015 | 2:18 am
    PCCW Teleservices has deployed Verint’s latest speech analytics solution to advance capabilities in call recording, quality management and speech analytics in English, Cantonese and Putonghua.PCCW Teleservices is the first business process outsourcing (BPO) company in the Greater China region to deploy this latest version.The company has already deployed Verint’s latest workforce optimization solution in Hong Kong and has plans to implement it in mainland China next, offering customers in these two markets smarter engagement, real-time guidance and enhanced employee productivity.The…
  • Asian firms plan to ditch spreadsheets for automated T&E management

    30 Aug 2015 | 7:39 pm
    The sophistication of travel and expenses (T&E) management systems remains relatively low in Asia, with businesses still relying heavily on manual or semi-automated processes, but this is set to change with over half of such organisations planning to leverage the business benefits of full automation, a new study found.Only 18% of respondents surveyed across the region described their T&E management process as fully automated, but 52% of firms that are currently still using manual or semi-automated systems are likely to implement full automation in the future to tap the potential cost…
  • 1% of cloud users responsible for 75% of risk: study

    30 Aug 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Cloud cybersecurity risk is highly concentrated, with 1 percent of users responsible for 75 percent of risk, according to the Q3 Cloud Cybersecurity Report released by the CloudLock CyberLab, CloudLock’s security intelligence arm.Based on analysis across 10 million users, 1 billion files, and over 91,000 applications, the report focuses on the riskiest element in the cloud: user behavior.Based on CloudLock research, the instance of a user publicly exposing files containing clear text passwords is a phenomena that occurs 4,000 times on average per organization. According to the…
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    Blog Continued

  • Difference between TINYTEXT, TEXT, MEDIUMTEXT, and LONGTEXT in MySQL

    24 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    Often programmers use text as datatype for database fields. Actually there are 4 types of text fields: TINYTEXT TEXT MEDIUMTEXT LONGTEXT Key difference between these field types is the way data is stored. As per MySQL documentation:   Type | Maximum length -----------+------------------------------------- TINYTEXT | 255 (2 8−1) bytes TEXT | 65,535 (216−1) bytes = 64 KiB MEDIUMTEXT | 16,777,215 (224−1) bytes = 16 MiB LONGTEXT | 4,294,967,295 (232−1) bytes = 4 GiB Note that the number of characters that can be stored in your column will depend on the character encoding.  …
  • Interesting facts about India!

    21 Aug 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Interesting facts about India! India is the world’s largest, oldest, continuous civilization. India is the world’s Largest democracy. India never invaded any country in her last 1000 years of history. India invented the number system. Zero was invented by Aryabhatta. When many cultures were only nomadic forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization) There are 300,000 active mosques in India , more than in any other country, including the Muslim world Sanskrit is the mother of all the European Languages .
  • Do you want to be a Web Developer but you are confused?

    21 Aug 2015 | 6:18 am
    Do you want to be a Web Developer but you are confused? READ THIS! There is really no age bar to switch to web development. All you really need is a little bit of creativity and the right kind of guidance. “Honestly, I fell in love with Web and Internet when I was merely 14″ says Akansha who now works with a Web development and Web design company in Mumbai. Akansha really wanted to be an internet enterpreneur and make a great product and impact out on the internet. She still hasn’t reached there yet, but she is on a steady path. If you want to be a web developer and and make…
  • What is Remarketing?

    21 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Re-marketing? What’s that? In simple and plain words – remarketing can be termed as a process or a technique which is used by webmasters to re-target people who left your website without completing a specific goal or in most cases an inquiry or a purchase. Often you see in your analytics dashboard that certain people were every interested in your goal, they spent a lot of time on your website but evidently they did NOT complete the goal. There could be a thousand reasons as to why this happened. These people who are targeted again – or rather re-targeted are known as…
  • Windows Shortcuts I

    19 Jul 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Windows Shortcuts really helps you do more and achieve more productivity. Come on – is this really something to be told. Heck Yes! We see a lot of guys who have a problem of being mousaholics They just cant operate their computer without a mouse. This is especially for those guys who really want to boost up their productivity by effective use of the keypad. Some basic everyday use shortcut keys. These are the ones you use everyday. Nothing grand about that, this is every day stuff. Copy a selected item: Ctrl+C Cut a selected item: Ctrl+X Paste a selected item: Ctrl+V Undo an action:…
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  • 3 Essential Reasons Why You Must Network

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:27 pm
    So what is networking? We hear a lot about it, but we use a lot of words to describe it: Social Networking, Business Networking, Career Networking, Entrepreneurs Networking, Online Networking, and so on… Networking could be defined as the action of growing your network of connections with the goal of creating a mutually beneficial community. Your network is composed of your connections (coworkers, partners, suppliers, customers, friends, family, acquaintances, etc…) that you are willing to selflessly help to achieve success and who are willing to do the same for you. The keyword here is…
  • Why Networking Events are Hotter Than Your Summer Vacation

    Ignacio Martin
    14 Aug 2015 | 4:17 am
    Building Strong business network is difficult. Well no, it’s VERY difficult. Thanks to technologies and services like Eventbrite or Meetup, finding where to go for networking is not the issue anymore. But going to an event, and being happy with your achievement are two very different things. A lot of people are afraid of going to networking events, or feel that events are useless, so they focus on online networking only. The truth is that some things are easier to be done in person. Why does face to face networking leave a better impression than online networking It might be…
  • How to create a business opportunity on Smartcasual

    Ignacio Martin
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    Be smart when expanding your network. Growing a business network is tough. We have all been there, endlessly looking for new opportunities, finding potential clients or customers, scouting for collaborators. The reality is that the opportunities don’t just come knocking on your door, you need to be proactive. Smartcasual helps you to create the opportunity by bringing the professional network at your fingertips. You can use our app to browse for like-minded professionals with available time slots for casual meet-ups over coffee or drinks. Alternatively, open yourself up to a…
  • Invite Your Friends and Win 15USD Starbucks Coffee

    21 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    Smartcasual helps you get the most out of the time you allocate to Business Networking, and we want to do more. We are organising a competition of referrals, and the winner will receive 15USD worth of coffee at Starbucks! How to win the prize? It’s Easy! Sign up on Share your referral link on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or via email Get a chance to win the prize! For each referral that successfully signed up at Smartcasual, you will get a ticket in our lottery. The competition starts now and ends on Saturday, 08th August 2015. Check your status on your referrals…
  • 4 Reasons why Business Networking should be done Face to Face

    20 Jul 2015 | 12:03 am
    Technology, and more importantly, mobile technology transformed communication and made it lightening fast. Nowadays, you can communicate in real time, from anywhere, at any time, and with someone in any location around the globe. Why do we all have the same gut feeling that face-to-face communication is still more efficient then? Indeed, we all have, at some point, ditched our devices in favour of a face-to-face meeting for better understanding of each other. Is this only a feeling or is there any reasons to that? Well, read on and you’ll find out 4 of the many advantages…
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  • Magic E: Silent but Useful

    Star Translation
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:43 am
    Better English: The Magic E We’re continuing our Better English blog with the Magic E. Also known as a silent E. This important and popular vowel can change the sound of other vowels, thus lengthening the sound of a word. Rule of Thumb If a word ends with a vowel and then a consonant, adding […] The post Magic E: Silent but Useful appeared first on STAR Translation Services.
  • Better English: Q in spelling.

    Star Translation
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    How to spell with ‘Q’ Q is one of the trickier letters to learn about in English spelling.  Here are the Q spelling rules to help you use it correctly and improve your spelling. The letter “q” is always followed by the letter “u”. At the start of a word, or after an “s”, it […] The post Better English: Q in spelling. appeared first on STAR Translation Services.
  • Ready, Set, Start-up!

    Star Translation
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    The most comprehensive map of Ireland’s start-up ecosystem has been produced by the guys at Start-up Ireland. The “gathering” is being dubbed as one of the biggest national events in the world and will take place across five Irish cities over five days and includes five industries … The Start-up Map displays, for example, more than […] The post Ready, Set, Start-up! appeared first on STAR Translation Services.
  • OED unveils 500 new words

    Star Translation
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:37 am
    The OED, otherwise known as the Oxford English Dictionary, has recently announced 500 new words and over 900 newly revised and updated words that will be added. Seems like there are so many that it’s almost impossible to imagine. However, many of the newly updated ones are new senses of the word, go, with about […] The post OED unveils 500 new words appeared first on STAR Translation Services.
  • Just a tittle

    Star Translation
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:23 am
    For every jot and tittle in life, there’s an app! Tittle: I really like the sound of this word although I don’t remember the last time I used it. It’s fallen into an abyss where words go because they sound a tad dated. Perhaps the younger generation has never even heard it. You never know […] The post Just a tittle appeared first on STAR Translation Services.
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  • Getting (More Of) What You Want

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Hey, get talking! Apparently most of us are failing to negotiate and show what we want; we are not even trying. Unbelievable or … (more) The post Getting (More Of) What You Want appeared first on Autamme.
  • The Whole Brain Business Book

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    So many books promise the world, suggesting that if you follow their given processes then you may unlock your brain and full potential, … (more) The post The Whole Brain Business Book appeared first on Autamme.
  • Boss Life

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Who would want to be a small business owner? It is certainly a dream of many and it is a commonly held perception … (more) The post Boss Life appeared first on Autamme.
  • How To Make Powerful Speeches

    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Very few people like giving speeches or public speaking and this book promises to help you overcome this perceived issue. Like a good … (more) The post How To Make Powerful Speeches appeared first on Autamme.
  • Green Capital

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Many people criticise so-called green initiatives that are built around ecological preservation for stifling long-term economic growth, giving at most a blip in … (more) The post Green Capital appeared first on Autamme.
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  • 5 Tips for Marketing Seasonal Products

    Nick Huang.
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    One of the biggest challenges—if not the biggest challenge—of running a business that offers seasonal products is finding how to bring in money in the offseason. For instance, you had a vision for a particular kind of sweater you wanted to produce and sell. You built your company around these sweaters, so much so that they have become your brand...
  • Vanuatu: A Mini - Guide for Business Travellers

    Nick Huang.
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Doing business abroad always brings its unique challenges depending upon your destination. If you are planning to visit Vanuatu on business then, as with all places, you will find the business environment different to the one that you are familiar with at home. It is therefore well worth finding out about the business culture before you leave, as...
  • Banner Stand Tactics to Help You Stand Out at an Exhibition

    Nick Huang.
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:16 am
    The humble banner stand is a great way of attracting and harnessing attention. They can visually place you right in front of your audience or consumer. However, when it comes to design and tactics of use, many businesses fall short. Getting the best out of Colour Graphics banner stands is not difficult when you know how. The steps of excellent...
  • Understanding Gold as an Investment

    Nick Huang.
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:12 am
    The financial markets are huge and varied, with the potential for hundreds of different assets to be speculated on and incorporated into your portfolio. Some are more common and well known than others, and gold is almost certainly one of them. Even those who have no prior knowledge of the financial markets would know that gold is widely traded and...
  • Six tips for tradeshow newbies

    Nick Huang
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    The tradeshow is a gift. You set up your booth or stall, adorning it with roller banners, posters and giveaway leaflets from Colour Graphics , you bring your wares and you wait as the customers come flocking … Is it that simple? Is it that easy? Do people automatically flock to stands? It seems that way when you look out forlornly at the passing...
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  • Why Monthly Cashflow is Crucial to Peak Performance and 4 Steps to Crushing it

    Benjamin Warsinske
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Businesses live and die by monthly cashflow as far as the revenue they bring in and the expenses they incur. Sometimes a wind fall can help cover the gap or allow for expansion, and sometimes, after the expansion, the revenue stops. This can cause volatile swings to a company’s financial statements. Why does this happen? How can businesses prevent these wild swings in their financials? Companies that solely focus on yearly or quarterly revenue are missing a critical element to the puzzle.   Yearly revenue isn’t the root cause of the problem. It doesn’t tell the whole story. Our…
  • How to Stop Fear Dead in its tracks and live your dream

    Benjamin Warsinske
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    Life is quite amazing, isn’t it? Life is simply a journey, and a short one at that. Are you living up to your dreams and enjoying a life of purpose or are you stuck in fear, going through the motions just to stay afloat? What is it that is missing from your life equation? Is it a business or a life’s mission? Is it family, travel, or a particular lifestyle? How far are you from your goals? How do you plan to get there? The Truth All of these questions can be incredibly overwhelming. The truth is, these questions are not scary if you have clear direction, a path to follow, and measurable…
  • How using an Inefficient Process Can Have Negative Impacts Beyond Your Organization

    Benjamin Warsinske
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Processes- we all use them, whether we take the time to document and memorialize them or not. They play a critical role in performing complex, multi-disciplined tasks within tight deadlines. Often times, processes used are not the most efficient, but the most convenient for the individual performing the process. This can become a single point of failure, as well as hurt the process when it needs to scale. That is to say, the process that is most convenient for one individual may not be the most efficient and simplistic method for reproducing the process. What is a process? People throw around…
  • How Lack of Integrity Weakens Leadership

    Benjamin Warsinske
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Integrity, or the lack thereof is becoming more of a commonplace problem across organizations. Many people talk about integrity, know its importance, and even claim to have it. Yet, their actions tell a different tale. Have you ever spoken to someone, set up a meeting, both agreed upon the time, date, and place, only to be stood-up? They were a no show. No call, text, or email to apologize and reschedule. Just a plain no-show. They wasted your time. Their actions disrespected you and your time. They simply were not honest with you.   Integrity is defined as “the quality of being…
  • How lack of motivation destroys company culture

    Benjamin Warsinske
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Motivation plays a critical role in retaining and engaging with top performers. To keep top performing employees, the organization must motivate them and show them a world with the potential of promotion, title changes, higher salary, and more responsibility. Without motivation, the employee does not have a bigger reason, almost a higher calling, to come to work and perform their best. The info-graphic below compares motivation factors to demotivation factors. Just as organizations need to focus on motivating their teams, they also need to be consciously aware of what they are doing that is…
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    SME Strategy Management Consulting Blog

  • Management consulting is growing in Vancouver - What it means for SMEs

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    World famous strategy consulting firm McKinsey is opening a new office in Vancouver and despite the fact that’s new competition for us, I believe that’s going to be good for SME’s and large businesses here in Vancouver.
  • 5 Steps to stakeholder engagement in your strategic plan

    20 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Someone recently asked us how to effectively manage stakeholder engagement as part of the strategic planning process for a non-profit. They wanted to launch a new strategic plan and get engagement from their stakeholders so that their strategic plan would last longer than the terms of the existing board members.
  • 6 Steps Small Businesses Should Take to Create an Effective Digital Marketing Plan

    20 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    Developing an effective digital marketing strategy requires customer, competitor and industry analysis, an understanding of different digital tools, and concrete quantifiable goals. To create a comprehensive digital marketing strategy, take the following six steps:
  • Technology and the strategy ecosystem

    13 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Tech Ceo's, founders, and management consultants in strategy (like us) have to stay abreast of what's going on in the tech landscape.
  • Planning is easy, executing is hard

    10 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    It’s very easy to call yourself a strategic planning expert or to say that you’re a great project manager. ( I happen to think I’m both)The hard part of running a business or running an organization (I’ve done both several times) is executing on the plan:
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