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  • Business Communication Shouts Action

    Simply stated business
    Cathy Miller
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the first post in our alphabetic journey of business communication. Our first letter has a lot riding on its shoulders. It’s the first letter out of the gate ‘A’ leads 25 other letters ‘A’ shouts Action And so should your business communication. Shout action, that is. Why Shout Action? Think a moment about business communication. What do you want it to do? Inspire? Educate? Sell? Did you notice that those three words evoke action? Even if you pick three other words, you hope you motivate your reader or listener to do something. Few of us hope we…
  • What Drives Engagement and Motivates Employees?

    Great Results Teambuilding
    Sean Glaze
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    As a team leader, it is important to be aware of what drives engagement and motivates your employees and teammates. Most leaders are familiar with the 2013 Gallup poll that suggested “70% of American workers are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ and are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” Employee engagement has a tremendous impact on productivity, and there are a number of factors that contribute to your people feeling connected to a compelling common goal and to other people in your organization.    Below is an image,…
  • How to Get Your Blog Post Shared 1,000 Times [Infographic]

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    This infographic from Razor Social and Canva shows how you can get your blog post shared 1,000 times. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: THE SEENThe post How to Get Your Blog Post Shared 1,000 Times [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • A conversation can change your life

    Project Exponential
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:19 am
    When life gets uncomfortable, it’s easy to run. We bury our noses in our phones when we’re bored or anxious. Waiting in line at the store, riding the train to work, even walking around town. A kind word can redirect a bad day, but we’re afraid to say hello. It’s become too easy to hide. “I’m busy!” “I’m late!” “They don’t know me.” We’re hiding from ourselves, too, short-changing not only our own potential but that of those around us. Social gatherings have become marred by superficial exchanges. Instead of…
  • The Invitation

    Project Exponential
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain,…
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  • The Continuing Value of Press Releases

    William Comcowich
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
      Failing newspapers, plummeting newspaper circulations and recent search engine algorithm changes have prompted some observers to predict the end of the press release as an effective and cost-efficient public relations tool. At least some SEO experts believe Google’s Panda 4.0 update last year specifically targeted press release distribution sites. Following the update, the major [...]The post The Continuing Value of Press Releases appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • What’s the Real Value of Social Media Engagement? And How Can It Be Measured?

    William Comcowich
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    Is social media engagement over-rated? Some marketers judge social media success by the number of blog comments, Facebook page comments, “likes” and retweets. But businesses can’t pay the bills with engagement. Leads, clients and sales – not engagement — are the currency of business. Engagement is not a goal, only a tactic to produce measurable [...]The post What’s the Real Value of Social Media Engagement? And How Can It Be Measured? appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Dispelling the Biggest SEO Myths

    William Comcowich
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
      Last year, Google released its Panda, Penguin, Pirate and Pigeon search algorithm updates, plus numerous smaller tweaks. Keeping up with SEO changes is a time-consuming job. The misinformed continue to perpetuate erroneous SEO techniques, experts lament.   Search engine optimization has changed so much in recent years, many marketers can’t figure out what’s outdated, [...]The post Dispelling the Biggest SEO Myths appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • How to Improve Your Blogger Outreach and Tactics to Avoid

    William Comcowich
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:06 pm
      Blogs are now a recognized and important PR channel. Consumers view blogs as trustworthy sources for product research. According to Technorati, 31 percent of online shoppers are influenced by blogs, a figure that’s larger than any other online service except for retail sites and brand sites. Influential bloggers can solidify the reputation of a [...]The post How to Improve Your Blogger Outreach and Tactics to Avoid appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • PR Must Become More Analytical, Says PR Measurement Expert

    William Comcowich
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
      Public relations professionals must become more analytical in order to quantify their contributions to their organizations. Although PR pros are unlikely to become mathematicians, they must monitor and measure media and quantify their results in order to win support from their executive leaders, explained PR measurement expert Katie Delahaye Paine in a presentation at [...]The post PR Must Become More Analytical, Says PR Measurement Expert appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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  • Edgerank: A Guide to the Facebook News Feed Algorithm

    Michael Patterson
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    Do you ever get the distinct feeling that not all of your brand’s Facebook followers are seeing your Page posts? Sometimes it can even feel like your business is only seeing engagement from the same core group of people. Those feelings might be validated by actual data. Implemented in 2010, the Facebook news feed algorithm Edgerank was created to pick and choose what Facebook users see in their News Feed. This means that Facebook is choosing which of your followers see all of the updates that you create. The Edgerank algorithm has a rather complicated, controversial history,…
  • How to Build Positive Social Communities

    Elizabeth Harper
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    The Internet is an ideal place to build social communities around your brand, but it’s easy for any online community to become mired in negativity. While you may think dealing with negative content and the occasional troll is simply the cost of doing business online, bad attitudes can have a detrimental effect on your community if left unchecked. Not only does negative content discourage users from being active and engaged with their social feeds, but it can actually cause community members to be more negative themselves. A study shows that when content is evaluated negatively by…
  • 5 Insightful Instagram Statistics That You Should Know

    Jennifer Beese
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:02 am
    What began as a simple photo-sharing app among friends has grown into a global community of consumers and brands. Instagram now has over 300 million members who share more than 70 million photos and videos each day. Home to creativity in all its forms, Instagram is a place where you can find everything from images of faraway places to the newest looks from today’s hottest fashion brands. The community continues to grow and thrive, and as Instagram’s user base increases, so do the benefits for celebrities, athletes, and brands. Here are a few Instagram statistics that will help…
  • How Social Media Behaviors Differ Across Asia Pacific

    Anna Washenko
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    The vast memberships and fast growth show that social media is a truly global phenomenon. Most of the major social networks have global audiences numbering in the high millions, if not billions, with growth in nearly every country of the world. Social’s ability to instantly connect people in thousands of different countries can make the miles between nations disappear. For businesses with customers around the world, it provides the unprecedented opportunity to reach their audiences in every corner of the world with a few key strokes. Despite all the closeness an Internet connection…
  • Here’s What an Employee Ambassador Program Looks Like on LinkedIn

    Jennifer Beese
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Businesses are becoming more social, and by that we don’t mean that they’re tweeting more frequently or utilizing additional platforms. Today, companies are taking social media deeper into their organizations, integrating with more than just their marketing and customer service departments. As a result, the most engaged and best-informed advocates of your brand — your employees — are helping to share your message and broaden your reach. The steps to getting your company involved in social media are simple, and given the right tools and training, your employees can be your best brand…
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    Start My Consulting Business

  • New Year goals: how to get what you really want this time

    Greg Miliates
    2 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. In my last post, I asked you to tell me what your goals are for the new year. A lot of you emailed me, and I noticed most people made a key mistake. I’ll share both the mistake, and part 1 of a 2-part fix today (I’ll share the 2nd part in my next email). Before we even get started though, consider WHY you want to achieve your goals? For example, Richard M. emailed me this: I think we all share that feeling. For me, my dad died when he was 47 (shortly before I graduated from college). As I get…
  • A skyscraper nearly collapsed — what it means for you

    Greg Miliates
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Start My Consulting Business - Ditch your day job. Make things happen. Change your life. In June 1978, the engineers who built the Citigroup skyscraper in midtown Manhattan got a call saying their building was at imminent risk of collapse. The call came from a Princeton University student who’d done new engineering calculations as part of her thesis. Those calculations showed the Citigroup building wouldn’t be able to withstand the force of high winds. If correct, the building’s collapse would cause untold deaths and destruction in the heart of New York City. When the…
  • One of my students landed a full month’s salary worth of consulting work (while caring for twins)

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

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

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

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    Guest Blog Post-By Neeraj Kumar SingalHollywood at Harvard and other StoriesI was at Taj Mahal hotel, Mumbai to participate in a Harvard Business School Club of India event on 5th January (two days back). It was an honour meeting the veterans of Indian business and few celebrities including Rahul Bajaj, Ajay Piramal, Nitin Nohria, Ratan Tata, Ravi Venkatesh, Anupam Kher and Nandita Das. During my interactions with them, I came to know of many interesting stories. Here are few of them:-Hollywood at HarvardAn interesting story was shared with me by one of the alumni, how starting online…
  • Dr Kousar Ali Shah-A Game Changer in Healthcare Administration

    19 Jan 2015 | 11:51 pm
    Paras Hospital is among the top four hospitals in Gurgaon and has ambitious expansion plans in near future. Dr Kousar Ali Shah is the Zonal Director (Delhi NCR) of Paras and is an extremely competent healthcare administrator. Within a few minutes of interacting with him, I realised two of his core values which are his strengths too, one is "leadership with tough love attitude" and the other is "focusing on patient engagement with empathy"Dr Kousar is known for his varied initiatives and interests ranging from encouraging innovation to supporting cyclothons (to encourage…
  • 7 Habits of Super Heroes and Super Achievers

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:11 pm
    I have been fortunate to have great mentors and colleagues (Including some celebrities like the famous television newsreader Mr Tejeshwar Singh). In the past two years, I have been blessed to have closely interacted with many super heroes and celebrities. As 2015 approaches I decided to reflect upon the lessons I learnt in 2014, especially the "Dos and Don'ts" while interacting with super achievers and celebrities. Here are some of the lessons:-Read Full article on LinkedIn
  • Top 10 Blog posts of 2014

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:57 am
    Dear Readers,2014 is coming to an end and 2015 is eagerly waiting to embrace us. Here is a compilation for you (Best of 2014) which covers the entire range of work I do (along with my team)  from brand storytelling to stories on life and its contradictions. For reader’s convenience it has been divided into 4 sections viz A) Professional storytelling, (including visual storytelling, PowerPoint storytelling), B) Wisdom storytelling, C) Life and love storytelling and D) Spiritual storytelling. I believe, every story has its time, yet every time has its story. Happy Storytelling. Section…
  • Do Givers Really Gain? BNI & Amit Kapoor’s Story

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:41 am
    BNI Gurgaon region was recently ranked No 1 region in the world (out of 635 regions across 55 countries), which is an incredible achievement for sure. Let’s look at one story, which demonstrates the power of giving and the generosity of BNI members in giving referrals to each other. Surely there is something more than networking which happens here.In my childhood, my grandfather would make me wonder, "Does abundance create generosity or generosity creates abundance?" I found my answer and the story of Amit Kapoor reminds me of those days and certainly validates my beliefs. Generosity…
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  • #qldvotes: Final-Week Update on Social Media Activities

    Axel Bruns, Professor, Creative Industries at Queensland University of Technology
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:03 pm
    This year’s Queensland state election campaign may be very brief, but it’s certainly been action-packed. In my previous post I provided an overview of what were roughly the first two weeks of the campaign; mid-way through the final week, here’s a further update of how the social media campaign has unfolded. As a reminder about our methodology, the dataset for this analysis includes any tweets which contain the key hashtags #qldvotes and #qldpol, their variations, and related keywords, as well as mentions of the Premier and Opposition Leader and of any of the parties by name; further,…
  • Yanis Varoufakis: from accidental economist to finance minister

    Tony Aspromourgos, Professor of Economics at University of Sydney
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Newly appointed Finance Minister Yannis Varoufakis arrives at the Presidential Palace to be sworn-in under Greece's new government. Yannis Kolesidis/EPA/AAPSince 2009, the economic situation of Greece has helped expose the architecture and policy regime problems of the European Union and the eurozone. On Sunday the Greek electorate rebelled against the self-defeating austerity policies imposed upon the country by Germany and its collaborators. As the new Greek government begins to take shape an Australian connection has emerged, with Yanis Varoufakis appointed to the crucial position of…
  • Why Sydney's global infrastructure hub should be wary of PPPs

    Charles Sampford, Director, Institute for Ethics, Governance and Law at Griffith University
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    A global infrastructure shortfall looms - but governments need to carefully assess the merits of private capital. Flickr/Trey Ratcliff, CC BYWhile in Davos representing Australia at the World Economic Forum, Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has enthusiastically extolled the virtues of the Global Infrastructure Hub as a way of funding an infrastructure shortfall, particularly in developed nations. Frydenberg told the ABC: “There is a great deal of interest here at Davos in what Australia is doing because essentially this infrastructure hub is a knowledge sharing platform. It is about…
  • Why the Commonwealth can change the GST without the states

    Dale Boccabella, Associate Professor of Taxation Law at UNSW Australia Business School
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Political, not legal hurdles, stand in the way of the Australian Prime Minister increasing the GST. Lukas Coch/AAPUnder Australian law, changes to the GST are said to be not permitted unless the states agree to the changes. In reality, the GST lock-in mechanism is legally meaningless and unenforceable, though it may still hold political weight. Section 11 of the A New Tax System (Managing the GST Rate and Base) Act 1999 provides that: “the rate of the GST, and the GST base, are not to be changed unless each State agrees to the change.” Similarly, section 1-3 of the GST Act states that:…
  • Obama’s 'middle-class economics' reminiscent of Rudd and Keating

    Wesley Widmaier, Australian Research Council Future Fellow at Griffith University
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    With the US economy back on its feet, US President Barack Obama has returned to his earlier reformist stance. Davis Turner/EPA/AAPBarack Obama’s State of the Union address last week was important for both policy and political reasons. In it, Obama argued for a more egalitarian “middle-class economics”. In the process, he prepared the ground for the anticipated 2016 Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and began to force the Republicans further to the right. It also didn’t hurt that Obama seemed to have the Republicans' psychological number: When the assembled Republican legislators…
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  • Are You Suffering from the Impostor Syndrome?

    Rachel Henke
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you’re stepping up as an expert in your niche or ‘THE Niche Expert’ you might have days where you feel invincible and days where you think, ‘Who am I to do this?’ It’s quite normal because for some strange reason our subconscious is programmed to work against us and often tries to make us …Read More The post Are You Suffering from the Impostor Syndrome? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Are you too positive, too negative, or just right?

    Susan Feehan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Pretend, for a moment, that you’re Goldilocks. But you’re not tasting porridge, you’re tasting your words. Is your writing too hot, too cold, or just right? A few short questions should give you the answer. Q: You go to a well-known store where you shop regularly and a member of staff is astonishingly rude to …Read More The post Are you too positive, too negative, or just right? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • 5 Compelling Reasons To Add A Workshop To Your Marketing Arsenal

    Daphne Bousquet
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Something a little different today. Although I love to write, every now and then it is time to share my expertise in a different medium. Check out this slide show with 5 compelling reasons to add a workshop to your marketing arsenal. Convinced? Then join me for the Create Your Own Workshop Challenge starting on …Read More The post 5 Compelling Reasons To Add A Workshop To Your Marketing Arsenal appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • 99 Keys To A Creative Life Book Review

    Corinne Rodrigues
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Last year, Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way set me on a journey towards discovering and owning my creativity. Creativity and what it really means has been a lot on my mind these last few days. So when 99 Keys to a Creative Life: Spiritual, Intuitive, and Awareness Practices for Personal Fulfillment came my way for a …Read More The post 99 Keys To A Creative Life Book Review appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Still think outline templates are a waste of time?

    Ola Agbaimoni
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:22 am
    Building a strong and mutually beneficial relationship with your customers remains one of the best ways to ensure that you have a continuous flow of purchasers for your products and services. It may seem like an over used phase, but business is built on Know Like Trust. Or as we say at Eélan Media Ltd …Read More The post Still think outline templates are a waste of time? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
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  • Europa park achieves 5 million visitors target

    F Depraetere
    2 Jan 2015 | 3:03 am
    (Theme Park News) Europa Park has achieved its target of attracting over 5 million visitors in one year. On 16 December 2014, the five millionth visitor mark was reached for the first time in the park’s 39-year history. The visitor record, achieved just before the 40th birthday of Germany’s biggest theme park also marks the […]
  • American Wave Machines brings indoor surfing to Canada

    F Depraetere
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    (Attractions News) American Wave Machines announced that the first dedicated surf park in Canada has opened in Montreal. Oasis Surf, located at DIX30 mall, features a 24’ wide SurfStream surfing machine, surrounded by a 150-seat dining and bar area. It is a destination for surfers riding waves ranging from 2’ to 6’ barrels, and spectators […]
  • PRG delivers immersive adventure experience for Hero Ventures

    F Depraetere
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:45 am
    (Attractions News) Hero Ventures, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, announced that its technical elements for “The Marvel Experience,” are being led by entertainment event technology and service provider, Production Resource Group (PRG). “The Marvel Experience has evolved into an amazing, premier touring experience, complete with unique technical elements such as 3D 360° video projection, first-person […]
  • Cooper Hewitt reopens after three-Year Renovation

    F Depraetere
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    (Attractions News) Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, has opened the renovated and restored Carnegie Mansiwaraegon, on Friday, Dec. 12. The Museum will offer 60 percent more exhibition space to showcase one of the most diverse and comprehensive collections of design works in existence. Ten inaugural exhibitions and installations, many of which draw from the museum’s […]
  • accesso Solutions gains momentum with cultural attractions

    F Depraetere
    2 Jan 2015 | 2:31 am
    (Attractions News) accesso (AIM: ACSO) a technology solutions provider to the global attractions and leisure industry, is experiencing a growing level of interest in its solutions from cultural attractions, the company announced. Four prestigious cultural venues in the U.S. recently have signed agreements to leverage the company’s Siriusware Salespoint solutions including The Children’s Museum of […]
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  • Business Communication Shouts Action

    Cathy Miller
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Welcome to the first post in our alphabetic journey of business communication. Our first letter has a lot riding on its shoulders. It’s the first letter out of the gate ‘A’ leads 25 other letters ‘A’ shouts Action And so should your business communication. Shout action, that is. Why Shout Action? Think a moment about business communication. What do you want it to do? Inspire? Educate? Sell? Did you notice that those three words evoke action? Even if you pick three other words, you hope you motivate your reader or listener to do something. Few of us hope we…
  • The A-B-Cs of Business Communication

    Cathy Miller
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happy New Year! This blog is all about better business communication and keeping it simple. I thought I would try something new this year. But we will keep with the better business communication and simple theme. This year’s posts feature the A-B-Cs of business communication What’s simpler than your basic A-B-Cs? A to Z Business Communication We’ll cover business communication topics from A to Z throughout the year. Since there are 26 letters in our English aphabet, that means 2-3 posts per month. I have a plan for each letter; however, that could easily change as we move…
  • Simply Stated Season of Rest

    Cathy Miller
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    My office is decked out. ‘Tis the season for rest. Or so I thought. My business writing services are going strong. The end of 2014 has been the busiest in the history of my company. And for that, I am very grateful. So I have decided to give a year-end rest to my Simply Stated Business blog and my health care blog, Simply Stated Health Care. I’ll be back in 2015 to share more Free Stuff and posts I hope you find helpful. I wish you and your loved ones much happiness, good health, and continued success through the holiday season and in the New Year. Thank you. Helping you Keep it…
  • Knock Off These 10 Quick-Hit Business Tasks

    Cathy Miller
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Do you feel like your business tasks grow at the end of each year? From personal tasks like holiday shopping to business planning for the New Year, ’tis the season to be busy. Even if your business slows down for the holidays, there is plenty to do. In the interest of keeping it simple, the following are 10 quick-hit business tasks you can knock off your list. Quick-Hit Business Tasks We all have them. A list of tasks we need to do but seem to put off. The next time you find yourself on terminal hold with customer service −or waiting for clients to return from vacation − knock…
  • Simple Tips for Holiday Marketing

    Cathy Miller
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    Retailers wish for an even longer holiday season. Perhaps you do, too. However, for many of us, the end of each year signals a slowdown in business. Clients shut down for the holidays Family gatherings take center stage Vacation time becomes prevalent What a perfect opportunity for sharing your holiday cheer. Holiday Marketing The following are a few tips for decking the halls with holiday business marketing. 1. Send holiday greetings Dress up your business communication with a holiday theme Send paper greeting cards customized with your logo Make personal connections by calling or inviting…
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  • User Experience: The Vehicle Of Choice For Your Virtualisation Journey

    Simon Townsend
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    In my experience, most enterprises make the choice to deploy virtual desktops and applications with a single goal in mind: lowering their costs. Indeed this was verified by research that AppSense carried out with Forrester earlier this year, surveying 300 IT professionals internationally, confirmed that the primary driver at the outset of most virtualisation deployments … Continued
  • The Case For Challenger Brands

    Richard Blanford
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Do you prefer to buy a well-known brand when upgrading your IT infrastructure, rather than choosing the new kid on the block? In the 1980s, this was summed up by the saying: “No-one ever got fired for buying IBM”. In other words, if it came down to a close decision between two vendors, the proposal … Continued
  • Get Your PMO Delivering Your Growth Plans: 7 Great Tips

    Andrew Buxton
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth for this year and next. Thing is, IMF seems to have forgotten to tell everyone I know – because they’re all predicting growth for their business in 2015 and 2016. And it’s not all talk either… Many are embarking on ambitious reboots … Continued
  • 2015: The Year Of BYOA

    Troy McAlpin
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Sometimes, it seems IT departments exist primarily to keep the lights on – monitor and maintain systems, protect against data breaches and attacks, and repair or replace computers. And, far too often the customer is not center stage. With the advent of third-party cloud services and modern new technologies, IT has begun to break the … Continued
  • Cybersecurity And The Evolving Role Of Boards

    Charlie Horrell
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Protecting an organisation from a security breach is now a critical part of a board’s responsibility. The UK Government’s ongoing national cyber security strategy has highlighted the importance of improving cyber awareness and risk management. The strategy identifies security as a board level responsibility, and has gone as far as to create guidelines and help … Continued
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  • An Interview with Joseph J Sherman: Leadership and Personal Development for Entrepreneurs

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:51 am
    Today we’re talking with Joseph J Sherman, a marketing strategist with a hunger for spreading his knowledge to eager young entrepreneurs. Joseph lecturers on Leadership and Personal Development at Ohr Somayach Tanenbaum College in Jerusalem, Israel. The course is based on The Rebbe of Piaseczna’s Chovas HaTalmidim, with case studies from Harvard Business School. By teaching these students the ways of becoming a powerful leaders, he believes he is giving them lifelong tools to be successful entrepreneurs. How and where did you get the idea for your course? Rabbi Issamar Ginzberg…
  • Supply Chain Management

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:49 am
    Getting your MBA is the first step toward a multitude of new career opportunities, perhaps some that you hadn’t even considered before. Supply Chain Management (SCM) is one such opportunity . Described simply, SCM involves improving efficiencies and coordinating production, inventory, location and transportation among the participants in a supply chain, but there is a lot more to this rapidly growing sector. Based on a new MHI report, the logistics/supply chain business will be looking to fill 1.4 million jobs, or roughly 270,000 jobs per year through 2018. The major in greatest demand for…
  • A Latest Technology Used to the Secret of Success in Your Workplace

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:47 am
    Productivity is a must when you are running your business or your own company. If you have employees to deal with and you want to be sure that they are being productive , you would do your best to make sure that they are actually doing their job. You are their boss and it is only right that you know if they are really working or just fooling around the computer. Now you ask, is there a way for you to find out if they are diligent enough in doing their work? Well great news because the answer to that is yes. What Is Spytector and What Exactly Does It Do? We all want productivity to happen in…
  • Modern Machines: Can a Barcode Scanner System Boost Your Business?

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:45 am
    Believe it or not, there was a time and place when mail, products, and other consumer goods had to be sorted manually. Today, barcode scanners have made it easier for businesses to manage inventory and track letters. However, many businesses view barcodes as a simple necessity to help make business easier to do on a daily basis. In reality, barcode scanners can provide your business with numerous benefits. Greater Accuracy Without barcode scanners, your business and its employees would be forced to manually enter information about packages that arrive or products that are sold. In the…
  • Why You Should Still File for a PPI Claim

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:43 am
    The question that is lately on the minds of consumers is whether it still makes sense to claim for mis-sold PPI now that it is already 2015. The answer is a definite yes. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that just because this PPI scandal has been going on for so along already that by now the banks have done their part to right all their wrongs. In spite of the millions of victims that have been successful with their claims, there are still millions that have either been unfairly rejected or have yet to realize that they are legible to make a claim. Banks Have Not Been So Willing…
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  • Termination on No-Show after Maternity Leave

    Nabomita Mazumdar
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    Can you challenge your employer at the Court of law if you were terminated for no-show ? How do you communicate when you don’t turn up at office? Do you document it for a future reference? At what point do you inform your employer, during the no-show or after it ? Not every termination on [...]
  • Re-booting your career after a sabbatical

    Nabomita Mazumdar
    30 Dec 2014 | 5:17 pm
    “I completed MCA in 2009, after that I did some teaching job and tried for public sector jobs. I have suffered from some health related problems and family issues.Till now I am not successful in cracking exams. Now I am thinking to go back to software industry as it is the area where can i [...]
  • Managing office romance when it turns stale

    Nabomita Mazumdar
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    “I am working in a manufacturing industry as a Sr. HR Officer. I have recently come across a critical controversial issue where I require your suggestions. Its been very weird to discuss on such a topic but yes I would like to handle in a safe way. There has been a lot of heated discussion [...]
  • Dual Employment or a Part-Time Job

    Nabomita Mazumdar
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:15 am
    “I am a quality in-charge in an electronics manufacturing services( EMS). I am still considered as graduatee trainee. I have received an offer to work for medical billing organisation (MNC). Can I work both for the factory as well as the call center on a same day? Please suggest me.” Assuming that you have accounted the work [...]
  • How to build a team after all your employees leave?

    Nabomita Mazumdar
    26 Dec 2014 | 5:46 am
    “I am running a placement consultancy in Bangalore since last 1 year. I had a staff strength of 21, all of a sudden one by one my employees started absconding. Later I came to know there is a problem with my Mid-Level Manager. So I have terminated him, now and the staff strength is 5. [...]
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    Joanne Dewberry

  • Google+ Tips for Beginners

    Joanne Dewberry
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:03 am
    I’m still getting to grips with Google+ but here are a few things I have learnt so far. Fill in your profile completely – make sure you link all social media platforms and any google products (You Tube, Blogger etc .. the views total is made up using this too so if you have a […] The post Google+ Tips for Beginners appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • 5 simple steps to a safer workplace

    Joanne Dewberry
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    As a business owner, there are certain issues you simply can’t afford to ignore – and safety is one of them. Regardless of their roles, employees have a right to know that their well-being is protected, and part of your job as a boss is making sure it is. There’s a lot to think about […] The post 5 simple steps to a safer workplace appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • The Growth of Home Business in the UK

    Joanne Dewberry
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    Vonage have recently put together an infographic after conducting some research into the characteristics of small businesses started from home in the UK. Here are a few key points. I was surprised by that the number of men working from home was actually larger than women. I always assumed more women did. 8million people run […] The post The Growth of Home Business in the UK appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Goal Setting and me

    Joanne Dewberry
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    January is a great time of the year to look back on your small business goals and set new ones for the year ahead. This is exactly what we covered in our monthly networking meeting Lemur LinkUp this month. The talk was facilitated by Amanda Johnson from Your Executive Secretary. When setting goals for your […] The post Goal Setting and me appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • What does your POS say about your brand?

    Joanne Dewberry
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    This is where the magic happens. You’ve managed to entice customers into your store, present them with products they want and, perhaps, promotions they can’t resist. And, now, their in-store experience is coming to a head; they’ve joined a queue, readied their wallet and are about to part with their cash. But wait, the till […] The post What does your POS say about your brand? appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
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    SunGard Availability Services UK / Blog

  • Lock Down on Security: Why Increasing Pressure on Data Compliance is Good for Ireland

    Gary Watson
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:38 am
    Over the last year information security and compliance has experienced a meteoric rise up Ireland’s corporate agenda. Within Ireland, the data sovereignty issue has been slowly brought into the spotlight through the appointment of Helen Dixon as the country’s Data Protection Commissioner and her plans to expand the department. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s long-running battle with the US court system over the right to privacy has gathered numerous column inches. More globally, the fallout from Sony’s devastating hack has ensured that data security is being discussed in…
  • Sungard Availability Services Launches First Desktop as a Service (DaaS) 100% Availability

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    Service is the first collaboration between Sungard Availability Services, Cisco, Citrix and NetApp Dublin, Ireland: – Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, today announces the launch of its Desktop as a Service (DaaS) in Ireland and the UK. This is the first solution of its kind to be developed alongside leading global providers Cisco*Citrix and NetApp to provide a complete cloud-based desktop solution for organisations. Changing working practices continue to create tensions…
  • Sungard Availability Services Launches First Desktop as a Service (DaaS) 100% Availability

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    Service is the first collaboration between Sungard Availability Services, Cisco, Citrix and NetApp London, United Kingdom: – Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, today announces the launch of its Desktop as a Service (DaaS) in the UK and Ireland. This is the first solution of its kind to be developed alongside leading global providers Cisco*Citrix and NetApp to provide a complete cloud-based desktop solution for organisations. Changing working practices continue to create tensions…
  • Sungard Availability Services Ireland Secures ISO 27001 Certification

    Sungard Availability Services UK
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Independent certification signifies that Sungard AS Ireland has achieved the highest levels of information security management Sungard Availability Services (“Sungard AS”), a leading provider of information availability through managed IT, cloud and recovery services, today announced that it has achieved the ISO 27001:2013 standard for its enterprise-grade shared private cloud environment and managed services offering. By attaining the standard, Sungard AS Ireland has proven to an independent third-party that it has developed and implemented a best-in-class information security…
  • How Enterprise IT will Navigate the IT Minefield… Part 2

    Keith Tilley
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    As we identified last week, the IT landscape is becoming even more complex. Every year businesses are seemingly confronted with even more issues and potential pitfalls that they need to navigate around – not only to remain competitive, but to avoid the loss of reputation and customer trust. Continuing on from my previous insights, this week I'd like to share numbers 4-6 from my list of those elements will either impact enterprise IT or come to the forefront of consideration during the year ahead. The final three of the top six trends that…
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    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies

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

    Roberto Monaco
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter January 26th, 2015 San Diego, Ca Mostly Cloudy 64 Degrees ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Dear 10X Business Builder, Imagine this… You are super excited presenting your material to a group of professional adults and all of sudden you hear a couple of people chatting in the back of the room. You pretend not to hear the noise hoping that they will eventually stop, but they don’t. They keep talking. As a matter of fact, the more they talk, the louder they get. Eventually the noise becomes distracting and the…
  • [Video] “7 Ways to Transform Pause into Influence Part 6″

    Roberto Monaco
    13 Jan 2015 | 1:01 am
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter January 13th, 2015 San Diego, Ca Rainy 55 Degrees Dear 10X Business Builder, Have you ever lost your train of thought during a presentation? If you have, you know how terrifying it is!! Not only it is embarrassing but, it’s also counter-productive. If you have not and you do a lot of presentations, it is just a matter of time before it happens to you. I am not being negative, it is just the nature of the speaking and presentation business. In this video I share with you a quick story when I lost my train of thought…
  • [Video] “7 Ways to Transform Pause into Influence Part 5″

    Roberto Monaco
    29 Dec 2014 | 11:45 am
    Presentation Skills « Business Growth Strategies - 10X Business Letter Dec 29th, 2014 Seattle, Wa Sunny 55 Degrees Dear 10X Business Builder, Today you will discover a very simple strategy to transform pauses into influence when conducting power point or keynote presentations.  ==>  Presenting with slides (power-point of keynote) can be tricky and many presenters are terrible at… One of the mistakes that I see presenters do is to “read out loud” the text contained in the slides while the audience is…
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    Naomi Simson's Blog

  • Live What You Love: Passion (Extract)

    Naomi Simson
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:08 pm
      I’m passionate about shared ‘good times’ Here is a small extract from my book Live What You Love There’s a notion that passion belongs to artistic types, musi­cians, painters, writers and children at play. The idea of being passionate at work can be met with, ‘That’s ridiculous! We’re all meant to be achievers.’ But think how ridiculous this is. Why would you reserve doing things you are passionate about just for the weekend? That’s how people become conflicted around life equilibrium. Sure there may be a distinction between your work life and your…
  • Summer Reading

    Naomi Simson
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:58 am
    My summer reading pile I am just back from my summer break – and like everyone else most of the year I make a pile of fabulous books that I am given or collect saving them for the time that I can sit down and enjoy. This summer I managed to be consumed by six books… Thanks to all those people who gave or lent me these great books… (only one fiction). The thing is about books – they have some benefits over the digital variety (in my old fashioned opinion) they are great to read outside when the sun is too bright for a screen, when traveling on a plane and no electronic…
  • Getting to know my fellow ‘Sharks’

    Naomi Simson
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Walking into the studio to film Channel Ten’s Shark Tank for the first time was like a first day at school – of all my experiences, TV production was not something I knew much about. Janine and I were both called earlier than the guys so that we could meet with wardrobe and hair and makeup. We were taken around and shown the Fox Studios facilities and in a way it was like we had a buddy in the playground… we didn’t actually hold hands though. Janine and I had known each other socially through mutual friends and through the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, but I was yet…
  • #WinningWomen – EY 2015 program announced

    Naomi Simson
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:39 pm
    EY Entrepreneur of the year in 2011 – with a future female leader – my daughter. I already feel like a ‘winning woman’ – having been selected to participate in the inaugural EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ (EWW) Asia-Pacific program. 2015 will be an exciting and massive year. I also know that to stay at the top of the game I have to keep learning… reading, listening, discovering. And one of the best ways is to meet like-minded people who have deep experiences that they are willing to share. And whilst I have been speaking with EY for a few months about…
  • Personal appearance, style or brand are not the same thing

    Naomi Simson
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
      Selecting the ‘costume’ for the filming of Channel Ten’s Shark Tank – red red or red… Recently I wrote about a ‘new you’ for New Years. Style is not the same as ‘brand’ nor is style the same as appearance. I am a big believer in people being themselves, however I also believe in people respecting the people around them. Colour is one thing that I use consistently to help people know me. It is no coincidence that to celebrate my coming of age the theme of the party was ‘bright’. My first attempt at entrepreneur­ship was a…
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    Negotiation Insights

  • Fighting for Your Value: The Negotiation Wisdom of Bernard Hopkins

    Mladen Kresic
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:07 pm
    On the eve of his November meeting with feared Russian light heavyweight Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, the New York Times took a fascinating, in-depth look at the 49-year-old who was about to step in the ring against Kovalev: Philadelphia’s Bernard Hopkins. It was a chance to learn about the hard-won wisdom and discipline that had made him not just an expert boxer who could seemingly defy time, but an expert businessman. Boxing is often called the “cruelest sport” for the punishment that boxers absorb in the ring. It’s also financially unforgiving. The…
  • Do You Want to Be Successful? A Better Negotiator? Break These Three Bad Listening Habits

    Mladen Kresic
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Forging a winning deal depends largely on your ability to gather as much information as possible about the other side’s market position, motivations and goals. This holds equally true at the organizational, departmental and personal levels. Better information means a more finely tuned value argument and increased credibility, both of which mean more positive leverage that will help you close. Behind-the-scenes research with your team as you prepare to negotiate is a vital aspect of information gathering; the rest is gleaned from how you engage the other side in conversation. This may seem…
  • Negotiation Mistakes: Misguided Integrity

    Mladen Kresic
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Negotiating with integrity is central to the Win Wisely™ approach; after all, if we are in search of positive leverage to artfully move the other side closer to our way of thinking, we must have integrity. Integrity gives us the foundation to make value arguments that are believable. When we are perceived as people who constantly play games with the truth and are slippery during discussion of the challenges, our leverage predictably erodes. However, there are situations in which being too forthright needlessly damages your position and erodes your leverage as surely as being untruthful…
  • When Emotions Compromise Your Negotiation Leverage

    Mladen Kresic
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:51 am
    Successful businesspeople like to think of themselves as rational beings that apply thorough analysis to get optimal outcomes. Of course, this is not always the case. We’re humans, not optimizing machines: We’re biased towards doing business with people we like and trust; we succumb to pride when a calmer perspective would have yielded a better outcome for everybody; we get emotionally invested in a deal and can lose focus of its true merits. It is easy to become emotionally invested in a deal, especially a complex one that has required a large time and resource commitment from you and…
  • Unprincipled Concessions Cost You Money at the Negotiating Table

    Mladen Kresic
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:07 am
    Spot Them, Avoid Them and Close Faster Unprincipled concessions are concessions not tied to a credible business rationale. Years of research show us that this simple business negotiation mistake costs companies between 9 and 18% of their gross operating revenue. The most basic negotiation example of an unprincipled concession is this: To test your negotiation acumen or your value proposition, your client asks for a large up-front discount. You immediately agree without reference to the value of your solution, thus making an unprincipled concession. At this point, the potential client is…
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    Profit Street

  • Task Force Dagger selected as Profit Street corporate charity

    Profit Street
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Profit Street is proud to announce that its corporate charity will be Task Force Dagger Foundation.  Task Force Dagger Foundation is dedicated to providing immediate assistance to wounded, ill, or injured Soldiers and their families, and the families of casualties from the United States Army Special Operations Command. The post Task Force Dagger selected as Profit Street corporate charity appeared first on Profit Street.
  • Dick Rennick joins Profit Street team as Senior Advisor

    Profit Street
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Dick Rennick has become a Senior Advisor for Profit Street.  Dick is the former Chairman of the IFA and has won many awards including Franchisor of the Year.  Dick has a long history in the franchise and general business community and will be working with Profit Street in a variety of areas. The post Dick Rennick joins Profit Street team as Senior Advisor appeared first on Profit Street.
  • West Coast Franchise Expo in Anaheim, Nov. 12-13

    Profit Street
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Join us at the West Coast Franchise Expo in Anaheim on November 12th through the 13th. The post West Coast Franchise Expo in Anaheim, Nov. 12-13 appeared first on Profit Street.
  • International Franchise Expo in New York, June 15-17

    Profit Street
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Join us in New York for the International Franchise Expo on June 15th through the 17th. The post International Franchise Expo in New York, June 15-17 appeared first on Profit Street.
  • Profit Street Webinars: Feb. 26, Mar. 9, Mar. 20

    Profit Street
    9 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Join us for a 30-minute virtual tour of the Profit Street solution for the franchise industry.  See how this powerful tool will make your life easier, while assisting in increasing your profit margins and employee retention.  Webinars scheduled for February 26th, March 9th and March 20th.  Go to our “Contact Me” page to register. The post Profit Street Webinars: Feb. 26, Mar. 9, Mar. 20 appeared first on Profit Street.
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • What Drives Engagement and Motivates Employees?

    Sean Glaze
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    As a team leader, it is important to be aware of what drives engagement and motivates your employees and teammates. Most leaders are familiar with the 2013 Gallup poll that suggested “70% of American workers are ‘not engaged’ or ‘actively disengaged’ and are emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to be productive.” Employee engagement has a tremendous impact on productivity, and there are a number of factors that contribute to your people feeling connected to a compelling common goal and to other people in your organization.    Below is an image,…
  • Top 20 Fun Conference Theme Ideas to Inspire Teamwork

    Sean Glaze
    3 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Are you looking for fun conference theme ideas to inspire teamwork in your organization? If you are planning an annual meeting or event, one of the things you want to decide on early in your planning is a theme that will tie all of your speakers and breakout sessions and activities together under one main message.   Your speakers will appreciate having some direction when planning their comments, and your people will leave with a more clear and consistent message. So, as you begin to plan for your next gathering – whether it is for 20 people or 2,000 – consider using one of these…
  • Team Trust is Like a Three Legged Stool

    Sean Glaze
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    In virtually every aspect of your life, you can find examples of the importance of teamwork. But teamwork is built on team trust, and that trust is supported and established like the seat of a three legged stool – by three important supporting elements. The absence or weakness of any of the legs on a stool would cause the stool to fall – or at the least provide a much less comfortable and solid foundation for the seat. The three legged stool metaphor is similar to team trust resting on separate but equally important “legs.” And whether you acknowledge it or not, most every interaction…
  • Why Maps are Cheap and Great Tour Guides are Invaluable

    Sean Glaze
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    I went to Philadelphia last year when my daughter’s volleyball team had a tournament there. Obviously, it was an impressive and exciting opportunity to see many of our nation’s historic landmarks and personally experience and learn about those locations. When we arrived at the hotel and checked in, the concierge had maps of the city and all of the most popular tourist locations available for free. As I picked one up and looked over it, though, he mentioned that our group would probably want to take one of the bus tours and have someone guide us and share a lot of information that the map…
  • How to Solve a Common Problem on Virtual Teams

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

  • How Important Is a Smile?

    Stan Dubin
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:20 pm
    A smile can cut through a room filled with tension; a smile can sometimes blow away a person’s irritation; a smile can even make a person feel safe.        
  • Tell Me About Your Fellow Employees

    Stan Dubin
    11 Jan 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Finding out what your candidate thought about his previous co-workers could be a compelling insight into how he will get along with your group.        
  • Are Younger Applicants Distressing You?

    Stan Dubin
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    In speaking with many business owners over the years, I am able to get a good idea of what you are running into when it comes to making hiring decisions. One concern that is coming up is a particular attitude presented by "younger applicants."        
  • Hiring Tips From the Folks at Google #3

    Stan Dubin
    30 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    This is the last in a three part series regarding hiring advice given by two former Google execs.        
  • Hiring Tips From the Folks at Google #2

    Stan Dubin
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    This is second in a series of three tips, in which we discuss hiring advice given by former Google execs.        
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    Activate Group, Inc » Articles

  • Is Your Business Ready for the Challenges of 2015?

    Howard Shore
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    Is Your Business Ready for the Challenges of 2015? Do you have plan to grow or a wish to grow in 2015? Too often, it is the latter for most businesses! The reason is that the leadership has failed to properly think through what is possible, what is required, and how they will overcome the obstacles. In business you must grow or your company cannot survive. If your business grows and that growth does not turn into cash, you have a bad business model. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, numerous things are always changing, making it more difficult to keep your existing customers happy,…
  • Are You a Leader of Influence?

    Howard Shore
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Are You a Leader of Influence? One key lesson we focus on as parents can be applied to leadership. One focus I have with my children is who they hang-out with. I firmly believe that who they are around will influence who they will become. Well, the same thing is true for adults, both in and out of your workplace. The more senior the person is in the hierarchy, the larger their influence! The tone they set radiates throughout the organization. This is not just about motivation. When a leader does not show respect for their subordinates, it will have an influence on how others treat their peers…
  • Is Your Business Ready for 2015?

    Howard Shore
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Is Your Business Ready for 2015? As 2014 is coming to a close, it’s time to consider “what’s your next step?” Is your business ready for 2015? This is usually answered by knowing whether you achieved your plans for 2014. When I say “plans”, I am not referring to the numbers. I am talking about the plans to elevate your business strategically and operationally to new levels. Did you have business plans focused on elevating your business, and did you accomplish those initiatives? If you did, this would mean that you are now positioned to increase market share, expand your…
  • The Most Important Conversation You Should Have

    Howard Shore
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Most Important Conversation You Should Have Throughout my career I have seen history repeat itself over and over again: leaders making important changes without having a conversation with their most important sources — their customers. You see, what leaders are looking for is data that supports the path they have always followed or believed to be the best strategy for their organizations, but when you look carefully you will see that what the data supports is the opposite. Things Are Always Changing What worked in business years ago does not work today. Times are changing. Customer…
  • Business Strategy and Delivering Your Value Proposition

    Howard Shore
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    Business Strategy and Delivering Your Value Proposition As I mentioned in my previous article, “Are You Ignoring a Bad Business Strategy?,” your business strategy is a determining factor in whether your sales “will” or “will not” grow faster than your competition’s. Two key questions you need to ask annually as part of your strategic planning discussion are: 1. Does your business strategy encompass a clear value proposition that would be considered an “unusual offering” and is critical in your target client’s buying decision? 2. Are you delivering on the promises embedded…
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    Half Bridge Business Review

  • Low Oil Prices Will Catch Up With Exxon's Fourth-Quarter Results

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    This article was first published by TheStreet on January 26, 2015By Sarfaraz A. KhanNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Exxon Mobil  (XOM - Get Report) , the largest U.S. oil and gas producer by market cap and output, dodged the oil price bullet when it reported 3% year-over-year earnings growth in its third-quarter results back in October. But the Irving, Texas-based company won't be so lucky next week when it reports its fourth-quarter results.In the third quarter, Exxon reported better-than-expected results, despite a 4.7% year-over-year drop in…
  • 4 Reasons To Consider Hess Corporation

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    This article was first published by Seeking Alpha on January 8, 2015.By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst. Adnan MushtaqOil prices have fallen by around 50% over the last six months to their lowest levels in five years, which led to steep drops in several exploration and production stocks. However, this could be a buying opportunity for investors looking for exposure to high-quality names such as Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES). The company is in a good position to face the weak oil pricing environment while growing production from its core assets. Here are four reasons to consider Hess.No. 1 -- Strong…
  • Fears On Cheniere Energy's Exposure To Oil Prices Are Overblown

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:20 pm
    This article was first published by Seeking Alpha on January 9, 2015. By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst. Iffat ZehraHouston-based Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG) was the first company to receive Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval to export LNG from its Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana. The first two of the six LNG processing plants, or trains, at Sabine Pass could begin operations from as early as the end of this year, and the facility could be fully operational by 2018-19.At the end of 2014, Cheniere also received FERC's approval to build its second LNG export terminal at…
  • Southwestern Energy Looks Great, If You're Long-Term Bullish On Natural Gas

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    This article was first published by Seeking Alpha on January 8, 2015By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst. Adnan MushtaqThe supply led slump in crude oil prices has forced several energy companies to trim their capital budgets. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) and Eclipse Resources (NYSE:ECR) have slashed their 2015 capital expenditure by 20%. However, Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN), the fourth leading natural gas producer in the Lower 48 states, has gone the other way by increasing its capital budget for the current year to $2.6 billion from the projected $2.4 billion for…
  • Worthington Industries: This Will Be A Test Of Execution

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    This article was first published by Seeking Alpha on January 7, 2015By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst. Adnan MushtaqWorthington Industries, the supplier of pressure tanks and cylinders, managed to increase its sales and profits in its recent quarterly results. The strength in the automotive sector could continue to fuel its growth. The company, however, faces two major headwinds.On December 17, Worthington released its third quarter results in which its net sales and earnings came in at $871 million and $0.43 a share, showing an increase of 13.1% and 34.4% from the same quarter last year.
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    ion interactive blog

  • Punching Beyond our Weight Class with Interactive Content

    Justin Talerico
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Justin Talerico, CEO/CMO, ion interactive Using Interactive Content to Segment and Target using Marketing Automationion has 90,000 addressable prospects in its database. When I don my CMO hat, one of my primary challenges is to identify and surface which of those 90,000 people are ready and able to buy. In my previous post, I showed an example from our Demand Metric Content Marketing Assessment. I spoke to how we capture insights from that interactive content experience and how we move those insights into our marketing automation platform.Segmenting with Data from Interactive Contention…
  • Using Interactive Content Data in Marketing Automation

    Justin Talerico
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    ion interactive CEO, Justin Talerico The deep data that comes from the digital dialogue with interactive content is incredible. Really, that’s not hyperbole. It’s mind-blowing, market-making, sales-empowering go-go juice of the highest order. But how do we do something with all that incredibleness?Two Users of Interactive Content Data: People and MachinesThere are two vastly different ways to use interactive content data. One is human, the other is software. For humans to use data, it must have context and be understandable. When data has value, context, and is understandable,…
  • Quick Start of the Week: Test Your Knowledge with an Interactive Visual Quiz

    Paige Newberry
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    New Year’s resolutions, huh? Before you get all huffy and puffy swearing that you keep your resolutions — Every. Single. Year — let me tell you… I either am jealous of you or seriously doubt you’re telling the whole truth. Why? Because it’s absurd to keep an intense resolution for 365 days. Heck, even for the first 31 days.But I’m going to try it. I love food. I love being social. And I love going out to dinner. Weekdays. Weeknights. Doesn’t matter. If there’s something new to try, I’m there. But then the holidays came. I looked at my budget and realized I spend more money…
  • Here's Why I Am So Passionate About the Digital Dialogue

    Anna Talerico
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    ion interactive EVP, Anna Talerico Last week Justin blogged about his passion for the digital dialogue, explaining “The digital dialogue is a marketing conversation that takes place before personal selling.” The thing is, this digital conversation isn’t just a marketing thing. When used correctly, insights and data gathered from the ‘digital dialogue’ can help guide the sales conversation significantly.  As Justin explained, “Establishing a two-way communications channel in marketing satisfies buyers who want to move deeper in the funnel before interacting with…
  • 10 Must-Read Content Marketing Articles for 2015

    Paige Newberry
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:59 am
    If you’ve been following our blog, you know we love doing roundups of our favorite articles every month with what we think were some of the top highlights in the industry. The 2015 predictions posts have flooded in while we’ve rang in the new year.But as you work towards those New Year’s resolutions, don’t forget to start planning and brainstorming for your content strategy. We’ve got some exciting things coming this year and some awesome tools and ideas to take away from this past year. So take a look at some of our favorite content marketing articles of 2014 and grab some advice…
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    The NFPT Blog

  • Is a Mid-afternoon Snack a Good Idea for Your Clients?

    NFPT Staff Writer
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Can eating a mid-afternoon snack help control appetite? It depends on what’s in the snack, a recent study suggests. Over the 30 years, there has been a marked increase in the amount of snacking, which has risen at the same time as obesity. In the United States, nearly a third of daily intake is comprised of snack foods that tend to be poor in nutrients but high in energy – items such desserts, salty and high fat snacks, and candy that are high in saturated fat and/or simple sugars and may lead to overeating and a caloric surplus stored as fat. It stands to reason that the relationship…
  • Introducing Variety into Strength Training

    NFPT Staff Writer
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    For most people, it takes about a month for the body to begin adapting to a strength training program. In other words, training clients who began working out as part of a New Year’s resolution to become more fit should be able to notice some of the benefits right about now. Newcomers to exercise, in fact, often experience some of the most dramatic changes in a short time as a result of changes in their activity level and lifestyle. Over time, however, predictability and boredom can start to creep in, threatening to erode enthusiasm for just about any given routine. That’s where…
  • Is it better to Hit the Elliptical – or Hit the Pavement?

    NFPT Staff Writer
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Walking and using the elliptical machine are often both used as part of general fitness programs. While they are very alike in many respects, it’s important to realize that one might have an advantage over the other depending on a client’s state of health and fitness goals. Walking as we know it would seem to be as old as our species’ bipedal ability. The elliptical machine is a relative newcomer in the scheme of things, originating in the mid-1990’s, making the question of which is ‘better’ hardly an age-old one. The short answer is that both activities have their…
  • Trainer Spotlight: Matt Hirschberg

    Ryan Farrell
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    People today expect things to be handed to them on a silver platter. As a trainer, you most likely see it on a daily basis with a number of your clients. People want to look like that magazine cover model or get that sweet job promotion, but don’t want to put in the hours and hard work it will take to achieve it. Even as a personal trainer, you are certain to have struggled with this at some point in your life. The stories of victory and success while under constant barrage and attack are most peoples’ all-time-favorites. Stories like “Remember the Titans” or…
  • Five Ways To Earn More Money in 2015 as a Personal Trainer

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Retaining a current client is worth more than getting 10 new clients. Make sure you give appreciation to your current tribe. Renew their fitness vows with a goal review for 2015 or do fitness assessments with them. Spend some time acknowledging their hard work from last year and talk about what you can work on together this year. Many trainers assume their clients will just keep training with them. Showing them you want to earn their business all over again will make you a keeper. Ask your current happy clients for referrals. After you’ve made sure you appreciated your current clients and…
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    Custom Toll Free® Blog

  • How to Brand Jack with a Toll Free Number

    Vanity Numbers
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    Content marketing and management is all about branding in 2015. Many businesses are still trying to get the knack of content marketing and really trying to nail down a robust strategy. But what if we told you there is a way to effectively set your branding strategy in stone this year? Here’s how you can brand jack with a toll free number. What Does a Toll Free Number Have to Do with Branding? read more
  • Whip Your Business into Shape with a Toll Free Number

    Vanity Numbers
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    Now that the holidays are over, business is back to normal, and New Years resolutions are still fresh, we all have one goal in common: getting in shape. Regardless of whether we are talking about health, fitness, or diets, it’s the time of year when we all want to “get in shape”. This also refers to business. Getting your business in shape, and business planning 2015 involves a comprehensive look at where small businesses have gone and how much farther they need to travel. From updating information systems to refining marketing strategies, small business planning requires a…
  • Give Your Toll Free Number a Competitive Edge the Easy Way

    Vanity Numbers
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    Businesses who acquire toll free numbers understand the benefits of using the numbers to attract new customers and retain the loyalty of lifelong patrons. Catchy vanity numbers establish the level of credibility that allows you to build trust with customers. Memorable toll free numbers enhance word-of-mouth advertising as well as your business brand. In fact, word-of-mouth referrals increase by 200% with a vanity number. However, the greatest benefit of acquiring toll free number comes down to a few important pieces of marketing data. The Marketing Success of Toll Free Numbers Return on…
  • No Interruptions Day

    Vanity Numbers
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    While December 31st is known nationwide as New Year’s Eve, for small business owners and entrepreneurs it is also known as “No Interruptions Day”. While many would see it as unfortunate to be working in between Christmas and New Years, small business owners see it as the last opportunity to get work done before the year closes…without interruptions. So, if you are like most entrepreneurs and find yourself working today, here are some things you can do to take advantage of the last working day of the year. read more
  • Toll Free Trial: Time is Running Out!

    Vanity Numbers
    30 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    Time is money. Most small business owners understand this. And nothing makes small business owners more nervous than when the checkbook devours the entire operation. Many small business owners begin to approach panic mode because they feel broke all of the time. Money that comes in goes out just as fast. Turn all of that around for 2015 by taking advantage of the toll free number trial. There’s still time… Why Toll Free Numbers Never Make You Feel Broke read more
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    The Career Secrets

  • eBook Selling is a Legit Way of Earning-Do Try it

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:24 am
    ‘Make money …….’ is very attractive phrase and very interesting as well. There are so many ways you can make money with but many of them might be scam. On the other hand there are numerous legit money making ways online and eBook writing and sharing online is one of them. The eBooks are just book-format publications that are disseminated by electronic means, rather than printed on paper. As there are mainly no expenses to publish an eBook, almost anyone with a plan can do it. Now we will discuss ‘How You Can Make Money with an eBook’.eBook Publishing OptionsMaking money with eBook…
  • Dailymotion | Best Way Make Money Online

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    Make money online is only possible if you are dedicated and wish to earn online. Daily Motion is the biggest video sharing platform on internet and now you can make money as well with dailymotion. There are three ways to make money with dailymotion as given below, 1. Official Partner 2. Publisher 3. OpenVoD Now we will discuss official partner plan first and rest will be discussed in next posts. Dailymotion Official Partner ProgramDaily motion offers you to take part in their official partner plan. If you have genuine videos and wish to share them online, dailymotion is the best place to…
  • How can Girls & Housewives Make Money Online?

    19 May 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Making money online is an interesting topic and everyone wants to have some tips and tricks to make money online. There are so many ways to make money online but most of them are scam. So be very careful in selecting the way when working online. How can girls and housewives can make money online is the topic of discussion today and we will share some practical and legit ways to make money in this post. Girls and housewives can play an important role for the betterment of their families and can make money in their spare time by working online.Make Money Online- Requirements to work OnlineGirls…
  • How to Use LinkedIn for Job Search

    13 May 2014 | 10:13 am
    Social media plays an important role in job search. We have already discussed facebook and twitter for job search and today we will discuss LinkedIn for this purpose. LinkedIn is basically a hub of professionals and companies. It allows you to connect the people you know and also allows you to see the profiles of anyone else on LinkedIn and gives you ways to connect them. Now we will go through some steps required to use LinkedIn effectively and to make your job search easy.Job Search on LinkedIn-How to Start? It is very easy to use LinkedIn for job search as you have to create an account and…
  • How to write a Neat Resume

    11 May 2014 | 3:52 am
    What is résumé? It is basically a self advertisement that expresses your expertise, experience and achievements in a specific field. The purpose of writing a resume is to show that how your skills and experience match the career job you are looking for. In this post we will discuss some simple techniques that will change an ordinary resume into a result oriented one. Therefore follow the simple guidelines to write a neat and effective resume.Resume Style-Never Ignore it Resume style is one of the most important steps in resume writing and it is advised to take care of it and never ever…
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    Half Bridge Business Review

  • Low Oil Prices Will Catch Up With Exxon's Fourth-Quarter Results

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    This article was first published by TheStreet on January 26, 2015By Sarfaraz A. KhanNEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Exxon Mobil  (XOM - Get Report) , the largest U.S. oil and gas producer by market cap and output, dodged the oil price bullet when it reported 3% year-over-year earnings growth in its third-quarter results back in October. But the Irving, Texas-based company won't be so lucky next week when it reports its fourth-quarter results.In the third quarter, Exxon reported better-than-expected results, despite a 4.7% year-over-year drop in…
  • 4 Reasons To Consider Hess Corporation

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    This article was first published by Seeking Alpha on January 8, 2015.By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst. Adnan MushtaqOil prices have fallen by around 50% over the last six months to their lowest levels in five years, which led to steep drops in several exploration and production stocks. However, this could be a buying opportunity for investors looking for exposure to high-quality names such as Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES). The company is in a good position to face the weak oil pricing environment while growing production from its core assets. Here are four reasons to consider Hess.No. 1 -- Strong…
  • Fears On Cheniere Energy's Exposure To Oil Prices Are Overblown

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:20 pm
    This article was first published by Seeking Alpha on January 9, 2015. By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst. Iffat ZehraHouston-based Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG) was the first company to receive Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approval to export LNG from its Sabine Pass terminal in Louisiana. The first two of the six LNG processing plants, or trains, at Sabine Pass could begin operations from as early as the end of this year, and the facility could be fully operational by 2018-19.At the end of 2014, Cheniere also received FERC's approval to build its second LNG export terminal at…
  • Southwestern Energy Looks Great, If You're Long-Term Bullish On Natural Gas

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    This article was first published by Seeking Alpha on January 8, 2015By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst. Adnan MushtaqThe supply led slump in crude oil prices has forced several energy companies to trim their capital budgets. ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) and Eclipse Resources (NYSE:ECR) have slashed their 2015 capital expenditure by 20%. However, Southwestern Energy (NYSE:SWN), the fourth leading natural gas producer in the Lower 48 states, has gone the other way by increasing its capital budget for the current year to $2.6 billion from the projected $2.4 billion for…
  • Worthington Industries: This Will Be A Test Of Execution

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    This article was first published by Seeking Alpha on January 7, 2015By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst. Adnan MushtaqWorthington Industries, the supplier of pressure tanks and cylinders, managed to increase its sales and profits in its recent quarterly results. The strength in the automotive sector could continue to fuel its growth. The company, however, faces two major headwinds.On December 17, Worthington released its third quarter results in which its net sales and earnings came in at $871 million and $0.43 a share, showing an increase of 13.1% and 34.4% from the same quarter last year.
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    Smart Business Revolution

  • From $100 to $8500 in 6 Months: My Review of Zero to Launch [with video]

    John Corcoran
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:31 pm
    NOTE: Don’t miss the special bonus I am offering at the bottom of this post.  Also, be sure to grab Ramit’s free report on 30 successful online business ideas. Imagine for a moment that it is Friday night. It’s been a long, tough week. You’ve just opened a bottle of wine with your wife or husband or girlfriend or boyfriend. After taking a sip of your wine, you put down the glass and pick up your phone. There, in your email, are two receipts for payments of $500 from two complete strangers. It’s not a mistake. And it’s not a dream. You’ve just been paid…
  • 68: Danny Iny | How to Build Relationships At Scale Using Online Courses

    John Corcoran
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    News flash, everyone: relationship-building has changed. If you want to grow your network, it’s not as simple as going down to your local chamber of chamber of commerce meetings and chatting up other business owners. We live in an interconnected world. We live in our email and on social media. We use tools like Facebook and LinkedIn and text messaging and Whatsapp.  (I don’t even know what that is.) These tools influence our network and the relationships we build. So today I want to highlight a tool I’ve been using more lately – online courses. In this episode, I brought back…
  • How to Create your 12-month Strategic Plan (and my 2014 Annual Review)

    John Corcoran
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Download the free strategic planning worksheet which goes with this post here.. Warning: this is not your typical “annual review” post. Every year in December and January, you see a lot of bloggers publishing blog posts reviewing the past year and setting goals for the next year. There are some great examples of models you can follow, and I credit many of them for inspiring me to do my own. Here are a few: Chris Guillebeau (complete with templates), Brennan Dunn’s 2014 annual review, Natalie Sisson’ Epic 2014 Annual Review of Lifestyle, Travel and Business, Jeff Goins (always a…
  • 25 Professional Networking Experts to Watch in 2015

    John Corcoran
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    Blech… “networking”?  Who needs it. People tell me that all the time. But they will quickly follow it up by saying: “oh, but I love to meet new people,” or “But I do love connecting with people I like.” Well, call it “networking” or “connecting” or “hugging it out,” I want to present to you a list of some of the greatest thought leaders I know who write about what I usually refer to as relationship-building. When you write about relationship-building and networking (gasp!), as I do, you tend come across a lot of…
  • 070: Jenny Blake of Life After College | Career Change

    John Corcoran
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:55 am
    Imagine for a second that you build a business which becomes your brand. It’s how the world knows you. And it’s successful. Woo-hoo!  Par-tay. It’s your birthday. And then, you move on. You grow. You become older. You no longer want to be known by that “brand.” Jenny Blake experienced that. Like me, Jenny started her career in the world of politics – she actually was the first hire for a startup that specialized in political polling. After that, she went on to Google where she managed the Authors at Google program. But she is perhaps most well known as the founder…
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    Project Exponential

  • It doesn’t have to be great.

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    In fact, it doesn’t even have to be good. We put so much expectation and pressure on ourselves to do something amazing, to be really incredible and innovative and caring and original and… We stop ourselves from doing any thing at all. We’re not just stopping ourselves. We’re stopping our teams. Our employees, our children. Ideas and dreams dead before they’re given a chance to take flight. We must give up. Release control. Let things become messy, imperfect and ruined. Then, we will get started. Then, we will finish. Then, we can become better. Bad work gives…
  • A conversation can change your life

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:19 am
    When life gets uncomfortable, it’s easy to run. We bury our noses in our phones when we’re bored or anxious. Waiting in line at the store, riding the train to work, even walking around town. A kind word can redirect a bad day, but we’re afraid to say hello. It’s become too easy to hide. “I’m busy!” “I’m late!” “They don’t know me.” We’re hiding from ourselves, too, short-changing not only our own potential but that of those around us. Social gatherings have become marred by superficial exchanges. Instead of…
  • Everything I learned is wrong.

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:05 am
    Somewhere along the way, I was taught: Doing nothing is bad. FAST is always best! Rice is bad for your health. You will marry your soul mate. My time in Nepal has caused some major reassessment. There are certain beliefs we hold onto. They damage our progress, our potential, even our relationships. And we don’t always realize it. It’s worth taking a look at what you “know” and why.
  • Think less, act more

    8 Jan 2015 | 3:01 am
    There’s a fine line between analysis and paralysis. It’s important to ask questions and consider facts. Too much dwelling and interpreting and hypothesizing and strategizing, however, can lead to stagnation. We can stop progress before we even begin. Trust positive actions yield positive results. A certain element of heart must come into play, a powerful blend of intuition and courage that propels you forward. I was scared beyond belief before launching this project. In fact, on a daily basis I confront insecurity, anxiety, doubt, panic. My younger Nepali brother reminder me,…
  • The Invitation

    1 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing. It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive. It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the centre of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shrivelled and closed from fear of further pain. I want to know if you can sit with pain,…
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    Mission Mode

  • Twitter Hack on CENTCOM: Annoying Prank or Serious Security Threat?

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    Although the IT incident management team and other officials at CENTCOM, the U.S. military’s Central Command that oversees U.S. military operations in Central Asia and the Middle East including Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, is steadfast in their position that a recent attack on their Twitter and YouTube accounts were “cybervandalism”—an annoying prank—rather than “cyberterrorism”—a serious security threat—questions still remain regarding how vulnerable our government is to cyberattack. CyberCaliphate’s Prank If you followed CENTCOM’s Twitter account on January 12, you…
  • Readiness Best Practices: Assembling Your Business Continuity Team

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Organizations both large and small need to have business continuity planning in place to manage unexpected business disruptions.  Whether these events are triggered by severe weather, civil unrest, product failure or any of a myriad of other factors, the time to figure out how to manage an incident is not when that incident occurs. Getting Started – The Right Leadership Model Typically a Business Continuity Manager is identified to lead the planning and preparedness process, and one of that person’s first responsibilities is to assemble the right team and governance... Read More The post…
  • Business Continuity Drives Adoption of Cloud-Based Services

    16 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    Why are enterprise organizations migrating to cloud-based services in droves? According to a recent online survey of 250 IT decision-makers in the U.S. and U.K. sponsored by NaviSite, they are lured by the cloud’s reliability, uptime and service levels to enhance their enterprise’s business continuity planning. Although the comfort level with cloud-based services for IT infrastructure is increasing among America’s IT professionals, security still remains a top concern. IT Infrastructure Shifts to the Cloud for Many Organizations The cloud’s appeal is certainly increasing as evidenced…
  • MissionMode Nominated for DRI Int’l Notification System of the Year Award

    12 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    CHICAGO, January 12, 2015 – MissionMode, provider of the feature-rich mass notification system, Notification Center™,  is proud to announce their nomination for the Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International 2015 Award of Excellence for Notification System of the Year. Founded in 1988, DRI International is on a mission to make the world more prepared.  DRI International is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the knowledge base for the continuity management profession, delivering Business Continuity training and certification, and promoting the credibility and awareness…
  • Update your Disaster Recovery Systems: 2014 Data Security Lessons

    15 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    It’s not been the sort of record-breaking year any business wants to have. Nevertheless, as 2014 comes to a close, many disaster recovery and incident management professionals have begun to refer to it as “the year of the breach” thanks to the increasing number and costs of high-profile data breaches. Now is a great time to consider updating your disaster recovery systems. Costs Escalate for Data Breaches In the retail segment, costs associated with breaches more than doubled since last year according to a recent Ponemon Institute study. Retailers weren’t... Read More The post Update…
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    Currency News: UK daily forex news

  • Pound Sterling to Rand Exchange Rate Advances to 5-day High

    David Woodsmith
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Today's Pound Sterling Outlook vs the SA Rand The Pound advanced against the South African Rand despite UK fourth quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) data coming in below economist forecasts. The Rand fell sharply as domestic data and an escalation in power cuts raised concerns over the economy. Sterling softened...
  • Weekly Exchange Rate Forecasts for British Pound, Euro, Australian Dollar and New Zealand Dollar

    John Cameron
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Our Latest Pound Sterling Forecasts vs Euro, Aus Dollar and NZ Dollar Rates Euro Exchange Rate Forecast: German Comments Weigh Down EUR Comments from an official German government spokesman earlier today have triggered a pronounced attack of the jitters from global market participants. The...
  • Pound to Swiss Franc (GBP/CHF) in Narrow Range after UK Stats, Swiss Data to Come

    Ben Hughes
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The Pound stayed in a narrow trading range with the Swiss Franc on Tuesday after UK Gross Domestic Product ecostats showed a marginal increase. The final quarter of 2014 saw the year-on-year figure rise from 2.6% to 2.7%, ignoring 2.8% expectations. In the fourth quarter alone, growth reached 0.5%, shy of the 0.6% predicted. UK economic...
  • Exchange Rate Prediction for GBP EUR USD NZD

    John Cameron
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Pound Sterling Exchange Rate Investors Await UK GDP Data The POUND STERLING (currency:GBP) traded sideways yesterday as investors focussed elsewhere. This morning’s UK Gross Domestic Product data could provoke price action for Sterling. Looking longer term, if Greece motions towards a break from the eurozone, then...
  • Forecast: Pound Sterling to Euro Exchange Rate Hits 7 ½ Year High of 1.3504 GBP/EUR

    John Cameron
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Latest Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) Exchange Rate at Seven-and-a-half Year High The Pound Sterling to euro exchange rate spiked at 1.3504 GBP EUR earlier today – its highest level since the final part of 2007. The move was driven by the news that the Syriza party had won a stunning election victory in Greece,...
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    The Portfolio Partnership

  • The Scaling Paradox

    Ian Smith
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    If you scale a business there is a high probability your margins will drop! How can this be? I build a bigger, better, stronger business and my net margins drop? Because wastage creeps in. Costs explode and you end up with more bodies, more space, more equipment. But here is the reality and the missing secret sauce -Alignment is missing. Having a great strategy is just not enough. Passion and commitment to your strategy is essential but you will fail without careful operational alignment to the tactics needed. The operational playbook to make magic happen is so rarely executed with skill.
  • The Edge Velocity Story

    Ian Smith
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:15 am
      Private companies are formed for many reasons. Employees are fired and are driven to start their own business. Some people just get bored with the corporate politics. Others see a gap in the market. But few are driven by purpose. 9/11 was a catastrophic event on US soil which echoed all around the globe. When the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11th, the Marriot Hotel at 3 World Trade Center nestled between them was destroyed. Paula C. Beauregard, CEO of Edge Velocity had been booked into the hotel for the evening of September 10th but her business trip had been rescheduled to the…
  • 12 Key Steps To Selling

    Ian Smith
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:05 pm
    12 Key Steps What is the prospect trying to achieve? – Deployment of skilled diagnostic questions Probably require the prospect and/or the Sales Professional doing some homework after initial conversation What objectives are non negotiable? What has happened in the past? Can we improve their situation, and solve a problem? Is your prospect convinced this is a priority problem? Can your prospect find the money? (ROI required?) Does everyone understand the decision making process? Do I need more answers to recommend a solution? Once I’ve really understood the prospect’s situation –…
  • CEOs – Questions That Reveal You Need a COO

    Ian Smith
    9 Dec 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Let’s say you are the CEO of a 20 to 100 person private company. Ever feel you are struggling with your agenda? Are you working on the right stuff? Do staff continue to disrupt your day? Stuff not getting done? I’ve been involved in scaling and building many private companies. The CEO’s role is a tough one. Do we ask too much of our CEOs? We demand they have a vision with analytical ability. We demand inspirational leadership skills with a great bedside manner. We want great writers and public speakers. Courage and great judgment are assumed. Is it any wonder the successful CEO is a…
  • 10 Metrics That Bind Companies – Align Staff

    Ian Smith
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    What gets measured gets done. But scaling companies and aligning all the efforts of your team requires specific measurements worth sharing. Don’t underestimate the power of sharing one department’s metrics with another. In fact let me show you the power with examples: 10 Killer Metrics Worth Sharing Production Order Books – Production Teams &  Sales Teams Explain to your sales team that their performance drives the manufacturing shop. That order book that’s dropping is the sales team’s fault. Show the weekly state of the order book in $ and # of weeks of…
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    Kathryn Welds | Curated Research and Commentary

  • Task Switching Skills Improved With Musical Training

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ira Hyman “Multitasking” is more accurately described as “task switching” because people typically can’t effectively sustain split attention. However, it is possible to alternate between two mental tasks, but there is a “cognitive switching cost” in decreased speed and performance accuracy. S. Matthew Boss One vivid example of performance decrements when performing simple “multitasking” is illustrated in a study of walking while using a mobile phone, conducted by Western Washington University’s Ira E. Hyman Jr., S. Matthew Boss, Breanne M. Wise-Swanson, Kira E. McKenzie,…
  • Comparative Rankings May Reduce Gender Bias in Career Advancement

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Iris Bohnet An “evaluation nudge” – or decision framing aid – may reduce biased judgments in hiring, promotion, and job assignments, according to Harvard’s Iris Bohnet, Alexandra van Geen, and Max H. Bazerman. Alexandra van Geen They proposed that organizations evaluate multiple employees  simultaneously rather than each person independently without comparison to other candidates, somewhat similar to “Stack Ranking” (“Rank and Yank”) procedures advocated by Jack Welch at General Electric and critiqued in a previous blog post . This approach is frequently used…
  • Low-Stakes Testing Improves Learning Retention, Retrieval

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Henry L. Roediger III Few people enjoy having knowledge gaps exposed by formal testing, but those who receive this corrective feedback are more likely to retain information over time, according to studies by Washington University’s Henry L. Roediger III and Jeffrey D. Karpicke. Mary Pyc Their work confirms considerable previous research, and the idea that testing acts as a “meditator” to retrieve stored information, suggested by Kent State University’s Mary A. Pyc and Katherine A. Rawson. Katherine A. Rawson Participants in Roediger and Karpicke’s investigation read texts and were…
  • Intrinsic Motives, not Positive Consequences Linked to Achieving Goals, Career Performance

    7 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Amy Wrzesniewski Sustained effort toward a goal may be intrinsically motivated by personal interest or commitment to the larger “mission.” At the same time, goal-seeking activity may be extrinsically motivated by external rewards, which can undermine the positive impact of intrinsic motivation on continuing effective career performance. Xiangyu Cong The combined impact of internal and external motives was investigated among more than 10,000 people admitted to the United States Military Academy (“West Point”) by Yale’s Amy Wrzesniewski, Xiangyu Cong, Michael Kane, Audrey Omar, and…
  • Defining Elusive Elements of “Executive Presence”

    31 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Few researchers have investigated behaviors and characteristics associated with “Executive Presence,” although a number of consultants offer recommendations on how to develop this quality thought to be associated with career advancement. Sylvia Ann Hewlett A previous blog post identified three characteristics associated with “executive presence” by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, who conducted interviews about this characteristic:  Communication, “Gravitas”, and Appearance. To further investigate characteristics associated with “executive presence,” independent researchers Gavin Dagle…
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    Jeremiah Stanghini

  • Is “A” Really the Best Option or is it Just that It’s Better Than “B”: List of Biases in Judgment and Decision-Making, Part 18

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    The other day, someone was talking to me about my series on biases in judgment and decision-making and it made me realize that I was missing a rather important bias — the contrast effect! I’m not sure how this one slipped through the cracks, but I’m glad to be able to write about it for you today. It’s been almost a year and a half since I wrote something for this series, so let me refresh your memory. Each week, I took a cognitive bias and explained it. I provided an example and then I offered some ways for mitigating that cognitive bias in your own life. So,…
  • What if We Learned That Objects Aren’t Meant to Be Owned?

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    Now that I’ve got a little one to look after, I spend a lot of time watching him interact with the world around him. At this point in his life, that means he’s interacting with just about anything he can get his hands on. Sometimes, I wish it were just his toys and then that got me thinking… his toys. What if we taught our young ones that the things they use aren’t actually theirs? What if we taught our young ones that the things they use aren’t meant to be possessed? Part of these thoughts stem from watching other little ones interact with their toys.
  • The Science of Us: Hank Green’s Crash Course in Anatomy and Physiology

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    As a professor, it’s probably not surprising that I like to learn. Even though I’ve completed a few degrees, I still try to make time to learn new things — daily. In fact, I’ve even shared these learning experiences. There was the Harvard University’s course on Justice with Professor Michael Sandel (I also went through one of his books chapter by chapter), there was my series on cognitive biases, there was MRUniversity’s course in economics, and before all of that, there was Crash Course. This was probably one of the first video series that I came across…
  • “What’s Your Background:” Cultural Differences Between Canada and the US

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Growing up in the Greater Toronto Area, it was fairly common to meet people of different ethnicities and cultures. As a kid, when you’re first meeting someone — at least when I was growing up — one of the first questions (after learning someone’s name) was probably some iteration of: “What’s Your Background?” Until I moved to mid-Michigan for university after high school, I didn’t realize that asking this question may have been a norm where I grew up and not anywhere else. I still remember when I first asked someone about their…
  • Best Posts of Jeremiah Stanghini’s Blog in 2014

    Jeremiah Stanghini
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    If you read last year’s “best of” post, you’ll notice that there’s some overlap with this year’s “best of” post. However, some of the posts that didn’t overlap surprised me. Similar to last year, at first, I’m inclined to do a best of 2014 and a best of all-time, but after looking at the statistics, the best of 2014 and the best of all-time are pretty close, so it won’t be all that interesting to do separate posts. As a result, I decided to just do the one post of the best posts of 2014. I also considered picking a bunch…
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    Zintro Blog

  • “What Is Enterprise Architecture?” Presented by Stephen F. Heffner

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Zintro Webinar Presented by Stephen F. Heffner, President – XTRAN, LLC. Presenter’s Note: “Although enterprises have had architectures since the dawn of time, the study and discipline of Enterprise Architecture is relatively young. So what is an Enterprise Architecture? What are the Enterprise Architect’s duties? Where should the EA be positioned in the enterprise? This Webinar will address those questions and will take a look at the implications of the answers.” About Stephen F. Heffner: Stephen F. Heffner has been an enterprise/systems architect since 1964,…
  • 21 Management Experts Share the Biggest Mistake Companies Make When Managing Multiple Contractors and Consultants

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:11 pm
    For growing companies, sometimes one of the best business decisions it can make is to leverage the help of experienced independent contractors and consultants. The top benefits of working with contractors is saved time, which would otherwise be spent screening and training new full-time hires, and increased control over business costs and project growth, since contractors and consultants are more apt to stick to a very strictly defined project scope. But that doesn’t mean managing contractors and consultants is an easy decision, nor something that should be taken lightly. This is…
  • Three Lifestyle Advantages of Being a Consultant

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Many people left the corporate sector each year to become consultants due to the many financial benefits associated with self-employment. There are also several lifestyle advantages to consulting. 1. Balance: Attempting to find a balance between work and family is a common struggle for anyone working in the corporate world. When you work for yourself, you get to decide which projects to accept and which to pass on. Becoming a consultant can provide the freedom to continue earning a paycheck while carving out more family time. This can be a necessity for parents unable to find affordable…
  • Inquiry Roundup- Construction Engineering

    Zintro Zintro
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Freelance Highway In UK We are looking Freelance Highway Consultant Required Region: United Kingdom We are looking for a qualified highway professional to complete freelance highways work related to the planning & construction industry. Over the past few years, our planning consultancy has grown dramatically, we recently started to offer Highways & Transport services and are now looking for the right persons to join our team on a freelance basis. We provide the flexibility for you to work how, where and when you like but with the full administrative support normally provided by a…
  • Social Media Strategies for Consultants: Facebook

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Social media is an important platform for consultants because it allows you to market and promote your services online while also engaging with an audience. However, before setting up your first profile, it is important to consider the benefits and challenges of becoming involved with each of the social networking sites. We will examine the value of several of the top sites, starting with the largest of them all–Facebook. With over 1.23 billion active users, a Facebook presence can be an essential factor in building a successful consulting business.   1. Develop a Facebook Page…
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    Sensei Marketing

  • Survey: Real Forces Disrupting Marketing Effectiveness

    Sam Fiorella
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    In a 2014 survey conducted by McKinsey & Company and the ANA, B2B and B2C marketers revealed the real forces disrupting marketing effectiveness today. Below is a summary highlighting the results. 1. Complexity and Fragmentation 48% of marketers reported that the fragmentations of the audience, and complexity of solutions and options for audience engagement, are significant disruptions to the success of their marketing efforts. There doesn’t seem to be much hope for a near-term fix; 44% of marketers reported that these factors will remain a challenge in the next 1-3 years. 2. Mobile Tops…
  • Twitter Saves The Day For Virgin Customer In The Loo, Avoids #PooGate

    Sam Fiorella
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:22 am
    How closely are you paying attention to your customers on social media? Here’s a great case study on customer experience from arguably the king of customer experience design and execution: Virgin. The customer, Adam (@AdamPlaysYT), was riding Virgin Train in the UK when nature called. He took advantage of the facilities the train made available; however, upon the completion of his task he noticed that the onboard lavatory was out of toilet paper. What’s a guy to do in this situation? Tweet for help of course. Here’s Adam’s tweet: I suspect Adam turned to Twitter to do what most people…
  • Visual Influencer Marketing Is On The Rise, But Is It Worth The Investment?

    Sam Fiorella
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Images, videos, infographics, and other visual content have become increasingly popular forms of digital expression for individuals and content marketing fodder for bloggers and marketers.  This content has spurred the growth of social networks in which such content is produced and shared such as Vine, Pinterest, and Instagram.  So it should be no surprise that advertisers and brands are once again seeking to capitalize on perceived “influencers” within these sites despite the fact that these social networks are still in their infancy.  There’s no question that visual influencer…
  • The Friday Trifecta 01/16/15 – Adidas, Nike, AT&T

    Sam Fiorella
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    The Friday Trifecta is an occasional series that highlights marketing or advertising campaigns that capture our attention. Adidas Tells Us What Stardom Isn’t. Do You Care? Adidas’s new Originals Superstar campaign follows four celebrities (Pharrell Williams, Rita Ora, David Beckham, and Damian Lillard) as they redefine what superstardom truly means by telling you everything it’s not. Beckham claims stardom isn’t about having your own bodyguard; Ora tells us that it’s not filling concert halls night after night, and Pharrell quips that it’s not about being recognized by…
  • Ben & Jerry’s: Aggressive Customer Acquisition During “Low Season”

    Sam Fiorella
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    You think your business has customer acquisition issues? Consider the plight of ice cream manufacturers and retailers during the winter months!  Eating ice cream – let alone buying it – during the cold winter months is about as counterintuitive as buying sunglasses in London, England, where clouds and rain are permanent symbols on the weather forecast.  Yet January to March is an important time of the year for supermarkets selling ice cream and even more so for manufacturers. Supermarkets and manufacturers like to keep freezer shelves stocked with ice cream during the winter months as a…
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    Procurement Bulletin Website

  • Jebel Ali Port Ranks Number One in the World for Capacity

    Vincent Po
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Official U.S. Navy Page Dubai’s Jebel Ali Port was just named the world’s most productive port by the U.S. Journal of Commerce. It beat out 483 other ports around the world. The port has always been a leader. Back in 2007, it was ranked seventh in the world. However, Jebel Ali Port finally made it to the top.According to Arabian Supply Chain, the U.S. Journal of Commerce study ranked ports by the amount of containers per ship that they move on average per hour. Jebel Ali Port was the leader with 138 moves per vessel hour. Additionally, Jebel Ali Port is on the…
  • Samsung Plans to Compete on Price Better By Moving Some Operations to Vietnam

    Vincent Po
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
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  • India Compromises on Food Subsidies to Allow the Trade Facilitation Agreement to Go Through

    Vincent Po
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Image via Flickr by babbagecabbage After lengthy negotiations, India and the U.S. have finally reached an agreement on food subsidies and the trade facilitation agreement doesn’t have any more roadblocks before it can go into effect. However, the World Trade Organization negotiations ended in a compromise with India and must be addressed at a future time.Back in July, India refused to sign the trade facilitation agreement because it would not endorse them to stockpile food. Indian officials stated they needed concessions to stockpile provisions for poor people in their country. The U.S.
  • The National Institute of Standards and Technology Looks to Boost U.S. Manufacturing

    Vincent Po
    25 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    Image via Flickr by Michael Mandiberg President Barack Obama wants to strengthen the manufacturing supply chains of the U.S. Therefore he supports the Supply Chain Innovation Initiative created by the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership. It is a competition aimed at helping small manufacturers in the U.S. implement new technologies and ultimately strengthen the economy. Several companies and groups have joined in to support the initiative.The U.S. has relied heavily on other countries to manufacture products through outsourcing. Small manufacturers in the U.S.
  • Climate Change and Coffee: The “Bean Business” in the Midst of a Drought

    Vincent Po
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
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    Project Management Resources

  • 5 Ways to Check Your Project’s Health

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Even if your project feels like things are going well it is still worth taking time for periodic assessments to ensure that everything is proceeding as planned. In this article we explore5 simple health checks that you can carry out on your project today.How do you know if your projectisin full health or about to fail?I've worked on projects that trot along and feel full of beans and also those where the team members drag themselves into work each day.A project health check is a review that helps you establish where your project is getting sick and where you should be focusing your attention.
  • How to Prevent Project Silos

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    A large part of the value you bring to the table as a project manager is how connected you are to others both inside and outside your company. The following article discusses how you can leverage your role to maintain communicationacross your team and organization and prevent your project from being another silo in your organization.Do you remember playing Monkey in the Middle as a kid? It is a pretty simple game with very few rules. One person stands in the middle while two others throw an object back and forth just out of his reach. If the monkey in the middle catches it they trade places…
  • The Pros and Cons of Bundling Deliverables

    22 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Projects can get off track despite the best of intentions. Bundling deliverables for a client can be a terrific way to streamline work and costs but if one deliverable gets off track the others suffer. The following experience exemplifies just how easily this can happen and some tactics you can use to keep all deliverables and client expectations on track.Bundling is all the rage. Cable companies offer bundled packages that combine not only your cable but telephone and internet service as well. You're probably going to end up with a bundled package of burger fries and drink the next time you…
  • The Definitive Guide to Project Work Breakdown Structures

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    The work breakdown structure (WBS) is a diagram that is used to break the project activity down into manageable chunks. It starts at the project level and is broken down into more and more detail so that you end up with all your deliverables defined and accounted for. The WBS helps you plan. Once you know what the deliverables are at every level you can plan the work to achieve them.A WBS is the ultimate project task list: structured organized and detailing everything you need to achieve to get the project done.It can also be a major headache to put together if you don't know where to start.
  • How to Turn a Problem into a Plan

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Even when you’ve planned every part of your project perfectly the occasional problem arises. In this article learn how to get ahead of the problem get creative and findsolutions and develop a plan of action.Last week I had a project manager in my office. I am his project sponsor and I was expecting to hear great things about the project he was working on for me. After all it's an exciting initiative and he seemed really keen to take the work on. However I had never seen him look so pale."I'm afraid it's bad news" he said. Then he stopped. Way to leave me hanging! I had to prompt him to…
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  • Quote of the Day – January 28, 2015 Editorial Staff
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Be undeniably good. No marketing effort or social media buzzword can be a substitute for that. – Anthony Volodkin The post Quote of the Day – January 28, 2015 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – January 27, 2015 Editorial Staff
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The last 10% it takes to launch something takes as much energy as the first 90%. – Rob Kalin The post Quote of the Day – January 27, 2015 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – January 26, 2015 Editorial Staff
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it. – Elon Musk The post Quote of the Day – January 26, 2015 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – January 23, 2015 Editorial Staff
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win. – Zig Ziglar The post Quote of the Day – January 23, 2015 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – January 22, 2015 Editorial Staff
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation. – Arthur Ashe The post Quote of the Day – January 22, 2015 appeared first on Blog.
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    The Project Plan Blog

  • 5 Essentials For Closing A Project

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    As I showed the project sponsor the last deliverable she said Great thats that project over then. Ill brief you about the next one at our next meeting.Hold on! The project isnt over just because youve delivered the last deliverable! There are still a lot of things to do to ensure that your project is properly closed and shut down in a professional way. I talked to my sponsor about what else we needed to do in order to close the project down efficiently and these were the 5 essentials that we discussed.1. A Hand OverMy project team wasnt going to be responsible for managing the deliverables on…
  • What Your Project Stakeholders Must Know

    5 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    I took in a parcel for a neighbour the other day and when she came round to collect it she was surprised at how big it was. It was huge but not very heavy! She told me later once she had opened it that it was a relatively small item (some bed linen) but that it had been shipped in a massive box with lots of packaging.While that isnt great for the environment it got me thinking about how easy it is to make assumptions about what people know. If she had known it was going to be such a big parcel with such a lot of wasted packaging she might have stayed in for it or not ordered it at all or…
  • 5 Things To Do When There’s a New Sheriff in Town

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    One of the more unsettling changes that can occur during the career of a project manager is when their company is acquired. The following article discusses some ideas you can quickly implement as the new team takes over and the old team heads out the door.This town aint big enough for the two of us the gritty cowboy jeers at his nemesis standing in front of him. Youve got until high noon tomorrow to get out of town or believe me it aint goin to be pretty.A typical scene in western movies it could be that the current Sheriff and his posse have gone rogue so a new Sheriff comes into town and…
  • 5 Things I Learned from Scrum Training

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

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

  • The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015

    Chris C. Ducker
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    As a small business owner myself, I know how important it is to stay up-to-date with the ever changing trends that the business world throws […] The post The Top 10 Best Small Business Blogs for Entrepreneurs in 2015 appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
  • NBP081 – How to Build Your Brand by Writing a Book (without going insane!)

    Chris C. Ducker
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Click here to Subscribe to the ‘New Business Podcast’ via iTunes! As an online entrepreneur I believe there are three main focuses to building your […] The post NBP081 – How to Build Your Brand by Writing a Book (without going insane!) appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
  • The Solopreneurs Guide to a Productive Home Office [Infographic]

    Chris C. Ducker
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:03 pm
    Working from home is awesome. I spend approximately 90% of my ‘work time’ in my home office, visiting my team at our company HQ just […] The post The Solopreneurs Guide to a Productive Home Office [Infographic] appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
  • Announcing the Launch of the Brand New‘1-Day Business Breakthrough’ Experience

    Chris C. Ducker
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:54 pm
    Today is a very special day. Some could say that this announcement has been almost 5-years in the making. Ever since myself and Pat Flynn […] The post Announcing the Launch of the Brand New‘1-Day Business Breakthrough’ Experience appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
  • NBP080 – Why Your Social Media Strategy Needs to Be Revisited, with Laura Roeder

    Chris C. Ducker
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:34 am
    Click here to Subscribe to the ‘New Business Podcast’ via iTunes! One of the only constants in social media is change. As entrepreneurs we have […] The post NBP080 – Why Your Social Media Strategy Needs to Be Revisited, with Laura Roeder appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
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    NCTechNews -- North Carolina business and technology news

  • Four NC Tech Startups Win $150,000 in Innovation Awards

    David Menzies
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:34 am
    HICKORY, N.C. -- What do an industrial 3-D printer, a lightbulb that works in a power outage, a robot that assembles walls in new home construction, and a “human body in a bottle” have in common? They are the genius products developed by the four new recipients of Innovation Fund North Carolina’s (IFNC) latest round of funding awards. These innovative startups, all based in North Carolina, will receive $25,000 and $75,000 in grants and loans from IFNC, a privately-funded organization committed to growing jobs, economic growth, and educational opportunities in North Carolina. IFNC awards…
  • Myers Bigel Attorney Vernon Guthrie Named President of Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association

    David Menzies
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Vernon Guthrie, attorney with Myers Bigel Sibley & Sajovec, P.A. (Myers Bigel), has been named President of the Triangle Intellectual Property Law Association (TIPLA). The largest independent patent law firm in North Carolina continues its strong support of TIPLA, which includes nine attorneys as members of the organization and additional past leadership of attorney Ken Sibley who recently served as President-Elect; Alice Bonnen, past Treasurer; and Scott Moore, past President.“TIPLA is an important organization within the legal community, and as one of the leading IP…
  • Integrated Biometrics Publishes Podcasts on Biometric Fingerprinting Trends, Challenges

    David Menzies
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Integrated Biometrics, developers of the world’s smallest and lightest FBI-compliant fingerprint scanners, continues to share its extensive up-to-date knowledgebase of technology trends and challenges for the enrollment verification industry via the first in a series of podcasts available on the company’s Connect page at The podcasts feature four members of the Integrated Biometrics leadership team: Steve Thies, CEO; Mike Grimes, President; Fred Frye, CTO; and the company's Business Development Executive and Strategic Advisor Tom…
  • The Marketing Machine Delivers New Brand Identity to Wake County Bar Association

    David Menzies
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:23 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Innovative creative services agency The Marketing Machine ( is in the process of launching the second phase of a comprehensive rebranding project for the Wake County Bar Association (WCBA). Some of the pieces delivered so far include a Messaging Document, outlining the 2400 member organization’s value proposition, a new logo and color palette, and new marketing collateral including a newsletter, email elements, and signage for member luncheons.“We’re at a point of transitioning from a re-brand initiative to building their unique marketing message which…
  • Netsertive Launches Innovative Fixed Operations Solution for Automotive Industry

    David Menzies
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:25 am
    MORRISVILLE, N.C. -- Netsertive, a digital marketing intelligence company that brings brands and local businesses together to win local customers, today announced the introduction of its Fixed Operations solution for automotive dealerships. Netsertive’s Fixed Ops solution harnesses the collective digital marketing insights of its national dealership network to help individual dealers maximize Service Department profits and reclaim local market share from independent service shops.NCTechNews is published by Innovative Public Relations, Inc. (, a Research…
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    Newsfile Corp News Releases

  • Urban Barns Announces Update on LED Research and Development at McGill University

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Montreal, Quebec--(Newsfile Corp. - January 28, 2015) - Urban Barns Foods Inc. (OTCQB: URBF) ("Urban Barns"), an innovative food producer dedicated to growing consistent, healthy and fresh vegetables year round using its proprietary Cubic Farming™ method, is pleased to provides its shareholders with an update on its research and development (R&D) activities at McGill University. The Biomass Production Laboratory at McGill University, with support from Urban Barns, is paving the way for research in urban agriculture. Recent innovations with Light Emitting Diodes (LED) as a plant…
  • Ximen Mining Appoints New Director

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - January 28, 2015) - Ximen Mining Corp. (TSXV: XIM) (the "Company") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Travis Snider as a director of Ximen Mining Corp. Mr. Snider has more than 18 years of industry experience in exploration, production, permitting, development and consulting for major mining companies. Mr. Snider is currently sits on the Board for the Arizona Mining Association. Previously he has worked for 8 years with Phelps Dodge Mining Corporation and served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Sierra Resource Group Inc. in…
  • Alliance Mining Appoints New Director

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - January 28, 2015) - ALLIANCE MINING CORP (TSXV: ALM) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Al Beaton as a director of Alliance Mining Corp. Mr. Beaton has been actively involved in mining operations for over 40 years. Since becoming a member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC in 1974, he has over 30 years of experience as mine manager for mining and development operations throughout Africa and across Canada. Mr. Beaton was the mine manager for Erikson Gold Mine from…
  • IIROC Trade Halt - Vivione Biosciences Inc.

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - January 28, 2015) - The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company:  Vivione Biosciences Inc. TSX-V Symbol: VBI Reason: At the Request of the Company Pending News Halt Time (ET) 08:48     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…
  • IIROC Trade Halt - Pan African Oil Ltd.

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - January 28, 2015) - The following issues have been halted by IIROC: Company:  Pan African Oil Ltd. TSX-V Symbol: PAO Reason: At the Request of the Company Pending News Halt Time (ET) 07:55     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…
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    HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing

  • Subscription Boxes: The Next Big Thing?

    Brandi Bennett
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:50 pm
    The post Subscription Boxes: The Next Big Thing? appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Subscription boxes, if you’re not presently familiar with the concept, are boxes sent out monthly to individuals who’ve subscribed for the service. While this definition is accurate, it doesn’t exactly provide a lot of information on what the product is, or why a person is selling it to another person. A subscription box contains a random set of items that differs every month. There are different types of subscription box services, providing shaving accoutrements, beauty products,…
  • Outsourcing: Is It Right For You?

    Brandi Bennett
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    The post Outsourcing: Is It Right For You? appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Outsourcing is the process of contracting out certain aspects of a business to an alternative company as a means of working to reduce the overall costs incurred by the business. A computer manufacturer may outsource the creation of certain components to another company because it is cheaper for that other company to make them, as opposed to making the components themselves. A government entity may find that it is cheaper to outsource their tech support to another organization as opposed to keeping IT…
  • Keep It Simple

    Sean Valant
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    The post Keep It Simple appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Recent studies have shown that the average reading level for the general population of the United States ranges somewhere between a fourth and a sixth grade reading level; studies from several years ago put most individuals graduating high school as reading at no better than a fifth grade reading level. Do you feel that the content being presented to you has been dumbed down in recent years? Are you surprised at the latest arguments regarding whether or not it is socially acceptable for adults to read young adult…
  • Helpful Tips For Putting A Pricetag On Your Customized Work

    Jeremy Jensen
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    The post Helpful Tips For Putting A Pricetag On Your Customized Work appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Being an entrepreneur requires a very diverse and calculated set of skills. First we conceptualize, then we create, followed by marketing, and if everything pans out we arrive at a sale, to put things simply of course. What very few people anticipate is how difficult it can be to put a price on an item once it’s ready to be sold. What if I’m charging too much? What if I’m charging too little? In either scenario, you probably aren’t making what you…
  • How To Build An Effective Hashtag Campaign

    Kevin Wood
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    The post How To Build An Effective Hashtag Campaign appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Hashtags have slowly become a part of the popular culture, especially the digital culture. Over time they’ve grown to become a central part of an effective social media campaign. However, if you’re just getting started with using hashtags they can be overwhelming, and frankly a bit confusing. Once you get the hang of using hashtags it will get much easier, but it’s important to know the basics so you have a better chance at running an effective campaign from the start.   What Is A…
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    cityHUNT » Blog

  • Dessert Building Throw Down

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Check out this amazing video from the cityHUNT ginger bread  throw down, these motifs were built around the companies values and team mission.   We love the way how they turned out.  If you would like more info on this event please feel free to contact us.  
  • Indoor team building, an alternative for winter

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    So you have decided that you need/want to do team building. Deciding what to do for a team building event can be daunting. A typical go to is to do some sort of company outing. This can seem limited in the winter months which can make the task of team building may seem downright impossible. Luckily there are still many team building activities at your disposal during the winter months! You just need to turn your attention to indoor team building activities. Indoor team building options When deciding what to do for team building you have 3 types of options. You can do a team building,…
  • The Foundation of Positive Corporate Culture

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    The philosophies and values of our founding fathers continue to shape American culture, as well as our collective identity as Americans. Just the same, the attitudes of the individuals who found and lead companies mold the corporate culture of a company. Corporate culture represents the collective actions and motivations of individuals who are part of a corporation; as well as the connotations that are connected to their actions. These collective values can be positive as well as negative and not only have the power to effect the work environment but also the work that is produced. The…
  • Conscious Capitalism

    13 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Wouldn’t it be great if all business focused on what they could do to help improve the world around them? Imagine the impact having a world full of socially conscious business could have? Does this sound too good to be true? Ok, well maybe having the whole world of business participate is far fetched. But there ARE companies who are focusing on improving the world around them, they are part of the Conscious Capitalism movement. What is Conscious Capitalism? Conscious Capitalism  is a movement, and approach about conducting business to focus on more than just profit. This non profit…
  • 2014.12.19 Cenero Old City Ultimate Adventure

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:10 pm
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    Find Sales Talent Canada

  • Compensation Plan

    Linda Fontana
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    As we begin 2015, many companies will consider de-designing or creating a new sales compensation plan. It can be the most important sales management undertaking at the start of the New Year. The best plans serve as strong motivation for your sales team and assist you with recruiting top producers, which ultimately will boost your [...]The post Compensation Plan appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
  • Talent Whispers – Who has the “Right Stuff” and who doesn’t

    Linda Fontana
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
      We are all looking for that “perfect hire”  here are some  ideas’s that can assist you along the way….. Look for the hidden virtues. One of the most overlooked strengths today can be expressed in one word “Resilience”   Find your unlikely stars by noticing what others don’t see. The best in any filed [...]The post Talent Whispers – Who has the “Right Stuff” and who doesn’t appeared first on Find Sales Talent Canada.
  • Four Screening Questions to ask…

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

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

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

  • The evolving political landscape – what small business owners can expect

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    With the recent changes in Congress, we invited Small Business Investor Alliance President, Brett Palmer, to The Second Stage to discuss what small business owners can expect in 2015 and beyond. During our conversation Mr. Palmer spoke to the fact that with Congress and Senate finally unified for the first time in several years, we should certainly expect some positive outcomes. And while there will most likely be no huge pieces of legislation passed over the next two years, the business community will experience small changes. During our conversation we touch upon The Affordable Care Act,…
  • 5 Must-Have Apps for Small Business Owners

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    As a small business owner, you’ve had to stay up on many of the latest trends in your field, particularly when it comes to technology. You’ve probably already read numerous articles or heard from countless other successful business owners how technology has been playing an enormous role in “making things easier” for their company. However, when you’ve made an attempt at integrating these practices yourself, it seems there are too many different options and opinions on what will work best for you. Today, we’ll be highlighting 5 smartphone and tablet apps available to small business…
  • Approaches to Productivity: Tips for Small Business Owners

    Brendan Anderson
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    For small businesses, productivity is the name of the game. Yet, it doesn’t just apply to the employees of an organization; it also applies to how the business itself operates. You, your staff and your business should each be parts of a lean, mean operational machine, working together as seamlessly and efficiently as possible. However, this is more easily said than done, which is why we’ve put together a few tips you can begin using today that will help you stay on task, improve your internal processes and get staff motivated. Meeting Methodology You might be saying to yourself right now,…
  • 15 Ways to Promote Your Small Business in 2015

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    2 Jan 2015 | 1:43 am
    2015 is looking like it will be a great year for many small businesses, much of this due to the number of consumers searching for the latest and greatest in innovation, service and products. This means that right now is the perfect time to begin taking a look at how your company is going to capitalize on growing interests in niche brands, while positioning yourself as a leader through your marketing and promotional campaigns. Below are 15 methods, most of them absolutely free, you can use to jumpstart your small business in the New Year. 1. The Press Release Believe it or not, press releases…
  • Continuous Learning is Key to a Successful Business

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    On today’s episode of The Second Stage we discussed the importance of continuous learning with our guest, founder and CEO of BigSpeak Inc, Jonathan Wygant. As the leader of your business, it is vital to not only invest in the development of your team, but also in yourself. Creating a culture that promotes and supports growth and development can truly unlock the potential of your business. During our conversation Mr. Wygant mentions Marcus Buckingham’s Strength-Based Leadership solution which allows leaders to identify their team members’ individual strengths, inspiring them to give…
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    Jon R. Patrick

  • Pitfalls of Working From Home

    Jon Patrick
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Ah, the dream of working from home. Time flexibility, and so much productivity… right? Unfortunately, no!  It doesn’t always work out that way, as there are many things in your life that will be shoehorning in for your attention and distracting you. Fact is, without a “boss” standing around to … Continue reading → The post Pitfalls of Working From Home appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • The Absolute BEST Facebook Recruiting Training I’ve Ever Seen

    Jon Patrick
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:11 am
    Want Better Results with Facebook Recruiting? I want to share with you today the absolute best training I’ve seen on using Facebook Recruiting for your MLM. Now, personally I really don’t like sharing other’s videos, as I’m a content creator myself, but sometimes you come across something that’s just so raw … Continue reading → The post The Absolute BEST Facebook Recruiting Training I’ve Ever Seen appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • Life Hacking 101: Buckwheat Pillows

    Jon Patrick
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Trouble Sleeping? Try Buckwheat Pillows See that to the left?  That is the single best Christmas gift I’ve ever received, in my life! Millions of us around the world struggle with sleep issues. Statistics I found this morning with only a few seconds of searching indicate that 50–70 million Americans … Continue reading → The post Life Hacking 101: Buckwheat Pillows appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • A Look Back at 2014…

    Jon Patrick
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    … the good, the bad, the ugly, and the awesome! I admit it, this is my favorite time of year – that week between the stress of Christmas and the sense of Fresh and New of a New Year. Traditionally, I take that week off, spend it with my sons, … Continue reading → The post A Look Back at 2014… appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • MLM Recruiting Christmas Blues

    Jon Patrick
    4 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Suffering from the MLM Recruiting Christmas Blues? What are the MLM Recruiting Christmas Blues?  Well, have you heard how “hard” it is to build your business around the Holidays? That people are distracted and busy and focusing on travel and decorating and shopping and not willing to entertain your opportunity? … Continue reading → The post MLM Recruiting Christmas Blues appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
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  • The Five Hottest PR Trends For 2015

    Steve Turner
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:09 am
    The new year is here. Looking for a leg up on your competitors? Here are five marketing trends that will help you better connect with your targeted audience, confirm or change perceptions with stakeholders and clients, and convert more prospects into customers. 1. Focus on visual storytelling. The growth and use of mobile devices is requiring marketers to become more creative and more precise as they communicate with potential customers. This includes formulating messages that are not only interesting but also digestible in the smaller platform. One way to achieve this goal is to use more…
  • Turning customers into clients by recognizing business opportunities and refining product offerings

    Christine Alfano
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    As the web continues to evolve and its capabilities advance, and as e-commerce gains momentum, consumers are going to continue making more and more of their buying decisions based on what they see online. However, for many small businesses -- even in the age of interaction between websites and social media -- there are still a staggering number without a basic web presence. Literally, they lack even the most basic website; they have nothing that points customers to their services, locations or hours of service, simply relying on business listings or other rudimentary ways to get their…
  • Paint Like Me – The Art of Sales

    Jenny Vance
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    What do Pablo Picasso, Leonardo Di Vinci and Vincent van Gogh all have in common? They each had a unique perspective, point-of-view and talent. Instead of trying to be like their peers, they worked with their own talents and stood out. Likewise, most people don’t succeed when trying to replicate what makes someone else unique. It’s surprising then that this top-down, "paint like me" strategy is how many companies try to scale sales. Sales managers often look to boost sales by replicating the efforts of senior sales talent or the founding thought leader instead of working to replicate…
  • What’s your “Shtick” and How Do Customers Know?

    Patricia Brown-Dixon
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    As a small business owner you may think there are certain things your business does well.  You know – what’s your “shtick” – in other words, what do you want to be known for? This month’s small business tip is about “integrated marketing” –how to build your brand with a consistent message across all of the marketing channels you use.  If your customers understand what you do well and agree, you can increase the chances of them returning to buy your product or use your service, and telling others about you! Small business owners want the trust of their customers, but they…
  • 3 Ways to Keep Holiday Cheer In the Office All Year

    Alvin Loewenberg
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The time of year following the holidays is ideal for reinvigoration, new beginnings and continued joy. After the most spirited time of the year, there can often be a bit of a slump in cheeriness levels, since the holidays are such happy seasons. Fortunately, there are ways to keep cheer around your business all year. You have the power to do it. Here are three of my favorite tips to keeping enthusiasm alive all year long: Dedicate time or funds to charity. Part of what makes the holiday season such a wonderful time is that people typically try to make an effort to do good for others and their…
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  • The Business of Data Brokers [Infographic]

    Jenna Dutcher
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    How much is your privacy worth? In the data broker industry, everything from personal identifying data to social media data to health data is packaged and sold to the highest bidder for annual revenues of almost half a billion dollars per year. Some individuals have also claimed a piece of this pie, with entrepreneurs selling their personal data for sums of anywhere from $2 to close to $3,000. But what data is sold? Where is it collected? And just how much do Americans care about keeping it private? In this infographic, MBA@UNC explores the types and sources of information collected by data…
  • U.S. News & World Report ranks MBA@UNC No. 1

    Jenna Dutcher
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:02 pm
    U.S. News & World Report has ranked the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School’s MBA@UNC program No. 1 in its first ranking of online MBA programs. “We created MBA@UNC to provide access to a world-class program for people for whom coming to campus isn’t a viable option,” said Douglas Shackelford, dean of UNC Kenan-Flagler and the first associate dean of MBA@UNC. “It is a new model of online education based on UNC’s tradition of excellence, innovation and access.” “MBA@UNC provides an in-person program offered online, combining maximum flexibility without compromising the…
  • Chapel Hill Immersion: Leadership Development – Days Two and Three

    Jenna Dutcher
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    With over 320 students, this year’s immersion at Chapel Hill was the largest to date. Two hundred and twenty-six of these students were enrolled in the Leadership Development tracks, where sessions covered everything from identifying and practicing ethical behavior to maximizing your skill set and performing well under pressure. Let’s take a closer look at days two and three: Career Services: Avoiding Leadership Derailment Katrin Baker, Associate Director of Career & Leadership Services, UNC Kenan-Flagler Katrin Baker, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School’s…
  • Chapel Hill Immersion: Leadership Development – Day One

    Jenna Dutcher
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    With over 320 students, this year’s immersion at Chapel Hill was the largest to date. Two hundred and twenty-six of these students were enrolled in the Leadership Development tracks, where sessions covered everything from identifying and practicing ethical behavior to maximizing your skill set and performing well under pressure. Let’s take a closer look at day one: Ethical Leadership Professor Jeff Edwards, Belk Distinguished Professor of Organizational Behavior, UNC Kenan-Flagler In the kickoff session on ethical leadership, University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School…
  • How One Physician Is Using His MBA to Improve Patient Care

    Rebecca Martin
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    For a growing number of physicians, holding a medical degree and understanding the scientific side of medicine just isn’t enough anymore. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act and other significant changes to the industry, physicians like Adam Brown are now pursuing MBAs so they can understand the business side of medicine and provide better patient care in the process. “The MBA has been invaluable. I have been given exponential levels of responsibility, and yes, improved income since starting and completing the program.” For the latter, he credits Alison Fragale,…
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    Winnipeg Hockey Talk

  • Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Jan. 26

    Mitch Kasprick
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:14 am
    Things about the Winnipeg Jets and the NHL that crossed my mind over the weekend – Some things that crossed my mind this past week about the Winnipeg Jets and the National Hockey League. 1. The Winnipeg Jets went 1-0-0 this week winning their only game before the All-Star break … Two points … Thoughts?    2.  It was interesting to see some of the guys on the HNIC/TSN/SportsNet hockey panels making a case for Michael Hutchinson to replace the injured Sergei Bobrovsky in the All-Star game.  3.  It looks like the future holds more World Cups and less Olympic participation…
  • Winnipeg Jets Hardest Working Player: Jim Slater

    Derek Curtis
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Jim Slater has been with the same organisation since day one of his career, from the Atlanta’s Thrashers to the Winnipeg Jets.  Arguably, Jim Slater has to be one of the hardest working Winnipeg Jets. Jim Slater was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers 30th overall in 2002.  He has never been one to light up the lamp but he always works hard and isn’t afraid to stick up for himself or a team-mate.  He plays a fourth line roll and has for many years.  A true lunch-pail type. Though injuries (sports hernia and hip surgery) held him out of the lineup the past couple of seasons, he…
  • Have The Winnipeg Jets Have Found Their Identity?

    Mitch Kasprick
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:45 am
    Winnipeg fans are liking their “NEW” Winnipeg Jets! For over three years, Winnipegers have heard that their local NHL team doesn’t have an “identity”. They’ve gone through a long evaluation period, made a few changes here and there, added a new coach but for the most-part it is basically the same core that arrived here from Atlanta.  So what happened? The Changes? Is it as simple as adding Head Coach Paul Maurice?  Putting an “A” on Blake Wheeler’s jersey?  Was it the addition of the kids like Mark Scheifele, Jacob Trouba and Adam Lowry…
  • Random Thoughts On The Winnipeg Jets: Jan. 19

    Mitch Kasprick
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Things about the Winnipeg Jets and the NHL that crossed my mind over the weekend – Some things that crossed my mind this past week about the Winnipeg Jets and the National Hockey League. 1. The Winnipeg Jets went 4-0-0 this week … Eight points … A perfect week! … Thoughts?    2.  The last time the Jets beat Chicago, I stated here that “I still can’t wipe the smile off my face” and after doing it again on Friday night in another back to back situation, I’ll say it again!  I CAN’T WIPE THE SMILE OFF MY FACE” and especially now that…
  • WHT Podcast 028 on the Winnipeg Jets

    Mitch Kasprick
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Winnipeg Hockey Talk editor Mitch Kasprick is joined by special guest Jeff Hamilton ( to discuss the Winnipeg Jets mid-season report cards, Paul Maurice’s 500th win and Mathieu Perreault’s 4 goal game plus more …..  Podcast 028 Check out our latest podcast here OR  Follow Us On Twitter: If you have any ideas for future podcasts please let us know by using the comment section or contacting us via twitter.  Mitch at …. Follow @WpgSportsTalk  and  Follow @WpgHockTalk Darryl Mills at …. Follow @SKBigBluJetsfan Tags:Dustin Byfuglien,Evander Kane,Mark…
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    Arizona Hockey Talk

  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Jan. 26

    Mitch Kasprick
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    Things about the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL  that crossed my mind this past week - Here are a few thoughts from this past week about the National Hockey League and our Arizona Coyotes. 1.  The Arizona Coyotes went 0-1-0 this week losing their last game before the All-Star break.  Thoughts?    2.  Congrats to Lucas Lessio on scoring his 1st goal in the NHL versus Chicago last week. 3.  IMHO, the term “All-Star” gets thrown around way too loosely! 4.  I think most hockey fans would rather just watch the NHL “All-Star Skills Competition” and do away with the…
  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Jan. 19

    Mitch Kasprick
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    Things about the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL  that crossed my mind this past week - Here are a few thoughts from this past week about the National Hockey League and our Arizona Coyotes. 1.  The Arizona Coyotes finished this past week with a 0-3-1 record … 1 point … Thoughts?  2.  It looks like the tear-down and rebuild has officially started with the trade of Devan Dubnyk to the Minnesota Wild. 3.  This is why hockey people are the greatest !!!! Meet Christina. She is a #Blackhawks fan. She is blind. Her goal? Experience a game at the UC. #WhatsYourGoal…
  • Arizona Coyotes Mid-Term Report Card: Def/Goal/PP/PK

    Mitch Kasprick
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Arizona Coyotes grades for the defence, goaltenders and special teams –   As usual in any hockey season, any given NHL roster is going to have its surprises and it’s disappointments.  The Arizona Coyotes are no exception.   After a shaky start, Oliver Ekman-Larsson has rebounded and had a good second quarter while the Coyotes other “top defenceman” Keith Yandle has continued to put up points but has been very poor in the defensive zone.  The Coyotes blue-line as a whole is very soft and don’t do a very good job of controlling the area around their…
  • Arizona Coyotes Mid-Term Report Card: Forwards

    Mitch Kasprick
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:05 am
    Arizona Coyotes grades for the forwards –  As usual in any hockey season, any given NHL roster is going to have its surprises and it’s disappointments.  The Arizona Coyotes are no exception.  The Arizona Coyotes forward group in the first half of the season have been very inconsistent.   Mikkel Boedker is the Yotes best forward but still fights consistency Mikkel Boedker, Martin Hanzal (oft injured), and Antoine Vermette have been pretty solid but have also had some bumps in the road.  Sam Gagner had a better second quarter but still not good enough based on his skill-set.
  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Jan. 12

    Mitch Kasprick
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Things about the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL  that crossed my mind this past week - Here are a few thoughts from this past week about the National Hockey League and our Arizona Coyotes. 1.  The Arizona Coyotes finished this past week with a 1-2-0 record.  Thoughts?  2.  I wouldn’t mind seeing the Coyotes use Michael Stone and his big right-handed one-timer on their PP a little more often. 3.  I think I’ve mentioned this before but I think it bares repeating.  I would make my penalty killers use wood sticks while on the PK.  I’m tired of seeing those crappy…
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    Abhay Hendre

  • Google Starts Showing Upcoming Events (for Musical Artists) in Knowledge Graph

    Abhay Hendre
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:38 am
    Google announced last week that they have started showing Upcoming Events in search results, inside knowledge graph. In March 2014, Google launched a new way for musical artists to showcase their upcoming events in Google – by adding Schema markup on their official websites. With this feature, musical artists could markup the Schema code in […]The post Google Starts Showing Upcoming Events (for Musical Artists) in Knowledge Graph appeared first on Abhay Hendre.
  • Top 30 WordPress Themes for WooCommerce

    Abhay Hendre
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    WooCommerce is the most popular WordPress plugins for eCommerce websites. With over 5.7 million downloads and an average rating of 4.2 out of 5, it is a favorite plugin in WP eCommerce community. Because of its popularity and usefulness, hundreds of WordPress developers have created awesome themes that support WooCommerce. Today I will give you […]The post Top 30 WordPress Themes for WooCommerce appeared first on Abhay Hendre.
  • Alexa Rank Sucks – Here’s Why

    Abhay Hendre
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Ok. Let me be honest with you. When I first started working in the internet marketing industry, I loved Alexa Rank! I loved it so much that whenever I visited a website, I used to move my cursor to the top right corner of Firefox, where I had an add-on showing me the PageRank and […]The post Alexa Rank Sucks – Here’s Why appeared first on Abhay Hendre.
  • Google Algorithm – Looking Back On 2014

    Abhay Hendre
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:26 pm
    2014 was one of those years when Google’s search ranking algorithm was ON FIRE (literally!). In this year, Google launched 13 freaking updates to their algorithms. Today, I will summarize each of them and tell you how they can benefit (or harm) your website. Let’s get started, shall we? #1: Page layout refresh #3 Official […]The post Google Algorithm – Looking Back On 2014 appeared first on Abhay Hendre.
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  • Where to Dine in Asia: 8 Restaurants to Try

    Diners Club International
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    For superior dining experiences in Asia, we suggest adding the following eight restaurants to your “must try” list. This month’s Global Selection from the Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy honors eight restaurants in Asia, from Hong Kong to India. The expert members of the Academy vote each year on the best restaurants in... Read more »
  • 8 Restaurants to Watch in Southeast Asia and Australia

    Diners Club International
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Each month, from June through January, the Diners Club® World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy honors a selection of eight outstanding restaurants from different regions around the world.  In partnership with The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the monthly Global Selection highlights top restaurants from the chosen region, the chefs behind each eatery and his or her standout dishes.... Read more »
  • Diners Club Is On Instagram – Follow Us!

    Diners Club International
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    If you already follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, then you know that Diners Club International® social media showcases some of the most incredible locations in the world to travel, dine and play. So what better place to feature our visual feast of must-visit travel spots, hidden gem experiences and dining recommendations than on... Read more »
  • 4 Leading Chefs Predict 2015 Food And Dining Trends

    Diners Club International
    23 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    When it comes to gastronomy, there is truly never a dull moment. The ingredients and techniques du jour are constantly shifting. Take 2014 food and dining trends, for example. In the United States, several high-profile publications heralded the return of butter, and diners around the world increasingly sought local and gluten-free items while—coincidentally—the hybrid dessert... Read more »
  • Diners Club Japan Hosts 2nd Annual Italian Restaurant Week

    Takayuki Onizawa
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:33 am
    Diners Club International® Clubmembers in Japan received a molto delizioso treat in October and November during the second annual Italian Restaurant Week. During the Restaurant Week period—which actually spanned the course of two weeks—210 Italian restaurants throughout Japan served customized, authentic Italian menus to thousands of diners. As the official sponsor of Italian Restaurant Week,... Read more »
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    Personal leadership for the collaborative business world

  • The IBM – Apple alliance: a new trend emerging?

    Peter Simoons
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    Last week Ben Gomes-Casseres was my guest in the Collaborative Business Podcast. Ben, professor of strategy at Brandeis International Business School in the Boston Area, has extensive experience in working with strategic alliances and in researching the topic of strategic alliances. The week before, Anoop Nathwani was my guest in the podcast. Anoop is an independent alliance professional with a long time experience in a wide field of alliances and collaborative customer – supplier relationships. In the conversations with both experts we have been looking ahead towards 2015: what do…
  • CBP-50: Putting Strategy back in Strategic Alliances, with Ben Gomes-Casseres

    Peter Simoons
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ben Gomes-Casseres is professor of strategy at Brandeis International Business School in the Boston Area. Ben has extensive experience in working with strategic alliances and researching the topic of strategic alliances. In this episode of the Collaborative Business Podcast Ben is my guest and we talk about developments and trends Ben expects to happen in 2015 in the area of strategic alliances. Already early on in the conversation Ben expresses his expectation for 2015; it will be the year where we put strategy back in strategic alliances. This is the theme that highlights our further…
  • Drucker food for thought

    Peter Simoons
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Those of you who have participated in my workshops know that in my workshop, I use a quote by management guru Peter F. Drucker. The quote goes: “Businesses used to grow in one of two ways: from grassroots up or by acquisition. In both cases, the manager had control. Today businesses grow through alliances, all kinds of dangerous liaisons and joint ventures, which, by the way, very few people understand.” This is still a very timely quote, fully applicable in Today’s business world. Unfortunately every attendee in my workshop recognizes the fact that very few people [in their…
  • CBP-49: From cost to value, with Anoop Nathwani

    Peter Simoons
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In 2015 this Collaborative Business podcast will be theme based; every month I will discuss a relevant theme for the collaborative business world with my guests. For January the theme is “looking ahead”, in other words I am hearing my guests out on what they expect will be the trends for 2015 in the collaborative business world. In this episode I am bringing back my friend Anoop Nathwani and we talk about his expectations for the year. Anoop recognizes two main trends for the year: first he expects a rise in awareness among CPO’s that collaboration with suppliers is essential and…
  • The crystal ball: looking ahead into 2015

    Peter Simoons
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    Wouldn’t it be nice to have a crystal ball that tells us all about the future? Or not? Maybe it is not so nice to know exactly what is going to happen, good or bad. There will be no surprises anymore! I think it is good that we can’t predict the future. Now we do have surprises, both good and bad. We think we know what is up on the horizon, but the horizon will look different when we get closer due to all the new experiences we have experienced along the journey by then. Still it is good to look ahead, not to predict, and to do some planning for the things you want to happen. Last week I…
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    Linear to Circular

  • Are We Entering The Bullwhip Curve?
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:32 pm
    The Economist took on a recent Oxfam publication which predicts that the 1% will own half of the world’s wealth by 2016.  (The chart on the left below shows the Oxfam forecast.)  The article in The Economist admonishes the Oxfam…Read more →
  • Masdar 2015: The Sustainably Complexing City
    26 Dec 2014 | 10:37 pm
    I had a lot of fun writing my entry for last year’s Masdar Engage Blogging Contest, so I when I got the call, I was happy to throw my hat in the ring again.  This year they’re asking us to look…Read more →
  • 2014: What a long, strange trip…
    25 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    After spending 2007 to 2013 in school, 2014 gave me a bit of concentrated time for writing.  I would have liked to have written more, but I was very happy to have the opportunity to have posts published with the Harvard Business…Read more →
  • How do we scale the circular economy?
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    I watched an excellent panel today (hosted by Guardian Sustainable Business) on the ongoing transition to the circular economy.  GSB’s Jo Confino led the discussion which included ideas from Liz Goodwin, the CEO of WRAP, Rob Boogaard, acting president and CEO of…Read more →
  • The L2C Interview: Federico Parli of GiftMe App
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    Giving old, (seemingly) useless stuff a new purpose spreads happiness. I had the good fortune to connect with Federico Parli last week. He’s the CEO of a unique, new organization that aims to help people repurpose goods that they no…Read more →
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  • Guide to Dealing with Your First Outsourcing Contract

    Outsourcing Insider
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:28 pm
    Outsourcing some of your business processes is a big decision and one that is not to be taken lightly especially if this is your initial venture into it. There are many factors that will affect whether this strategy will be a success or not. For it to be a success, businesses must ensure that the proper foundations have been laid out from the start. When negotiating outsourcing contracts, here are some things you should take note of. Understand the Present Environment Before signing any outsourcing agreement, you must take the time to study exactly where your business is at the present time.
  • India VS Philippines: Which is the Better Outsourcing Destination?

    Outsourcing Insider
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    In the 2014 list of Tholon’s Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations, India and the Philippines ranked first and second place, respectively. The competition between these two countries is getting tougher as India strives to maintain leadership amidst the aggressive strategies of the Philippines’ continuously growing BPO industry. For companies looking to outsource their business functions, it is important to note the similarities and differences between the BPO industries of these two countries. To find out which one is the better outsourcing destination, let us compare the two according to the…
  • Philippine BPO Off to a Promising Start in 2015

    Outsourcing Insider
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:16 am
    Experts and business forecasters agree: the BPO Philippines industry is off to a bright start. Here are three articles we’ve compiled for the week that shows us an even rosier outlook for the BPO industry. One article gives us a report on how the BPO industry will impact the local real estate market and how it is viewed as a viable contender in the Asia Pacific as an investment and development prospect. Another shows us the latest Tholons report that includes Metro Clark among its list of BPO hubs in the country. And lastly, Credit Suisse tells us why it foresees a strong 2015 for the…
  • Why 2015 is a Great Year to Invest in Philippine Outsourcing

    Outsourcing Insider
    6 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    Outsourcing continues to gain popularity around the world and the industry is only expected to keep growing in the years to come. The Philippines outsourcing industry has performed remarkably well compared to its counterparts and is poised to flourish more in 2015. In fact, this year is expected to be a great year to invest in Philippine outsourcing and here are some of the reasons why. Stronger Economy In an article on ABS-CBN, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo said that the Philippine economy had a growth rate of 5.8 percent in the January to September period of 2014. The country is likewise…
  • 5 Outsourcing Trends and Predictions for 2015

    Outsourcing Insider
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:25 am
    Now that 2014 is coming to a close, it’s time to look forward to what 2015 has in store for us in the outsourcing landscape. We’ve compiled several trends and predictions made by industry experts to give us insights on what we can expect when the new year comes around. Less prioritization on affordability in choosing outsourcing partners Cost savings and the desire to lower overhead expenditures used to be the main reasons for companies to outsource. For the past two years, however, affordability is becoming less of a consideration in the selection process, giving way to…
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  • New Website for 2015

    6 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    A new year and a new website check it out it out.
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    11 Dec 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Check out my new column on I'll be writing about all things business.
  • Listen Live Tonight

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

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

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

  • Snake fossil discovery changing how we think they originated

    Christian Nordqvist
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:53 am
    The discovery by an international team of researchers of fossilized remains of four ancient snakes between 140 and 167 million years old will change how we think about their origin. They emerged much earlier than scientists had thought. Snake evolution has now been rolled back by nearly 70 million years, says lead author Professor Michael Caldwell from the University of Alberta, Canada. The study has been published in this week’s issue of Nature Communications (citation below). Prof. Caldwell said: “The study explores the idea that evolution within the group called ‘snakes’ is much…
  • Spectacular lightning video taken from European International Space Station

    Christian Nordqvist
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    A spectacular video of a lightning storm taking place on Earth, taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station, has been released by the European Space Agency (ESA). The time-lapse footage, viewed from 400 kilometers (250 miles) above Earth, was compiled from 49 images taken in 2012. The International Space Station (ISS) was travelling at 28,800 km/h (17,398 mph) when the images were taken. The video shows a huge cloud with bright flashes appearing randomly at different points. Each flash a different shape, size and brightness. Without NighPod, these images would never have been…
  • Waitrose expanding across the UK, creating 2,000 jobs

    Joseph Nordqvist
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    Upmarket supermarket chain Waitrose says that it will create 2,000 jobs through opening new shops and by expanding existing ones across the UK. The John Lewis-owned grocer said that it will open another 14 stores, including larger supermarkets and small convenience shops, starting in the spring. Seven of the new locations will be larger supermarkets and the other seven will be convenience sized Little Waitrose shops. New jobs will also be created following the extension of two existing stores and a new online grocery depot in South London – due to rising demand for online grocery…
  • Interest rate hikes will be 0.5% per year for many years, says BoE’s Haldane

    Christian Nordqvist
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:47 am
    The Bank of England’s chief economist, Andy Haldane, said that when interest rates start to rise, the increases will be tiny and very spread out – probably about half-a-percent per year for several years. In an interview with the Daily Post, Mr. Haldane said: “We are in no rush to raise rates, the recovery is taking hold nicely. The last thing we want to do is knock the stuffing out of that.” “They are historically low and they won’t stay like that forever but when that rise comes it is going to be very gradual. It could be half a percent a year for several…
  • The Apple Watch is launching in April

    Joseph Nordqvist
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:59 am
    The Apple Watch is going to be launched in April. CEO Tim Cook announced the shipping date in an earnings call. The Apple Watch is the company’s first move into the wearable technology market after a fitness sensor it created with Nike. There were reports that indicated it would be available a month earlier, however, there is now an official shipping date. The Apple Watch was announced in September 2014, along with the the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The watch has been designed to be paired with iPhone devices. It does not have phone capabilities and relies on a paired iPhone for an…
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    CDC Synectics on How to Leverage Resources

  • Tips on Developing a Scoring Model for Decision Making

    Connie Siu
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    To make sound decisions, you need a scoring model to rank the options. Connie shares a few tips on developing a good model.
  • How to Select Prioritization Criteria

    Connie Siu
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:14 pm
    Tips on how to select relevant criteria for prioritization.
  • How to Power Up Productivity

    Connie Siu
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Productivity is not just about speed. It encompasses the quality of the results delivered. In order to power up productivity in your business, there are two things you need to work on. 1.       Focus Every year, the business plan calls for a number of initiatives to be undertaken. These initiatives aim to drive growth, better serve customers, or improve the bottom-line. In many companies, this means employees would need to take on those initiatives in addition to their daily workload. The consequence is a juggling act, with employees working feverishly to fulfill all their commitments.
  • How Well Do You Serve Your Customers?

    Connie Siu
    30 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Are customers delighted in how you deliver your products and services? As the year comes to a close, it might be a good time to reflect on how well you have served your customers. Here are three examples of companies that place customer’s experience top-of-mind. 1. Over the holiday seasons, the Apple stores were like magnets. Some customers came to browse for gift ideas. Others were ready to purchase an item or two. Regardless, the demand on the employees was high. Impatient customers would interrupt the service of others in order to get the assistance they needed as quickly as possible. In…
  • 5 Ways the Internet of Things Impacts Your Business

    Connie Siu
    3 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Internet is taking another revolutionary leap. The latest rave on the Internet of Things is about leveraging the interconnection of smart devices for information sharing and automation. The smart devices could be a computer, smartphone, or a sophisticated device fitted with a monitoring sensor. For the user of the ‘system,’ he receives timely information prompted by his inquiry or instructions for actions carefully configured based on prescribed conditions. The smart grid for energy management, health monitoring, and dynamic pricing at parking meters are examples that leverage the…
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  • The No Hype Buzzword-Free Guide to Creating Good Content for Your Business – New Version [Infographic]

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    This is an updated version of this infographic shared by Spundge. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: THE SEENThe post The No Hype Buzzword-Free Guide to Creating Good Content for Your Business – New Version [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • How to Get Your Blog Post Shared 1,000 Times [Infographic]

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    This infographic from Razor Social and Canva shows how you can get your blog post shared 1,000 times. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: THE SEENThe post How to Get Your Blog Post Shared 1,000 Times [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • 33 LinkedIn Tips in 140 Characters or Less [Infographic]

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    This infographic from Ethos3 shows you 33 LinkedIn tips in 140 characters or less. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: THE SEENThe post 33 LinkedIn Tips in 140 Characters or Less [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • 10 Social Media Marketing Trends to Watch out this 2015 [Infographic]

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    This infographic from CJG Dgital Marketing discusses about 10 social media marketing trends to watch out this year 2015. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: THE SEENThe post 10 Social Media Marketing Trends to Watch out this 2015 [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • Top 5 Social Media Platforms for Your Business [Infographic]

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    This infographic from Gold Coast Design Studio shares top 5 social media platforms for your business with reasons and tips on why you should use them. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: THE SEENThe post Top 5 Social Media Platforms for Your Business [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
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    Pinnacle Telecom - Comms Buzz

  • How we help organisations through the mire of remote employee management

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:36 am
    Technology and business pressures have led to more and more managers needing to lead teams that work off-site or are constantly in the field. Though a manager may no longer be able to simply walk down the hall to talk to team members, employees’ need for management is no less real. In fact, good management is even more important in remote environments than in traditional cubicles, conference rooms, and break rooms. A distributed workforce requires different management techniques and skills to keep them motivated, productive, on track, and trained. Although many management techniques and…
  • Communication Linked To Firms’ Ability To Grow

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:25 am
    It’s impossible to overstate the significance of telecommunications technology to any business, especially as it relates to growing the capacity of businesses. Telecoms technology is any firm’s central nervous system, and without it a business can’t compete or survive in today’s information service-dependent economy, making it one of the most important investments to make as a business expands. Telecommunications technology has many roles, including transmitting information, improving efficiency and productivity and ultimately helping businesses expand. Arguably the greatest…
  • Unified Communications vital to the success of SMEs

    13 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    The concept of ‘Unified Communications’ is a vital tool in the armoury of smaller enterprises, and it will lead to more valuable and efficient consumer communications, customer relationships and employee teamwork. Technologically, we live in exciting times. In the workplace, no form of business technology has been as dynamic as converged voice and data communications – an area where the rate of innovation and change has literally been non-stop, and shows no signs of slowing. For most small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – the rapid changes in communications technology have…
  • ‘Convergence’ can lead to better communication and lower bills

    6 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Businesses should look at converging their telephone and data networks to increase efficiency and cut costs. Joining voice communications with your organisation’s network could lead to a raft of improved features and lower bills. The move of voice from a separate telephone network to a data network using Voice over IP – or VoIP – is at the heart of what is termed ‘convergence’. VoIP is the data transport mechanism used to deliver telephony over a data network using the internet instead of traditional telephone switches. Although VoIP is all about the transmission of data and IP…
  • Unified Communications is key to contact centre success

    30 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The integration of real-time communication services is key to contact centre success in the current economic climate. Unified Communications has come of age and is becoming an increasingly important part of a successful contact centre’s armoury. Few people in the contact centre industry would disagree that in this tough economic environment, good service and high customer satisfaction levels can make the difference between winning and losing business. The ability to resolve an issue upon the customer’s first call has become one of the most powerful measures of a contact centre’s…
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    Market Deeper

  • Stop Killing Your Business With Bad Website Content

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    The next aspect is essential. In essence, Google sights an incoming link from your connected articles web site to be explained as a political election of self-confidence with your website. The higher votes you could have, the much better your website is presumed to be. You can use WordPress as a website without any knowledge of HTML or CSS text … Read More >>The post Stop Killing Your Business With Bad Website Content appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China 3D Mesh Industry 2015 Market Survey Study Analysis and Overview

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:19 am
    2015 Deep Research Report on Global 3D Mesh Industry is a professional and depth research report on Global 3D Mesh industry. For overview analysis, the report introduces 3D Mesh basic information including definition, classification, application, industry chain structure, industry overview, policy analysis, and news analysis, etc. Browse Complete Report with TOC @ For international and China market analysis, the … Read More >>The post Global And China 3D Mesh Industry 2015 Market…
  • Global And China Felt Packing Industry 2015

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Global And China Felt Packing Industry 2015 Market Survey Study Analysis and Overview : Industry Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast QYResearchReports included a depth and professional market research report on Global And China Felt Packing Industry 2015 This report includes a basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. 2015 Deep Research Report on Global Felt … Read More >>The post Global And China Felt Packing Industry 2015 appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China Flocking Paper Industry 2015

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:08 pm
    Global And China Flocking Paper Industry 2015 Market Survey Study Analysis and Overview : Industry Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast QYResearchReports included a depth and professional market research report on Global And China Flocking Paper Industry 2015 This report includes a basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. 2015 Deep Research Report on Global … Read More >>The post Global And China Flocking Paper Industry 2015 appeared first on Market Deeper.
  • Global And China Dehumidifiers Industry 2014

    14 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    Global And China Dehumidifiers Industry 2014 Market Trend, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast : Industry Analysis, Overview, Research and Development QYResearchReports included a depth and professional market research report on China Dehumidifiers Industry 2014 This report includes a basic overview of the industry including definitions, applications and industry china structure. Browse Complete Report with TOC @ Click here to … Read More >>The post Global And China…
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    All About eCommerce - RetailEMall's Official Blog

  • 10 Tips to Upgrade Your Checkout Process

    Csaba Zajdo
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Upgrading your checkout process can get your customers to the finish line faster. One of the main challenges in ecommerce today is cart abandonment. Improving your checkout process can help your customers feel more secure from the beginning to the end of the checkout process and reduce the number of people who abandon their cart. By using best practices in your checkout you can ensure a trouble-free experience for your customers and give them another reason to shop at your store again. Let’s take a look at 10 tips to upgrade your checkout process and improve sales on your ecommerce…
  • 10 Tips to Run Business on WordPress & Blogger

    Gaurav Dhiman
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Blogging has significantly changed over the past few years. In the past, blogging was purely to satisfy a passion. Individuals established blogs according to their interests in various subjects. Almost accidently, once they had an audience they realized they could monetize their blogs through programs like Adsense and Clickbank by leveraging the traffic. Now a blogger can not only blog about their passion, but can also be a solopreneur and make much more than just royalties paid by various marketing affiliate programs.  The principal thing for a solopreneur is to begin with a solid,…
  • Consumer Psychology and E-Commerce Checkout

    Gaurav Dhiman
    18 Feb 2014 | 2:46 am
    The internet is flooded with tips and tricks on 'How to attract the customer to your webs portal', but ever wondered what will make the customers 'stay'? Rather than attracting the customers, a major and a bigger problem posed by E-commerce websites is to keep the customers from abandoning the website while making the purchase.  The customer is happily browsing your website and exploring the services and products you offer. Finalizing on what all he wants to purchase, he selects the items and adds them to the cart. Proceeding towards the checkout, the process of purchase…
  • Mobile Phones Sales Statistics Usage Trends

    Gaurav Dhiman
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:12 pm
    The advent of mobile phones in our day to day lives has given a sudden boost to the level of ease in our chores and activities. Be it communicating, event scheduling, entertainment or even shopping, smart phones have all our needs centered at just a simple single tap on the phone screen. To make things easier, let us consider your own personal social circle. Without any effort or mind-boggling, you can easily name a number of friends who are absolute phone addicts. It’s no surprise that you might be one yourself too! Mobile-phones, or more specifically, smart phones connect with every…
  • 10 Tips for eCommerce Remarketing: Follow Your Potential Customers Everywhere

    Carly Chodosh
    14 Jan 2014 | 7:44 am
    We live in an online world; from college classes to dating and especially shopping, much of our social and professional lives exists more on the Internet than they do in reality. For an eCommerce business owner, this can be a dream, but also requires a lot of work, especially with millions of stores available at only the push of a button. Remarketing towards your target market is a fabulous way to gain repeat exposure and repeat customers. It’s easy, really: remarketing is done through Google Adwords and your already existing social sites to target potential customers, abandoned…
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  • The Most Shared Super Bowl Ad Ever

    Nick Huang
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    The Super Bowl is one the most watched television events of the year. Last year’s championship game between the Seattle Seahwaks and Denver Broncos reached record heights becoming the most watched TV event in United States history, averaging 111.5 million viewers. Why do so many people watch this event? For some, it’s the love of football but for...
  • The Most Shared Super Bowl Ad Ever

    Nick Huang
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    The Super Bowl is one the most watched television events of the year. Last year’s championship game between Seattle and Denver reached record heights becoming the most watched TV event in United States history, averaging 111.5 million viewers. Why do so many people watch this event? For some, it’s the love of football but for others, it’s because...
  • Steel Industry: 20 Interesting Facts You Probably Don't Know

    Nick Huang
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:42 am
    The global steel industry is one of the most essential sectors that drive the world’s economy moving forward. According to the data from the World Steel Association, the world steel industry produced about 1.6 billion tonnes of crude steel in 2013, then the world steel production increased by 1.2% in 2014 to reach 1.66 billion tonnes and it has no...
  • Striking Your Work-Life Balance: Recharging Your Mental and Physical Batteries

    Nick Huang
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    We all want success, yet an ‘all work and no play’ attitude quickly depletes us of energy, and seeks a contrary effect. Therefore, aside from making way toward more money and prestige, we must ensure that time is reserved for relaxation and rest. People It’s important to surround yourself with the people you love and care about. Work affords you...
  • Valentine’s Day Economic Overview: How Much Money Does It Make? What Sells? Who Spends?

    Nick Huang
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Valentine’s Day is all about being romantic and lavishing on their loved ones. Although the day is often considered as a commercialized or manufactured holiday that only benefits restaurants, greeting card companies and other businesses, it is still expected and celebrated by a large number of people across the globe. Here are some figures and...
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    Culture Amp

  • Culture by Design – Conference and Panel

    Jon Williams
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:51 am
    We’ve held numerous People Geek events over 2014 and we’ve been really buoyed by the reaction! In 2015 we want to go even bigger. On the 24th of February we’ll be holding our first conference in San Francisco. The subject is “Culture by Design”. How do you build a Culture with intent for your organization? We’ll be holding a half-day conference – part keynote and part unconference. This will be followed in the evening by a panel of experts sharing their experiences. Will be a great crowd and great content. Interested? Sign up below! Sign up for…
  • Box’s Data-Focused Strategy for Retention

    Jason McPherson
    1 Dec 2014 | 5:04 pm
    [Image Credit] There are many myths surrounding employee retention and engagement in organizations. We’ve previously discussed and debunked some of these myths – for example, we often hear that “people join organizations but they leave managers” or “people are mainly motivated by money”. Our research suggests that it pays to look at the data in your own company. Why? The drivers of engagement and retention are more unique than you realize. What works for one company may not be effective in yours. As a company that invests significant resources and energy to…
  • On-Boarding A People Geek

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

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

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

  • Website Localization and the Great Firewall

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    "The Golden Shield Project" more commonly known around the globe as the "Great Firewall," a term first coined in this context in a Wired Magazine article in 1997, blocks well-known sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Bloomberg, Dropbox and many Google sites (as Google is not officially in China). It is operated by the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) division of the government of China (PRC). MPS actively censors and monitors internet activity within China. I have seen reports that hundreds of thousands of websites have been blocked. Many of these have been blocked directly and others…
  • German Ecommerce Localization and Social Media

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    The key to being successful in a new market is to understand your target audience. If companies don't do proper research, the people they are marketing to will at best be confused and at worst be offended. Either option is not an optimal way of securing new business in a new market. Companies that are well prepared have a thorough understanding of a country's culture, social behaviors, shopping habits, economy, government and political environment. In the current digital age, marketers must also have a solid grasp of the social media platforms most frequented in their target market and be…
  • Egyptian Translation - What You Need to Know

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
      Language and Culture In order to understand a group of people, such as Egyptians, you must have a broad knowledge of their culture.  Understanding the spoken and written language and the geographic location, while vital, is only a piece of the puzzle. The customs, social habits, religion, economy, government and the political environment need to be understood in order to know how people will think and behave and what motivates them Egyptian society is of a cosmopolitan nature, and Egyptians consider their religion and their history a very important aspect of their lives. Egypt is…
  • How to Write a RFP for Translation Services

    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Each day companies send dozens of Requests for Proposal (RFP) and Requests for Information (RFI) in search of a translation (localization) agency to provide translation services. As a localization Production Manager, I work closely with the sales department to filter through the requests to decide which ones to respond. We also need to make certain we provide all of the requested information required to help these companies assess us as a potential translation partner. I have compiled a list of "do's and don'ts" for the translation services RFP process and, also, a list of the most common…
  • A World Affairs Council Near You

    7 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Each week I look forward to "It's Your World," on KQED, the San Francisco based NPR radio station.  The show is a broadcast of the local World Affairs Council's weekly guest speaker/presentation.  The Bay Area branch of the World Affairs Council regularly brings in interesting guests to discuss varying issues affecting our world today. I live in Colorado, but I am able to listen online to the San Francisco group's meetings via the weekly replay on internet radio.  Closer to home, there are local chapters of the World Affairs Council which allows me to see speakers and…
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    Rapid Formations Blog

  • Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) for limited companies

    Rachel Craig
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) for limited companies Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings (ATED) came into effect from 1st April 2013 and it applies to any ‘non-natural person’ that owns a UK residential property valued at over £2 million. A non-natural person may be a limited company, a partnership with corporate partners, or a collective investment scheme. This type of property ownership sits within a corporate ‘envelope’, as opposed to a residential property that is owned directly by an individual, hence the name. ATED is somewhat similar to Stamp Duty land tax but payments…
  • Self-Assessment guide for limited company directors

    Rachel Craig
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    Self-Assessment guide for limited company directors All self-employed individuals, including sole traders, limited company directors and LLP members, must register with HMRC for Self-Assessment. This means they have to file their own tax returns and pay Income Tax and National Insurance Contributions on all taxable income above their Personal tax-free Allowance of £10,000 (2014-15). However, the flexible structure of a private limited company allows directors to reduce their Income Tax and NIC liabilities, which is one of the significant benefits of running a business as a limited company…
  • Reporting employees’ expenses and benefits on Forms P11D or P9D

    Rachel Craig
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    Reporting employees’ expenses and benefits on Forms P11D or P9D If you are an employer who provides expenses and/or benefits to your employees or company directors, you will have to report this information to HMRC at the end of each tax year on form P11D, P9D or P11D(b), depending on the types of benefits and/or expenses provided. You may also have to pay tax and National Insurance on them. You can report expenses and benefits via commercial payroll software, online through HMRC’s PAYE service or End of Year Expenses and Benefits service, or by downloading the appropriate forms and…
  • The pros and cons of voluntary VAT registration

    Rachel Craig
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:50 am
    The pros and cons of voluntary VAT registration Businesses in the UK are required to register for Value Added Tax (VAT) when their taxable income (including distance sales and relevant acquisitions) for the previous 12 months exceeds £81,000 (2014-15 threshold) or is expected to exceed that figure within the next 30 days, or they receive goods in the UK from the EU worth more than £81,000. Businesses can also opt for voluntarily VAT registration even if their taxable turnover is less than £81,000 – this can provide a number of benefits to many new and small businesses. ‘Taxable…
  • How to set up a charitable limited company

    Rachel Craig
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    How to set up a charitable limited company A limited company is one of the most popular business structures used by non-profit social enterprises – these are organisations that are set up with social, charitable or community-based objectives to benefit the public alone, as opposed to commercial businesses that aim to generate profits for the benefit of their owners. Other suitable business structures for non-profit organisations include: charities, charitable incorporated organisations (CIOs), co-operatives, community interest companies (CICs), sole traders and business partnerships…
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    Exit Promise

  • Keeping Track of The Competition: Monitor Their Intellectual Property

    Kathleen Kuznicki
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    As businesses grow and develop, so do their intellectual property (IP) assets. And if these businesses are engaging in proper IP management, they are filing trademark and patent applications to protect their IP. However, because of the public nature of both trademark and patent prosecutions, one may get an inkling of their competitors’ business plans if they monitor these application filings. Though not a perfect way to predict the exact nature of your competitors’ future offerings, keeping track of IP filings can be a guide to where your competitors are moving. The post Keeping Track of…
  • Valuation Multiples Definition

    Holly Magister
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    The valuation multiple formulas available to compute the value of a business for sale are numerous and can be confusing to many small business owners. In fact, many professionals can be similarly confused by the various multiple formulas currently in use. The post Valuation Multiples Definition appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Important Agreements When You Sell Your Business

    Holly Magister
    5 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    When working through a business sale, an inordinate number of resources on both sides of the table are dedicated to drafting and negotiating the Stock Purchase or Asset Purchase Agreement. This is true especially in the last one-to-two weeks before the closing. In fact, I’ve had clients remark that during their entire tenure as an entrepreneur, they never spent as much time speaking to their advisors as they did during the last week of their business ownership journey! The post Important Agreements When You Sell Your Business appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Latest Forbes Post: Paying Taxes In Retirement

    Holly Magister
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Successful entrepreneurs have unique opportunities to plan for paying taxes in retirement. Learn more about how to create taxable and non-taxable assets. The post Latest Forbes Post: Paying Taxes In Retirement appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Selling A Business: Asset Acquisition vs. Stock Acquisition

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

  • 5 Reasons Inventory KPI Data is Essential to Sales & Product Teams

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Getting different teams working together for optimal results can be the greatest challenge a company faces, even when everyone knows what information they need and who in turn needs their information. The issue becomes exponentially problematic when you’re not trying to coordinate the right data in the first place. Surprisingly, data you may not see as valuable to another team can be vital to performance when utilised properly. Today, we’ll be discussing the uses sales and product teams might derive from inventory KPI data, and why it’s so important that you make sure that information…
  • Are You Making this Common Mistake in Warehouse Stock Control Management

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One crucial system that successful businesses invest in is a fully automated warehouse management system. Yet many warehouses are still only using spreadsheets. In this competitive climate here's why you need to avoid this common mistake and fully automate your warehouse management.
  • A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Inventory KPI Dashboards

    20 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    What does the word metric really mean? A metric is a clearly defined standard of measurement that, in a supply chain context, allows a company to assess quantitatively how well a process is performing. It also allows the company to make comparable assessments with its own past performance as well as with the performance of competitors. The term KPI (key performance indicator) is commonly used to describe high-level metrics that signed to give senior management an overview of how the business is performing.
  • Why It's a Smart Move to Check-In with Your Current Inventory System Provider

    15 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Keeping tabs on your current inventory levels allows your company to maintain the quality of business expected from customers. Order fulfilment, availability of stock, and merchandise control in relation to expiration, all come together to maintain supply chain stability. You need to know what your inventory status is at any given time, and to do your best to provide snapshots of inventory levels for accurate reporting. Checking in with your inventory management solution provider allows you to review trends in availability and demand.
  • 3 Ideas to Help You Organise Your KPI Data Management Like a Pro

    13 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Savvy managers understand the vital importance of tracking Key Performance Indicators; the savviest understand that KPI data management is at least as important as tracking those indicators in the first place. The better organised you can make your KPI data management, the more effective you and your subordinates’ use of that information becomes. With poor management, your numbers are just that—numbers, floating in a void, useless, notable only for the wasted effort and resources used to collect them. So with that in mind, we’ll be discussing three powerful ideas that should put you on…
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    MarketsandMarkets Blog

  • Industrial IoT Market – How the Business Will Grow in 2015?

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:54 am
    With gradual rise in the adoption of internet of things in different consumer services, the IoT market is aiming at greater business traction in the years to come. Apart from that, growth in the demand for these services from business world is also increasing the demand for the industrial internet of things or IIoT. IIoT is currently witnessing emergence of advanced technologies and services. This upsurge is mainly driven by the changing business models around the world and growing use of intelligent and connected devices. According to the experts, the global industrial IoT market is…
  • IWSN Market Growing at Impressive CAGR with the New Industrial Revolution

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:47 am
    Industrial wireless sensor network or IWSN is a network of autonomous sensors that monitor environmental and physical conditions including pressure, sound, and temperature and so on. Installation of these networks is expected to grow at an exponential growth rate during the next few years to come. Tremendous advancements in the wireless technology and extreme miniaturization are expected to be some of the major reasons driving the global IWSN market. The industry is gaining momentum with growth in demand from different end-user segments as well. Demand from the emerging markets is also…
  • Cloud Professional Services Market Driven by Demand for Business Productivity

    20 Jan 2015 | 11:12 pm
    Cloud computing brings dramatic change in the way the applications and infrastructure are delivered. This type of computing can easily transform the entire business by increasing flexibility, productivity and saving the costs. As a result, cloud professional services are rapidly being adopted across the different industrial verticals. Growth in demand in the cloud professional services market is also driven by the technological advancements in the market. Growth in exploitation of opportunities and applications of these services are also expected to drive the overall growth of the market.
  • Wireless Charging Market at Interesting Shift Ahead – An Overview

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:14 pm
    Wireless or inductive charging works using electromagnetic fields in order to transfer energy between two objects, mostly with help of charging stations. The wireless charging technology has witness major developments since the past few years. Strong advancements in the technology, the global wireless charging market is expecting major growth opportunities across different parts of the world. User friendly and convenient nature of this technology is a promising advantage driving more consumers towards this market. Growth in demand from the emerging markets is also expected to boost this…
  • Building Automation & Controls Market Booming with Wireless Technologies

    20 Jan 2015 | 5:27 am
    Building automation is one of the most popular distributed control systems that monitor and control security, mechanical, emergency lighting humidity and HVAC systems in a building. The basic objective of these systems is to improve comfort, convenience and safety of the building occupants. These systems are often known by different names including smart building and intelligent building systems. Growth in the demand for the smart cities and homes is considered to be a vital driving factor for the building automation and controls market. This market is estimated to witness impressive growth…
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    Lead by Adventure

  • 7 Ways to Motivate Your Team Red-Carpet Style

    Will Ratliff
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
    There are a lot of ways to motivate your team and let them know you appreciate them. Since we are in the season of major award shows and nominations, I wanted to offer some suggestions on ways to help motivate and encourage your people “red-carpet style.” Several of these can be done with a limited budget and many of these can be tweaked or combined to create an all-out superstar event that your people will talk about for years to come. 1. Roll out the red carpet Make your employees feel like stars. Surprise them with a red carpet experience that they won’t soon forget.
  • 5 Ways to Transform Your Team’s New Year’s Resolutions into Adventurous Goals

    Will Ratliff
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Now is the time when people think about and set New Year’s Resolutions. Chances are you have as well. However, I am not a big fan of most New Year’s Resolutions and here’s why: They’re rarely specific. They’re easy to break. They lack focus and clarity. They’re seldom risky. There’s typically no accountability. I use this time of the year to set specific goals for how I want my upcoming year to look. There is a process I use to set goals, and it is one that I have used for a number of years, and it is something that I have taught to students and…
  • A Team Building Activity Adapted from The Biggest Loser

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

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

    Will Ratliff
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    There are words and phrases that get watered-down, misused, and ultimately can get a bad reputation. Team building is one of those, especially when people discuss team building activities. Now, just about everything is labelled as team building as long as it’s done with a group of people. Thoughts of trust falls gone wrong, “paintballing the boss”, and other horror stories abound. For those of us who have worked in the industry, it is painful to hear about and read about these stories. Team building is a legitimate and helpful field, when done correctly. There are numerous…
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  • Uber Delivering Adoptable Puppies To Offices In 10 Cities Today

    Mary Beth Quirk
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    This is what puppies look like, sometimes. (Lisa Pisa)Because no one can resist the lure of baby animals romping and frolicking in the workplace, Uber is teaming up with Animal Planet and the Puppy Bowl today — and today only — to deliver adoptable puppies to customers’ offices for 15 minutes of playtime. Working with local animal shelters and to promote Puppy Bowl XI, Uber is bringing puppies to animal fans in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, DC, Denver, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Seattle, the company announced in a blog post today. Puppies can only visit…
  • Best Buy Becomes First Retailer To Sell Samsung’s Gear VR Headset (Galaxy Note 4 Not Included)

    Chris Morran
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    Folks trying out the demo of the Samsung Gear VR at International CES.The Samsung Gear VR headset has been on sale since the fall, but it’s been hiding quietly on the Samsung website, which isn’t exactly the place most of us do our shopping. But now the virtual reality headgear has popped up on the website for Best Buy. noticed that the Gear VR is now available on This appears to be the first time that Samsung has allowed a third-party retailer to sell the product to consumers. You can find the Gear VR on Amazon and eBay, but from individual sellers, many of…
  • Vermont Lawmakers Mulling Idea Of Legalizing Marijuana

    Mary Beth Quirk
    28 Jan 2015 | 8:12 am
    (DEARTH !)Voters in Colorado, D.C. Washington State did it, but if Vermont’s lawmakers legalize recreational marijuana, it’d be the first state legislature to do so, instead of people heading to the polls to push it through. In the land with freezers full of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, lawmakers are considering directly legalizing pot, reports USA Today, with Gov. Peter Shumlin saying he “continues to support” efforts to legalize pot. It’d make Vermont the first state in history to have elected officials changing the law on marijuana themselves. It has to…
  • Just Because Your Kmart’s Shelves Are Empty, That Doesn’t Mean It’s Closing

    Laura Northrup
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    (Thomas Hawk)As Sears Holdings, the parent company of Kmart and Sears, tries to save itself from impending doom, the company is closing a number of its weaker stores. In the current round of cuts, Kmart stores are heavily affected, but the company wants to assure residents of one California town that in spite of empty shelves, their local Kmart store is not about to close. A round of Kmart store closings happened around the holidays, so you can’t blame fans of the store in Blythe, CA for speculating that the store was doomed when they saw empty shelves. Shoppers’ speculation that…
  • Delaware Wants To Become The First State To Offer Digital Driver’s Licenses

    Mary Beth Quirk
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:19 am
    (jimmywayne)We have digital documents that have become just as accepted as paperwork — from contracts to concert tickets — so why not that holy grail of wheeled freedom for the minor set, the driver’s license? Delaware wants to start the technological trend of having digital driver’s licenses, with the state legislature adopting a resolution to start looking into the process. The Legislature adopted a resolution last week that directs the Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles to study and consider digital licenses, reports “We’d like to go…
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    MIT SMR Management Report

  • Data Scientists and Analysts: What’s the Difference?

    Leslie Brokaw
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:09 pm
    How do the very-in-demand data scientists differ from analysts? “The recent emergence of the digital enterprise has created a seemingly insatiable management appetite to amass and analyze data,” write Jeanne G. Harris and Vijay Mehrotra, in the Fall 2014 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review. Companies are hungry for data scientists to make sense of the information they’ve compiled, putting these particular analysts in high demand. “Today’s data scientists are often singled out as a breed apart — and for good reason,” argue Harris and Mehrotra. “They tend to be better…
  • How Can Your Board Best Help Your Company?

    Leslie Brokaw
    8 Jan 2015 | 12:59 pm
    How can your board of directors help you do better? A company’s board of directors can take on a variety of different roles, and the right one will depend in part on factors such as a company’s culture and the home country’s legal requirements. In thinking about how a board can help, a company should also first start by thinking about what it means when it uses the word strategy. “This might sound pedantic, but a shared understanding of how the company defines its strategic issues is actually of great practical importance,” write Didier Cossin and Estelle Metayer. “Strategy means…
  • Does Your Business Need a Chief Legal Strategist?

    Leslie Brokaw
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Could your company use its legal environment to look for strategic opportunities? Here’s a strategic angle that most businesses don’t think about: how they can use the law to secure strategic business goals. “The processes through which corporate legal departments provide competitive advantage remain poorly understood,” write Robert C. Bird and David Orozco. “All too often executives still view the law as a constraint on managerial decisions, primarily perceiving it as an issue of cost and compliance.” That misses some opportunities, Bird and Orozco point out, in “Finding the…
  • When Should Managers Delegate?

    Leslie Brokaw
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The Lego Group is one of many companies that are both reducing their number of management layers while expanding their layer of top management. The trend allows that organizational culture can emerge and percolate within a deliberately managed structure and design. Do businesses run better with an egalitarian organization or with top-down management? Many companies are tilting away from authoritative structures and embracing “managing without managers.” These companies maintain that well-designed incentives can help motivate employees to take the initiative and essentially manage…
  • Seven Steps Toward Data-Orientation

    Leslie Brokaw
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Does it feel like your organization is data-inept? You may not be that far behind everyone else. Don’t let all the news in the business press about other companies’ analytics successes scare you — the data race is far from over. That’s the message behind Sam Ransbotham’s recent blog post “Catching Up with Scantily Clad Analytics Emperors,” at the MIT Sloan Management Review web site. “I suspect that our impressions of the analytic capabilities of others may not be entirely accurate,” Ransbotham writes. “Reporting bias and social desirability make it likely that reports of…
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    LT Copywriting - Professional Blog

  • Are you maintaining your image?                                                                                                Or is someone else in charge of the way people see you?

    15 Jan 2015 | 12:49 pm
    More often than not, other people are in charge of how others see you.And they do this by telling others all about you. Which is why it is so important to understand the categories that people judge you on. So you can ultimately avoid creating a bad reputation that you can never live down as only one incident can affect you for the rest of your life. So here it is...                    The 7 ways to be Professional and Maintain your Image. Being thought of as a professional is more than doing well in your field. You have to do more.
  • Do other people think highly of you? And are you portraying the right Image?

    10 Jan 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Have your image in order! Here is the thing about image. It is being managed whether or not you are managing it. This is because it is being created everyday by others. As they are constantly observing your behavior and forming ideas about your competence, character, and commitment, They judge you before they meet you. They judge you after meeting you, and they judge you every time after. Every communication. Every interaction. They are judging you. And sometimes you might think its OK to pleasantly surprise people with who you are when you get there.  But the probability…
  • Get Paid to Speak Words and Sentences 

    1 Jan 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Would it be awesome to learn how to speak at events? Would it be even cooler to be paid an extravagant amount of money for it? Well you can by becoming a professional speaker. All you have to do is follow these simple steps: First, You need to master the craft of PUBLIC SPEAKING. So immediately find a site to place your soapbox, such as a Toastmasters International,, your Local Chamber of Commerce, or other speaking association to learn how to speak in public. Once, you are there. You must craft a portfolio of speeches, speaking programs, and videos of your speeches to use later…
  • The 9 ways to LEVERAGE Yourself and Win.

    25 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    The world is a chess board. Every decision and move you make causes openings and closings. Openings that can create opportunities of a lifetime… or leave you open for attack. And Closings that protect your position and strengthen your leverage… or leave you trapped and under siege. Which comes to the main point of this week’s blog post, the continuation of last week’s post of Questions to Ask Yourself to Leverage Yourself. What are the 9 best ways to leverage yourself? As we spoke of last week, Leverage is Key to success. And asking yourself last week’s…
  • The 5 Questions you have to ask yourself...

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    How does one become king? How does one go from being a nothing to slowly tipping the scale in their favor, until it falls into their lap? Making them the King? There is only one answer. Leverage. Leverage is the only way to go from being the bottom of the barrel to the king of the hill. But how does one gain leverage? Gradually. One gains leverage gradually. By pining their resources and time. And through time, the strategies themselves have not changed, simply the ways to implement them. Coming to the point of the conversation. The 5 Questions you have to ask yourself to figure out how…
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    Company Rescue Blog

  • Companies House caused business to collapse over typing error

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    The High Court’s preliminary judgment has ruled in favour of business owner, Philip Davison-Sebry, after his business Taylor and Sons Limited was wrongly recorded as being wound up in 2009. He is suing Companies House for £8.8 million.  The 124-year-old Welsh firm entered administration, putting 250 employees out of work, after customers and suppliers believed the company no longer existed. The similar named company, Taylor and Son, was in fact the insolvent business which Companies House had failed to spot in the mix up.  The register was corrected after three days but…
  • Filling in your online tax return

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    This coming Saturday, January 31st, is the deadline for completing your online self-assessment tax return and paying any tax owed for the 2013–14 financial year. It is of course an important date for anyone who runs their own business, as most business owners must declare their income to HMRC in order to be taxed correctly. This year, though, is of particular importance to landlords, who have recently been in HMRC’s cross-hairs for special investigation. The ‘Let Property Campaign’ is a series of special measures employed by HMRC to target UK landlords who owe tax on…
  • Owner of Walkabout bars proposes CVA

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:37 am
    Intertain, owner of 32 Australian-themed bars across the UK, is proposing a Company Voluntary Arrangement to landlords to try and lower debt.  The company’s debt is owed to Moulton’s Better Capital who wants to halve the current burden of £30 million to £14 million by negotiating a revision of lease terms for a few loss-making sites. Intertain has said stakeholders have agreed to the plans, therefore the approval of the CVA will be the landlords’ decision.   CEO John Leslie confirmed the plans are to ensure a ‘long-term sustainable future’.
  • Third of government small suppliers are paid late

    9 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    According to the government's own report from the National Audit Office (NAO), a third of its small suppliers are being paid late with dates of some invoices not recorded properly.   It had pledged to ensure 80% or more suppliers would be paid within five working days, however the government now admits it has been unable to do so - many were paid after 30 days. The report also reveals that four departments (including Ministry of Defence and Home Office) are failing to keep records of when invoices have been received.  £4.5 billion is paid for small business services each year…
  • London Networking Event and CPD course

    8 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    INVITATION    We have great pleasure in inviting you to a Business and Networking Event at our London Office on the 12th February 2015   If you are unable to attend the event but would like to know more about CVAs then I will be running a CPD course (3 hours)  in London on the 3rd March. See further details here.   Before the drinks are served we will be taking part in a seminar on the topic below:   Dynamic Solutions for Distressed SMEs   Tuesday 12th February 2015 6.00pm - 9.00pm   Hosted by KSA Group   99 Bishopsgate, London,  EC2M 3XD…
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    Inspiration and Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Use Blogging to Get Consulting Clients

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:36 pm
    One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “How did you grow your consulting business so fast?” I never mind answering this question because it’s one of my favorite things to talk about! After my first business failed and I lost a ton of money I learned the error of my ways before going into business number two. I made two major mistakes that caused my demise: I didn’t understand marketing. I didn’t have a strategy or plan. I just worked hard all day long hustling with no purpose. So when I went into my next endeavor I prepared to not only play a very serious…
  • Niche Marketing – Who is Your Perfect Customer?

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Want the secret to huge success and riches? Focus. Laser focus and super-clarity. This is the magic potion that makes dreams come true. People that are incredibly successful are FOCUSED. They know what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and WHO they’re doing it for. Do you? In this marketing lesson we’re going to talk about your Perfect Customer. This is the person or company that’s the perfect fit for your business. I don’t have to tell you that marketing a business is not for sissies! This shit is very hard! It’s a ton of hard work and sometimes…
  • Marketing Strategy – Lay the Foundation for 2015

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
      (Note: This video is broken down into two parts. Part one is for the newcomer entrepreneur who has been in business 3 years or less. The second part is for an entrepreneur that’s been around longer. If you don’t want to watch the entire video you can skip to 7:12.) If you don’t have one, building a solid marketing strategy should be your first order of business before you go any further in 2015. Without a strategy you’re wandering around aimlessly in your business or perhaps on the proverbial hamster wheel. You’ll always feel struggle and never feel the…
  • I Stopped Following 3,000 People on Twitter – Here’s Why

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    One of the things I discovered in 2014, I had access to some pretty powerful marketing tools I was using incorrectly. The irony is my primary purpose is to teach entrepreneurs how to market their businesses correctly. So, needless to say, I’m somewhat ashamed in my discovery. After an even deeper observation it came to my attention I have plenty of company. Most people use social media incorrectly. My recent experiment with Twitter proved it. Twitter – An Experiment I decided it would be a great idea in 2015 to get more connected to bloggers I had common interests with. I…
  • 4 Steps to a Profitable Business

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Building a profitable business should be a goal for every entrepreneur! Are you ready for the New Year? 2015 is on the horizon and I’m getting really excited! I love December! It’s a time to start thinking about fresh new ideas! It’s also a time to right some wrongs and have a new start. I want to share 4 great tips with you to help you start out your New Year right and structure your business for growth. Step 1 to a Profitable Business – Know Your Perfect Customer If you’re going to grow a profitable business you must know who your perfect customer is. The world…
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    Hyrell Blog

  • 4 Core Question Types to Include In Your Interview Process

    22 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Having a general outline of the types of questions to ask a potential employee is a MUST for an effective and organized interview process. Questions that require only a “yes” or “no” answer will do you little to no good, and won’t reveal much information – but how do you know which questions will offer the most insight? All interview questions are not created equal, so know what types of questions will benefit you most before meeting your candidates.  Introductory Questions Don’t dismiss the importance of a few introductory questions that get the ball rolling. Simple…
  • Indeed Apply - Now Premiering in All Hyrell Instances!

    6 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    Indeed and Hyrell have joined forces to increase job applicant traffic. Beginning today, job seekers who find Hyrell postings on Indeed may use their mobile phones to quickly and easily apply to any position. According to Indeed, “45% of job search traffic comes from mobile devices, but people generally can’t apply from these devices to the jobs they find.”  Hyrell’s new Indeed Apply Integration will allow these mobile savvy job seekers to apply directly from any smartphone or tablet – which means it’s simpler than ever for applicants to quickly and efficiently submit their…
  • How Does Your Interview Process Stack Up? [Infographic]

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Have you ever wondered how your company's interview process stacks up?  Have you tried to figure out how many interviews the average company conducts or how many candidates they usually interview for a position?  Well look no further, the results of Hyrell's Interview Process Survey are here! We posed our questions to over 16,000 HR contacts and compiled their expert opinions into one helpful infographic on interview best practices! This is the first of an ongoing series of short surveys designed to illuminate key areas of the recruiting and…
  • Representative Retention: Control Your Customer Service

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    What is your current employee retention strategy? If you cannot immediately answer the question, or at least begin envisioning your current organizational approach to employee development, then we’ve already identified a core reason why you are continually hiring customer service representatives. Hiring exceptional customer service representatives results in (you guessed it) exceptional customer service. Retaining your representatives, however, nets the greatest asset of all - happy, loyal customers who recognize your level of service and an enjoyable work environment for your employees. If…
  • The 12 Headaches of the Hiring Process

    11 Dec 2014 | 9:21 am
    Here at Hyrell, we know that the Holiday Season is a time for laughter and cheer. So kick back and check out The 12 Headaches of the Hiring Process...   12 Resume Typos... Image Credit:  11 Incomplete Applications... Image Credit:   10 Unqualified Applicants... Image Credit:  9 Lies On a Resume... Image…
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    Matter Solutions

  • Expert Tips: How to Stick to Your Publishing Schedule

    Ruth Dunn
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Those who have mastered the art of sticking to their goals enjoy the sweet satisfaction of looking at their publishing schedule. For many other writers, however, publishing schedules can be a bit like a mirror. You don’t really want to look at it in the morning, but you have to in order to prepare for… The post Expert Tips: How to Stick to Your Publishing Schedule appeared first on Matter Solutions.
  • The Biggest Online Trends and SEO Updates of 2014

    Ruth Dunn
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:35 pm
    As 2015 gets off to a rapid start, we’re taking a look back on the year that was 2014. Come with us as we take you through the biggest Google updates, online trends, Twitter New Year’s resolutions and our pick of the top marketing resources from 2014. Google Updates Google has a habit of changing… The post The Biggest Online Trends and SEO Updates of 2014 appeared first on Matter Solutions.
  • 10 SEO Myths Web Designers Should Be Aware Of

    Jen Mackie
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Presented at Brisbane Web Design Meetup Group, 20th November 2014 We love our monthly meetups with some of the best local web designers, developers and business people. It’s always a fun night with a creative vibe and a lively atmosphere. At the most recent event on November 20, we were celebrating 8 years of having… The post 10 SEO Myths Web Designers Should Be Aware Of appeared first on Matter Solutions.
  • Social Media Image Templates

    Svanhild Egge
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Creating powerful online content can be a tricky process. You need to be good at coming up with ideas, translating those ideas into engaging copy and hitting your target audience’s sweet spot. The post Social Media Image Templates appeared first on Matter Solutions.
  • How to Create a Publishing Schedule

    Ruth Dunn
    3 Nov 2014 | 11:13 pm
    Schedules, deadlines, restrictions. Eww. As a writer, setting up a publishing schedule can be both daunting and painful. Kind of like doing your taxes actually. But did you know that it isn’t all about goals and deadlines? It’s also just as much about organising your ideas so that you can deliver the best content for… The post How to Create a Publishing Schedule appeared first on Matter Solutions.
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  • Recent Oversights in Government Contract Management Prove Costly

    Katharine Lau
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Recently, audits of local and state government agencies — in California, Massachusetts, Texas and elsewhere — have revealed costly oversights in their contract management processes. These issues in the contract management system are not just found in government agencies, but also
  • What Does a Learning Environment in Your Company Look Like?

    Katharine Lau
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    One of the best ways to improve employee retention is to not just train them initially, but constantly develop them by creating a work environment that fosters communication and learning. Both people and your company change over time, and if
  • 7 Elements of an Effective Healthcare Compliance Program

    Katharine Lau
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:36 am
    With the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) preparing to audit about 400 healthcare providers in 2015, what can you do to be ready? Whether your organization has been prepared for months or
  • For HR Professionals: 5 Tips to Better File and Email Organization

    Katharine Lau
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:06 am
    Return from the holidays to find you left your desk in disarray? Going through that stack of papers — other than ensuring they sat on a somewhat neat, yet ever-growing pile — was definitely the last thing on your mind
  • Beyond the Dollar Amount: Evaluating a Contract’s Value to Your Business

    Katharine Lau
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    How much is the contract worth? How much value does your business gain from that contract? Most importantly, are those two numbers the same or similar? A contract doesn’t just outline the negotiated details between you and a vendor; the
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    Purchasing, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Insights

  • Vote for our client, AltSchool for the TechCrunch Crunchies Awards!

    Brittany Whitmore
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Written by: Brittany Whitmore One of our favorite clients, AltSchool, has been named a finalist for the 2015 TechCrunch Crunchies Awards in the category of: “Best Education Startup.” Based in California, AltSchool is a fast-growing chain of schools with locations throughout San Francisco, as well as a new campus in Brooklyn, New York, set to open in the 2015-2016 school year. They are a revolutionary community of independent micro-schools rewriting education from the ground up with a keen focus on personalized learning. AltSchool is devoted to providing a tailored education to…
  • Procurify’s Aman Mann To Pitch at BC Tech Event featuring ISS Captain Chris Hadfield

    Brittany Whitmore
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Written by: Brittany Whitmore The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) and Vancouver Board of Trade have just announced a new B.C. Tech Forum presentation: Leapfrogging Innovation to Business Revolution. This event will feature Chris Hadfield: Astronaut and First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station. His keynote will draw parallels between innovation needed on the space station and innovation needed in business. Following this, there will be a panel presentation featuring a handful of local, notable innovators. Finally, there will be a select few companies pitching, including: Aman…
  • JOB FAIR! BCIT Student Association (BCITSA) Tech Industry Days on February 11

    Brittany Whitmore
    20 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Written by: Brittany Whitmore Looking for a job in Tech? Don’t miss the BCIT Student Association’s (BCITSA) Tech Industry Days job fair on Wednesday, February 11, from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the BCIT Burnaby Campus. Procurify will be there along with a ton of other fantastic companies – come say hi, bring a resume, a smile and be ready to tell us why you would be a great addition to the team! Here are a few of our open positons: We look forward to meeting you there! Originally posted by Purchasing, Procurement and Supply Chain Management…
  • The importance of a well-oiled supply chain: A lesson from Target’s Canadian closure

    Sean Kolenko
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    Written by: Sean Kolenko At Procurify, we love all things supply chain. So when news broke this morning of the retail giant’s impending closure of its Canadian operations (133 stores, 17,600 job losses and $5.4 billion in expected losses), and one of the reasons being blamed for the decision was routine empty shelves, we took an added interest in the headline-grabbing story A fundamental piece of any successful business – whether it is a small business or a giant national retail chain – is a well-oiled supply chain. According to a Globe and Mail article from January 15: “[Target]…
  • [Infographic] Three Exciting Lessons About Inventory Management Software And The Implications For Better Supply Chain Management In 2015

    Michael Fournier
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    Written by: Michael Fournier All points in the supply chain can affect the end consumer. Whether a business operates in transportation, procurement, manufacturing or warehousing, all steps can add value to both businesses and consumers. However, value added activities don’t always mean increasing costs and prices. Inventory management technology specialists, Software Advice, released a report in 2014 that discussed how better inventory management can save significant amounts of money for business. Internal theft is a huge problem. Learn more about the effects and prevalence of…
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    Euro Exchange Rate NewsEuro Exchange Rate News

  • Will The US Dollar to Euro (USD/EUR) Exchange Rate Reach Parity by the End of 2015?

    Matthew Olney
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:47 am
    Will The US Dollar to Euro (USD/EUR) Exchange Rate Reach Parity by the End of 2015? The US Dollar to Euro (USD/EUR) exchange rate continued to trade close to an 11-year high on Wednesday as traders remained jittery over the Greek election victory for the left-wing Syriza party. Concerns increased that the Greek government led by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will clash with the Troika of the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund over the nation’s bailout terms. USD/EUR to reach parity Due to Greece ‘The Euro will crash through parity with the US Dollar…
  • Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) Exchange Rate Forecast to Soften on Australian Inflation

    Ollie Carpenter
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:42 am
    Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) Exchange Rate Forecast to Soften on Australian Inflation The Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) exchange rate dived by around -0.50% on Wednesday morning. After gaining significantly as tensions regarding a potential Grexit eased, the common currency softened on Wednesday. This can be attributed to traders fearing the currency’s recovery was unjustified, especially given the recent intervention from the European Central Bank (ECB). Mixed results from domestic data also weighed on the single currency. The Australian Dollar, meanwhile, strengthened versus…
  • Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rate Forecast: FOMC Rate Decision Not Expected to ‘Rock the Economic Boat’

    Ashleigh Fox
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rate Forecast: FOMC Rate Decision Not Expected to ‘Rock the Economic Boat’ The Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) exchange rate fell in the second half of European trading ahead of the US Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) announcements and German inflation and unemployment data. Strategist Lee Ferridge commented on the FOMC announcement, stating: ‘The Fed still wants to put out the message we’re on this glide path to higher rates, but they will be worried about what goes on in the rest of the world. There are so many conflicting data, I…
  • Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) Forecast: Exchange Rate Firms as Greece Government to Clash With Troika

    Matthew Olney
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:28 am
    Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) Forecast: Exchange Rate Firms as Greece Government to Clash With Troika The Pound Sterling to Euro (GBP/EUR) exchange rate remained trading in the 1.33 region on Wednesday. Greece and Ukraine Weigh on Euro Sentiment Expectations that Greece will be able to negotiate with its lenders in the Troika took a knock as the new government led by Alexis Tsipras looks set to cause trouble for the EU and as the EU warned Tsipras that Greece must stick to its creditor commitments. On its first day in power, the SYRIZA-led coalition said it opposed a European Union…
  • Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate News: Euro shed 0.2% on Mixed German Reports, Greek Warnings

    Laura Parsons
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:56 am
    Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate News: Euro shed 0.2% on Mixed German Reports, Greek Warnings The Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) exchange rate edged lower on Wednesday following the release of mixed German data and separate reports relating to Greece and Russia. The pairing held its decline during the European session and could extend losses on Wednesday if the German unemployment and inflation figures disappoint. Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Dips as German Import Prices Decline The Euro to Pound Sterling (EUR/GBP) exchange rate spent much of Tuesday trending…
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  • Adding Capacity to Your Manufacturing Business with Outsourcing

    Midlake Products
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:15 am
    In our industry, it’s pretty typical for manufacturers to have limits where their capabilities are concerned. This means since they can only produce a certain amount of product, there comes a time they need to adjust their capacity so they can either catch up on an influx of orders or experiment with new processes or products. Companies that are unable to make these adjustments incur past due orders to customers, reduce the quality of their products to meet requirements, lose business and/or increase the cost of delivery. A Recent Example Midlake provides the necessary manufacturing…
  • How Proactive Customer Service in Manufacturing Heads Off Business Problems

    Midlake Products
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    Most manufacturers wear a number of different hats beyond the obvious one. This is certainly the case at Midlake. For example, aside from simply handling the manufacturing of custom parts, we also stock a certain amount of products for our customers too. A number of other manufacturers do this as well. Unfortunately for their customers, they tend to wait on ordering more parts until they’re explicitly told to. That means their clients often send for parts only to find not enough are in stock. They then have to re-order them and wait before continuing with their operation. A Recent Example…
  • How are custom hinges made?

    Midlake Products
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The process of manufacturing custom hinges is sometimes hard to describe using just words or pdf drawings of a product or hinge. That’s why we’re pleased to roll out the first in a new series of videos which use animation and video to illustrate key concepts. The old saying is “a picture is worth a thousand words”.  With that in mind, we hope you enjoy the first in our new video series which takes you through the process of having a custom hinge manufactured!  
  • Developing Our Capabilities to Benefit Your Business

    Midlake Products
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:24 am
    At first glance, Midlake is a company that specializes in a number of metal fabrication practices and is well known for the hinges we create. However, we’d like to think our customers can tell you that we offer a wide range of other services too. Part of our goal at Midlake is to continuously grow our capabilities, so as to provide even more benefits to our customers. We never want one of our clients to be left without a solution, even if it’s regarding something we don’t technically offer. In such a case, we’ll get hard at work finding out a way to help our customer find a way around…
  • Midlake Products Adopt a Family 2014

    Midlake Products
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:08 pm
    The holidays are a time for joy and celebration as well as a chance to give back to our local community in various ways. This year, we decided to “adopt” a local family in need by offering a little bit of assistance and hopefully giving them some holiday cheer during the Christmas season. The family has four kids, two girls aged 7 and 18 and two boys aged 12 and 17, and this year they will all have some presents to open on Christmas day! To make this gift possible, Management at Midlake Products donated both Vacation Days and a Gift Card Tree that was raffled off at our annual…
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  • Are Chemtrails a Conspiracy Theory or are we Living in a Chemical Bong

    Steve C
    4 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    I find it to be astonishing that when you do a search for chemtrails in Google on the very top of the search results is a box that states the following: Chemtrails are a conspiracy theory and some other rhetoric that you can see for yourself if they still have it up. Then we have […] Are Chemtrails a Conspiracy Theory or are we Living in a Chemical Bong is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Are Chemtrails a Conspiracy Theory or are we Living in a Chemical Bong appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • Dating Life in America Before Feminism and Similar Agenda’s

    Steve C
    28 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Having just watched several clips of old Dating Game episodes which I placed one video below, I just couldn’t believe the drastic differences. Although these women are very beautiful a few of which were women who later became famous such as Farrah Fawcett and Marcia Brady. Since the show was based in Studio city it […] Dating Life in America Before Feminism and Similar Agenda’s is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Dating Life in America Before Feminism and Similar Agenda’s appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • A SeaWorld Attack on the Busiest Tourism Day of the Year

    Steve C
    27 Dec 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The weekend after Christmas has proven to be the busiest holiday weekend of the year for Orlando Hotels and other tourism business. While this is true there was one theme park that probably did not fare so well as normal. Was it an act of terrorism, no but it absolutely had an effect on the […] A SeaWorld Attack on the Busiest Tourism Day of the Year is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post A SeaWorld Attack on the Busiest Tourism Day of the Year appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • The Criminalization of Speech against Immigration Takes Effect in Sweden

    Jessica Roberts
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    As Sweden sinks deeper into a 3rd world nation as experts discuss will happen within the next decade. They have decided the only way to get it to that level is by criminalizing speech against it. Not very different from laws in highly communist countries. With internet legislation moving forward in the United States, Americans […] The Criminalization of Speech against Immigration Takes Effect in Sweden is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post The Criminalization of Speech against Immigration Takes Effect in Sweden appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
  • How Badly Have you Been Brainwashed in the Last Decade

    Steve C
    25 Dec 2014 | 2:11 pm
      Lie after lie, nationalized news outlets, specialized alternative news outlets being formed by those who need to brainwash, common core in schools and colleges, elite owned .orgs hogging up the first 3 pages on google and it never ends. This is called lying to a citizenry which equates to constant lying hence a brainwashing. […] How Badly Have you Been Brainwashed in the Last Decade is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post How Badly Have you Been Brainwashed in the Last Decade appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
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    Number Direct » Articles

  • 8 Tech Vlogs You Definitely Need To Subscribe To On Youtube

    Kathryn Kearns
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:51 am
    Thousands flock to Youtube everyday to tune in to their favourite vlogs. Here are some popular tech vlog channels we think you should check out. The post 8 Tech Vlogs You Definitely Need To Subscribe To On Youtube appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Iphone Vs Android: Infographic

    Kathryn Kearns
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    Need some help choosing a smart phone. We've got just what you need, (without the tech jargon.) The post Iphone Vs Android: Infographic appeared first on Number Direct.
  • The Best Places To Trade In Your Apple iPhone In The UK

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    Where's the best place to sell your iPhone 5? Here's our guide to where you'll get the most money for recycling or trading in your old Apple phone in the UK. The post The Best Places To Trade In Your Apple iPhone In The UK appeared first on Number Direct.
  • 5 Game-Changing Mods To Expect From Windows 10

    Kathryn Kearns
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:58 am
    Move over Apple, Windows has had a makeover and is looking good. From a completely new browser to an integrated augmented reality platform, here's what we can expect from Windows 10. The post 5 Game-Changing Mods To Expect From Windows 10 appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Watch: The Decemberists’ Medley Of Songs Inspired By YouTube Comments

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:46 am
    The acclaimed indie rock group The Decemberists appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to perform a medley of songs based on various YouTube comments. The post Watch: The Decemberists’ Medley Of Songs Inspired By YouTube Comments appeared first on Number Direct.
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    Self Made Businessman

  • Can Shiny Object Syndrome Be Applied To Just One Project?

    Dave Schneider
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    Shiny Object Syndrome. SOS. Whether you know it by name, or by some other form, if you’re an entrepreneur, there’s a good chance you’ve suffered from it at some point or another. The gist of it is this: A new idea captures your imagination and attention, which gets you distracted from the bigger picture. You go off on tangents instead of remaining focused on the goal. Often these side projects remain unfinished and only take away from the bigger picture. You’re worse off on all fronts. Sound familiar? I can cite several instances in my past where I’ve run off…
  • My Secret Traffic Generation Strategy For 2015

    Dave Schneider
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    Traffic – it’s what everyone wants, and few people know how to get. I get a question every so often and it usually goes like this: What will you primarily be focusing on in 2015 to help build your blog? Although I blog less and less about content marketing, I’ve discussed a variety of techniques, such as: Guest Blogging Long form in depth articles plus heavy content promotion Round Up Posts Social Media like Triberr and Twitter Studying experts in your niche I used all of these in 2014 to build up SelfMadeBusinessman, and to some degree they all worked reasonably well. So…
  • End Of Year Review And Goals For 2015

    Dave Schneider
    1 Jan 2015 | 3:59 pm
    With the start of the new year it’s always advisable to take a step back, look at the current state of affairs, and realign one’s self with the big picture. For me, 2014 was a surprising year: I saw my 2013 businesses essentially fall apart after Q1, leaving me searching for my next “thing”. I started this blog in March, and after a great start that had me hit 10k uniques in less than 6 months, the site got hacked and now traffic and email sign ups are way down with no sign of recovery. I started a new business, NinjaOutreach, that has way more potential than…
  • How I Made $60k Buying And Building Travel Blogs Last Year

    Dave Schneider
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Last year I made about $60k in revenue buying and building websites by exploiting what was a fairly untalked about strategy among travel bloggers for quite some time. In the process, I probably invested less than $5k. I’d like to share that story here because I think it makes for an interesting case study. Now, full disclosure, in recent months I have moved away from this strategy altogether. Or perhaps to be more exact – it has moved away from me. A lot of the opportunity I was exploiting has largely dissipated on account of various exogenous factors plus the market getting…
  • Monthly Growth Report – November 2014

    Dave Schneider
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Welcome to the November monthly growth report here at Every month I give a status check on the progress of the website and have a candid chat with my audience about what’s working and what isn’t. You can see past monthly growth reports. Some of the main benefits of doing this are holding myself accountable on my goals, as well as keeping myself and this website “grounded”. By that I mean, it’s important to show that I do NOT have all the answers and most importantly that I don’t think I do either. These monthly reports will show…
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  • 3 WordPress SEO Plugins That will give you Ranking Boost

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Happy New Year, my friends. I wish you have already started blogging professionally or planning to start money blogging in this year. I wish you will be successful in your online money making journey. As you are blogging, I am pretty sure that you have already known about WordPress. WordPress is the most popular blogging platform in the world. Most of the bloggers are using it because of its simplicity, regular update and lots of available resources online. I am also using wordpress for my blog and most of my money sites. You can also create your money site with […] The post 3 WordPress…
  • What is International Business?

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:10 am
    In general, International business can be defined as the exchange or transaction of goods and services among individuals and businesses in multiple countries. On other description, a specific entity such as a multi-national corporation or international business company that engages in business among multiple country. So, basically, International business are the set of transactions that are performed and carried out across national borders to satisfy the objectives of individuals, companies and organizations. Most of the international business transactions are usually interrelated and of…
  • Social Media Custom Graphics Cheat Sheet

    Riazul Islam Rejon
    13 Dec 2014 | 1:53 am
    Every day we use multiple social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and so on. All these social media platforms require different image size for decorating your profiles or pages. If you are a business owner and managing your business pages in social media websites, you must know their required graphic sizes. Today, I am going to share a Social Media Custom Graphics Cheat Sheet to you guyz. I hope it will be a good material for your social media marketing process. I have got this Infographic on Pinterest. And these superb cheat sheet was originally created by,…
  • Content Marketing Strategy – 5 Key Marketing Content Development Goals

    Isteak Ahmed
    4 Dec 2014 | 10:40 am
    Recently I came to know, one of my friends, who owns an IT farm, hired an agency for content marketing in order to build the business on perfect pillar. Therefore, the agency promised that they would be able to bring about a score of inbound leads per months. However, after releasing contents for two months and preparation of four months, he lost his very faith on that agency, as they couldn’t bring a single lead anyway. No doubt he spent heaps of money for them and with them. The story could’ve come in fully opposite manner, if he really did […] The post Content Marketing Strategy…
  • Social Media Checklist For Businesses

    Riazul Islam Rejon
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    Managing Social Media for business is getting really tough these days. In this era of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social medias, you have to maintain a proper checklist, if you want to manage your business pages properly. Today, I am going to share an infographic about “Social Media Checklist For Businesses” from You will have a quick overview of your day to day operation on your social channels. Social Media Checklist For Businesses Don’t forget to share with your friends and family. Take care. The post Social Media Checklist For Businesses…
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  • Be More Organized This Year

    Baker Creative
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    Spending a lot of time inside this winter? Use it to make your life a little easier. Keep busy by organizing all those things that you’ve “been meaning to get to.” Now is the perfect time to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Afraid of networking? Tips to be successful…

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    Some of the reasons people are afraid they can’t get out of a conversation with the other person or they fear they may say the wrong things. Networking isn’t always defined by your local... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Cool apps to keep your new years resolution working for you…

    31 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Eat healthy. Start exercising. Quit biting your nails. Finish restoring that antique rocking chair… As we all know, New Year’s resolutions are easily made and just as easily broken. Although... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 5 ways to work smarter not harder

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There is so much daily pressure to get it all done. Our schedules fill up before we know it. Sometimes it’s due to our clients work, while other times we simply try to do too much. Staying “busy”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Beat the Big Box Blues: How to Compete with the Mega Stores

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Black Friday is coming up and the Big Box retailers have already stepped up their game. Black Friday has become more like Black November. Companies like Target and Best Buy have already put their... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Exit Coach Radio Show

  • Ian Altman - How To Maximize The Value Of Your Business Through Sales Leadership

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Bill Black, Host of the Exit Coach Radio Show, conducts this interview. Ian Altman is the CEO of Grow My Revenue, LLC - which helps Companies Engage Their Entire Organization to Grow RevenueYou can read his articles about integrity-based sales leadership on Marketing luminary SethGodin said his latest book is one of two insightful books on B2B consultative selling (the other was SPINSelling released in 1988). He successfully built and sold his prior companies and then served as managingdirector of the acquiring company while growing the value to more than $1 billion. Now he works…
  • Jerome Chiaro Social Media for the Small Company - Start here - (1m)

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:55 am
    Here’s a 1 minute highlight from one of our Exit Coach Network Shows. Find the full interview at — just click “Exit Coach Network” in the “LISTEN” section and click on the show name to hear the full interview! Jerome Chiaro volunteers as a Mentor for and shares great tips about where to start when you are a small business.
  • Ricci Victorio - The Next Generation: Tips on how to bring family members into your business

    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Bill Black, Host of the Exit Coach Radio Show, conducts this interview. Ricci Victorio, Managing Partner of the Mosaic Family Business Center, provides coaching and guidance to individuals, families and organizational teams throughout the succession process. She and her team help families and business teams work together better and create aplatform for problem solving and future success. Questions discussed:1. How do you determine who you should be hiring within the family without creating upset with both yourbusiness team and family?2. What’s the best way to determine where a child should…
  • Ricci Victorio - Preview of full interview

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:55 am
    Here’s a 1 1/2  minute preview of today’s featured Guest Ricci Victorio. Give it a listen and share it with your friends, and if you like the content be sure and listen to the full 20 minute interview! On the run? Take us with you! Just tell Siri or Google to “find Exit Coach Radio!” for our mobile app (or enter into your mobile browser)
  • Diane Conklin - Turning Your Knowledge Into Profits

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Bill Black, Host of the Exit Coach Radio Show, conducts this interview.  Diane’s business name really describes what she does - she has Complete Marketing Systems…and she does it all using direct response marketing so you never waste another marketing dollar. Her Topic Title is “Turning Your Knowledge into Profits” Questions discussed: 1 - What do you mean by turning your knowledge into profits? 2 - What are you known for? 3 - What’s the most important lesson you can share with us today about growing a business? Contact Diane at On the run? Take…
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    Colin Burnett's Wealth Creation Blog

  • Ezinearticles Review

    26 Jan 2015 | 2:04 am
    Top Class Ezinearticles Review Are you looking to an EASIER way to rank in Google with this ezinearticles review? So I’m Colin Burnett, the Aussie traveler. That’s me in the pic above in the sea off the Greek island of Crete. Did I ever think I would make it to one of the biggest tourist destinations like that ever? No, not back when I didn’t believe in my own ability. Anyway, I am a blogger, Internet marketer and wealth creation guy. I have learnt the hard way about what works and what doesn’t through many mistakes and learning curves. Article marketing is one of the…
  • Successful Social Media Campaigns

    25 Jan 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Successful Social Media Campaigns Have you ever run any successful social media campaigns that have actually paid for themselves? I’m guessing it was a struggle. It really can be can’t it to kind of wade through all of the misinformation out there. When I first started out on the Internet, I though Social media was easy. Put your hand up of you thought you can just shoot any video, upload it to YouTube and it would go viral! Doesn’t quite work that way right? Successful Social Media Campaigns Explained. As I said in the video, you need a plan of attach for using social…
  • blogspot vs wordpress

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Blogspot vs WordPress – Which one should I use? Have you thought about using WordPress or Blogger at all? I will discuss both as well as give you a recommendation of what you should use below! These two blogging platforms are arguably the best two out there. There are obviously others but these two seeming to be talked about the most. Keep reading this blog post for my take of comparing the two. There really is a lot of different opinions out there. I brought a few in to get a lot of different perspectives of BlogSpot vs wordpress. Let’s cut straight to the chase and compare them…
  • Best Market Samurai Review

    24 Jan 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Market Samurai Review Hello and welcome to this Market Samurai review. Today I really want to get deep into the reasons why this is such an essential tool for you to use. Let’s look at this question first…. # Question What is the whole point of Keyword research in SEO?? # Answer The Difference Between SEO Content And Spam and ranking in the search engines. You could spend a whole heap of time creating content for a website that you THINK people will love. The trouble is that we live in a world of facts and figures and you really need to find out what people love first before…
  • Ideas to make Money!

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:38 pm
    New and Effective Ideas to Make Money. Get Heaps of Info about Ideas to Make Money By Reading This Article. Hey guys, I’m Colin Burnett. That’s me in the sea off the Greek Island of Crete up top Today I want to talk about both cool ideas to make money and also ways that people want to just improve their lives. Have you got what you want in life? Maybe you do maybe you don’t… Learn to Release Bad memories and make More Money! – Ideas to Make Money There are many ways to earn money, and one that is popular today is working online. If you want to join everyone who…
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    Biz Epic

  • Your Empty Bottles can Help Feeding Stray Dogs

    Ivan Widjaya
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Instead of inserting coins and get foods/drinks, this vending machine in Istanbul, Turkey takes your empty bottles and, in return, the machine will dispense dog food to feed stray dogs. The post Your Empty Bottles can Help Feeding Stray Dogs appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Easy Marketing Tips for Getting an Edge on Facebook

    Chad Stewart
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Facebook stats you need to know to give you some insights which may just change your social media marketing perspective for the coming months. The post Easy Marketing Tips for Getting an Edge on Facebook appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • President Obama Announces New Initiatives to Help Entrepreneurs in India

    Chad Stewart
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:43 pm
    President Obama just announced a joint union between the U.S. and Indian government to improve trade relations, create jobs, and help to fund entrepreneurs in both countries -- to the tune of approximately $4 billion dollars. The post President Obama Announces New Initiatives to Help Entrepreneurs in India appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • B2B is Easy: How to Make $1,000 Taking ONE Simple Step

    Ivan Widjaya
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    This is epic: Want to learn how a proper B2B is done in (almost) real time? My man Gary Vaynerchuk will show you how, hands-on. The post B2B is Easy: How to Make $1,000 Taking ONE Simple Step appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • You Have to Pay Full Price for Success

    Chad Stewart
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Success in life is never on sale. There are no discounts. Will 2015 be the year you take it up a notch? The post You Have to Pay Full Price for Success appeared first on Biz Epic.
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    Gist Headlines » Business

  • How to Use Difficult Employees to Increase Your Business Revenues

    1 Jan 2015 | 1:52 am
    The Yorubas of South-Western Nigeria have a proverb: omo buruki l’ojo t’ire meaning “every bad person has his own day.” This proverb underlies the fact that some people could be incurably bad and difficult, but there will be a day when they badness will be the saving grace that people around him need. Hold on! […]
  • How to Generate New Business Ideas in Hours

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:35 am
    Do not ever think that it is quite easy to generate profitable business ideas at the snap of a finger, because it is not. In fact, generating business ideas is not even the main problem; the main problem is getting a workable and viable idea that will translate the millions of sustainable income on auto […]
  • 5 Business Tools You Must Have to Increase Revenues

    17 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    You may hardly know this, but there are small business tools that help to drive sales up for every business out there and which you must start using today. There are many things your competitors are doing out there to run you out of business, and one of these is the smart business tools they […]
  • Why 75% New Start-Ups Die in Their First Year of Launching

    13 Aug 2014 | 4:47 pm
    According to a recent survey in the United States and in Canada, 75% of new start-ups die in their first year of launching, and the reason for this is not far-fetched. 1. Shortage of funds: I am a victim of this phenomenon – I lost my first business to shortage of funds within three months […]
  • 5 Ways to Make Good Money from Illiteracy and Ignorance

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    This piece is not advocating illiteracy in any way, but must you kill yourself if you happen to be illiterate? While there is nothing desirable in being unlearned and an ignoramus, should the heaven fall down because you are an illiterate with no formal education? World nations are trying their best to erase illiteracy and […]
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    Not What You Thought - Cry Baby News

  • Best WordPress Website Hosting or Cloud Hosting Services and Solutions in 2015

    27 Jan 2015 | 8:21 pm
    Trying to decide on whether you need a specific type of the best website hosting service for your WordPress blog, the best or not? Consider cloud based web hosting which is what you will be doing even if you are not intentionally looking for cloud based web hosting services for your domain. The Best Cloud Computing and […]
  • Best Ways to Make Money Online in 2015?

    29 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    I started out in 1999 with a WordPress blog and every since then, I have tried just about every method available to make money online, with a WordPress blog and the best WordPress plugins, free and premium. Discover The Best New Ways to Make Money Online Fast in 2015 Once you have decided on either […]
  • The Best Affiliate Programs of 2015 vs Google Adsense

    8 Dec 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Whether you are new to making money online or not, deciding whether 2015 would be best for Adsense or the best affiliate programs, as ways to make money online in 2015, sounds easier than it is. First you have to decide whether the niche you are in is doing better recently with Adsense or if […]
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    Industry Leaders Magazine

  • China’s Yuan ranks among top five world payment currencies

    Carrie Ann
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:57 am
    Yuan climbed eight spots in less than two years having been in 13th place in January 2013 China’s yuan has moved into the ranks of the top five world payment currency in November, with the value of cross-border deals settled in it more than doubling in 2014, global transaction services organisation SWIFT said on Wednesday. The data comes as China is trying to make the yuan used more internationally in line with its standing as the world’s second-largest economy, while simultaneously keeping its value tightly controlled. The yuan, also known as the renminbi (RMB) overtook the…
  • Marriott signs $168M deal to acquire Canada’s Delta Hotels

    Anna Domanska
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:51 am
    Marriott is now the largest full-service hotel company in Canada. Marriott International Inc. announced that it has signed a deal to acquire the Delta Hotels and Resorts brand and management and franchise business from a subsidiary of British Columbia Investment Management Corp. for $168 million. Delta Hotels & Resorts is one of Canada’s largest hotel operators with 38 hotels and 10,000 rooms in more than 30 cities across the country. The brand has gained popularity due to its innovative approaches in technology and guest room design. Its new ModeRoom provides multiple connectivity…
  • Cablevision Announces Freewheel, Its Wi-Fi Only Mobile Phone Service

    Anna Domanska
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    The new service Freewheel will provide Cablevision broadband customers with unlimited data, talk and text plan for $9.95 a month Cablevision Systems is entering the wireless market with a Wi-Fi-based low-cost mobile phone service, making it the first U.S. cable operator to launch such an offer. The company’s new wireless Internet phone service will be called Freewheel and aims to give users an option to costlier data plans from other cellular networks. Since 2007, Cablevision has deployed 1.1 million Wi-Fi hotspots in the greater New York service area, and the new Freewheel will take…
  • Google handed WikiLeaks staff emails and more to FBI under secret warrant

    Christy Gren
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    WikiLeaks came into public spotlight in 2010 when it published a trove of classified government information, including leaked U.S. diplomatic cables. WikiLeaks criticized Google Inc on Monday after the search engine admitted that it turned over private emails and other data on three WikiLeaks employees to the US government. The company said that the data was handed over to the US government in the spring of 2012, which means Google took more than two years to inform WikiLeaks about the government request. It is learned that the FBI had issued a warrant in March 2012 seeking the contents of…
  • Apple Watch details surface, battery supposedly lasts only a couple of hours under active use

    Christy Gren
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    is working on MagSafe-based inductive charging mechanism for the Apple Watch. Battery life has always remained one of the main challenges for smartwatch makers. Apple did not shed any light on its battery life when the company officially unveiled its smartwatch. According to reports, Apple’s much awaited Apple Watch isn’t going to be any different from other smartwatches in terms of battery life. The company seems to have fallen short of its targeted battery life for its smartwatch. The report further says that Apple chose a powerful processor and a high-quality screen for the…
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    Potknox Blog

  • Saluting The Woman Entrepreneur: Why They’re Awesome
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am
    With roughly 8.6 million businesses in the United States led by women, female entrepreneurs are setting a strong example not only for the business world, but in particular for women – women with aspirations, dreams and goals. It’s a combination of risks, courage, rewards, talent and persistence that creates successful women, whether they are entrepreneurs, stay-at-home moms, students who are just realizing their dreams or women looking to change their lives for the better. Jessica Alba Proves Her Doubters Wrong: Take, for example, Miss Sara Blakely. When she was 29,…
  • How to Hire & Keep the Best Employees
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    It’s widely accepted that for something as artful as hiring the right people for a particular organisation, one must keep in mind a number of variables when arriving at the perfect equation. A number of “to-do’s” have emerged, and have been proven to be more than useful in steering employers in the right direction. The talented researchers at devised 5 steps that can help your company- from small to big- find, recruit, hire and keep the best employees. How to Find, Hire and Keep the Best Employees [INFOGRAPHIC] Compliments of…
  • 6 New Year Resolutions For Job Seekers in 2015
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Job Seeking has become a stage of life in itself- it takes skill and guile to survive sometimes snoopy employers, judgmental recruiters and competitive peers who make it harder to demand what you truly deserve and get an opportunity that truly challenges you. Unfortunately, job seekers aren’t great at taking the leap to the next stage. The going may be tough- where one wrong move can give you an indelible label and one smooth sentence can take you over to the bright side- but there are some things that can make it even tougher to get out of this most undesirable of situations, and…
  • How to stay productive when you aren’t in office
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:16 am
    We know how terribly hard it can be to focus on your work when you aren’t in office. When you’re away from office, your boss and your colleagues, it’s harder than ever to concentrate and keep the faith that what you do, matters. Productivity hacks are one thing, but the freedom of being in the comfort of your own home, wearing, eating and doing whatever you want whenever you want to, offers pure, unadulterated distractions which are a whole other ballgame of wanton wastage, one that can throw you off of yours. Not only are freelancing and work-from-home becoming…
  • Why is hiring programmers so difficult?
    5 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    This was a question asked on Quora that we just couldn’t help but answer because it essentially questioned our existence as a whole. Our Marketing Major gave an insightful, well thought out reply, that we’d love to share with you: So, why is hiring engineers so G$% D#$% difficult? 1. Everybody wants them As JP Rastrullo forner staffing agency Sourcer and Recruiter. Current Talent Acquisition Specialist in the Software/Advertising industries, said on Quora, “Engineers are in high-demand. Across the board (software, hardware, mechanical, electrical etc), there are fewer…
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  • Call Center Trends for 2015

    14 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    The New Year always brings new predictions, and the call center industry is no different. New technology, economic factors, and even societal factors all have an effect on call center trends will change and grow in 2015. Cloud-Based Software One of the biggest call center trends we’re seeing is the growth of cloud-based call center software. We like the trend, because it’s saving a lot of time and money for licensing, computer maintenance, and IT staff. You can purchase licenses based on the number of users, and you can increase licenses during peak times, and turn them off…
  • How to Handle High Call Center Volumes This Holiday Season

    2 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
    Your call center is going to be flooded this holiday season. It’s the same every year. People get gifts, people want to return gifts or fix problems, people call customer service. It can get very difficult, and your call center agents can be crushed under the weight of all the calls. Here are five ways you can help mitigate the holiday “crush” for the next few weeks. 1. Have an automated authentication system in place This lets customers input some of their information, like account numbers, personal information, and the issue they need help with. This helps your agents save…
  • Five Tips for Coaching Your Call Center Agents for Success

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Motivating call center agents to meet performance goals and expectations can be a difficult task. But helping them perform their jobs better can improve agent morale, which leads to better service calls, more satisfied customers, and ultimately, longer customer retention and fewer problems. Here are five ways to coach your call center agents for success. 1. Set Measurable Goals “Do a better job” and “Answer more calls” are not measurable. Technically, someone who only handles five calls in an hour, and increases to six, is “doing a better job” and has…
  • A Day in the Life of a Call Center Supervisor

    1 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Last week, we discussed a typical day for call center agents, the people on the front line of your call centers, who answer the questions and field the complaints from customers. We talked about training, the call number metrics they have to meet, and even the call reviews they take with their supervisors. So, what’s life like for said supervisors? Do they have it easier, because they’re not on the phone, or is their job just as difficult as the agents they manage? The first job of the call center supervisor is that of a cheerleader, motivator, and field commander. They’re…
  • A Day in the Life of a Call Center Agent

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

    Maxx Parcell
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Brace yourselves, people. Today we’re launching the greatest thing to hit your video screens since that adorable sneezing panda a few years back. Introducing…Orange: A Video Series by SquarePlanet! Through monthly installments, Orange will cover a range of topics about how to revolutionize the way you communicate. Think of it as a peek into our world and the way we help our clients, packaged up nicely and delivered right to your doorstep! The first installment of Orange will focus on one of the most fundamental elements that influences the way we communicate: our beliefs. Beliefs lie at…
  • Through the Spyglass: A Closer Look at What We’re Up To!

    Maxx Parcell
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:14 pm
    December + January Edition Where We’ve Been Bonita Springs, FL – Transamerica 2015 National Sales Meeting Can we go back?? We just wrapped Transamerica’s 2015 National Sales Meeting in beautiful Bonita Springs, FL and now we’re experiencing warmth withdrawals back in Chicago. This year’s theme was “It’s Real Now” as Transamerica gears up for a new year in helping people reach their most significant milestones. Big thanks to everyone who helped make this event spectacular – you’re all rockstars! The event went swimmingly but now we’re realizing Chicago winters…
  • Mixing Passion With Profession: A Labor of Love

    Maria Ranahan
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:08 pm
    For young adults fresh to the job scene or seasoned professionals voyaging out on a new career path, often the advice they receive is this: “Pick a career you enjoy, so it’ll never feel like work!” Well, I think that statement is complete and utter horseshit. Why, you ask? Well for starters, it’s a huge contradiction. Work is work. No matter how much you enjoy it (or don’t). By definition, work is an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a purpose or result. Yes. It’s extremely, extremely important to like those you work with. It’s important that…
  • Connect and Captivate: 4 Keys to Effective Storytelling in the Business World

    Maxx Parcell
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Recently, we wrote a blog post called Robots & Resonating Messages: 3 Ways to Survive the Robot Revolution by Using Effective Communication Strategy. Shortly after we shared the ways you can stay importantly human in a robot-run society, we stumbled upon this article from the NY Times written by Alina Tugend. To put it simply… this article reaffirmed our convictions in the communication arena… and then some. In it, Tugend speaks about the huge investments (of both money and time) that everyone from Fortune 500’s to startups and non-profits are funneling into one thing that can make…
  • Robots & Resonating Messages: 3 Ways to Survive the Robot Revolution by Using Effective Communication Strategy

    Maria Ranahan
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:28 am
    Robots. Taking over the world. While that may sound like the plot of Tom Cruise’s latest summer blockbuster, it’s actually just cold hard reality coming to a future near you. In a less dramatic and more realistic sense, technology always has been and will be one of the biggest driving forces in what changes the scope of our economy and where jobs are available. As technology advances, electronic counterparts are replacing people. In a lot of industries, computer controlled systems have the ability to tackle the same job as Average Joe… only in a faster, easier, and cheaper manner.
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    Netscribes Blog

  • Key trends in the Global packaging industry

    28 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    The global packaging market has been growing at a steady pace, and is expected to reach USD 975 billion by the year 2018. As the market is driven by innovation and technology, we try to look at the different trends that are dominating the market. Market consolidation For a long time now, the global packaging industry has been fragmented, consisting of small and midsized players. This trend is changing now. This is because players are increasingly consolidating to increase the overall profit margin. For example, US-based packaging manufacturer Graphic Packaging’s acquisition of UK-based…
  • Investments in the clean energy sector

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Investments in the energy sector have sky rocketed in the past few years. According to recent research at Netscribes, it was augmented by USD 275 billion since last year. As the world demand for energy increases, investors are taking this opportunity to invest more and more in this sector. A lot of deals have, thus, taken place in this sector. Clean energy companies raised close to USD 1.6 billion in public markets, mainly through a mixture of convertible note issuances, IPOs and secondaries. The largest deals have taken place in Europe and Asia, which have resulted in a direct 15% increase…
  • Solar Photovoltaic Market in India

    21 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    The excessive energy demand all over the world had called for an alternative energy revolution which has started to pick up pace over the past few years. A massive transformation is set to take place in the coming years in the energy sector. The solar energy sector is one of the fastest growing ones, thus attracting a host of investments. India has one of the largest solar PV markets in the world with more than 1.4 GW of module manufacturing capacity. According to research analyst at Netscribes, Moumita Mukherjee, “Solar PV market in India is projected to grow at a CAGR of 57% between 2014…
  • The global PVC industry

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    The global PVC industry is experiencing exponential growth over the past few years. According to recent research at Netscribes, the market is looking to head towards a growth spurt and touch a capacity of 500 gigawatts by the year 2018. Furthermore, it is also predicted that solar PV consumption will rise to 100GW, which will increase the revenues to as much as USD 50 billion in 2018. Strong demand across the world is stimulating the growth of this industry even further. Although the market slowed down in the year 2012, by 2013 the imbalance was corrected. The average price of the PV modules…
  • Investments in the global e-commerce space

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    The global e-commerce market is growing at a rapid pace and is expected to touch USD 6.7 trillion by the year 2020. With China expected to win the race for the highest market share by developing the biggest e-commerce market in the next few years, other countries are not left behind. A rapid increase in the number of smartphones, broadband connections, and new and innovative payment products, has driven the growth in online shopping even further. The current expansion of the e-commerce ecosystem has attracted quite a few deals in the recent past. Let’s take a look at some of them.  …
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    Tradeindia Blog

  • Kids Wear Are Not Only A Kid Thing

    Tradeindia Editor
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    Mr. Sharma was busy shopping with his 4 year old daughter as she was looking for her perfect dream birthday dress, but not getting what she actually wants even after visiting some of the top kids wear brands in the city. Finally, after spending half of the day in the malls, she got her desired dress for Rs. 4500 from a branded showroom. This shows the little ones are no less fashionable and are quite conscious about their looks and attires. The kids wear industry is on its way to grow far and wide. Many brands are involved in delivering high quality appealing kids wear which tends to tempt…
  • Freedom of Speech in Advertising in India

    Tradeindia Editor
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:26 pm
    A recent incident in France has shaken the World, where two gunmen entered a weekly magazine office and killed 5 people including some famous journalists and cartoonists. This act is being considered as a reaction against some of the cartoons published by the magazine featuring Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, in various comic poses. These cartoons were largely opposed by the Muslim communities all around the World. This incident has raised several questions over the freedom of speech and expression that is supposed to be enjoyed by all the mediums of mass communication. Like: What are…
  • Can Sponsorship Work for SMEs as a Marketing Tool?

    Tradeindia Editor
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:45 pm
    A buyer will purchase your product or service only if he knows about your product or company. Marketing involves all those actions and mediums through which a company tries to persuade its target audience to make a purchase. Marketing is extremely useful for a business as it creates awareness regarding a company or brand without which no one will spend on the offering done by the company. Live marketing is an ultimate experience, offering easy and direct interaction between a company and its potential customers. As SMEs usually have a limited marketing budget, it is believed by many people…
  • Major Predictions for Mobile Marketing in 2015

    Tradeindia Editor
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:53 am
    By the end of the year 2014, it was observed that the number of mobile searches have taken over the number of desktop and laptop searches. Easy accessibility and all time availability of mobile phones make them the immediate search device. The increasing usage of smartphones is one of the main reason behind this expansion in mobile searches. No matter whether a person is looking for a product or service, he uses mobile as his primary searching medium. As mobile has become the medium through which the buyers or potential customers are looking for a business or will reach a business, mobile…
  • Google Search Trend 2014

    Tradeindia Editor
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The year 2014 is just got over and as the year had passed away, it had brought with it various acknowledgeable changes. One of such change is that most of the people have started searching for everything they need through online mediums, instead of going to the offline market. From taxi to cloth hangers, people are buying everything online. The year also observed an increase in the buyer’s confidence over online shopping. Filpkart, snapdeals and IRCTC are some of the largely searched sites in India in year the 2014. Apart from the changes in type of search, the devices which are being…
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  • King Abdullah has died at 90

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died on Thursday, Reuters reports, citing Saudi state television. Abdullah’s designated successor is Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, his 79-year-old half-brother. Reuters reports that King Abdullah had been admitted to a Riyadh hospital in December for medical tests. The royal court announced in January that Abdullah was suffering from … Continue reading King Abdullah has died at 90 →
  • MegaChat Video in a duel with Skype

    22 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    Dotcom, said he’s launching an encrypted video calling service called MegaChat. Kim Dotcom first announced MegaChat in December, when he declared that it would dominate Skype and provide a secure alternative to the Microsoft-owned service, which has been targeted for surveillance by the National Security Agency. Dotcom will introduce MegaChat beta step by step, “starting … Continue reading MegaChat Video in a duel with Skype →
  • Metal ‘bounces’ water … New materials in the horizon

    21 Jan 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Recently, studies have shown that femtosecond laser surface processing can produce surface structures that can significantly modify optical or wetting properties of metals. However, the metal blackening and wetting effect were each demonstrated individually. This have open the way to Physicists in the US to create metal surfaces that repel water to the extent that … Continue reading Metal ‘bounces’ water … New materials in the horizon →
  • £1m grant handed to The internet of Things #ioT

    24 Dec 2014 | 10:55 pm
    £1m grant handed to IoT (Internet of Things) competition winners A grant of £1m has been given to seven startup companies that won a competition to create innovative internet of things (IoT) projects. IoT is predicted to become a $500bn global technology market by 2019, while the industry is estimated to be made up of … Continue reading £1m grant handed to The internet of Things #ioT →
  • Why The Remembrance Day is Prominent?

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:24 am
    Le Dormeur du val by Arthur Rimbaud was inspired by the war Franco-Prussian, particularly the battle of Sedan: Les parfums ne font pas frissonner sa narine ; Il dort dans le soleil, la main sur sa poitrine Tranquille. Il a deux trous rouges au côté droit. (Arthur Rimbaud, Le Dormeur du val, octobre 1870) Years … Continue reading Why The Remembrance Day is Prominent? →
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    Frank Diana's Blog

  • Will we Supplant the Steam Engine?

    Frank Diana
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Please respond to the poll at the end of the post after reading the context below. To transform is to make a thorough or dramatic change in form, appearance, or character. Society has transformed several times, but what was the most transformative period in all of history? The folks at MIT set out to answer that question. […]
  • An Interview with Futurist Thornton May

    Frank Diana
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:56 am
    I thought it would be interesting to get a slightly different perspective on the questions that I posed to Futurist Gerd Leonhard in our recent interview. So I reached out to IT Futurist Thornton May. Thornton and I have interacted on a number of occasions at various events. His bio describes him as a futurist, […]
  • An Interview with Futurist Gerd Leonhard

    Frank Diana
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Over the last two months, I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with Gerd Leonhard, CEO of The Futures Agency, Futurist, Keynote Speaker, and Author. He is the co-author of the bestselling book titled The Future of Music (2005), and the author of The End of Control, Music 2.0, The Future of Content, and Friction is […]
  • The Third Revolution

    Frank Diana
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    I have used this picture for the better part of 18 months to describe the coming Third Revolution. The visual is getting broader exposure, so I wanted to provide a more detailed description. The blue curve is the technology progression curve. The progression of technology continues its unabated exponential rise, and leaders can only see […]
  • The CIO Discussion

    Frank Diana
    9 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    The CIO role discussion is on fire, and conferences all over the world dedicate considerable time to the ongoing dialog. To add more meat to the discussion, the Corporate Executive Board (CEB) recently positioned Business-Led IT as a model for the future. Chris Mixter, senior director of advisory services for CEB distinguishes it from Shadow […]
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    Online Traffic

  • Media Traffic Meltdown :: Server Crushing Traffic Tactics

    28 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    Click Image To Visit SiteForget about PPC, Google, Yahoo, MSN, SEO, and CPV. You’re about to discover how to make enormous income online with massive loads of server crushing traffic starting TODAY! And Perhaps The Best Part – You Can Bring Massive Windfalls Of Traffic And Cash Sales With Less Than 30 Minutes A Day […] The post Media Traffic Meltdown :: Server Crushing Traffic Tactics appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • Robot Traffic – Auto Pilot Website Traffic

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    How To Get FREE Traffic - Make Passive Income Online The post Robot Traffic – Auto Pilot Website Traffic appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • Nicole Dean: Blog World Tour Guide

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:14 am
    Click Image To Visit SiteSubject: Rock Star Marketing for Infoproduct Sellers & Authors In the summer of 2009, I made like a rock star and went on a world tour. Not a concert tour, mind you. But a BLOG world tour. In a span of 15 weeks, I visited one blog each week as a […] The post Nicole Dean: Blog World Tour Guide appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • Dinerotube- como ganar dinero en internet como afiliado de manera facil y rapida — DineroTube – Gana Dinero

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:56 am
    Curso completo en video para ganar dinero en Internet como afiliado. video marketing en Youtube. La mejor estrategia para generar dinero en youtube promoviendo productos como afiliado. Guía de marketing de video ensenando paso a paso... The post Dinerotube- como ganar dinero en internet como afiliado de manera facil y rapida — DineroTube – Gana Dinero appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • CBSurge – Clickbank Analytics and Affiliate Marketing Software

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Discover Clickbank analytics and marketplace trends with our FREE affiliate marketing software. The post CBSurge – Clickbank Analytics and Affiliate Marketing Software appeared first on Online Traffic.
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  • Keywords for killer subject lines

    Ann Wylie
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Which words to use — and avoid — from Adestra’s analysisIs this the world’s best subject line: Alert: Free delivery, 50% off daily? And is this the world’s worst: Fw: Register for our Webinar and report? Probably not. But the words we use matter, and the words we use in subject lines matter a lot.Snore subject Which words tanked in Adestra’s subject line analysis? Webinar, Learn and Report, among others.Enter Adestra, a U.K.-based email service provider. It recently analyzed a random sample of more than 2 billion emails to learn which words work — and…
  • Extreme makeover

    Ann Wylie
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Strathcona County embraces the feature-style story structureToo many communicators have married the inverted pyramid and made a lot of triangular babies. Problem is, the traditional news structure doesn’t work well with humans.But in Alberta, Ontario, communicators are starting to flirt with other structures. After attending one of my Beyond the Inverted Pyramid workshops, Elizabeth Tadman-Kickham, communications & marketing specialist at Strathcona County, rewrote a news story into a feature. Here’s the result:Strathcona County makes over a traditional news…
  • Every picture tells a story

    Ann Wylie
    10 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Multiply Twitter, PR engagement with an imageWhat simple element can you add to your tweet to increase retweets by more than one-third? An image, according to Twitter’s own research.Worth more than 140 characters This tweet by Toyota USA garnered 23,444 impressions and got retweeted 63 times and favorited 52.That’s a pretty big bang for a story element that takes up only 23 characters on Twitter.Plus, there’s more:Tweets with photos multiply engagement by 1,272%, according to an analysis from Simply Measured.Adding an image to a tweet can boost leads by 55%, according to a…
  • Serial monogamy

    Ann Wylie
    3 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Why have people fallen in love with this podcast?It’s been compared to The Sopranos. Before its debut, it ranked No. 1 on iTunes. When its first season was over, fans couldn’t remember what people do who aren’t listening to it.Give me more of that! Why do people love Serial? For the mystery and fine storytellingIt’s Serial, a true-crime procedural by the creators of This American Life. The podcast follows the story of Adnan Syed, who has been in prison for 15 years for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee.What can you steal from Serial?Why is Serial so popular?
  • All-time low

    Ann Wylie
    27 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Americans average 19 minutes a day readingThe average American reads for pleasure less than 20 minutes a day, according to a new study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.At that rate, it would take most readers nearly a month to finish Divergent.Time is not on our side Depending on where they live, Americans spend 13 to 29 minutes a day reading.How people spend their timeDepending on where they live, Americans spend their time:Engaging in leisure activities: 4 hours, 27 minutes a day (Utah) to 6 hours, 8 minutes a day (West Virginia)Watching TV: 2 hours, 3 minutes a day (West Virginia)…
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  • What is SSD Hosting? Explained…

    Tony Messer
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    SSD stands for Solid State Drive. They are the latest type of computer storage device. These days you will find them in many high end desktops & laptops & they are increasingly being used in the hosting industry & by large corporations to store data within their server infrastructure. In today’s post we’ll look at […] The post What is SSD Hosting? Explained… appeared first on Web Hosting Blog |
  • Five Important Questions to Ask Yourself before You Quit Your Day Job

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:40 am
    Starting a new business takes a lot of thought, and it also takes a lot of courage. Most entrepreneurs start their business while they’re working a traditional job, and let’s face it, this is a realistic and intelligent option. Although it may mean that you’re already working long days only to get home and work […] The post Five Important Questions to Ask Yourself before You Quit Your Day Job appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: Chris Brogan is Blunt to Small Businesses that Ignore the Internet About Chris Brogan: Best Selling Author: New York Times…
  • How to achieve the state of flow when working – and encourage it in your staff

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:06 am
    21st-century business is incredibly fast-paced and variable, and characterized by unprecedented complexity and technological developments, high competition and high customization of product and service. Its many niche markets, arising from the need to differentiate from the multitude, are increasingly populated by knowledge workers, expected to navigate this complexity with relative ease and offer sophisticated solutions, […] The post How to achieve the state of flow when working – and encourage it in your staff appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: How…
  • Key Tactics For Creating Landing Pages That Convert

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

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

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    The automotive sector is very dynamic in Southeast Asia, where Thailand has become a leading hub for car production. Matt Bradley, president of Ford ASEAN, explains the presence, interest and outlook of Ford in the ASEAN region, giving also a particular perspective on the automotive industry in Thailand. In an interview with Rishaad Salamat on the fringe … Continue reading Ford’s automotive outlook in ASEAN and Thailand → The post Ford’s automotive outlook in ASEAN and Thailand appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    Southeast Asia is an attractive region for business growth, and the coming together of the ASEAN Economic Community is yet another vector of great opportunities. To help companies forge their ASEAN strategies, this report sums up how and when global and ASEAN companies can succeed through a regional approach. How to overcome the differences of … Continue reading How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN → The post How to define a strategy for business in ASEAN appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Indonesian youth habits and entertainment

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    With the rapid development of Indonesia, the daily life habits of the population is also evolving quite rapidly. This brief presentation gives a glimpse into the habits and entertainment of the younger populations of Indonesia, who are the most likely to adopt new trends and influence the future of the country. Indonesia’s young population With the data gathered hereafter … Continue reading Indonesian youth habits and entertainment → The post Indonesian youth habits and entertainment appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Ultimate list of foreign Chambers of Commerce in Southeast Asia

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Foreign businesses and professionals in Southeast Asia can often get help from their country’s Chamber of Commerce. Here is a complete table of links to the websites of all the major Chambers of Commerce and Industry and business associations from major partner countries in each of the ten ASEAN countries. Foreign Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations can … Continue reading Ultimate list of foreign Chambers of Commerce in Southeast Asia → The post Ultimate list of foreign Chambers of Commerce in Southeast Asia appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Official website for investment in the Philippines

    14 Jan 2015 | 11:14 am
    The Philippines has become one of the most attractive countries to do business in Asia in the recent years. In order to attract, inform and help more companies to conduct business, the Philippine government has created a website to gather all the important information to set up a company, trade and spread the word on interesting … Continue reading Official website for investment in the Philippines → The post Official website for investment in the Philippines appeared first on ASEAN UP.
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    VeriProcess - Merchant Services Expense Reduction

  • FTC Reaches Historic Settlement with Payday Lenders

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    On Friday (Jan. 16) in the United States District Court in Nevada, the Federal Trade Commission reached a $21 million settlement with two payday lending companies in the largest payday loan settlement in history for deceptive lending practices and providing deceptive information to customers. The court ruled that payday lenders AMG Services and MNE Services deceived customers through inaccurate reporting of the annual percentage rate (APR) for short-term loans, and charged inflated fees. One example brought before … Read More »
  • Bulk Buying App Boxed Brings In $25 M

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    With just 30 employees and three warehouses, Boxed, a mobile application for wholesale shopping, has raised $25 million in a Series B round of funding. The round was led by GGV Capital and Digital Sky Technologies, with participation from Founders Fund, AME Cloud Ventures, Vaizra Investments. This brings Boxed’s total funding to $33 million in the bag from VCs. First launched in 2013, Boxed specializes in getting U.S. customer bulk goods delivered with the tap … Read More »
  • Starbucks to Lay Off Workers at Seattle HQ

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    If a company has made a pledge to grow revenues to $30 billion by 2019, and is adding hundreds of new storefronts worldwide in 2015, why would they announce layoffs at corporate headquarters — the supposed nerve center of the entire company? Also, why is that company’s chief operations officer taking an extended, unpaid sabbatical right as the company is about to enter this huge growth period? These are some of the questions being asked … Read More »
  • Chipotle And Apple Pay: Perfect Together?

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    The merchant reaction to Apple Pay has varied across the board since the platform’s release in October of last year.  Some, like Whole Foods, McDonald’s and Disney, jumped up ASAP and never looked back. Other merchants, notably those who have signed on with CurrentC, seem to have taken a pass on Apple Pay, at least for the time being. And then there are the “wait and see” crowd – those who didn’t jump on the … Read More »
  • Startup HelloSoda Hopes to Use Data to Predict Credit Fraud Before It Happens

    20 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    As more transactions become digitized every month, either through the traditional swiping of credit cards of through more advanced payment methods like ApplePay, the risks of online fraud and damaged credit ratings become more pronounced. Currently, online fraud costs the economy over $190 billion a year, and although there are many safeguards to rectify fraud after the fact, not much is being done to predict and prevent fraud before it happens, even with people’s private … Read More »
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    Problem Kids Blog » Problem Kids Blog

  • 7 Discipline Rules For Children That Will Work

    Robert Locke
    4 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    When we think of discipline rules for children, we probably think of our own parents and how they brought us up. Many parents try to copy their own upbringing in many ways. Others seek to reverse the trend if they suffered from over strict rules and had an unhappy childhood. Above all, we want to find pretty simple and enforceable rules that will result in reasonable behavior. If the kids are happy and the atmosphere is fairly relaxed then we really have found the formula for setting limits for acceptable behavior. Easier said than done? Let’s see. The guiding principle is always, as far as…
  • Overprotective Parents Effects – 7 Things You Need To Know

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

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

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

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

    Charlie Mundi
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:56 am
    Just over two weeks ago, I told you that Charlie’s Success Formula will be launched on Monday, February 9, 2015, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. This will cover the two most important things in building your successful online business – traffic and monetizing. Charlie’s Success Formula will be in two parts: Charlie’s 3-Step Traffic Formula […] The post Remarkable traffic system is here and something special appeared first on
  • How to make money with classified ads

    Charlie Mundi
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:59 pm
    This is not the time to fool around with words. I’ll get right to the point. The number one reason people don’t make money with free online classified ads is because they forget the purpose of the ad. There is a right and a wrong way to post a classified ad. If you learn to […] The post How to make money with classified ads appeared first on
  • Build AAA Credit in 30 Days – You Can Do It

    Charlie Mundi
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Did you know that Credit is the Key to Everything? I can’t stress the importance of this enough. With good credit, you have access to the things you need and want in life. Even if you don’t need credit, it is still good to have it, in case you ever do need it. Successful Business […] The post Build AAA Credit in 30 Days – You Can Do It appeared first on
  • Watch Shark Tank – You’ll learn something

    Charlie Mundi
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:48 pm
    I assume you’re familiar with the popular TV show, Shark Tank. If not, let me brief you. It is a show, aired on CNBC where aspiring entrepreneurs try to sell their ideas to the greatest business people on the planet. Shark Tank is like attending a Marketing Class Here they are. Pictured left to right […] The post Watch Shark Tank – You’ll learn something appeared first on
  • Success Formula – Traffic and Monetizing

    Charlie Mundi
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:35 pm
    I hope everyone had a very Happy New Year. Mine was very pleasant. There is a reason for this. I am finally about to reveal the success formula that we have been working on for a very long time, just for you. I’ve been away for a while, but now I’m back, and better than […] The post Success Formula – Traffic and Monetizing appeared first on
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    Business Management Tips

  • Be Embarrased. Reid Hoffman Said So.

    Claire Hauser
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:56 am
      “If you’re not embarrassed by the first version of your product, you launched it too late.” Reid Hoffman (Founder of LinkedIn)   I heard this first at a conference. I was at the end stage of a 2 year project to relaunch a major retailer’s ecommerce site. The truth hit me in the face. I was sitting embarrassed that we hadn’t launched sooner! Of course at the time, everyone had been working so hard, the brand had to protected, the customer experience needed to be slick. It had to be right. So we kept at it. Every time we tried to launch, something wasn’t ready.
  • Facebook Organic Reach. Climb off your High Horse.

    Claire Hauser
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:17 am
      Yes the whole Facebook organic reach thing is irritating. Frustrating. Seems downright capitalist. But um….it is. Facebook is a business. That’s how it is. Get over it. For those of you not sure what I’m talking about…basically if you have a page on Facebook, no matter how many fans you have, almost none of them are likely to ever see your posts. Facebook claims that if your posts get a lot of engagement – likes, comments and shares, then your posts will start to appear on your fans’ timelines automatically, for free, gratis. But it’s a bit of a catch 22 because…
  • New Hire Onboarding Process – Part 3

    Claire Hauser
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:33 am
    In part 1 and part 2 of this series we covered off on the importance of and approach to onboarding and the complete content you should cover. Now the worst mistake you can make is to set up this beautiful new hire onboarding process, and then see it fall flat! Be active in the process. Use the content plan from part 2 as a discussion guide and meet daily with the new recruit. Ask them the following questions: How did each session go? Do they have any questions? Ask them to summarise what they learnt in each session. Ask them pop quizz questions. What’s this pop quizz about? Very often, I…
  • Get Rich Schemes That Work

    Barry Cooper
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Get The Truth About Get Rich Schemes That Work On this website we deal with managing your business and squeezing every bit of performance out of your daily business activities. This is great, however what if you just “Wanna make Loads a money.” What if you can’t stop thinking, “I want to get rich quickly. I need to find a get rich quick scheme that works!” If you are reading this article it is because you’ve either been sent it by an interested party or friend, googled how to get rich quick online or have stumbled upon it and thought,…
  • New Hire Onboarding Process – Part 2

    Claire Hauser
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:14 am
    This great article follows on from our first 3 articles “3 Must do Tips for Onboarding a New Employee” “10 Top Tips for a Great First Day” and “New Hire Onboarding Process- Part 1”. Planned onboarding programmes will minimize the typical ‘6 month to 1 year’ window when employees are still finding their feet, and make you more profitable and your new hire feel more confident.  Without planned structure and content, onboarding can actually have the complete opposite effect and prolong the confusion!  This series aims to give you a clear guide to cover off on all the relevant…
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    FastUpFront Small Business Blog

  • The Pitfalls of Using Personal Asset Loans to Fund Your Business

    Gary Barzel
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    Even though the worst of the Recession has past us over, and there are signs that at least some parts of the economy have rebounded, the traditional credit markets are still closed to the vast majority of small business borrowers. While many types of alternative lenders have since emerged to help fill in the financing gap, lately [...] The post The Pitfalls of Using Personal Asset Loans to Fund Your Business appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • 3 Business Trends That Will Revolutionize Small Business in 2015

    Gary Barzel
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:19 am
    Around this time of the year, an assortment of small business experts take out their crystal balls and make predictions about what the next twelve months or so will bring. While many of the these potential future trends are important to be aware of, sometimes events come together to create a literal transformation in the [...] The post 3 Business Trends That Will Revolutionize Small Business in 2015 appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • Want to Retain Key Employees in 2015? Promote Collaboration & Career Development

    Gary Barzel
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:18 am
    One of the biggest challenges that small businesses are facing today is in hiring employees that can truly help their business grow… and getting these people to stick around long enough to see that growth happen. Not only are today’s workers more likely to job hop then those of the previous generations, but small businesses [...] The post Want to Retain Key Employees in 2015? Promote Collaboration & Career Development appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • Leverage 3D Printing in Your Small Business Without Buying a Printer

    Gary Barzel
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    The 3D printing industry has been generating a lot of attention lately, and it’s with good reason. While the concept has actually existed for three decades, over the past few years 3D printer technology and equipment has gotten much more accurate, faster, and cheaper. This has generated a 3D printing market for both small business [...] The post Leverage 3D Printing in Your Small Business Without Buying a Printer appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • Are You Tapping into Webrooming to Increase Sales in Your Retail Store?

    Gary Barzel
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:40 am
    Not so long ago, retailers of all sizes were worried about a trend called showrooming- where consumers go to a physical store to look at a product and then shop online for that same product at a cheaper price. But according to a recent study, it seems consumer buying habits have flipped around, and that [...] The post Are You Tapping into Webrooming to Increase Sales in Your Retail Store? appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
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  • How To Start a Blog For Your Business

    Kevin Sandlin
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    In the daily operation of Atlanta Tech Blogs, I have spoken to dozens of daily and weekly bloggers about what, how, and why they blog. Unfortunately, I’ve spoken with many more businesses who do not blog. The reasons so many startups and small businesses do not blog are many, and include the following: Not enough time Can’t write well enough Not enough content Don’t see the advantages These are valid points that anyone can make; however, the biggest obstacle I’ve seen in those who “get” content marketing and really understand that the need to blog is this: they just don’t know…
  • Five Ways Large Companies Can Learn From Entrepreneurs

    Brad Hargreaves
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    Entrepreneurial narratives are everywhere. From executive education classes to TED to General Assembly’s own enterprise programs, it’s not difficult to find the story of a successful entrepreneur in almost any industry. These stories inspire not just aspiring founders, but also innovators within Fortune 500 companies and creative agencies. But what are we to take from those stories?  How does anyone — even someone within a larger organization —draw meaningful, applicable lessons from an entrepreneur’s first-person account of success? After all, there’s a huge…
  • 5 Ways To Shine At Your New Startup Gig

    Emily Pope
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    So you landed your dream job at an up-and-coming startup. Time to pop that champagne, call your mom, and brag on Facebook. Done? Nice job. Now that you’ve completed these celebratory procedures, it’s time to get down to business and prepare to crush it in your new role. Working at a startup is very different from a regular office job — but keep a few guiding principles in mind, and you’ll not only succeed, but excel in your new environment. 1. Don’t expect hand-holding One perk of working at a startup? You won’t be pigeonholed. This may be great for career development, but…
  • Top 3 Tech Skills You Should Learn in 2015

    Emily Pope
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:32 am
    When Gartner shared its top tech trends for 2015, we learned that the number of Chief Digital Officer and Chief Data Officer roles have doubled since last year – and are expected to double again. As one might imagine, this will rock the c-suite’s world: 75% of IT execs say they need to change their leadership style within the next three years; By 2017, 50% of total IT spending will occur outside of IT; Also by 2017, 70% of successful business models will be deliberately unstable In short: Silo-ed roles are out, blended skills are in. As more businesses use data to scale, employees…
  • The Best Blogs for Product Managers

    Emily Pope
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    There’s a reason product managers (PMs) are called “mini-CEOs.” They must drive an idea from start to finish. This road from conception to user acquisition is fraught with red lights, stop signs, and detours – so PMs need all the support they can get. The right blogs can be a PM’s best friend — and these seven will get you started. Mind the Product What began as a meetup in 2010 has grown into a global community. Mind the Product is your one-stop product management shop. Whether you want to meet up with local PMs, cross-post your own blog, or ask PMs around the world for help,…
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    Working Capital Review

  • Davos Review: Global Economic Outlook

    Chris Riback
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    With the annual meeting of the 45th World Economic Forum — commonly known as Davos — having ended this weekend, here is a global roundup of how the gathering was perceived. Among the top issues: Global inequality, European unity, U.S. economic growth, and more: The Economist: “The theme of inequality has loomed large in recent years for delegates of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos. This year’s gathering of plutocrats is no different, thanks in part to a much-publicised forecast from Oxfam, a charity, that the world’s wealthiest 1% will soon hold…
  • How Marketing Analytics are Driving Company Growth

    Rebecca Marshall
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    The range of marketing analytics available to companies has grown over the years and companies are having a hard time choosing exactly which tools to use. According to McKinsey & Company , “the best way for business leaders to improve marketing effectiveness is to integrate marketing return on investment (MROI) options in a way that takes advantage of the best assets of each.” McKinsey & Co. found that an integrated approach to marketing analytics could save 15 to 20 percent on marketing expenditure. McKinsey & Co. outlines three steps to follow in regards to decision making…
  • What Drives Your Returns? Investors Want to Know

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    A survey recently conducted by Private Equity International (PEI) asked private equity investors what issues concerned them the most. U.S., European and Asian investors were unanimously worried about understanding drivers of returns, followed by establishing better performance metrics and shortening of the J-curve. This is the second year in a row that investors voted ‘understanding and influencing drivers of returns’ as the top concern, highlighting the fact that LPs are increasingly interested in measuring, understanding and replicating such performance in their own portfolios.
  • Seven Steps to Better Executive Media Training

    Brad Phillips
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Our firm has provided media and presentation training workshops for hundreds of top executives. Although our regular media and presentation training workshops are taught at a high level, executive media training workshops require a few additional considerations. In this post, I’ll discuss seven key lessons I’ve learned from training top executives for more than a decade. I hope you’ll also add your own lessons learned in the comments section below. 1. Remember That Executives Often Have Short Attention Spans That headline may sound like an insult, but it’s not. The very nature of an…
  • The Secret to Smarter Teams May Be Women

    Taegan Goddard
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    A group of MIT scientists has found out why some groups, like some people, are reliably smarter than others, the New York Times reports. “Individual intelligence, as psychologists measure it, is defined by its generality: People with good vocabularies, for instance, also tend to have good math skills, even though we often think of those abilities as distinct. The results of our studies showed that this same kind of general intelligence also exists for teams. On average, the groups that did well on one task did well on the others, too. In other words, some teams were simply smarter than…
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    Small Business Tips

  • How To Network Your Business Locally

    24 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    How To Network Your Business Locally: Get Out And Network Owning your own business of any type is going to require some amount of networking. Networking is a method of building awareness of your business, among people who may be likely at one time or another to use your products, your services or to refer someone else to your business. Networking is all about getting to know other people, and locally your best bet in finding additional network contacts is going to be with other business owners. You can find many types of networking opportunities around you. Every club and every association…
  • Greg’s Interview About Da Spokesman And The Awesomeness League

    17 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Greg’s Interview About Da Spokesman And The Awesomeness League – On SpritSoul Radio Network This was the press release that was sent out along with the feature picture. Tune in tomorrow 1/9/15 6:30 pm EST. as Host Diandra talks with Guest Greg Stargell. Call in to listen LIVE 310-982-4274. — with Greg Da Spokesman Stargell Greg’s Interview About Da Spokesman And The Awesomeness League – The Interview Process It was interesting preparing for a radio interview. It was a good thing that I was privy to the questions. I also was looking for to the tribute to Andrae…
  • How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently Part 2

    10 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently: Are You Still Smiling?   This is a continuation of the last post, How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently. We have provided reasons on How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently. If you have not read part 1, then click here in order to read it. How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently: The Rest Of The Story How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently Seven: Smiling makes you positive and happy inside When you smile it is hard to feel unhappy, negative or sad in anyway. Smiling gives you…
  • How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently Part 1

    3 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently: Learn To Smile You might be wandering about the title, How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently, applies to you. If you noticed people who have achieved success, you would notice that they have the tendency to smile more. This post will provide you an understanding and why you should smile more often.   How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently: 11 Reasons To Smile More Here are the 11 reasons to smile more and How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success Frequently:   How Smiling Can Help You Acquire Success…
  • How To Effectively Set Your Goals And Dreams In Motion Today

    27 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    How To Effectively Set Your Goals And Dreams In Motion Today – You Can Start Today Most people in the world have goals and dreams. The unfortunate thing is that not too many people go wholeheartedly towards and just leave them as wishes and ideas. I believe that you have clicked onto this blog so that you can find ways to get your dreams and goals out of the wish list and into a reality.   How To Effectively Set Your Goals And Dreams In Motion Today: Seven Ways To Make Your Goals A Reality   I have listed seven ways you can start implementing today to reach your goals.  …
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  • 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…
  • Slashing journalism won’t bring new readers, more revenue to newspapers

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

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

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

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

  • 14 simple productivity resolutions for 2015

    Ciaran Ryan
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:27 am
    From Maximizing productivity is a goal often discussed but rarely reached. As a result, though entrepreneurs actively strive to make the most of their time–reading books, exploring productivity hacks, testing project management tools–too often they feel they’ve fallen short. Meanwhile, the to-do list gets longer. But a new year is a great time to start fresh. We asked a panel of successful startup founders from YEC what simple, low- or no-cost resolutions they were going to make for 2015 to keep themselves on track and free of distractions. Their best answers are…
  • Tired of the New Year’s resolutions? Don’t be

    Ciaran Ryan
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:23 pm
    By Ciaran Ryan We are already well into 2015 already and the Christmas break feels like it almost never happened. Each year seems to start off the same: a slow first week and suddenly things pick up with violence in the second week. Then it’s all systems go. That said, let’s not forget why we have New Year’s each year: it is an opportunity to push the reset button and set new and exciting goals the year ahead. For most people this is easier said than done. We tend to think of all the goals we failed to achieve last year. My advice? Get over it and keep setting those goals. Don’t get…
  • Book review: Careercation and the search for entrepreneurial happiness

    Ciaran Ryan
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Careercation Burned out from the experience of starting and running two entrepreneurial ventures, David Niu decided he need to recharge. He coined a new word to describe the journey that he, his wife and his 10-month-old would be taking: a ‘careercation.’ During the trip, he interviewed 30 entrepreneurs to gain more insight into his own experience and to try to understand what he wanted to do next. The result of this is a marvelous book, Careercation: Trading Briefcase for Suitcase to Find Entrepreneurial Happiness. Niu found something rather intuitive: companies do better when the boss…
  • Quiz: Can you name the five biggest infrastructure projects in SA?

    Ciaran Ryan
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Can you name the five biggest infrastructure projects in SA? Combined, these five projects involve spending of R519 billion. Here they are: Kusile Power Station, Mpumalanga   1. Kusile Power Station US$20,397 million (R234 billion) Kusile will be one of the largest coal fired power stations in the world and the first power station in South Africa to use Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) through which oxides of sulphur (Sox) are removed from the exhaust flue gases. Kusile will consist of six 900 megawatt coal-fired generating units for a total generating capacity of 5,400 megawatts. This…
  • 5 things that must be in your CV

    Ciaran Ryan
    7 Jan 2015 | 12:23 am
    With the internet being inundated with various CV templates that are readily available with the click of a mouse, it is often difficult to establish what it really takes to let your CV stand out from the rest. Is it the use of “smart” words, or perhaps a fancy font that separates the wheat from the chaff? In her article, Five Things You Must Include on Your Resume, published on Laura Larimer of Abshier House writes that the following elements must be present in your CV to attract the attention of a recruitment officer: Contact details: Believe it or not – people have…
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    Growth Everywhere

  • GB Ep 46: The Two Day Rule

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Hello everybody, today we’re talking about the Two Day Rule. The Two Day Rule is something I learned from Tim Ferris or someone else about a month or two ago about establishing habits. The idea behind the two day rule is in establishing habits: if you want to establish something in your routine, you can skip one day, but not two so you can train yourself to follow up on your good habits. [01:24] I like to execute this by using an app called Habit List – it shows you how effectively you’re keeping your habits over time. [01:47] Another app is called Coach.Me, which has a social…
  • GB Ep 45: How I Lost Multi-Million Dollar Deals Due to This Mistake

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Today we’re going to talk about how not to lose multi-million dollar deals by taking advantage of strategic planning. To give a little context, we would be on the short list for companies looking for a good agency, but for some reason we’d always lose the deal. Because I didn’t have a background in doing sales, I asked why we weren’t chosen. [01:20] Potential clients felt we lacked salesmanship and data. [02:35] I found out from someone in my EO forum that I should be doing strategic planning. [02:47] I discovered that strategic planning means providing lots of data to a prospective…
  • 8 Unforeseen Benefits of Podcasting

    26 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    I’ve been podcasting for about a year and a half and it’s been a fun journey so far. From being able to interview the guy who invented the magnetic credit card stripe to guys that have built businesses that have sold for hundreds of millions or billions, the learning experience has been invaluable. But along the way, I started seeing unforeseen benefits from the process. I originally started interviewing other entrepreneurs so I could a.) learn and b.) give back to the community. The results have been great and the podcast continues to grow: There’s a podcast renaissance…
  • GE Ep 65: How Steve Chou Launched 2 Six-Figure Businesses… & Why He Still Has A 9-5 Job

    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Today’s interview is with Steve Chou of We’ll learn the story behind his funny domain name, how he and his wife built an ecommerce company that did over $100k in revenue in the first year, and how he’s adjusted his website’s email funnel for bigger profits resulting in more than $300k. He also talks about despite all this success from his own businesses, why he keeps his day job as an engineer. Laying the Foundations: How His Wife’s ‘Hell Hole’ Job Boosted Them Into Ecommerce Living in Silicon Valley, Steven and his wife both…
  • GB Ep 44: 6 Sales Interview Questions to Ask

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Today we’re talking about six effective sales interview questions to ask if you’re trying to hire a new sales person. These questions work for both junior and senior-level candidates. What is your biggest sales win? [01:42] For an entry-level job candidate, you can ask them what their biggest win in life has been so far, and you can see how it relates to sales. With their answer, you can dive deeper and continue down the rabbit hole. Have you even been part of a sports team before? [02:24] Whether it was in high school, college or whenever, it is good if they have some accomplishments to…
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    Business Banter

  • Don’t Let The Social Media Bug Bite Your Reputation

    Zameer Nazarali
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:28 am
    For start-ups and SME’s, social media offers an ideal platform to market what you do and spread the word through networking, building contacts and harbouring a reputation for your company. It’s all about your social media reputation management and how others will perceive you over time. In light of a recent case against an employee […]
  • [Podcast] 7 Ways To Amplify Your Content Using Social Media Marketing

    Shameer Shah
    16 Jan 2015 | 4:52 am
    Content and social media marketing being such a huge part of our daily business strategy, it’s no wonder you want to amplify your content so that your voice gets heard over all the social noise. There are tried and tested ways of doing exactly that and in this podcast, I demystify 7 simple ways that you can implement […]
  • Step 3 To A Better Business – Leverage

    Jamie Goral
    7 Jan 2015 | 4:07 am
    The articles outlines the Step 3 to a better business that will work without you. Imagine you calling the most senior person in your business and telling them you are going away for 3 months and will not be contactable. What business will you come back to? Learn from this business coaching. So far in my business […]
  • 20 Popular Articles That Rocked In 2014

    Shameer Shah
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    The team at has been working hard over the last 12 months to give you some great content to learn and grow your business and brand effectively. Not only have the articles been helpful to all our readers, but have also helped the team develop relationships beyond our expectations by producing regular content. 2015 should be […]
  • Sales Cycle: 3 Advanced Methods For Asking Follow Up Questions

    Marius Fermi
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:17 am
    Going through the sales cycle successfully is all down to you understanding your customer which can really only be done by asking plenty of questions and have the right follow up questions ready to go. Below are 3 advanced methods for follow up questioning, all of them carry a high risk of insulting the customer […]
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    The Lab

  • Case Study: JCDecaux Airport, Inc. Charging Kiosk

    Olea Kiosks
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Olea Kiosks was recently approached by JCDecaux Airport, Inc., the number one outdoor advertising company in the world[1], to engineer and manufacturer a cutting edge Digital charging station kiosk.  JCDecaux Airport, Inc. presented designs for a state-of-the-art digital kiosk that would be jam-packed with the latest electrical hardware technologies and include innovative features that create [...]
  • Retail Kiosks Create an Enhanced Shopping Experience

    Olea Kiosks
    10 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
  • Why the Government Is Investing in Self-Service Technology

    Olea Kiosks
    4 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
  • HR Kiosks Can Help Optimize Your Benefits Packages

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

  • Small Business Can Realize Some Big Savings by Outsourcing

    Judy Lindenberger
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am The post Small Business Can Realize Some Big Savings by Outsourcing appeared first on Open Door HR.
  • Developing Line Managers

    Judy Lindenberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am   The post Developing Line Managers appeared first on Open Door HR.
  • We Thank our Happy Clients!

    Judy Lindenberger
    29 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    This time of year is a time for reflection and gratitude. At The Lindenberger Group, we know we couldn’t survive without our incredible customers. We’re so grateful that these amazing businesses have entrusted us. We want to give our customers the chance to succeed in a big way and are grateful they’re letting us come along for the ride! We noticed that many of our customers are grateful for us as well, which makes us even more grateful! With that in mind, here are some of our customer quotes for November: We’ve certainly accomplished a lot so far and there is still much more to…
  • Women Networking with Women Pays Off

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

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

  • Mega-Tests, the Consumer IT Market, a Glo-cal Approach and more!

    DRI International
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:57 am
    Thrive! Asia is now featuring articles written by DRI Australia and New Zealand!  Catch up on 2014 with some of our favorite entries: And the Winner for Overall IT Security is . . . Linux? The Glo-cal Approach for Business Continuity Across Multiple Locations How the Consumer IT Market is Driving Business Continuity Management Making Business Continuity the Bearer of Good News The Mega-Test of Your Business Continuity You’ve Been Waiting For Policies and Standards in Business Continuity – Old Hat or Essential? Your Organisation has Business Continuity and Resilience – But…
  • Where are the Likely Holes in Your Disaster Recovery Planning?

    DRI International
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    DRI ANZ To view this article in its original location, please click here. No disaster recovery plan is perfect. However, there is a big difference between knowing about and managing limitations; and being caught wrong-footed by a problem you never thought about. Some items seem to consistently make the ‘hit parade’ of omissions and absences in DR plans. Before spilling the beans, here’s a hint to help you guess what they might be. They each involve a lack of vision beyond the limited point of view of IT servers and applications in a data centre. Getting the workforce back to work.
  • Keeping Business and IT Connected for Better Business Continuity

    DRI International
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    DRI ANZ To view this article in its original location, please click here. For many organisations, markets change fast as customer needs develop and competitors offer new solutions. Business people under pressure to get new products and services to market may ask more of the IT department than it can deliver at that moment. This friction can cause difficulties in communication and relationships between the two groups. From there, it can lead to fragile or fractured business continuity. The answer is systematic collaboration to ensure that plans are made ahead of time and that the organisation…
  • The Glo-cal Approach for Business Continuity across Multiple Locations

    DRI International
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:57 pm
    DRI ANZ To view this article in its original location, please click here. What is the common factor between worldwide fast-food chains and successful business continuity management in different offices of the same organisation? The answer is that both use a combination of global and local approaches, otherwise known as ‘glo-cal’. For the fast-food restaurants, global rules that must apply everywhere include safety, hygiene, accounting and branding policies. However, on a country-by-country basis, establishments may be able to offer their clientele supplements or variations to the standard…
  • A Look at KL2014

    DRI International
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    Congratulations to DRI Malaysia for another successful regional conference!  Topics covered during the conference included pandemic influenza, Super Typhoon Haiyan, and social media. We encourage you to visit DRI Malaysia in order to view photos of the conference, photos of the gala, and Awards of Excellence winners.
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    Common Sense Development

  • Every Entrepreneur’s Battle: When to Just Launch

    Mark Zarr
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:48 am
    I just recently realized that I am suffering from one of the same issues that I help many of my clients overcome: the failure to launch. It is an illness that plagues many entrepreneurs. We have the ideas running through our heads, but how do we take that next leap of faith and actually start running, not just planning our business? The post Every Entrepreneur’s Battle: When to Just Launch appeared first on Common Sense Development.
  • The Cloudy Eyes of Failure

    Mark Zarr
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:48 pm
    I have seen it many times. I call it “the cloudy eyes of failure.” Others may know it as “tunnel vision,” or “shutting down.” No matter what you call it, the symptoms (and the results) are the same. The post The Cloudy Eyes of Failure appeared first on Common Sense Development.
  • What if Every Day was Christmas

    Mark Zarr
    23 Dec 2014 | 11:55 am
    Wow, I cannot believe it is time once again to write a Christmas article. This year has flown by! I must admit that the end of this year has really caught me by surprise. This was to be a year full of changes and new opportunities. The post What if Every Day was Christmas appeared first on Common Sense Development.
  • Shhh, Do Not Listen to Those Who Speak the Loudest

    Mark Zarr
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Ever notice how those that speak the loudest always seem to be naysayers and complainers? You know who I am talking about - every business and organization has them. The people who always resist change, who can find the negative in any plan. They have an opinion about everything and seem to be most productive at destroying new ideas. The post Shhh, Do Not Listen to Those Who Speak the Loudest appeared first on Common Sense Development.
  • The Cold: Putting Faith in Front of the Things We Cannot Control

    Mark Zarr
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:31 pm
    the cold and I have never gotten along. There is just something about it that makes me angry. Perhaps, it is because it can beat you up and you can’t do anything about it. The post The Cold: Putting Faith in Front of the Things We Cannot Control appeared first on Common Sense Development.
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    Every Question Has Its Answer - Recent questions

  • Prendre sur la UGG puissant démarrage à partir d'un petit coin de Cornwall

    28 Jan 2015 | 1:18 am
    C'est ce que quelqu'un côté rue analyste exprimée lundi, envoyant des actions sur Deckers Outdoor Corp., la marque de la peau de mouton bottes, pour être en mesure de leur propre point culminant sous probablement deux longues années.L'étincelle : Sterne analyste Agee Sam Poser dit he pression Ugg vente pour être amélioré plus de 20 % en décembre, selon son propre regard sur. Mystère a un « Custom » investissement fond et 110 $ prix objectif sur stock de Deckers Outdoor.LE contexte : Vente de produits pour le démarrage de bottes ugg pas cher la société peut être…
  • Top Ten Basketball Superstar Who Wear jordan shoes

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:52 am
    Jordan's silence to the dangers that have turn out to bed associated with his shoes expresses-rightly and wrongly-that he where greater value upon his financial advantage rather than the protection of the communities which it's damaging. An popularity from His Airness would convey the opposite. It is going to offer him one platform to submit solutions for that chance of purchase a pair on Air Jordans Shoes Jordans. A sentiment like this would ought to be resonate not just with the kids that faithfully buy his footwear, but additionally to the adults who fund their sneakerhead…
  • Nike Shoes Your Choice, Your Style

    28 Jan 2015 | 12:10 am
    And also TeamROSHE is absolutely no other. With which, we present my year-end round up to be able to shout open our favorite (some other valuable) releases on 2014. Please feel totally free to add to the conference in the post component. We'd love to understand just how you really fell.Heart & Sole - Hey, accomplished you understand we tend to got our shoe? We accomplished. In fact, once you haven't studied the report and, you would. And, it may Nike Roshe Run Hyperfuse taste a young self-serving to be able to award which honor to one) our own private sort that b) is not on…
  • Nike free run de la Importance The d'investir dans bonnes chaussures de course

    27 Jan 2015 | 11:23 pm
    Le meilleur écran de Noël comme d'habitude - est les deux le don sur vous, votre temps, vos propres soins, votre absolument aimer et à respecter en ce qui concerne toutes les personnes qui conditionnent à vous. À droite, c'était amusant lourd et aussi que vous / nous avons trouvé les deux membres des famille (probablement) et les amis (en sus).Et la santé de la communauté qui magnétique. Cela a été un très long Nike Roshe Run Femmes de huit ans pour ce qui est beaucoup, beaucoup de parents : étant donné que le shopping à l'abandon, la capacité de travail d'écart…
  • Nike libre exécution avantages des achats militaires bottes en ligne

    27 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Gars, toujours beaucoup difficiles à personnalisé « juste la bonne chose en ce qui concerne » recevaient tant le club traditionnel époux, jeans, chaussettes (sur grande qualité), chapeaux excentriques saison, ouatine polaire dessus, réussies sur décontracté toutefois cher Nike Roshe s'exécute (chaussures et coll. tournés rues ébauchés). Sans attaches inesthétiques sous preuves - suggérant la popularité sur casual, façons de « normcore » de l'année, toutefois les deux « laid cadeau chandails » demeurent une tendance. Les gars ont probablement les deux la bonne idée.
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    Useful Business Tips

  • Top 5 Ways of Doing an Effective Email Marketing

    Priya G
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:24 pm
    How to do an effective Email – Marketing Choosing a profitable search engine marketing firm If you are personally annoyed at spam mails, then you might immediately want to cross email marketing off your list. You should not do this just yet. Email marketing is an effective Internet marketing strategy if approached correctly.Statistics show that over 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years. But don’t throw in the towel yet, because I am more than willing to share with you three reasons why you can launch a profitable search engine marketing firm in as raleigh…
  • Top Most Information about Different Type of Surveys

    Priya G
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The questions included within the surveys will inquire about personal routines or even choices associated to the respective service or even product Guidelines for surveys Service as well as manufacturing companies spend hundreds of thousands of bucks to study companies who gather specific information that’s useful in the development of their products as well as services. As soon as the study company is given an established of guidelines which a company wants to learn regarding its clients and customers, the scientists design a survey to collect the information. Old school surveys…
  • How to Employ the Appropriate Individual for your Organisaton

    Priya G
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Some methods to improve your chances so you will employ the “proper” individual. Organizing a new opportunity You believe the economic climate is enhancing. You need help to get organized and re-energized to make use of a new opportunity. At the same time, a long time worker decides to retire or move in. Do you alter the nature of the responsibilities or mix two jobs into one? Do you might have somebody on staff to move in or up or do you require to go outside? Fit into the organization An interesting fact is the fact that most people quit or are terminated not because they lack…
  • Top 6 Ways to Earn Money by Working from Home

    Priya G
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Some steps to be followed when working from home Join advertising and marketing web-sites You can join some of the premier advertising and marketing web-sites for no cost and start positioning adverts. Many of them will allow you place an advertisement in up to a few various types devoid of acquiring to pay for it. This can be an fantastic way for you to get targeted traffic and back links pointing back again to your web site. Work from home solution Several men and women aspiration of functioning from residence in Australia but not that lots of really just take the plunge – you can be…
  • Top 6 Strategies for those who want to do Work from Home

    Priya G
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    How to get superior benefits from Home based jobs Home-based business-Best Entity The degree of success of a commercial enterprise derives from many parameters. Some are blatantly obvious-while others far more subtle, even unnoticed on a conscious level. Surmounting people’s objections really used finding out and alleviating their preconceived notions that prevent them from spotting the benefit they get your from doing business along with you. Presenting your home-based business as the best entity is one strategy in your arsenal when accomplishing this. Automated search engine…
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    StartUp FASHION

  • Fabric Sourcing Tips for Emerging Designers

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s true. There is an art to finding and ordering fabric. Whether it’s conscious or not, there is some sort of triage system in place when mills and factories speak with designers and developers. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t malicious, there are just so many clients and companies reaching out to them, if they responded to everything in the order it appeared they would never get any work done. So here are 5 lessons on what to do and what to expect when venturing into the sometimes intimidating world of fabric sourcing. Lesson One: Know the Difference between Wholesale and…
  • One Crucial Lesson About the Fashion Manufacturing Industry

    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    {r}evolution apparel Whenever anyone asks me, What’s your one piece of advice for new designers? I always have the same answer. I’ve worked with dozens of entrepreneurs over the years, and I warn all of them of the same mistakes that I made when I was first starting out in the fashion industry. Let me take you back to the summer of 2012. I’m living out of a 1993 Chevy Conversion van on a three-month “sustainable fashion tour” of the Pacific Northwest. {r}evolution apparel Six months prior, my co-founder and I had launched the highest-funded fashion project in Kickstarter history to…
  • Independent Label House of Adnama Takes Us Behind the Scenes of an Emerging Brand

    Nicole Giordano
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    Our latest Instagram takeover was with independent designer Amanda Chapman, founder of House of Adnama, as shetook us along for her Spring Summer 15 editorial photo shoot. Amanda is a talented designer based in Decatur, GA and a member of the StartUp FASHION community. Her distinct take on unisex fashion is fun, creative, and alive. Below is our interview with Amanda, where she takes us behind the scenes of an emerging brand and shares a look into a long but exciting day of models, makeup, hair, and photography! There is a saying “you learn something new every day.” The day of…
  • Whiskey Scented Harris Tweed Makes a Foray Into Fashion

    Jessica Bucci
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Generally when you smell alcohol on someone, the immediate assumption is that they’ve had a few too many. But before jumping to conclusions, you might want to take a look at what the person is wearing. If they’re decked out in tweed, the scent of hard liquor could be an entirely intentional accessory. Scotland’s Heriot Watt University School of Textiles has put a new sensory twist on the classic Harris Tweed- the fabric has been infused with the scent of whiskey. This unusual textile was developed as a collaboration with Harris and Johnnie Walker Black Label. While the whiskey scented…
  • Friday Fashion Business Tip: Know What You Do

    Nicole Giordano
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    If I asked you want you do, what would you say? I’m a fashion designer I work in the fashion industry I launched a fashion label The responses above are probably true. But man are they boring. Stop answering the “what do you do?” question with literal, uninspiring statements. Here’s an example… What do I do? I could say: I founded a digital community and resource for independent fashion designers around the world. Or I could say one of the following: I help independent designers build businesses that make them happy. I support and guide designers who want to…
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    Center for Business Modeling

  • New Podcast Aims to Shed Light on Business Planning Challenges

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    Center for Business Modeling’s Expert Series Features Multimedia Presentations, Interviews with Startups, Marketing, Sales, and Operations Leaders COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – (January 26, 2015) – The Center for Business Modeling (CBM) today announced the launch of its new podcast, the CBM Expert Series. The Expert Series will feature guests with deep experience in several aspects of business planning—from ground-up startups to yearly and quarterly planning challenges for established businesses. The 15-minute podcast (which includes synced visual slides and audio) features a brief…
  • Improvement is a Messy Business

    J.R. Dickens
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:40 am
    The road to improvement is often a sloppy process of elimination that proceeds by fits and starts. The first problem we face when getting rid of waste is knowing what to look for. Waste is so prevalent that we often mistake it for real work! Waste can be placed into one of two broad categories: something we’re already doing (active waste), and something we’re not doing but should be (passive waste). Let’s start by examining the category of active waste since it is easier to get a handle on. To begin our study of waste, we’ll first consider two categories of work:…
  • Ditch the Bulky Business Plan and Get to Market Already

    Christopher Ryan
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:19 pm
    I’m a full-time entrepreneur, but also teach several courses for the SBA, including business planning. My students are probably surprised when I tell them that I prefer that they spend only a small amount of time writing their business plan. Of course they are surprised, especially if another instructor told them all about the virtues of completing a masterpiece of a business plan in order to attract investors and make sure their business had a good chance of success. Steve Blank, founder of E.piphany and a pioneer in the lean startup movement, obviously agrees with me. He recently…
  • How to do a SWOT Analysis [Infographic]

    Michael James Smyth
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    When to use SWOT analysis? Why Use SWOT? How to do a SWOT Analysis? Introduction to SWOT What is a SWOT analysis? It is a simple method of planning that compartmentalizes important internal factors (strengths and weaknesses) and external factors (opportunities and threats) that an organization faces. Simply stated, it is a highly effective planning technique to identify actions that will have a positive impact on business strategy and outcome. The items revealed in your assessment should be looked at as more than just a list of things you hope to accomplish or may eventually find the time to…
  • What is SWOT Analysis and Why Should You Care?

    John Bryant
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    SWOT analysis came from research conducted at Stanford Research Institute between 1960 and 1970 and stemmed  from the need to find out why corporate planning failed. Fortune 500 companies funded the initial research to find a way to overcome poor planning.  SWOT analysis was designed to provide a subjective assessment of data that is organized by the SWOT format into a logical order that helps understanding, presentation, discussion, and decision-making. The four dimensions are a useful extension of the basic list of pros and cons that many of us use to guide decisions. According to the…
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  • Newsweaver teams up with ALI for Strategic Internal Communications Conference

    Claire O' Brien
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    Strategic Internal Communications How To Drive Behavior Change And Employee Engagement With New Social Tools And Technologies January 28 – 30, 2015 in San Francisco Newsweaver are delighted to welcome conference goers to the Strategic Internal Communications event hosted by Advanced Learning Institute in San Francisco. The Advanced Learning Institute’s mission is focused on helping executives build strong personal relationships, expand their business knowledge of cutting-edge trends, and find proven solutions to a wide range of business problems. Strategic #InternalCommunications is next…
  • The Latest Trends in Leadership Communications

    Claire O' Brien
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    No Longer Just Top Down, An Infographic Did you know that the leadership communications crisis is deepening with only 1 in 5 people globally believing that leaders demonstrate effective leadership? Or that poor leadership costs companies money, with 61% of people boycotting or buying less from a company they believe to have poor leadership? Effective leadership communication is not just a buzz phrase. It has a clear and critical impact on an organization bottom line. In IBM’s recent Global CEO study on effective leadership communication, which polled almost two thousand CEOs worldwide found…
  • Customer Support Specialist (9 month contract)

    Emma Hanley
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:05 am
    Newsweaver is looking for a dynamic and customer focused individual to join our Customer Support Team in the role of Customer Support Specialist. We are seeking applications from enthusiastic, motivated, flexible and team orientated candidates that would like to develop a bright career with Newsweaver. It’s an exciting time here and specifically for the Customer Support team as we further expand our support hours to facilitate our growing network of global clients. Our customers are key, therefore excellent communication skills both written and oral are a must for this key position.
  • The role of Internal Comms in leading change

    Emma Hanley
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    In this webinar denise cox, Lead Communications Consultant for Newsweaver, is joined by Andrew Blacknell, Change and Communications Consultant, Blacknell Ventures and UK Change Management & Communication Practice Leader at Towers Watson. What you will learn: A step-by-step look at what Communication contributes to the 7 levers that drive change The difference between communications as a tool for implementation and a communication strategy Understanding resistance to change The importance of communicating the Employee Value Proposition (EVP) Why sharing insight and measurement is key to…
  • IC Essentials: Measurement

    16 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    The post IC Essentials: Measurement appeared first on Newsweaver.
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    Native Merchant Services » Blog

  • What to Know About EMV Chip Technology

    Ezra Gabay
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:14 am
    If your business accepts credit and debit cards, you probably pay close attention when companies such as Target and Home Depot suffer credit card data breaches. Payment card breaches are costly in terms of hard dollars and reputation. And given the popularity of cashless in-person, mobile and online transactions, it’s no surprise that cybersecurity is one of the biggest and most important issues facing every business. It’s also no secret that today’s hackers are sophisticated, difficult to catch and living all over the world. Protecting customer data has never been more urgent. Card…
  • Debit Cards vs. Credit Cards for Business: What You Need to Know

    Ezra Gabay
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    American consumers spend tens of billions of dollars every year using credit and debit cards alone. From swiping a card for a daily cup of coffee to booking a costly vacation, your customers count on debit and credit to fuel their lifestyles. If you’re thinking about accepting cards for payment and are wondering about the advantages for your business, here’s what you need to know. How Debit and Credit Card Transactions Work You already know that debit transactions take cash from available funds in a checking or savings account, while credit transactions are a loan against available…
  • Payment Security for Small Businesses

    Ezra Gabay
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Target. JP Morgan. Home Depot. Staples. Chick-Fil-A. What do these businesses all have in common? Their customers are all the victims of a massive credit card security breach. These companies also have huge, multi-million dollar budgets, and enormous available resources to prevent and address payment security problems. As a small business owner, you probably don’t have the same resources these large corporations enjoy. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t protect your customers. Is there a small business payment security system that’s right for your needs? Small Business Fraud…
  • Home-Based Business Resources

    Ezra Gabay
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:44 am
    If you’re planning to start a home-based business or considering starting a career in consulting, you’ll be eager to take advantage of the most effective home-based business tools. You don’t have to waste time or money testing the rest just to find the best — these business resources are established leaders in their industries, and suitable for a wide range of occupations. Google You already know Google as the most popular search engine in the world. Google is more than just search, however. Google Drive and Google Voice are free tools that can make your workday more productive and…
  • Want to Increase Restaurant Profits? Here’s How.

    Ezra Gabay
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    You’ve already heard the legend that most restaurants fail within the first year. Losing money doesn’t have to be a reality if you focus on increasing restaurant profits — without raising menu prices unnecessarily or slashing too many staff members. With smart food purchase planning and a sharp eye on non-menu costs, you can maximize restaurant profits while assuring an enjoyable customer experience. Give Promotions on High Margin Menu Items Dan Rowe of Fransmart works with successful restaurant franchises such as Elevation Burger and Freshii that have earned impressive profits despite…
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  • Believe In Yourself and Everything Else Falls into Place

    Beau N Norton
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Many people live scripted lives. They live up to the expectations of their close friends and family, but they rarely go any further than that. The post Believe In Yourself and Everything Else Falls into Place appeared first on
  • Passion And Pleasure In Work Is Career Fulfillment

    Mike Krutza
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:56 pm
    A father once said to his son, "Find a job you love and you shall never work a day in your life..." This is absolutely right if your are looking for Career Fulfillment. The post Passion And Pleasure In Work Is Career Fulfillment appeared first on
  • Progress Is the Key to Achieving Success

    Beau N Norton
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:44 pm
    Progress is the key to achieving success. But how do you know how far you are going, or where you are going if you do not have predefined milestones of your progress. The post Progress Is the Key to Achieving Success appeared first on
  • Why Your Business Isn’t As Successful As It Could Be

    Diane Conklin
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:23 pm
    As entrepreneurs and business owners, we have a tendency to think we have the answers. We think we know what people want. But really, do we? The post Why Your Business Isn’t As Successful As It Could Be appeared first on
  • Focus on the Easy Money

    Jeanna Gabellini
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    I used to have a bad habit of creating new ways to generate money every month. None of my new offerings had earth-shattering results, The post Focus on the Easy Money appeared first on
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    Securities Law & Going Public Lawyers

  • Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101

    1 Jan 2101 | 6:23 am
    Going Public LawyerGoing public is a big step for any company.  The process of “going public” is complex and at times precarious.  While going public offers many benefits it also comes with risks and quantities of regulations with which issuers must become familiar.   Despite the risks even in a down economy, the U.S. market remains one of the most attractive sources of... Read MoreGoing Public Lawyer
  • Can I Put Graphics In My S-1? Going Public Lawyers

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:27 am
    Going Public LawyerA common question we receive as going public lawyers is what graphics can be used in the issuer’s Form S-1 registration statement. Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) addressed the use of graphics and/or images that are non-searchable in SEC reports and filings in Comliance & Disclosure Interpretation (C&D) 118.01 of Regulation S-T. The C&D provides that “a... Read MoreGoing Public Lawyer
  • Can I Amend My Form 10-K? Going Public Attorneys

    27 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Going Public LawyerA company may desire to change information presented in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for a number of reasons.  Form 10-K amendments can be used to correct any material inaccuracies, misstatements or omissions that a company subsequently discovers.  As such, the SEC allows a company to file an amendment to its Form 10-K. An issuer is not required to... Read MoreGoing Public Lawyer
  • What Is a Consent of Auditor? Going Public Lawyers

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    Going Public LawyerItem 601 of Regulation S-K requires issuers to file a consent of auditor as an exhibit to certain forms and filed with the SEC including registration statements under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”).  A company’s Independent registered public accounting firm must provide an auditor’s consent and audit report in Securities Act registration statements and Annual Reports... Read MoreGoing Public Lawyer
  • SEC Amends Related Party Disclosure Rules – Going Public Lawyers

    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Going Public LawyerAnnual reports on Form 10-K are just around the corner for companies with a December 31, year-end. We have received several questions concerning recently adopted Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Auditing Standard No. 18, Related Parties. The new rule applies to all issuers and SEC registered broker-dealers and become effective for audits of financial statements for fiscal years beginning on... Read MoreGoing Public Lawyer
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    Body Transformation Nation

  • Transformation Update and PowerShake Recipe

    21 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    This video was shot on January 13th, 2015 as a quick update on how things are going with my diet and what the details of it are.  There is also a clip showing the exact protein drink I’m having for breakfast each day.
  • 2015 The Transformation Begins!

    8 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    Here we are in the first week of January 2015 when I start really putting everything into my total body transformation.  Last month I was able to get 10 total workouts in and start into a new habit of exercise.  Now that I’m in January I’m doing 4 workouts per week and changing my diet.  I’m not making radical changes to my diet this month but I am once again working on forming new habits. New Habits for a New You What are these new habits?  Well first of all it was a lot of bad habits that have resulted in the obese condition that I am in now.  The best way to succeed…
  • My Body Transformation Day 22

    23 Dec 2014 | 12:48 pm
    December has been a hectic month and I haven’t had a chance to create updates as often as I planned.  In January when I take this full speed I’ll be making sure to update several times per week. Accomplished So Far in Month 1 This first month is really just about getting back into the habit of exercise and mentally preparing for my 50 pound weight loss transformation. In the last 22 days I’ve now completed 7 of the level 1 CT-50 Workouts.  I’m a bit behind pace right now and should have at least completed 9 workouts (3 per week).  I made the mistake of not…
  • CT-50 Workout 3 Summary – Quick Look at the Gym

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    My goal for the first week was to complete the first 3 workouts and finally break down that barrier of getting started. The CT-50 Workout schedule is very flexible, and a thing to keep in mind is that these workouts are only 10-20 minutes long. So there really is no reason for anyone to not have the time to do them.  You just have to trade in some of your valuable “sitting on the couch time” for a quick workout.   Quick Workout Summary Exercises from This Workout Down Dog to Up Dog Here is a screenshot from the video on how to do body rows with a TRX Suspension.   The…
  • CT-50 Workout #2 Video Summary – and EPOC Explained

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    In the second workout of the CT-50 workout series I pushed myself a bit harder than on day 1.  Admittedly I ended up pushing myself a bit too hard and was nauseous after the 13 minute workout.  I had mentioned in my Workout 1 summary that I wasn’t going to change my diet during the first month.  Since I threw up twice after the second workout I think there are some changes I will make to my diet, such as not eating pizza 90 minutes before one of these workouts (trust me, don’t do it). Why Are The CT-50 Workouts so Efficient? These workouts are really thought out and have the…
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    Atlanta Business Radio

  • Special Edition: CTO Nation

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Guest Host Greg Cory / CTO Nation  Rolf Versluis / Adcap Network Systems  Steven Ferguson / Technical College System of Georgia  Brett Sheley / FRM Solutions  Jamey Shirah / Vida-Flo       
  • Focus on Strategic Planning

    22 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Chris Parker / Innvision Abe Malla / Westside Foundry Sig Mosley / Mosley Ventures   Sigmund Mosley, Jr., the unwitting godfather of early-stage technology investing in Atlanta. More officially he is the President of Imlay Investments, Inc., the personal investment company of John P. Imlay, Jr. Jim Jubelirer / Jubelirer Results Group   Jim Jubelirer is a Certified Gazelles Coach, a certified “WHY Guy” and is affiliated with the Duke Leadership Program at the Fuqua School of Business. His mission is to help companies grow and prosper by using the best practices in business and…
  • Spotlight on NAWBO

    21 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    Nancy Chorpenning / C-Suite Advisors    Nancy Chorpenning is Founder & Managing Director of Atlantabased C-Suite Advisors, a business advisory practice. C-Suite Advisors specialty is advising women entrepreneurs whose businesses have emerged successfully from the startup phase and who are growing their firms into profitable, professionally managed businesses prepared for selling in the future. Nancy also leads peer-mentoring for women business owners, and offers webinars on planning, leadership, and building business value among other business topics. This January, she is starting…
  • Lan Bercu with Lead Across Cultures International

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Lan Bercu / Lead Across Cultures International    Lan Bercu is the founder and president of Lead Across Cultures Intl, an Atlanta- based company with a focus on business competitiveness and global leadership. As an international speaker and expert in her field, Lan has nearly two decades of experience working with international corporations and small businesses in Asia and North America. In her earlier years, Lan was an entrepreneur and executive at British Petroleum Vietnam. She travels from Atlanta to Beijing, and Ho Chi Mnh City to Washington DC to assist her clients ranging from…
  • Josh Webb and Joe Garcia with Root Radius and Constance Dierickx with CD Consulting Group

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Josh Webb and Joe Garcia / Root Radius   We equip cause to tell their story. Our organizational story is made true by the experience we give our supporters. It can be easy to become impersonal the busier we get. Automating your cause is a great way to ensure your story gets told to everyone in the way they need to hear it. With a decade of large brand advertising experience, like UPS, Universal Studios and more, Josh now uses that knowledge to help causes to tell their story and create the infrastructure needed to make it true. Josh Webb is the Founder and a partner at Root Radius. He…
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    ALS Locksmith Blog

  • Locksmith Glasgow G3, G12

    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Affordable locksmith near Park Circus G3 Affordable locksmith Glasgow G3, G12 for all your lock fitting, repairs, installations and UPVC door and window repairs. A complete locksmith service near you. We come to you and all work is carried out efficiently on your doorstep at your convenience. A local locksmith service, family run and independent to thelarger national companies. That means we charge no vat so straight away we are twenty percent cheaper. We charge no hourly rates. We don't charge traveling times and we do not charge a call out fee. Affordable Locksmith Services All our work be…
  • Locksmith Arrochar and Tarbet

    11 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Locksmith Arrochar and Tarbet Looking for a locksmith in Arrochar and Tarbet? There isn't one. A.L.S. Locksmith Dumbarton cover this area and can respond to your needs with efficiency and professionalism. Lock Changes A.L.S. Locksmith Arrochar and Tarbet carry out all manner of lock changes from replacement Yale, mortise locks to the replacement and repair of multipoint mechanisms on PVC doors. Lock Repairs A.L.S. Locksmith Arrochar and Tarbet carry out repairs to all kinds of door and window locks. If we can't repair the lock we can replace it. 90% of our jobs are completed in one…
  • Locksmith Scotstoun

    1 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Locksmith Scotstoun Need a locksmith in Scotstoun? Look no further than A.L.S. We're an independent service catering for all types of lock enquiries but specialise in the repair and maintenance of UPVC doors and windows. Lock Replacement We can replace your locks and not only replace them but upgrade them to something better for insurance purposes. We provide BS 3621: 2007 locks Anti snap secure locks Yale locks Mortise locks For all enquiries please call or email and ask for Steve. Lock Fitting We can fit new locks to your doors and windows to improve the security to your home. You can tick…
  • Affordable Locksmith Broomhill

    27 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Locksmith Broomhill Affordable Locksmith Broomhill cater for all aspects of locksmithing from lock changes, repairs and fitting. We also specialise in UPVC door and window repair in and around Glasgow. Broomhill Locksmith Services Here's a few reasons why you should consider using Affordable Locksmith Broomhill: We provide excellent customer service. When you call you'll speak directly with the locksmith that will carry out the job. We provide an honest, reliable and trusted service. You'll be kept in the loop at all times via text and on the phone. You'll pay no vat on any labor or locking…
  • Locksmith Bowling Old Kilpatrick

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Locksmith Bowling Old Kilpatrick Looking for a recommended locksmith in Bowling, look no further than A.L.S. locksmiths in Dumbarton. We cover Bowling and Old Kilpatrick as well as the surrounding areas. Lock Changes We carry out all manner of lock replacements to your doors and windows. Unsure as to what type of lock you have fitted to your door visit our lock guide. What you get with a lock replacement from A.L.S. Locksmith A years Guarantee. Excellent customer service. Quality Locks fitted. Peace of mind. Lock Repairs A.L.S. Locksmiths can repair most kind of locks usually in one visit.
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    BInary Option Evolution »

  • Apple +7.6%; Street applauds iPhone sales, China growth

    28 Jan 2015 | 8:39 am
    Apple +7.6%; Street applauds iPhone sales, China growth — Option Trading Partners       Helping  Build Income Online —-   Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has seen at least ten target hikes after soundly beating FQ1 estimates on the back of a big iPhone sales print. Shares are less than $2.50 away from a high of $119.75. UBS’ Steve Milunovich: “The 74.5mn unit iPhone figure deserves all the adjectives analysts can muster, especially given that (1) supply/demand balance was not achieved until Jan, and (2) 49% sell-thru growth bettered the sell-in increase of 46% ……
  • Market open: Stocks lifted by Apple, Boeing earnings

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:52 am
    Stocks lifted by Apple, Boeing earnings — Option Trading Partners       Helping  Build Income Online —- U.S. Stocks lifted on Wednesday, a day after the S&P 500 took its biggest hit in more than three weeks, as upbeat earnings from companies including Apple boosted investor sentiment. Boeing rose after the jet manufacturer and Dow component posted quarterly profit that surpassed estimates; Yahoo gained after saying it would spin off its 15 percent stake in Alibaba Group Holding. “It looks like we’re rebounding on some pretty good earnings reports from both…
  • VMware -5.1%; guidance overshadows Q4 beat, buyback

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    MAGNUM OPTIONS 150+ Tradable Assets Earn online with MAGNUM OPTIONS US Traders welcome Luckily those people work for you VMware -5.1%; guidance overshadows Q4 beat, buyback Though VMware (NYSE:VMW) beat Q4 estimates and added $1B to its buyback, the company guided on its CC (transcript, earnings slides) for Q1 revenue of $1.49B-$1.51B and full-year revenue of $6.64B-$6.76B, below consensus estimates of $1.55B and $6.85B. Also: License revenue growth is expected to fall to 2%-3% in Q1 from Q4’s 13%, and amount to 6%-9% for the whole of 2015. If not for forex, guidance would respectively…

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:09 am
    FORMER VALVE VIRTUAL ECONOMIST IS NEW SYRIZA FINANCE MINISTER OF GREECE — Option Trading Partners       Helping  Build Income Online —- Greece’s new finance minister is Valve’s former virtual economist. Professor of Economic Theory and former Valve consultant Yanis Varoufakis was appointed Finance Minister of Greece on January 27, 2015. Previously, he was elected to the Greek Parliament, representing Syriza. From January 2004 to December 2006, Varoufakis served as economic adviser to George Papandreou, whose government he was to become an ardent critic of a few years…
  • Bloody Aliens from Outer Space invading the App Store

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:51 am
    Bloody Aliens from Outer Space invading the App Store — Option Trading Partners       Helping  Build Income Online —- Crywolf Digital today announces Bloody Aliens 1.1, an update to its fast paced, twitch based game for iOS devices. Featuring intuitive controls with crazy gameplay mechanics, Bloody Aliens will have you spinning, blasting, slicing, frying and bouncing your way through an invasion of deadly aliens to survive human extinction. Compete with other players on a global leaderboard and fight for a position at the top. Version 1.1 features an all new epic boss fight…
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  • The Secret To Natural Hair Growth

    Monique Jeffers
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    There have been many discussions about getting your Natural Hair to grow longer. But many of us over look so many small The post The Secret To Natural Hair Growth appeared first on Urb Society Magazine.       
  • How To Finger Coil Out on Natural Hair (Video)

    Monique Jeffers
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Samirah Gilly shares her technique for big fluffy curls, no rollers needed. But you will need a leave-in, gel, denman brush, and The post How To Finger Coil Out on Natural Hair (Video) appeared first on Urb Society Magazine.       
  • Big Sean Jumps on The Cover of Complex Magazine

    Lateef "TheIndustryDude"
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Big Sean jumps on the cover of Complex Magazine and talks about his upcoming album, starting his own label, marriage, and more. The post Big Sean Jumps on The Cover of Complex Magazine appeared first on Urb Society Magazine.       
  • Trumpet Awards Honors Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, Isley Brothers

    Lateef "TheIndustryDude"
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:48 pm
    The 23rd Annual Trumpet Awards was held at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre and will be aired Feb. 21 on TV One. The post Trumpet Awards Honors Jamie Foxx, Janelle Monae, Isley Brothers appeared first on Urb Society Magazine.       
  • Fox TV “Empire” Season 1 Episode 3 (Full Video)

    Lateef "TheIndustryDude"
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Empire has been a major hit for Fox TV with millions of viewers tuning in every week. One of Lucious son’s is gay The post Fox TV “Empire” Season 1 Episode 3 (Full Video) appeared first on Urb Society Magazine.       
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    Bruce Bryant Felton | Mobile Income Network

  • Make Money Online Systems – Truth or Hype?

    Bruce Bryant Felton
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:53 pm
    There’s this show called “TRUTH OR HYPE” and it’s one of the most viewed shows on the Internet dedicated to investigating online income opportunities. Their mission is to help people around the world know for sure whether an opportunity is real or just hype. I’ve come across thousands of ‘so-called’ money-making schemes on the Internet, and I can tell you one thing for sure: most of them are nothing but hype. Sad but true. The people who’ve used it, say things like… “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner or a pro – anyone can use this system…
  • Download NOW – Lead Generation Tool (Scraper)

    Bruce Bryant Felton
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Ok, so I’m being nice this year by giving away one of my favorite tools that I use today in my online business. It’s called Lead Generater Scraper. It basically scrapes the leads from Google by you entering in a few keywords. It’s not like most that you see out there. Trust me. This one is a gold mine. I’ve personally recruited over 450+ reps inside my business and this tool has been a huge blessing for me. I’m giving this away for only $2.00 + PLUS my 2 hour webcast training on other untapped methods that you can use to generate free leads online. I will be…
  • Why CUSTOMERS Are More LOYAL Than Reps

    Bruce Bryant Felton
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    Your Downline is Broke Because You Have Everyone Focused On Recruiting. People come and go in this industry. That’s true. But one thing I find very disturbing is how everyone is promoting the opportunity side of their “deal” rather than promoting the product side. If ya ask me, your customers will be more loyal to YOU once they see that the product works. Listen to the audio training below. I should also mention – I’m a loyal customer to Mary Kay. I bought the product from a close friend of mine a couple months back. After…
  • The 2 Vital Skills You NEED In Order To CRUSH MLM

    Bruce Bryant Felton
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    This blog is going to be short because most of what I have to say is in the audio below. Click play and listen. At the very end you’ll understand on how NOT to fail in MLM by focusing on things that are making you money in your business. It’s simple. The 2 vital skills any network marketer or internet marketers needs to learn are selling and recruiting. Giving away free bonuses/software programs is not selling. Without those 2 you’re dead in the water. Any focus you put towards anything else that’s NOT getting you paid will only put you down under. You must provide…
  • Chromebook – Find The Apps That Are Draining Your Battery

    Bruce Bryant Felton
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:42 am
    Find the programs/apps that are draining your battery inside your Chromebook Is your Chromebook battery draining constantly? No more worries – because with Chromebooks latest update they’ve now enabled the “used to be private” section to where we can find out what programs are draining our battery. We have this feature with Android but Chromebook finally enabled it for us. Check it out.. Step 1: Head over to your settings area Step 2:  Look for “device” & click on “Battery”. Apparently, the Gmail app uses up most of my battery. Which NOW…
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