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  • Heart of an Introvert, Mind of an Extrovert

    Enlarge. Excel. Evolve.
    15 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    In one of my posts long back, I had mentioned that I am an ambivert, a person who is neither an extrovert nor an introvert, but somewhere in between.In fact, my life has been an interesting story with experiences in multiple industries ranging from television channel & publishing to consulting, work experience across different parts of India and a unique career curve.Read the Full Post on LinkedIn
  • How you’re poisoning your brain (and the secret antidote)

    Start My Consulting Business
    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…
  • Read This Before Launching a Facebook Contest

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    Jennifer Beese
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    When done right, social media contests can be great vehicles for driving engagement and increasing brand visibility. Whether you’re gathering user-generated content or simply rewarding loyal fans, contests have become a staple in marketers’ outreach strategies. With more than 1.35 billion active members and low barrier to entry, Facebook is a popular platform on which to host these contests. But before you start collecting Likes and handing out prizes, here are a few things you need to know about running promotions on the social network — including some very important Facebook contest…
  • Entrepreneurs and “Smarketing”: 2015 Business Planning [Update]

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

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    Gene Marks
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    While insurance companies are grappling with community ratings and risk corridors, they can make up their profits the old-fashioned way: charging your company more.
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    CyberAlert Blog

  • Lessons from Uber’s Public Relations Fiasco

    William Comcowich
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
      Ride-sharing service Uber has been run over in the media for recent public relations blunders.  Senior Uber executive Emil Michael, mistakenly thinking he was speaking off the record at a New York dinner club, suggested the company hire researchers to dig up dirt on private lives of journalists who criticize the company. PandoDaily editor [...]The post Lessons from Uber’s Public Relations Fiasco appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Email Pitches: The Critical Importance of Subject Line

    William Comcowich
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    The subject line of an email media pitch is the gatekeeper to entry, according to new research. Of 500 top-tier publishers surveyed by digital marketing agency Fractl in partnership with BuzzStream, 85 percent said they open email pitches based on the subject line, and 81 percent said they prefer email pitches. PR pros must write [...]The post Email Pitches: The Critical Importance of Subject Line appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • The Surprising Impact of Web Forms on Leads, Sales & the Bottom Line

    Rohan Ayyar
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    Editor’s Note: The following article is a guest post submitted by Rohan Ayyar of E2M Solutions. Marketers constantly hunt for the next silver bullet that will magically kick-start a flow of customers to their websites. Sadly, we all know that no such silver bullets really exist. Massive site traffic, great conversions and lasting brand loyalty [...]The post The Surprising Impact of Web Forms on Leads, Sales & the Bottom Line appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Videos: The Marketing Opportunity Many Businesses Miss

    William Comcowich
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
      No doubt, consumers love videos. Much research confirms that.  Unfortunately, research also shows that digital marketers have yet to deliver videos consumers want. Levels Beyond research, reported by eMarketer, indicates that 59 percent of U.S. adult Internet users watch branded videos when they visit a company website. Most, or 67 percent, want to see [...]The post Videos: The Marketing Opportunity Many Businesses Miss appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
  • Organic Search Still Beats Social Media

    William Comcowich
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
      Social media networks are grabbing most of the media attention these days. If you just read the news reports and don’t consider the numbers, you’d think digital marketers need only worry about Facebook, Twitter and a few other major networks. While it’s true that social media networks are sending more referral traffic to websites [...]The post Organic Search Still Beats Social Media appeared first on CyberAlert Blog.
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  • Twitter Stats that Can Help Boost Engagement

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

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

    Jennifer Beese
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Over the years, Pinterest has evolved from a simple product discovery and scrapbooking site into a powerful personalized search platform. Since launching Guided Search back in April, search volume per user has increased by 25 percent. Personalized search provides big opportunities for content, but it also challenges brands to Pin more strategically in order to reach target audiences. The key to getting your Pinterest Pins in front of more people is understanding how people explore Pins to begin with. Therefore, let’s dive deeper into user behavior and explore other ways you can…
  • Read This Before Launching a Facebook Contest

    Jennifer Beese
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:31 am
    When done right, social media contests can be great vehicles for driving engagement and increasing brand visibility. Whether you’re gathering user-generated content or simply rewarding loyal fans, contests have become a staple in marketers’ outreach strategies. With more than 1.35 billion active members and low barrier to entry, Facebook is a popular platform on which to host these contests. But before you start collecting Likes and handing out prizes, here are a few things you need to know about running promotions on the social network — including some very important Facebook contest…
  • Push Notifications in the Palm of Your Hand

    Product Team
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    Sprout Social is happy to announce that our mobile experience just got better: push notifications are here for both Android and iOS mobile devices! Instantaneous Updates Anytime, Anywhere Now, you can stay updated when you’re on-the-go without being in the Sprout app. Always on the quest to make social communications even easier, we hope that push notifications simplify your day-to-day. By providing you with updates of what’s going on in your social channels and the Sprout app, you can easily stay informed and involved no matter where you are. This little dialogue between you and the…
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    Start My Consulting Business

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Heart of an Introvert, Mind of an Extrovert

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

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

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

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

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

  • Anti-corruption bar set higher, but Australia still has more to do

    AJ Brown, Professor of Public Policy & Law at Griffith University
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Many countries still need to clean up their act on anti-corruption and whistleblowing protections. ShutterstockDespite the adoption of a third two-year G20 Anti-Corruption Action Plan, corruption received only a few lines in the latest G20 leaders’ communique. The credibility of the G20 as a whole now rests on doing better on the detail. After all, the driving reason why leaders have consolidated anti-corruption measures as part of the core G20 agenda is to promote honesty and integrity in the world’s governmental and financial affairs. The high point from the summit was G20 leaders’…
  • Bankers are about to ensure money transfers go underground

    Supriya Singh, Professor, Sociology of Communications, Graduate School of Business & Law at RMIT University
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Millions of people around the world rely on money transfer operators to send funds to their families. Gregory Wake/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SANext week, Australian bank Westpac will become the last of the big four banks to stop serving money transfer operators, amid concerns about breaching laws on money laundering and terrorist financing. There is the whiff of the illicit about sending money overseas in Anglo-American countries. Sending money to parents and siblings does not feel natural, for it is not a cultural practice. Parents and grandparents give money to children and grandchildren, but money…
  • How much bang for a buck? Working out the returns on government spending

    Efrem Castelnuovo, Principal Research Fellow, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research - Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Business at University of Melbourne
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Not all leaders agree on the path to boosting economic growth. Paul Miller/AAPG20 leaders have put growth and employment at the centre of the global agenda. To spur collective growth by more than 2% over five years, member countries have agreed to implement a package of structural reforms (among others, increasing quality investment in infrastructure, reducing barriers to trade, creating more employment opportunities, and increasing market competition). Such policies are proposed to overcome the allegedly limited effectiveness of standard monetary and fiscal policy tools. Given historic‐low…
  • Television is not dead, it's just changing channels

    Marc C-Scott, Lecturer in Digital Media at Victoria University
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Australians are increasingly tuning in to traditional broadcast television stations www.shutterstock.comNetflix will launch in Australia and New Zealand in March next year. Expectations are this is just the start of an influx of new streaming options in Australia. The internet and television are increasingly intertwined. It is expected that 30% of televisions globally will be connected to the internet by 2018. In Australia, this figure was surpassed last year with a third of Australians already using a television with internet capability. However, people are also increasingly tuning in to…
  • China's 'white gold' infant formula rush comes at a public health cost

    Karleen Gribble, Adjunct Research Fellow, School of Nursing at University of Western Sydney
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Sales of infant formula are booming in China, attracting investment from new quarters. Shen Xiang/EPA/AAPAlongside this week’s announcement of a free trade deal between China and Australia came reports of Gina Rinehart’s investment in a Queensland dairy operation to supply infant formula to China. Australia’s richest woman built her fortune on iron ore, but Rinehart’s A$500 million investment makes her a major player in Australian milk formula exports. Infant formula sales in China have increased more than ten-fold over the last decade and will double again in the next three years,…
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    Birds on the Blog

  • Is Christmas Card Sending A Worthwhile Investment?

    Nicky Claydon
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Is Christmas Card Sending A Worthwhile Investment? It is that time of year where things are starting to get busy. Are you realising that you must get yourself organised with regard to sending Christmas Cards to your business contacts? There are now just 32 days until Christmas. This subject might be something you struggle with […] The post Is Christmas Card Sending A Worthwhile Investment? appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Award Winning Bird, On The Blog

    Lottie Moore
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    At The Awards I’ve just read a blog post about how much you should reveal about yourself (or not, as the case may be) in a blog – it came at just the right time for me, as I wanted to write this post all about my award winning (or not, as the case may […] The post Award Winning Bird, On The Blog appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Beat Bullying

    Amy Havok
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    This week is anti-bullying week, so I’ve decided that my blog this week will talk a little bit about my various experiences with bullying – even though talking about it really pushes me way out of my comfort zone, and obviously makes me upset, but it’s something that needs to be spoken about – and […] The post Beat Bullying appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • Journalistic Six vs. Google’s Pirate 2 Update

    Josie Aplin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    I was teaching the Journalistic Six this week to my Enterprise students. I thought it might be useful if I shared the concept here. What or Who are the Journalistic Six? No, it’s not a dodgy X-Factor band. The clue is in the name. The Journalistic Six is a writing technique used by journalists (or […] The post Journalistic Six vs. Google’s Pirate 2 Update appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
  • How to understand YOUR profit and loss

    Morena Russell
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    I am not talking about that boring stuff that you Google dispassionately… Nooo…! I am talking about YOUR business figures and what they are telling you Let’s start. I will need some interaction from you though. Yes, it is not just sitting here reading! Let’s do some work! (but don’t worry, it’s just a little…) […] The post How to understand YOUR profit and loss appeared first on Birds on the Blog.
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  • The Exporting Business Made Simple - Douglas E. Castle

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

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

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

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

    Douglas E. Castle
    9 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    International Business Update: Wiring Funds And Banking If you are either conducting business internationally or are contemplating conducting any type of business which may require international electronic or SWIFT transfers of funds (i.e., funds transfers inbound or outbound via wire) the current terrorist threat levels are already creating additional diligence and reporting on the part of depositary institutions, as certainly as it will now take you longer to go through airport security clearance protocol on any international flight due to the prevalance of consciousness relating to…
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    Theme Park Post

  • Disney reveals more details of its Shanghai Resort plans

    F Depraetere
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:38 am
    (Theme Park News) Disney has unveiled more information on its Shanghai Disney Resort plans this week. The information was released at a recent travel expo in China and the Disney Blog has reported on it. Although often vaguely described, the news gives new insight into the park’s plans. First revalation was that the Shanghai Disney […]
  • accesso Passport eCommerce solution named 2014 Best New Product by IAAPA

    F Depraetere
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:16 am
    (Attractions News) accesso Technology Group plc (AIM: ACSO) has been awarded the 2014 Best New Product Award under the category of Revenue & Admission Control/ Wristband/ RFID Technology by the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) for its upgraded accesso Passport eCommerce solution. This is the fourth “Best New Product” award the company […]
  • Denmark’s Fårup Sommerland announces new hotel for 2016

    F Depraetere
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    (Theme Park News) Construction has begun on Hotel Fårup, a new expansion to the Danish theme park and opening in 2016. The new facility will be located in the heart of the park, officials announced. The hotel will be themed in a true Fårup atmosphere with the woodland extensing into the hotel and into the […]
  • Bob Cassata and Dick Knoebel inducted into IAAPA Hall of Fame

    F Depraetere
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    (Attractions News) The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) announced that rides and carnival games developer Bob Cassata and amusement park operator Richard “Dick” Knoebel were inducted into the IAAPA Hall of Fame. The IAAPA Hall of Fame honors individuals for their significant and lasting contributions to the worldwide attractions industry. The inductions […]
  • Chance Rides hires sales Manager for the carnival market

    F Depraetere
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    (Attractions News) Chance Rides recently hired Jeff Miller as Sales Manager for new rides in the North America carnival market. Miller comes to Chance Rides with over 25 years experience in the amusement ride industry. “We are very pleased to have Jeff on board as we grow our new portable ride production including our new […]
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    Simply stated business

  • Simply Stated Business Walking

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

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

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

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

    Cathy Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Readers love word lists. Whether it’s words we overuse or those we wished we used more, we love to download and share our lists. Word lists are the espresso on our business communication menu. They are a quick shot of inspiration in a bland world. Word Lists Video I just created a Transition Words/Phrases list from my last post. The power of the list got me thinking. Over the years, I’ve added to my word lists You can download a variety in my Free Stuff area I also posted some on SlideShare Has it been a while since you visited the Free Stuff area? I created this quick video…
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  • Downstream Provisioning Alleviates Account Management Headaches

    Robert Doswell
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    Organisations often have various human resources, email, ERP and other types of applications that are used on a daily basis with each application requiring an employee account to be created with different information including credentials, roles and access rights. This is very time consuming for many organisations and usually creates many issues. For example, when an … Continued
  • Virtualisation: From Trend To Reality

    Daniel Model
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Virtualisation is no longer a trend; it has become a reality for organisations. Although many are embracing virtualisation platforms, quite often the approach to backing up the data on their virtual servers is not well thought-out. In this article I’d like to explain the challenges of data protection in virtual environments and how companies can address them. … Continued
  • How Can SMEs Ensure 2015′s Forecasts Aren’t Just A Pipe Dream?

    Rich Preece
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    Running a small business can be like walking a tightrope. Every day is a balancing act of sales, solvency and processes, all in an often unpredictable bid for growth. Added to this, the economic climate since 2007 has fluctuated wildly, meaning growth forecasts have shrunk. As a result, SME owners have been laser-focused on the … Continued
  • SMBs Can Drive Innovation By Freeing Up Resources In The IT Team

    Ian Callens
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    The cost of maintaining the data centre has become stifling for many small to medium sized businesses. It is estimated that just keeping the lights on is, on average, eating up between 72% and 85% of IT budgets. The time spent attending to hardware, software and infrastructure is also curtailing the time IT teams have … Continued
  • The Great Telecommunications Service Provider Balancing Act

    Simon Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    There’s no doubt that, for the majority of telecommunications service providers, the network is king. With more customers than ever relying on fast, easy access to data and voice services on their mobile devices, the battle to lead the way is intensifying amongst operators. But should network speeds be the only barometer by which these … Continued
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  • The Best Features You Wish Your Office Had

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

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

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:41 am
    Partnerships, dependant on you and your businesses circumstances, can either be mutually beneficial or singularly detrimental. In order to avoid partnerships that could prove to be detrimental and to forge beneficial unions you should not enter into them lightly and, when you do, you should take care to nurture them carefully. The difficulty is in distinguishing between the two, as partnerships can take many forms whether you consider their legal connotations or the way in which individual parties serve one another. How to Evaluate a Prospective Partnership The first thing to consider is…
  • Turn It Over: 4 Effective Ways to Leverage the Back of Your Business Card

    17 Nov 2014 | 11:39 pm
    A business card is only effective when coupled with strategy.A clever message makes an impression, and a poorly constructed card turns potential customers away. In addition to devoting time and preparation toward a great-looking card, consider what to do with its backside to inspire more sales. Model a Resume A resume is full of bullet points, convincing potential employers to give you a job.Use the same sentiment and structure to make an impression on potential customers.Use the back of the card to craft succinct bullet points, listing credentials, rewards, and reasons to buy from you. First…
  • 5 Essential Software for Small Businesses

    15 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    Small businesses today need the right software to constantly gain valuable insight into their operations and basically keep things running. With many different types of software available in the market, it is difficult to know where to start. So to help you out, here are the ‘essentials’ of the kinds of software that small businesses need to have. The Basics 1. Finance and Accounting Software Businesses are typified by the fact that money is a central point. Small businesses are not any different. Budgets, finances, salaries, sales and revenue – all these are taken into account…
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    Stock Prices Today » Stock News

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

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

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

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

    Pete Southern
    10 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Wall Street opened in the red Friday after its heaviest decline in eight months, facing a bearish bias that now seems firmly established. By late morning, the Dow managed to hang balanced, but the Nasdaq was still sinking further into negative territory. In macroeconomic terms, the publication of import prices in the United States in decl Read more ...
  • Stock Prices Not Impressed By New Data

    Pete Southern
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:25 am
    Unlike European markets, Wall Street has failed to acknowledge the end of the third quarter: the end of the session were marked by a wave of tiredness and a further decline of 0.15%. In the end, all US indices closed in the red, between -0.2% and -0.3%, near the low of the day. However, there is an index that remained down throughout the Read more ...
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    Citeman Network

  • XLRI presents Synergy 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Personal Planner Giveaway

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

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

    Joanne Dewberry
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    The summer of 2014 saw the launch of the new British .uk domain extension. If you purchased a domain name before October 28th 2013, the new shorter ccTLD (country code top-level domain) is already reserved. is one of the largest and most recognised ccTLDs in the world, and we are exposed to this […] The post Should I transfer my domain to the new .uk extension? appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Don’t be Blindsided: The Business Guide to Buying Blinds

    Joanne Dewberry
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    When someone meets you for the first time, it takes around three seconds for them to determine whether they like you and, in business situations, whether they want to work with you in the future. In business, as in social situations, making a good first impression is crucial, and it’s not only yourself that must […] The post Don’t be Blindsided: The Business Guide to Buying Blinds appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
  • Crowdfunding Hints and Tips

    Joanne Dewberry
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Crowdfunding seems to be increasing in popularity and more and more businesses are using this route to source much needed funds to start up or grow their small business. What is crowdfunding? Crowdfunding enables businesses and projects to raise money by inviting people to pledge or invest small amounts, usually online. Using a crowdfunding website […] The post Crowdfunding Hints and Tips appeared first on Joanne Dewberry.
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    SunGard Availability Services UK / Blog

  • Blue Light Innovation

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Business Leaders ‘Do It All’

    Naomi Simson
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    “How do you do it all?” This is a question every woman leader seems to be asked, but this question is relevant for all busy people and all people who aspire to leadership. ‘Leadership’ can seem like a big word. Many people are reluctant to give themselves that title, fearing if they call themselves a leader they will be open for ridicule – and the tall poppy syndrome (which Seth Godin told us in Sydney last week is not an Australian phenomena – every country he says thinks they invented it). As scandal after scandal has hit the press regarding the institutions we…
  • 3 business lessons we can learn from Nick Kyrgios’ “impossible” Wimbledon win

    Naomi Simson
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    Early this morning, while most of Australia was still sleeping, 19-year-old Canberra boy Nick Kyrgios did the unthinkable – he won a Wimbledon match against Rafael Nadal. The youngest player in the draw beat the world number one tennis player. This was a match that Nick didn’t have a chance to win, but win he did! He is the first player ranked outside the top 100 (just last week he was 160), to beat the world number 1 man at a Grand Slam since 1992. So what can we learn from this inspiring Aussie feat? 1. If you think you can achieve something, you’re halfway there It never occurred to…
  • If I’d Stayed at Apple, I’d Never Be an Entrepreneur

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

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

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

  • Business Sale Financing | Deal Structures in Selling a Company

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

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

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

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

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

  • What New Rate Reliefs Could Mean for your Business

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

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

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

    Guest Blog
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    By Matt Ayres, Freshly Made Content In the search for dynamic and productive staff, some employers assume that employing young people is the right approach, ignoring generations of experienced and skilled workers who might have a lot to offer their business. Not only could this be considered age discrimination, but ignoring the benefits of hiring older staff could have detrimental effects on the success of your company. In February 2013, 27% of the UK’s workforce was over the age of 50. By 2020, the number is expected to rise to a third. The government recognises that older people are the…
  • Sensible Financing Options for Small Businesses

    Jon Dawson
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    By Jon Dawson When seeking finance for a small business, it can be tempting to pursue the most obvious options – lending from a bank, or failing that, short term financial services (a.k.a. the notorious payday lenders). The latter option is best avoided – extortionate rates of interest can cripple a start-up before it really has time to follow through with its vision. Despite this, £250 billion of high cost short term loans were taken out last year. It has become apparent that entrepreneurs do not know where to turn when looking for the funds to kickstart their dreams. Labour MP Stella…
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    Great Results Teambuilding

  • Technology Cannot Replace Student or Teacher Teamwork

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
      The integration of technology into the hands of your students has likely been a topic of much discussion, but it will never replace the importance of teacher teamwork or the environment that a quality classroom provides. Whether by laptops, I-pads, smart-boards, or smart phones, your classroom has in all likelihood already been invaded by technology.  And that is not a bad thing. While, as a teacher, you may marvel at the capabilities these tools bring to your classroom, technology is still just exactly that – simply a collection of shiny new tools. Still, it is true that the right…
  • Better Teamwork Begins With Training Your Eyes to See the Best in Your Teammates

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
      There is no magic pill for building better teamwork, but one of the most important keys is helping your team realize that they will likely often see only what thy look for in those they have the responsibility to inspire and develop. A team leaders attention should therefore be modified, for what leaders train their eyes to focus on has a tremendous impact on the results their team will be able to enjoy. You may not have seen it, but there is an entertaining selective attentiontest video available on YouTube that does a terrific job of illustrating this point.  The video asks you to…
  • Eight Great Motivational Video Clips for Inspiring Your Team

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
      Every team, at some point in their time together, needs the boost of motivational videos or an inspiring message delivered to help them get through adversity or regain an emotional intensity that may have begun to diminish… Below are eight great motivational clips for you to consider sharing with your team. Since they are only short video clips, you can easily access them from your laptop and watch them together as a pre-game boost or as an energizing introduction to your next team meeting…   Here is the list, in no particular order:       …
  • Seven Great Ways to Deal With Whiners on Your Team

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
      Virtually every office, faculty, or athletic group has at least one whiner, and the rest of the group find themselves looking for ways to deal with whiners. Whiners are just regular people with an irrational response to reality. The simple truth is that while most successful people invest their time in solving problems and taking action, whiners insist on complaining and wallowing in the mud that they find themselves in – playing the role of victim instead of victor. One of the most important equations you will ever memorize is this one, compliments of Mark Victor Hansen, who is…
  • The Top 20 Team Building Outcomes Your People Will Value

    Sean Glaze
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
      When considering a team building event, you should know and be prepared to discuss the outcomes that you most value and the take-aways you desire your team to enjoy following the event. There are virtually hundreds of team challenges and activities available that provide outcomes ranging from trust building, to improving accountability practices, to defining roles, to boosting group morale.  Each group is different, and your unique mixture of personalities and project requirements brings with it specific needs to ensure that your people are able to work together as productively as…
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    The Hiring Tips

  • Hiring Tips from the Folks at Google

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

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

    Stan Dubin
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Many of us are experiencing a revolving door when it comes to hiring new people. We read through the résumés, we conduct what we consider are reasonably thorough interviews and we may even check some references.        
  • On A Scale of 1 – 10

    Stan Dubin
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    You could use the 1 - 10 ranking scale to gain some interesting insights into your candidates.        
  • Did The Prospect Really Say That?

    Stan Dubin
    13 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    While watching a bit of news on TV the other day, a short segment was done for job hunters. The theme of the segment was: “what not to say in the interview.”        
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    Midlands perspective

  • Fraud risk - are you doing enough?

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Showing Up Early May Help Increase Revenue

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

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

    Howard Shore
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    Agree on Deadlines The deadline is the most painful and underappreciated part of delegating a task. Too many leaders give people tasks without setting a deadline or asking what else they have on their “to do” list. This is a motivation killer. You must keep in mind that even though the task you are assigning is of great importance, your employees have their tasks too. Do You Ever Say No? Most people are trained to never say “no.” They have been wired to say “yes,” even when they know they already have too much on their plate. Often, the delegator already knows this, but chooses…
  • Why Are You Delegating?

    Howard Shore
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Delegating can be very difficult for many leaders. What they do not realize is that it actually can benefit not only them but their employees too. There are really three important reasons to delegate work: to better control our use of time, to build our people, and to motivate our people. Better Control Our Use Of Time You come into work, you begin to check emails, then the phone rings, a coworker then steps into your office, before you know it is lunch time. Sound familiar? You haven’t even begun to start you day and already you are behind. You need to delegate tasks. Delegating…
  • Business Planning and Core Values Must Unite!

    Howard Shore
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Business Planning and Core Values Must Unite! As you plan your agenda for your next business planning session, I hope you have carved out some time to discuss core values. If you study any great company, one that produces exceptional performance, you will find culture is a key component to their success. Great culture does not happen by accident, and thus it is imperative that part of your business-planning process addresses how you will build and nourish your firm’s culture. CULTURE = CORE VALUES Core values are the rules that when practiced daily by your employees shape and define your…
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    Half Bridge Business Review

  • How to Tell If Cimarex Energy is a Gusher Waiting to Erupt

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

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 22, 2014. By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst: Daniel L. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Energen  (EGN)  will likely miss Wall Street's cash flow and oil production estimates when it reports its third quarter results next week, but investors shouldn't be concerned. That's because the Alabama-based energy company is actually better positioned to defend itself against slumping oil prices than its competitors and has plans for growth.Just ask Gabriele Sorbara, an analyst with Topeka Capital Markets, who…
  • MarkWest Energy Ready to Deliver Double-Digit Distribution Growth

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 21, 2014.By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst. Daniel L. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- MarkWest Energy Partners (MWE) , a master limited partnership engaged in gathering, processing and transportation of natural gas and natural-gas liquids, has reduced its exposure to commodity prices to the lowest levels ever.Oil prices have fallen by more than 10% in the past four weeks, hitting the stock market, particularly the energy sector."MarkWest has been similarly impacted," Joshua Hallenbeck, the company's…
  • EQT Midstream Is Poised to Deliver Double-Digit Distribution Growth

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 17, 2014NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- EQT Midstream Partners (EQM) , a master limited partnership created by EQT Corporation (EQT) , is positioning to post the highest distribution growth rate as compared to other gathering and processing MLPs covered by Goldman Sachs, thanks to organic growth and dropdown of assets from its parent, said Goldman Sachs reports prepared by analysts, including Jerren Holder.The partnership's units have dropped by 12.8% since the beginning of September, which,…
  • Why Cheniere Energy Is Insulated From the Oil Price Slump

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 17, 2014NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Cheniere Energy (LNG) , the first U.S. company to receive regulatory approval for export of liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S., is largely protected from tumbling oil prices. Yet its stock has suffered along with other energy shares in response to weakening oil prices.Cheniere stock may be being penalized for the company's investments in infrastructure as well. Houston-based Cheniere is spending more than $30…
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    The NFPT Blog

  • MRSA Shows No Mercy

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

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

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

    NFPT Team
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The military runs deep with The NFPT. Ron Clark, NFPT’s President and CEO, who started the NFPT back in 1985 served as a US Marine. It was the training and PT that he experienced in the military that showed him the benefits and revealed to him his passion for fitness. While serving this country as a Marine, Ron Clark was wounded by a bullet in the arm. Using different resistance exercises and weight training, Mr. Clark rehabilitated his muscles and get to the top of his game. In the process of doing so, he found his passion for fitness and helping others achieve the impossible in their…
  • Skiing and Snowboarding: Evaluate the Body for Strength and Stability

    7 Nov 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Excitement is escalating rapidly this time of year for those who enjoy snow sports.  Do you have clients who participate in skiing or snowboarding?  Would you like to attract some to your business?  Targeting a specific market at the right time of year will benefit the health of your community and also your business. If you already have clients who are skiers or snowboarders, now is the time to conduct fitness assessments to re-focus their attention.  You can help them evaluate their current status and motivate them to set new goals for the snow season. Consider making a grid or handout…
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    Custom Toll Free® Blog

  • Back in Black: Why Your Small Business Needs Toll Free Numbers for Black Friday

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

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

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

    Vanity Numbers
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:34 am
    With the holiday season quickly approaching, many small businesses are scrambling to prepare for customers to swarm their websites and stores. Small businesses must ensure to bulk up their inventory, hire enough staff, and maybe even beef up their website designs a bit to attract and impress customers. However, small business owners should also consider using toll free numbers to enhance customer experiences. Here is the quick guide on using toll free numbers this holiday season: Review Fourth Quarter Goals read more
  • Veterans and Small Business Heroes Reach for the Stars

    Vanity Numbers
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    November 11th represents one of the most sacred days for Americans next to Memorial Day. It is a day when we honor the men and women who made incredible sacrifices to preserve the freedom defining concepts of justice and liberty. Today, small businesses throughout the United States plan to honor their small business heroes by running special promotions from free breakfasts to complimentary stays at local hotels. The question is not whether small businesses plan to honor our veterans, but how small business heroes strive to emulate our nations’ heroes. Dedication read more
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  • VIDEO: Politicians, morticians: Scariest jobs in the US revealed

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    CareerBuilder released a list of the scariest jobs in America, with politicians taking the top spot. Others careers that made the list: crime scene investigator and microbiologist. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • Customer Service Practitioners Discuss Key Interview Questions to Identify Top Customer Service Candidates

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

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

    19 Oct 2014 | 5:03 pm
    The WSJ’s Wei Gu speaks with Damien O’Brien from Egon Zehnder, a global executive search firm, about the challenges Chinese firms face in attracting global talent. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
  • VIDEO: Atul Gawande on getting a coach | On Leadership

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    When Atul Gawande hit a plateau in his career as a surgeon, he turned to an untraditional method to improve his skills. Thanks for checking us out. Please take a look at the rest of our videos and articles.   To stay in the loop, bookmark our homepage.
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    Half Bridge Business Review

  • How to Tell If Cimarex Energy is a Gusher Waiting to Erupt

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

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 22, 2014. By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst: Daniel L. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Energen  (EGN)  will likely miss Wall Street's cash flow and oil production estimates when it reports its third quarter results next week, but investors shouldn't be concerned. That's because the Alabama-based energy company is actually better positioned to defend itself against slumping oil prices than its competitors and has plans for growth.Just ask Gabriele Sorbara, an analyst with Topeka Capital Markets, who…
  • MarkWest Energy Ready to Deliver Double-Digit Distribution Growth

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:40 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 21, 2014.By Sarfaraz A. Khan. Research Asst. Daniel L. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- MarkWest Energy Partners (MWE) , a master limited partnership engaged in gathering, processing and transportation of natural gas and natural-gas liquids, has reduced its exposure to commodity prices to the lowest levels ever.Oil prices have fallen by more than 10% in the past four weeks, hitting the stock market, particularly the energy sector."MarkWest has been similarly impacted," Joshua Hallenbeck, the company's…
  • EQT Midstream Is Poised to Deliver Double-Digit Distribution Growth

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:36 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 17, 2014NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- EQT Midstream Partners (EQM) , a master limited partnership created by EQT Corporation (EQT) , is positioning to post the highest distribution growth rate as compared to other gathering and processing MLPs covered by Goldman Sachs, thanks to organic growth and dropdown of assets from its parent, said Goldman Sachs reports prepared by analysts, including Jerren Holder.The partnership's units have dropped by 12.8% since the beginning of September, which,…
  • Why Cheniere Energy Is Insulated From the Oil Price Slump

    Sarfaraz A. Khan
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    This article was originally published by TheStreet on October 17, 2014NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Cheniere Energy (LNG) , the first U.S. company to receive regulatory approval for export of liquefied natural gas to countries that do not have a free trade agreement with the U.S., is largely protected from tumbling oil prices. Yet its stock has suffered along with other energy shares in response to weakening oil prices.Cheniere stock may be being penalized for the company's investments in infrastructure as well. Houston-based Cheniere is spending more than $30…
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    Gulf Business

  • GCC Firms Embark On A Cautious Investment Spree In Africa

    Mary Sophia
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Africa’s fast growing economies have transformed the continent into a booming frontier market, but risk is still a primary concern for GCC investors. The post GCC Firms Embark On A Cautious Investment Spree In Africa appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Why Affordable Smartphones Are Crowding The UAE Market

    Mary Sophia
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The UAE’s smartphone market, which has traditionally been about the best and the most expensive, has welcomed three new affordable brands in September. Is there enough space for all of them? The post Why Affordable Smartphones Are Crowding The UAE Market appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Uncertainty In Saudi Oil Policy Unleashes Conspiracy Theorists

    Aarti Nagraj
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Oil prices have dived by a third to their lowest since 2010. The post Uncertainty In Saudi Oil Policy Unleashes Conspiracy Theorists appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • UAE Focus: Taking The Smart Route

    Aarti Nagraj
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:39 pm
    The UAE has lofty ambitions to soon transform itself into a smart and mobile government. Are things proceeding on track? The post UAE Focus: Taking The Smart Route appeared first on Gulf Business.
  • Interview: Heinz Beck Cooks Up A Storm In The Middle East

    Aarti Nagraj
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Mary Sophia joins Michelin star chef Heinz Beck as he prepares one of his wonder meals. The post Interview: Heinz Beck Cooks Up A Storm In The Middle East appeared first on Gulf Business.
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    Smart Business Revolution

  • How to Build a Business, One Guest Post At a Time – with Danny Iny of Firepole Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

  • No one has it figured out

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

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

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

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

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

  • Business Continuity Readiness Tip: Streamlining Operational Logs

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

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

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

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

    18 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Over the last three months, nearly 20 percent of countries have seen an increase in business disruption, and Hong Kong led the pack with the largest increase over the last quarter according to the Civil Unrest Index (CUI), a quarterly survey of 197 companies conducted by the risk analytics company Maplecroft. Risk management professionals should monitor and plan for the potential complications that these events may pose to their businesses. Unrest in Hong Kong Hong Kong is now classified as high risk according to the index. If the last few... Read More The post Business Disruption Risks…
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    strategy+business - All Updates

  • How to Lead a Successful Global Team

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    INSEAD professor Erin Meyer discusses how companies can boost the efficiency of their multinational teams by focusing on how they communicate across cultures. For more insights, read the related article.
  • An Upside to Brand Genericide

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Despite lawyers' conventional wisdom, becoming a household name can actually be a brilliant marketing strategy.
  • Best of Multimedia: Three Techniques for Embracing Culture Change

    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Fixing resistance to transformations starts with reframing mind-sets and assumptions.
  • What Cities Need to Thrive

    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    In top urban areas, socioeconomic balance attracts residents and lays the groundwork for prosperity.
  • Kings of the Cloud

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The most influential information and communications technology companies are rapidly moving to compete across sector boundaries, with everything-as-a-service as their goal. Our annual survey of the 50 most influential technology companies, the Strategy& Global ICT 50, finds that the battle for the cloud is heating up and no technology company will be unaffected.
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    The Portfolio Partnership

  • How To Choose A Venture Capitalist

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

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

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

    Ian Smith
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    A few years ago the WSJ ran an article titled “Speech of the Year” which highlighted a speech delivered by Jackson Hole, a Bank of England regulator. The thesis of his speech? The dog and the frisbee. Basically Jackson explained, border collies can often catch frisbees better than people, because the dogs by necessity have to keep it simple. He went onto explain that banking regulations are way too complex to be effective. For example as Bear Stearns was about to rescued in 2008, it was actually compliant with complex regulations. Complex regulations but clearly ineffective. Now I’m not…
  • New HR Bootcamp

    Ian Smith
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    One of my portfolio companies HR Knowledge is running another of their superb HR Bootcamps. This is a great event for all HR professionals but especially those new to the role and non HR professionals (business owners, managers and front-line supervisors) who have HR-related responsibilities. Here are the key deliverables: Basic Principles of HR Management Effective and Compliant Interviewing and Hiring Essential Federal and MA Regulatory Compliance Identifying Problem Employees HR “Every Day”: Coaching, Employee Development, Performance Management Essentials of Proper Employee…
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    Kathryn Welds | Curated Research and Commentary

  • Perceived Diversity = “Like Me”

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

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

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

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

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

  • Service Recovery Reloaded – Top Tips For Businesses

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

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

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

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

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

  • 50 Project Management Tools for Freelance Consultants

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:05 am
    Freelance consultants have a lot of information, tasks, and responsibilities to juggle. Whether you work with a single client at a time or manage multiple client engagements and project simultaneously, keeping track of time, project deadlines, key contacts, goals, and all the other details you need to stay on top of at all times is no simple task. Many of the world’s most successful freelance consultants will tell you that organization is the key to staying productive and motivated. Fortunately, there are abundant technology tools and apps to keep even the most easily distracted,…
  • Automotive Manufacturing: Standing Out from the Competition

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    According to Global Manufacturing Magazine, the automotive industry has become increasingly competitive as manufacturers battle for positions in local and international markets. As a result, automotive manufacturers must find new ways to differentiate themselves from the competition, particularly through efficient information and communication technology systems. In addition, as green energy has become more important for consumers, and e-cars have entered the market, it is essential that energy providers, IT enterprise work together with auto manufacturers to reduce the impact on the…
  • Inquiry Roundup- Printing Industry

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    Digital Production Printing We are looking to speak with sales executives at major printer OEMs who have expertise in digital production printers and laser printers. Topic areas would include growth of shipments, changes to technology, global sales outlook (Asia, Europe, and Japan), and changes in the competitive landscape. View Inquiry Consumer Package Printing and Decoration Consumer package printing & decoration for Consumer packaged goods printing process Project Objective: 1) To undestand the Overall Global market analysis for Consumer Package printing & decoration industry 2) To…
  • How To Hire An Expert Witness: 21 Business Experts Reveal The #1 Mistakes To Avoid When Hiring An Expert Witness

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    With great knowledge comes great responsibility, or so the famous saying goes, and this couldn’t be more applicable to any other type of individual than those who are experts in their field. And in today’s world, one of the most common ways these knowledgeable individuals might be able to offer their expertise in a meaningful way is by serving as an expert witness. Since we here at Zintro work to connect hundreds of businesses with expert witnesses of various backgrounds, we wanted to learn more about the expert witness hiring process, and specifically, how businesses that are looking to…
  • APEC Scientists Battle Food Pathogens

    11 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    With food and waterborne pathogens one of the leading causes of illness and death in developing countries, food security is an important focus for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). APEC is made up of 21 member economies that facilitate economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. Food Safety magazine reports APEC is addressing food safety in many ways, including an ongoing project that trains scientists on innovative rapid detection methods for Salmonella and other food pathogens. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 2.2 million…
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  • Three: The Right Number of Product Claims to Sway Consumer Behavior

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

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

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

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

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

    Vincent Po
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Image via Flickr by jeremi Reputable companies avoid gimmicks at all costs – including counterfeit goods. However, trustworthy businesses that sell on third-party sites might get “knocked off” the market without even trying.Companies that sell products on third-party sites are vulnerable to fraud via counterfeit competition. Counterfeiters that pose as the original businesses sell seemingly identical products, although the shipped products are vastly different than the item advertised (typically of a lower quality). Consumers are not happy and retailers are trying to fight back.
  • Apple iPhone Supplier News: Setbacks and Competitive Parts

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    19 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
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  • Trouble Brewing for Coffee Suppliers Amid Brazilian Drought

    Vincent Po
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Image via Flickr by trophygeek According to Bloomberg News, “Production in Brazil, the world’s top grower, may drop as much as 18 percent to 40.1 million bags when the harvest ends next month, the National Coffee Council estimates, after a 3.1 percent slide last year. With damage worsening before the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere, the council said farmers may collect less than 40 million bags in 2015, creating the longest slump in five decades.”The issues stem from the imposing Brazilian drought, which analysts are calling one of the worst the country has seen…
  • Click-e-Bricks Lock into the Future of 3D Printing and Manufacturing

    Vincent Po
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Image via Flickr by ReillyButler A 6-by-9 flexible brick could be the next prospect in engineering. According to the New Scientist, “George Whitesides and his colleagues at Harvard University have developed a range of soft robots, from limbo-dancing squid to bendy tentacles, based on flexible plastics and powered by air. All of these had to be made with specialized molds, and the team realized that they could be more creative if they used building blocks.”These soft robots move through the inflation and deflation as air is pumped in and out of their connectable parts, making them…
  • Supplier Recalls International Natural Peanut Butter Brand

    Vincent Po
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:01 am
    Image via Flickr by spablab A voluntary recall has been issued by a company that supplies products to major specialty and natural food chains including Trader Joes and Whole Foods.According to Reuters, “The company, nSpired Natural Foods Inc., a subsidiary of Hain Celestial Group, has received four reports of illness that may be associated with the products, according to a news release dated Tuesday. The recall was begun after routine U.S. Food and Drug Administration testing found a potential contamination risk.” Arrowhead Mills and MaraNatha nut butters made by nSpired are being…
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  • Managing Perception: Lessons from the Ebola epidemic shed new light on pandemic planning and response

    Isobel Nicholas
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    As the tragedy of the Ebola epidemic continues to blight West Africa, the developed world has been reminded once again about the threat that diseases of epidemic proportion and pandemic potential pose in our globally connected world. It has also raised some complex questions in many organisations about exactly how they manage the realities and risks, both actual and perceived, of such disease threats in countries like the UK that have well-developed public health systems. At first, the Ebola epidemic felt “remote” and there was little threat to us in the UK but then the nature of the…
  • Key Themes from the Crisis Management Conference 2014

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

    Isobel Nicholas
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:04 am
    Last updated: 10th November 2014 Since the first incidence of Ebola was officially reported in March 2014, the disease has spread virulently across parts of West Africa and claimed 4867 lives in the process, leading the World Health Organisation (WHO) to declare an international health emergency. Whilst outbreaks of the virus are extremely rare, there is currently no approved vaccine or treatment and Ebola can prove fatal in up to 90% of cases. As such, the recent outbreak has caused serious concern and attracted media attention across the world, with alarmist headlines leading many of the…
  • Launch of BS 11200 – the new British Standard for Crisis Management

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

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

  • There Is No Meal Without the Turkey: Manage Your Critical Path

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Your team sits around the table and theylook at you expectantly. You've got a 200-line project plan displaying on the wall and you're going through the progress this week. Everyone takes their turn sharing their status and then someone says "I'm really tight for time next week. What are the most important things on the schedule that I should be focusing on?"An unprepared project manager might struggle to answer that question and resort to looking at the tasks with upcoming deadlines.But you're not unprepared are you?With a few clicks you bring up the critical path and talk the team through…
  • Better Problem Solving in 5 Steps

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Watching reality TV programs like The Apprentice makes me wonder why they don't teach project management in schools! It's often funny to watch people try to solve problems without any idea of how to get the best result. It normally ends in disaster and if you are anything like me you'll be shouting at the television by the end offering the contestants helpful' advice about how to get things done effectively. Even cooking shows make me impatient: the participants always seem to be in a rush at the end to get their dishes out. Why don't they plan their time better?Of course reality TV isn't at…
  • Building Trust On Your Project Team

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    I heard something worrying the other day. One of my colleagues was talking about the project manager they were working with. "She says we'll have the documents by Friday but I don't trust her to sort it out" he said. "It wouldn't be the first time she's failed to hit a deadline and yet she expects us to get it right all the time."It's not good to know that this particular project manager had failed to get her team to trust her but unfortunately it's pretty common. Project teams often include someone that doesn't do what they say they are going to do or that the project manager continually has…
  • Advanced Level Project Dashboard Improves Project Success

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Once you've mastered the basics of your project dashboards you'll see how easy it is to shape the page to show you exactly what you want. The dashboard feature in is one of the most used tabs because it's such a great way of seeing the status of your project (or projects) at a glance. Our previous post covered the fundamentals of project dashboards.We're often asked for our top tips to get the most out of dashboards. We'll step through our software to show you the less-used yet extremely powerful chart features that are available.Managing your project costsThe Costs chart…
  • 10 Places To Find Project Management Advice

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Everyone needs help at some point in their careers and even experienced project managers know that they need reliable places to go to find advice when they hit problems. So where should you start? Here are 10 sources of project management advice that you can tap into when you need some guidance.1. Your ManagerThe first place to go for advice is your manager. You should have regular one-to-one meetings with him or her and you should feel comfortable enough to ask their opinion or advice on any sort of query from how to use project software to the best ways to manage risk. Your manager will…
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  • Quote of the Day – November 21, 2014 Editorial Staff
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. – Vince Lombardi The post Quote of the Day – November 21, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – November 20, 2014 Editorial Staff
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. – Steve Jobs The post Quote of the Day – November 20, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – November 19, 2014 Editorial Staff
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The mind is everything. What you think you become. – Buddha The post Quote of the Day – November 19, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – November 18, 2014 Editorial Staff
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    It’s more effective to do something valuable than to hope a logo or name will say it for you. – Jason Cohen The post Quote of the Day – November 18, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
  • Quote of the Day – November 17, 2014 Editorial Staff
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker The post Quote of the Day – November 17, 2014 appeared first on Blog.
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  • 5 Things I Learned from Scrum Training

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Project managers get to do a lot of fun and exciting things. There are also a lot of miserable and excruciating things we get to do. One of these is getting caught up in the legal wrangling that may occur if a project is delayed over budget or otherwise not meeting expectations. The following provides some insight into how you can make it through such an event and get back to the fun and exciting things!Were all familiar with the interrogation scenes that play out on TV or in the movies. One lone guy sits in a chair with his hands tied behind his back. The room is dark except for a single…
  • Get Plan B ASAP OK?

    6 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Sometimes things fall into place just the way we planned. Other times they dont. If you always have a backup plan in the event something goes wrong youll be less stressed easier to get along with and someone people enjoy working with. The following discusses important areas where you should have a Plan B in place in case things go wrong. The project was moving into its final phasetraining. The software application had been redesigned from the ground up integrating the feedback and needs of the user community. Their suggestions and input had been instrumental and everyone was excited to learn…
  • The Good (and Bad) News about Project Managers

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    We all like to think that we bring value while managing projects. Rest assured most people that we work with find value in what we do as project managers. But there are going to be those times when we just might be getting in someones way and slowing them down. Find out what some of those good (and not so good) things are directly from people we work with. Stakeholder Management is a phrase we hear on a regular basis. Stakeholders are those people or groups who have a vested interest in the outcome of a project and range from being within as well as outside our companies. When we think of…
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    Ideas to Compete

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Innovation Excellence | If It’s Not Different, It’s Not Innovation

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

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

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

    Max Ruckman
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:50 pm
    When companies try to innovate, what they really need is not just a lot of new ideas. Senior managers often complain that most of the ideas they get from their employees and customers are not very good ones. So after they open up the innovation process to everyone, everywhere, they find themselves wasting valuable management time sorting through a whole [...]
  • 3 Traps That Block Corporate Transformation – Vineet Nayar – Harvard Business Review

    Max Ruckman
    5 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    The need for transformation has never before been more keenly felt in the corporate world.  Digital-first companies, such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Twitter, are amassing market share and capitalization, but only a few brick-and-mortar corporations (think Apple, Nissan, and HCL Technologies) have been able to change fast enough to catch up with their rivals.  Why do companies that lose [...]
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  • NBP071 – How to Develop Your Entrepreneurial ‘Process Design Mindset’

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

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

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

    Chris C. Ducker
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Click here to Subscribe to the ‘New Business Podcast’ via iTunes! Thank you for joining us! Today is our 69th edition of The New Business […] The post NBP069 – The Essential Super Simple ‘Small Business’ Website Checklist appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
  • NBP068 – Turning Yourself Into an Online Media Company, with Jay Baer

    Chris C. Ducker
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Click here to Subscribe to the ‘New Business Podcast’ via iTunes! If you’ve started a blog, a podcast or a video channel for your business […] The post NBP068 – Turning Yourself Into an Online Media Company, with Jay Baer appeared first on Chris Ducker - Startup and Small 'New Business' Strategies for Entrepreneurs.
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    NCTechNews -- North Carolina business and technology news

  • Integrated Biometrics Announces Exclusive Partnership with Akiyama Soluções Tecnológicas in Brazil

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

    David Menzies
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    FUQUAY VARINA, N.C. -- Imperial Design Builders (, a family owned and operated general contractor building communities one building at a time, is continuing to add to its team of trusted construction professionals with tons of on-the-ground experience in the right way to build. The busy Southwest Wake County-based company has completed a busy 2014 hiring season, adding Construction Administrator Marlene Smith; Eric Talley and John Walenty, Jr. as superintendents; and Jay Jenkins as vice president of operations.“Our business has been built on the quality of our…
  • Viztek Introduces New 14x17 ViZion + Wireless DR Panel at RSNA

    David Menzies
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:16 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. -- Viztek, the leading provider of complete digital software and hardware diagnostic imaging solutions, today announced commercial availability of the ViZion + Wireless DR panel, which will be shown for the first time at RSNA 2014. The easy-to-install 14x17 panel provides both high image quality and high durability. The ViZion + Wireless panel delivers a cost-effective option for all environments including hospitals, imaging centers and mobile imaging units, and further expands Viztek's extensive line-up of imaging systems across the spectrum.NCTechNews is published by…
  • This Land, a Veteran Run Startup, Launches Nationally to Showcase American Craftsmen

    David Menzies
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This Land, ( a mission-based, online shopping and lifestyle destination dedicated to promoting American craftsmen and supporting our nation's military heroes, officially launched nationwide today with a curated inventory of the finest limited edition, handcrafted housewares, accessories and jewelry from some of the nation's most talented artists and craftspeople. Each piece on the site is a unique, functional work of art, the result of time honored traditions of craft, made by hand and with heart using tools like anvils, leather punches, wood lathes, looms,…
  • Salix and Pharming Announce the Launch of RUCONEST® in the U.S.

    David Menzies
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:11 am
    RALEIGH, NC & LEIDEN, THE NETHERLANDS -- Salix Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLXP) and Pharming Group NV (EURONEXT: PHARM) recently announced the launch of RUCONEST® (C1 Esterase Inhibitor [Recombinant]) 50 IU/kg in the United States for the treatment of acute angioedema attacks in adult and adolescent patients with hereditary angioedema (HAE). Effectiveness in clinical studies was not established in HAE patients with laryngeal attacks. Today’s announcement follows the July approval of the drug by the Food and Drug Administration.NCTechNews is published by Innovative Public Relations,…
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    Newsfile Corp News Releases

  • GB Minerals Ltd. Receives Advances Totalling C$750,000

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - November 21, 2014) - GB Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: GBL) (the “Company”) ispleased to announce that it has received advances of C$500,000 from Aterra Investments Limited (“Aterra”) and C$250,000 from Alpha Infrastructure LLC (“Alpha”), which are both significant shareholders of the Company. The advances are evidenced by promissory notes that are pre-payable, in whole or in part, at any time, bearing interest at a rate of 15% per year and maturing on April 30, 2015 (the “Promissory Notes”). The Company…
  • SEC Charges Penny Stock Company Executives in New Jersey With Issuing False Press Releases to Inflate Stock Price

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Washington D.C.--(Newsfile Corp. - November 21, 2014) - The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged father-and-son executives at a New Jersey-based penny stock company for issuing false and misleading press releases while secretly selling thousands of their own stock shares into the market.  They agreed to pay nearly $325,000 and accept officer-and-director bars to settle the SEC’s charges. Conolog Corporation’s public filings state that it manufactures communications equipment primarily for use by electric utilities, fiber optic service providers, and the…
  • Jaguar Announces Normal Course Issuer Bid

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - November 21, 2014) - Jaguar Financial Corporation (TSXV: JFC) ("Jaguar") or the "Company") announces that it has been authorized by the TSX Venture Exchange ("TSXV") to make a normal course issuer bid. Jaguar intends to purchase from time to time, if and to the extent considered advisable, up to a maximum 5,455,191 common shares out of the total 109,103,832 issued and outstanding on November 21, 2014. The number of shares proposed to be acquired represents approximately 5% of the total number of the issued and outstanding common shares. The bid will…
  • IIROC Trade Resumption - GWR Resources Inc.

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Vancouver, British Columbia--(Newsfile Corp. - November 21, 2014) - Trading resumes in: Company: GWR Resources Inc. TSX-V Symbol: GWQ Resumption Time (ET): 08:00 on November 24, 2014     IIROC can make a decision to impose a temporary suspension of trading in a security of a publicly listed company, usually in anticipation of a material news announcement by the company. Trading halts are issued based on the principle that all investors should have the same timely access to important company information. IIROC is the national self-regulatory organization which oversees all investment…
  • Stakeholder Gold Corp. Closes Private Placement and Prepares for Drilling

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - November 21, 2014) - Stakeholder Gold Corp. (TSX-V: SRC) (“Stakeholder” or the “Company”)is pleased to announce closing of a non-brokered private placement totalling $641,000 dollars. The private placement consists of $35,000 of flow through financing (issuance of 140,000 units priced at $0.25 with a two year half warrant priced at $0.35) and $606,000 of hard dollar financing (issuance of 3,030,000 units priced at $0.20 with a two year half warrant priced at $0.30) . A commission of $1,600 has been paid to Industrial Alliance…
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    HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing

  • Forecasting The Next Internet Evolution – Web 3.0

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

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

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

    Jeremy Jensen
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    The post A Cyber Security Toolkit For Your Small Business appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. As unfortunate as it may be to say, 2013 marked a monumental year in data breaches, mainly for businesses that weren’t prepared with the necessary level of cyber security. According to Symantec’s annual Internet Security Threat Report there was a 493% increase in stolen identities since 2012, amounting to over 550 million affected customers. Many remember recent headlines involving breaches in Apple’s iCloud, but most of us will never hear about the smaller targets…
  • SSLv3 Security Vulnerability aka POODLE

    Patrick Pelanne
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:27 pm
    The post SSLv3 Security Vulnerability aka POODLE appeared first on HostGator Blog | Gator Crossing. Tonight Google announced a flaw in the design of SSL v3. We have been tracking this issue after we heard whisperings in private security circles last week. Upon disclosure of the details we began remediating immediately. The vast majority of end users should not experience any issues as a result of the changes we’re making. In fact, Google estimates this change will affect less than 1% of the internet. (The SSL 3.0 protocol is almost 15 years old but has remained in place to support users…
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    Evolution Capital Partners » Blog

  • Marketing Your Small Business: Buying in on Branding

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

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

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

    Gene Marino
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:07 am
    For all the entrepreneurs, business owners, and top-level executives out there, you’ve probably thought about which bucket you fall into most often: manager or leader? The importance of each, even the debate over which carries more weight, isn’t new. In my position, I’m often tasked with examining businesses, meeting their management team, and deciding when to partner with a company and when to pass. When businesses have inspiring leadership willing to take risks and listen to the people around them, I’m much more likely to be interested. Thankfully, managers and leaders are not…
  • Visionary and Integrator: It takes both to grow a company!

    Jeffrey Kadlic
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Before I go too far into the discussion on our most recent episode of The Second Stage, I’d like to paint the picture of the “Visionary” and “Integrator” roles within an organization as described by our guest, Mark Winters, Entrepreneur and Certified Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) Implementer. In short, the Visionary of a business is typically the founding entrepreneur, the idea engine, big picture thinker, great at solving large complex problems. Opposite the Visionary is the Integrator, who has the unique ability to integrate the major functions in an organization, get…
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    Jon R. Patrick

  • The One Question that Bridges Dreams and Actions

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

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

    Jon Patrick
    15 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Whats the Best type of MLM Compensation Plan? If you’ve been in Network Marketing for any length of time, you’ve probably asked yourself this question. But is there a “right” answer? Well, no. Fact is you’ll be able to find top earners in almost any company, with any compensation plan.  … Continue reading → The post Best Type of MLM Compensation Plan? appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • Personal Development in MLM is Key

    Jon Patrick
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:44 am
    Every Top Earner I know works on their Personal Development in MLM – Daily! It was an eye opening experience for me, the day that it suddenly dawned on me. When I saw another Top-Earner talking about their personal development they’d been working on, and that little light came on … Continue reading → The post Personal Development in MLM is Key appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
  • Struggling in MLM? Try This Simple Technique …

    Jon Patrick
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    …To Take Your Personal Development and Put it Into ACTION! I’m a very introspective person, I’m often replaying days and situations in my head, reviewing my actions and activities to improve. If you don’t you should! Struggling in MLM I was working on Facebook the other day, and in the … Continue reading → The post Struggling in MLM? Try This Simple Technique … appeared first on Jon R. Patrick.
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    Office Space News & Serviced Office News from Easy Offices

  • Serviced Offices in the Liverpool Street Area

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Leslie Ungar
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    In sports a team may win by 20 points or 2 points and the game still goes in the W column. Whether the winning team was behind the whole game or ahead, the game still goes in the W column. Whether the starting quarterback or center plays every play or goes out on the first... Read more » The post When is a Win a Win? Is Our Bar Too High? appeared first on
  • Three Questions to Begin Your Marketing Plan

    Karen Southall Watts
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    How do you find more clients and customers? Every business has a story to tell and a message to share. Discovering this core message and then spreading it to your ideal customer base is the best way to build your business. In a world where you now need to blend traditional communication wisdom with new... Read more » The post Three Questions to Begin Your Marketing Plan appeared first on
  • Software Implementation: Ways to Make the Project Move Forward Seamlessly

    Robert Doswell
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Does the phrase “software implementation” scare you? Some organizations are hesitant to implement any type of solution because of the occasional horror stories about an implementation that took months or even years, or worse yet, was never completed. Some solutions can be extremely beneficial to an organization, once they are implemented, but it is that road to implementation that scares many people away. The post Software Implementation: Ways to Make the Project Move Forward Seamlessly appeared first on
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  • Why Anesthesiologist Vanessa Olbrecht Decided to Earn an MBA

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

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

    Rebecca Martin
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    Completing an application is the first step to advancing your career with an MBA. Whether you are a recent college graduate or a seasoned business professional, applying to an MBA program may seem daunting at times. To make the process easier, the MBA@UNC blog created a series of articles that cover every application requirement in detail. Each article shares best practices to help you put together the strongest possible application. The articles in this series are highlighted below with a brief summary and a link to the full post. GMAT vs. GRE: Which Is Best for Your MBA Application? With…
  • Nine Tips for Acing Your Business School Interview

    Rebecca Martin
    10 Oct 2014 | 5:49 am
    Once you have finalized your admissions essays, revised your resume and lined up letters of recommendation, doing well on the admissions interview is the next step on your journey toward an MBA. The admissions interview is a chance to show a side of you that test scores, transcripts or resumes might not reflect. An interview can convey your communication skills, personality and ability to engage in meaningful conversations. To prepare for your interview, consider the following strategies. 1. Do your research and find out how each school conducts the interview. Some programs have a “blind…
  • Four Ways to Craft a Compelling MBA Essay

    Rebecca Martin
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Writing an MBA admissions essay can be daunting for many prospective students—but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, the essay section presents a unique opportunity for applicants to show that they’re more than just a GMAT score, a GPA or the jobs outlined on a resume. MBA admissions essays are not one-size-fits-all, and while this flexibility allows applicants to express themselves more freely, the lack of structure can leave many students scratching their heads. The truth is that there is no secret to impressing the admissions committee—and if you try too hard to tell them what they…
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  • How to Build a Community, Not Just a Workplace

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:14 am
    This week’s workplace hack comes from Joel Runyon who’s developed a method that he claims helps him work faster, get more done and generally improves his quality of life. He calls it ‘workstation popcorn’. The basic premise of workstation popcorn is that you allocate time slots to do tasks in, group tasks into 3 groups, and work on each group of tasks from a different location. For example, say you have 8 items on your to-do list today. First estimate how long each task will take. Next, group tasks into 2-3 hour time slots. You might find that you can do 4 of the tasks in 2 hours, 1…
  • Redefining Work-Life Balance in an Always-On World

    Guest Author
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    It is 1 p.m. on a weekday, and I am laying on the couch reading a book. Earlier this morning I got to play with my four-month-old daughter. Before the end of the standard workday I’ll have a meaningful conversation with my wife. No, I’m not unemployed. In fact, I might be overemployed, with a main job and a couple of side gigs. So how am I on the couch during normal working hours? Where did I find time to play with my daughter, and then converse with my wife? Here’s the first trick: I didn’t leave home for an office this morning. Work-Life Balance? In an age when it seems we’re all…
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    Winnipeg Hockey Talk

  • Scott’s Thoughts: Winnipeg Jets Report Card

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

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

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

    Mitch Kasprick
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    UPDATE: The Winnipeg Jets 2nd 10 game segment - Eleven every ten My theory is that if you can garner a minimum of eleven points in every ten game segment (on average) and win those two extra games you should be in the playoffs or be in the hunt on the last weekend of the season.  The team would have ninety-two points.  In 2013-14 the Dallas Stars grabbed the last playoff spot with 91 points. Segment 1 The Winnipeg Jets first ten game segment wasn’t looking very good but with two wins and a shootout loss in the final three games of the first segment they actually salvaged that segment…
  • Brandon Wheat Kings Weekly: Nov.17

    Mitch Kasprick
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Brandon Wheat Kings this week - The Brandon Wheat Kings split a weekend home stand and enter the week with a record of 17-4-1 and sitting atop the Western Hockey League’s Eastern Conference. Saturday’s win over the second place Medicine Hat Tigers ended a 4-game home stand for the Wheat Kings, who went 3-1-0 over the last two weekends of action at Westman Communications Group Place. THIS PAST WEEKEND: Friday, November 14th vs. Seattle The visiting TBirds scored three third period goals to beat the Wheat Kings 6-4 before close to 4,300 fans at Westman Place.  After trailing 2-1 after one…
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    Arizona Hockey Talk

  • Arizona Coyotes Report Card: Def, Goal, PP & PK

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

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

    Mitch Kasprick
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Arizona State to compete at the highest level of NCAA hockey starting in 2015 –  Arizona State Vice President of University Athletics Ray Anderson announced that the 2014 ACHA National Championship ASU Men’s Ice Hockey program will be participating at the NCAA Division I level starting in the 2015-16 season.  The announcement was made possible by hockey supporters, including Don Mullett, the father of former Sun Devil hockey student-athlete Chris Mullett, who came together to donate $32 million to elevate the program. From ASU VP of University Athletics Ray Anderson:  “Head coach…
  • Random Thoughts On The Arizona Coyotes: Nov. 17

    Mitch Kasprick
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Things about the Arizona Coyotes and the NHL  that crossed my mind this past week - Some of the things that rattled through my head about the NHL and our Arizona Coyotes this past week. 1.  After a rough start, the Arizona Coyotes finished this past week with a 2-2-0 record.  Thoughts?  2.  A tale of two Hanzals … invisible versus Calgary … hat trick versus Vancouver.  I thought he was past this stuff at this stage of his career!  3.  CONGRATS to Brandon Gormley on his FIRST goal in the NHL!  The first of many.  4.  How do you play so poorly and lose 5-3 to Calgary,…
  • Arizona Coyotes: Playoff Formula

    Mitch Kasprick
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:53 pm
    It’s simple Arizona Coyotes!  Win every 10 game segment and you’re in! - During a long NHL season, it doesn’t matter if it’s game number fifteen or game number seventy-two, they are all worth two points.  Now in saying that, all two points aren’t created equal. Every game against a division rival is the proverbial “four pointer” and is number one on the list.  Next would be games versus a conference team.  These teams are all vying for one of the two wildcard playoff spots if they aren’t in the top three of their division, so pretty…
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  • Sample Self Help Review

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

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  • Celebrating a Strong Year at the 2014 Global Partner Meeting

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

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

    Rajiv Gupta
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Football is easily the most popular sport in Qatar, with a passion for the game that continues to flourish. The Diners Club International® team in Qatar began looking for ways to capitalize on this national love affair and soon realized that there were no football-affiliated cards on the Qatari market. As one of the most... Read more »
  • India Expands Successful Golf Privileges Programme

    Subhrajit Basu
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    For more than two decades, Diners Club International® has used golf to connect with our clubmembers. HDFC Bank, the franchise of Diners Club in India, is continuing this tradition through its Golf Programme, which gives their clubmembers extraordinary access to golf games and lessons at courses in India and around the world. The program has... Read more »
  • Diners Club Nordic’s Food Trucks Bring Haute Cuisine to the Streets

    Maria Dahlquist
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Lunch hour for thousands of Scandinavians got a lot more interesting in August and September, thanks to Diners Club International®. Diners Club Nordic recruited four local top chefs, one from each Nordic country, and set them to work making gourmet lunches to sell from the Diners Club food truck during a four-city promotional period. Participating... Read more »
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    Peter Simoons - Making collaboration simple

  • The Partnership Canvas: a new tool for developing partnership business models

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

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

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

    Peter Simoons
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:43 am
    Cooking up a creative alliance There is a powerful saying in the alliance community that says “Have you seen one alliance, you have seen one alliance”. The main thought behind the saying is that every alliance is different. In every alliance you will have different ingredients defining how an alliance is created and how an alliance will perform. Alliance ingredients like the partner, the business model, the market, the product, etc.; there are no two alliances that have the same ingredients and no two alliances that will thus act the same. So: Have you seen one alliance, you have seen…
  • CBP-43: Collaboration in Construction with Tim Fitch

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

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

  • What’s Up in Outsourcing (Nov 9 – 15. 2014)

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

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

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

    Outsourcing Insider
    6 Nov 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The outsourcing issues relating to American politicians are still hot and are made to be topics of debates. How should we feel about this? We would rather look at the benefits, which totally outweigh any negative claims. Oh, and did we mention that the IT Outsourcing sector just hit its all-time high? Here’s the weekly juice about anything and everything outsourcing. Questions to Ask When Thinking About Outsourcing From and By Chris Lema (@chrislema) If you’re an entrepreneur and you get the hunch that you may very well need help on various departments of your business, then outsourcing…
  • 10 Unforgivable Outsourcing Mistakes You Should Never Make

    Outsourcing Insider
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:22 am
    Making the decision to outsource certain functions of a business is not easy. Outsourcing offers many benefits that businesses can take advantage of. However, if not done correctly, it can also spell disaster. Before you make that all important decision to outsource, be wary of these 10 common pitfalls that you must avoid. 1.     Lack of Planning Planning is a must in every project a business will undertake, including outsourcing. You can’t just decide to outsource, pick a partner and delegate the work. Without proper planning, your project can fall apart. Establish goals that are in…
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  • New Author Facebook Page

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

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

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

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

    7 Oct 2014 | 3:37 am
    Everyone wants to move up the ladder at work, whether you're at an entry-level position or you've already been working for many years. However, it is possible to get stuck at a certain level in terms of what you do as well as your salary. Of course, the basic rule is that if you don't ask for more, you're not going to get more. Beyond this as well, there are other things you can do to negotiate your worth. Here are a few tips:Related: This Trick Made Me $18,000 in 7 Seconds1. Know your worthIf you're going to try to negotiate your worth with your boss or HR department, you need to…
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    Market Business News

  • What is an annuity?

    Christian Nordqvist
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    An annuity is a contract you make with an insurance company in which you pay a lump sum or contribute a series of payments in return for a regular income that may start immediately or at some date in the future. Put simply, “An annuity is a pension investment that guarantees to pay a secure income for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live,” according to This is Money. Annuities are aimed at providing people with a regular income when they retire. Funds accumulate on a tax-deferred basis, and can only be withdrawn without penalty after a specific age, which in the United…
  • Brazil’s JBS buys Australia’s Primo Smallgoods for $1.45bn

    Veronica Cruz
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    The world’s largest food-processing company, JBS S.A., is buying the southern hemisphere’s largest producer of ham, bacon and *smallgoods, Primo Smallgoods, for $1.45 billion. *Smallgoods” is an Australian term that refers to small meat products, such as bacon or sausage. Primo owns leading brands including Beehive, Hans and Primo Smallgoods. The company has five key processing plants operating across Australia and New Zealand. According to Primo, the takeover will boost its growing export operations across Asia, and especially China “and is consistent with the global strategy of JBS…
  • Fed to tighten commodities rules for Wall Street banks

    Joseph Nordqvist
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    The Federal Reserve is planning on making it more difficult for Wall Street banks to place large bets in the commodities markets, according to the Federal Reserve governor, Daniel K. Tarullo. Tarullo wasted no breath on Friday when he unveiled the Fed’s plan on addressing this practice before the Senate subcommittee, which has been investigating the involvement of big banks in the markets for commodities such as coal, aluminum and gas. The senate committees have expressed concern about big banks placing large bets in the commodities markets for gas, aluminium, coal, copper, etc. Tarullo…
  • Eurozone and China central banks move to boost economic growth

    Christian Nordqvist
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    The European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) and the People’s Bank of China’s moves to boost economic growth on Friday pushed up stocks across the globe, sparking questions about how far the seven-year strategy to use monetary policy to deal with economic problems will go. China’s central bank surprised the world when it announced that it was reducing its benchmark lending and deposit rates, after other measures it had taken so far failed to boost an economy that is losing steam. It was the first reduction since 2012. On the same day, Mario Draghi, President of the ECB, sent a strong signal…
  • TSX up 50.14 points on Friday hitting a near 2-month record

    Christian Nordqvist
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) reached its highest level in almost two months on Friday with resource companies and commodity prices rising strongly amid signs that central banks in the Eurozone and China are prepared to take further measures to boost their economies. The S&P/TSX composite index, which includes the prices of the largest companies on the TSX, rose by 50.14 points on Friday to 15,125.32. The benchmark TSX saw its sixth consecutive day and sixth successive week with gains, recovering from a steep fall in October. China’s announcement that it had cut interest rates, plus…
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    SEO Digest

  • What Are the Benefits of Hiring SEO Services?

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

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

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

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

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

  • 5 Tips to Mine Intelligence from Data

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

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

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

    Connie Siu
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Complacency is a silent damper of improvement. Connie highlights the causes for complacency that companies need to look out for.
  • Disciplined Means to Exceptional Ends

    Connie Siu
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Entering the start and end points in Google Maps and it returns the suggested routes to get to the destination. Upon reviewing the distance and the estimated driving time of each route, you select the route that you prefer. Your choice could be influenced by errands that you might want to do along the way or simply the neighbourhood you are comfortable with. In business, there are multiple ways to achieve an end. The means to get there could be varied. However, you want to avoid random approaches that cause problems down the road. There are 5 reasons why you want to incorporate some…
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    Strategic Thinking | Principles of Execution

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

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

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

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

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

    Gerald J. Leonard
    11 May 2014 | 8:07 pm
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  • The New Advertising Landscape [Infographic]

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

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    This infographic from SimplyMeasured addresses how top brands use Instagram. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post How Top Brands Use Instagram [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • How to Become a Google Analytics Superhero [Infographic]

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    This infographic from TollFreeForwarding shows how to become a Google Analytics superhero and improve your Adwords conversions, too. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post How to Become a Google Analytics Superhero [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • 12 Secrets of the Human Brain to Use in Your Marketing [Infographic]

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This infographic from Emma reveals 12 secrets of the human brain to use in your marketing. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post 12 Secrets of the Human Brain to Use in Your Marketing [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
  • Social Business Benchmark 2014 [Infographic]

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    This infographic from Hootsuite addresses social business benchmark, benefits and challenges in 2014. Embed This Image On Your Site (copy code below): Courtesy of: The SeenThe post Social Business Benchmark 2014 [Infographic] appeared first on THE SEEN.
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    Pinnacle Telecom - Comms Buzz

  • Crucial communications questions for at-risk companies

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

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

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

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

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

  • Working Remotely: Mobility Makes Most Happier

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

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

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

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

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

    Jesse Maida
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Simply saying the estimated three million or so family-run businesses in the UK form the backbone of the UK economy hugely understates their importance. Not only does the figure represent almost two-thirds of SMEs in the country as whole, family-run businesses also employ between them some nine million people. They also account for a quarter of...
  • Are You Living in One of These Happiest Countries?

    Nick Huang
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    If you are thinking about relocating to a new country, Costa Rica might be a good choice, as the Central American nation has recently been ranked as the happiest country in the world, according to data from the latest Happy Planet Index (HPI) - a global measure of sustainable wellbeing. The following map of 151 countries has revealed exactly which...
  • How to Get the Internet on Your Side

    Jesse Maida
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:07 am
    The internet is here and it’s no fad anymore. As Ethernet cables create bullet-fast connections, social networks become our main source of contact with other people and retail firms like Amazon become bywords for fast deliveries and quality products, the idea of living without the internet seems almost impossible to imagine. But for the average...
  • Which Countries are Hit the Most by Terrorism?

    Jesse Maida
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:48 am
    The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) systematically ranks the nations of the world according to terrorist activity. This index is based over a 10 year period and is compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). The data used in the GTI is based on the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) which is collected and assembled by the National...
  • Top 10 Most Profitable Businesses in America, According to Big Data

    Nick Huang
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:45 am
    A recent survey which conducted with big data analytics has unveiled a new answer for the most profitable industries in America - Electrical Equipment, Appliance and Component Manufacturing is now the country’s most profitable industry, with a profit percentage of 36.4%, followed by Oil and Gas Drilling and Related Services, with a profit...
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    Culture Amp

  • Being a Culture First company

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

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

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

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

    Jon Williams
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    [Image Credit] We recently facilitated a roundtable event in Boston on “The Future of Performance Reviews” – We had some great presentations and discussions from local startup superstars like Next Jump, Raizlabs and Dyn. One of the tidbits that came up was something mentioned by Gary from Raizlabs – Gong-Worthy Goals. At Raizlabs, employees declare a goal that is “worthy of banging the company gong”. By definition it needs to be something that is a significant stretch. They have a few of their own examples on their blog. I thought this was a great idea. Aside…
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    Globalization Partners International - Blog

  • The Rise of E-Commerce in China

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

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

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

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

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

  • Use Journal Power-how looking back will power you ahead

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

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

    20 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
      How to get more time out of your day   A common cry from those that haven’t yet started to take their idea to business is that… “I don’t have enough time to…” And it’s not necessarily a lie or an untruth, it’s a perception that that person has and it’s as real to them as the sky is to you. Are you Frozen in the No Time Trap This ‘belief’ that you have no time can get in the way of a positive approach to the perception problem and leave you frozen in the no-time trap. If all you can see is that you have no time, and…
  • Stress – how it can be good for you

    9 Sep 2014 | 1:17 am
    As Founders it’s inevitable that you will ride the roller coaster of emotions, the incredible highs when you gain a customer or increase your monthly revenue, and the shattering lows when that deal doesn’t quite get done, or the product you thought was a sure thing doesn’t land that well. There is an element of stress that comes with lots of things we do as Founders and while the physical manifestation is often deemed as ‘bad’, I watched a TED talk recently that talks of the stress response in a different way. The talk is by Kelly McGonigal who is a Health…
  • Practical Perseverance and how to develop it

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:32 pm
    PERSEVERANCE – Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success I have studied many books around success and achieving your goals in business, I have listened to lots of authors and success coaches in audio books and podcasts explain how success can be yours….if only you keep  at it. The word ‘PERSEVERANCE’ is used time and again as a key trait that has helped many achieve success in their lives. The example that sticks out for me is Anthony Robbins when he mentions Colonel Sanders and his Kentucky Fried Chicken recipe. At…
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    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.
  • When Does Your Website Become Your Greatest Risk?

    Kathleen Kuznicki
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Do you have a website? Do you have images on your website? Do you know where those images came from? Truly, do you? If you didn’t create the images yourself or you didn’t license the images from their owner, you are probably violating copyright infringement laws. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t know; innocent infringement is still infringement! The post When Does Your Website Become Your Greatest Risk? appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Small Business Web Design: Don’t Make Web Users Scroll?

    Jane and Scot Noel
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    If the headline of this piece makes you nod in agreement, you’ll be surprised by what we have to say. Have you noticed, for example, that some of the most successful websites today, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google Images offer infinite scrolling? The truth is, the last time people had any difficulty scrolling was before the turn of the century, and the idea that websites should keep their information “above the fold” is an outdated myth. The post Small Business Web Design: Don’t Make Web Users Scroll? appeared first on Exit Promise.
  • Latest Forbes Post: Small Business For Sale Statistics

    Holly Magister
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    Small business owners have an opportunity to learn from their peers who have attempted and failed or, more importantly, have successfully sold their business during the second quarter of 2014. The post Latest Forbes Post: Small Business For Sale Statistics appeared first on Exit Promise.
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  • Shipwire: Why Go?

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

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

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

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

    Jonathan Tran
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The 2014 holiday season is coming up fast and we have some important dates and best practices to share with you. Be sure to download the holiday shipping calendar below.   Pre-November 20th — Land Your Inventory Early Until November 20th, your primary focus should be getting your inventory into a Shipwire warehouse. In preparation for the holiday rush, every merchant is working to get products into warehouses because ports, customs offices, and transportation hubs will be very busy managing all these pre-holiday inventory moves. High traffic may cause delays prior to your product…
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    The Brook Expert Insights Blog

  • 5 Ways to Take Stock Faster Without Breaking a Sweat

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

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

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

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:59 am
    Statistically, the majority of businesses will eventually experience late payments. The consequences of late payments are not only felt by the company that is left waiting. Very often that business will in turn be unable to make some of their own payments on time.
  • Some Helpful Hints and Tips for Sage 200

    11 Jul 2014 | 1:04 am
    Sage 200 provides users with an incredibly diverse range of features. Here we take a look at a few simple tips and tricks that can help you get more out of your Sage 200 software.
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    The Official Blog of Larry Porter » The Official Blog of Larry Porter

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

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

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

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

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

    Larry Porter
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    The Truth About Mary Kay | The Truth Selling Mary Kay The truth about Mary Kay – When it comes to the truth selling Mary Kay, so many seek Mary Kay blogs for info on the facts about Mary Kay ash before joining. My question for you is…Can you workRead the Rest... The post The Truth About Mary Kay | The Truth Selling Mary Kay appeared first on The Official Blog of Larry Porter.
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    MarketsandMarkets Blog

  • Protective Coatings Market Driven by Impressive Rise in Demand

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

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:14 am
    First commercialized in 1960, membrane technology has been used for mechanical separation of various gaseous and liquid substances. From applications like kidney dialysis to water filtration, this technology is being used across different industrial verticals. Versatile applications are one of the key features of this technology, which is witnessing technological advancements since the recent past. According to the experts, the global membranes market is set to grow at a healthy growth rate. This progress of the industry is driven by the rising demand from different industrial verticals.
  • Telecom Expense Management Market Driven by Rising Use of Mobile Devices

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:33 pm
    As the name suggests, telecom expense management (TEM) helps the enterprises to manage their telecommunication networks. These networks hold a major area of expenditure, planning, management and research for the organizations. Growing need for communication amongst global employees and technological advancements are creating the need for a strong management tool for these networks. As per the experts, the rising rate of adoption amongst the enterprises from around the world is the major driving factor for the telecom expense management market. The industry is witnessing healthy growth and is…
  • Service Fulfillment Market Grows with Improved Risk Management Services

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Telecom service fulfillment provides different supply chain activities to enable service access to the subscribers. Rapid advancements in the modern day communication and growing dominance of smartphones around the world are creating major business opportunities across different industries. According to the experts, the global service fulfillment market is expected to maintain a healthy growth rate, thanks to the rapid industrialization and technological advancements in these platforms. Rapid rise in the number of subscribers from around the world is also considered to be a vital sign for the…
  • Telecom Operations Management Market Grows with Next Generation Technologies

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:42 pm
    Telecommunication operations are becoming complex by each passing day. In order to manage their increasing fluctuating nature and control the operational costs, enterprises are using various management tools. These tools reduce the costs and improve the profitability. Growing network of telecom operators and enterprises is giving rise to the demand for the management systems as well. According to the researchers, the telecom operations management market is aiming at healthy growth in terms of demand, revenue and global reach. This growth of the industry is mainly driven by the rising demand…
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    Lead by Adventure

  • A Team Building Activity Adapted from The Biggest Loser

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

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

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

    Will Ratliff
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    I was in Austin last week attending and speaking at a conference for educators, and it has been quite the experience. In the three days that I was there, I noticed several interesting business concepts that I had no idea even existed. One interesting concept was for bikes that you could rent from one place (self-service) and drop off at a number of different locations. For just a few dollars a day, you could take unlimited brief rides (30 minutes or less) on these bikes. The other business was called Car2Go. It’s basically a self-service car rental company (much like the bikes above)…
  • What Difference Does it Make?

    Will Ratliff
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    There are a lot of team building activities that exist, and there are also a variety of team building companies that boast everything from a Drum Circle to Cooking to get your team engaged, communicating, and more productive. Sure, they may sound like fun, but what makes a team building experience worth the time, money, and effort that is put into it? In my opinion, there is really only one criteria that determines if a team building experience is effective: did it transform your team? Now, understand that one individual experience may not transform your team; however, if you went through a…
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  • Why You Should Rethink Buying Gift Cards This Year

    Laura Northrup
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Yeah, about that Borders gift card… (Patrick Carlson)Giving people gift cards has many advantages: you can take a loved one out to dinner from hundreds or thousands of miles away, or you can buy someone new clothes or shoes without guessing at their size. However, gift cards and prepaid debit cards aren’t always the one-size-fits-all gift option that they seem to be, since they can have some serious drawbacks. Our merry elf colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports put together a list of reasons why you should reconsider giving gift cards this holiday season, and here…
  • Amazon Signs 17-Year Lease On Manhattan Building That Is Totally Not A Store

    Laura Northrup
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Amazon’s new neighbor. (Joel Zimmer)More than a month ago, there were reports that Amazon planned to rent space in Manhattan across the street from the Empire State Building to expand its own empire into brick-and-mortar retail. While Amazon has signed a lease on space in that building that includes ground-floor retail, the company says that it is not going to use that space. Nope. An Amazon spokesperson told Bloomberg News that the space does not represent an expansion of Amazon into real-life selling. “We have leased this building primarily as corporate office space and we…
  • There’s A Bus In England That Runs On Human Feces – And Food Waste

    Ashlee Kieler
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    If you’re looking to take part in an adventure not unlike one you’d see on The Magic School Bus, then you might think about hitching a ride on the bus fueled by bio-methane gas, which is produced using materials most of us can’t get rid of soon enough — fecal matter and food waste. The Bio-Bus, which made its first trip this month, seats 40 passengers and can travel up to 186 miles on one rooftop tank of waste fuel. “Not everything we flush goes to waste,” a YouTube video of the new bus explains. “The Bristol sewage treatment works uses food waste and…
  • Kitten Escapes New Mexico Home On Halloween, Shows Up 2,300 Miles Away In Maine

    Mary Beth Quirk
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    (Portland Press Herald)There is nothing more suited for a Friday afternoon than a heartwarming tale involving a lost kitten finding her way home against all odds, so I will go ahead and accept your thanks in advance. The starring cat of today’s story escaped her home in New Mexico during Halloween trick-or-treating, only to reappear in Maine a few weeks later. Because cats can’t talk, it’ll likely forever remain a mystery how six-month-old Spice traversed the 2,300 miles between her home and Portland, ME, where he was found in a duffel bag outside a thrift shop, reports the…
  • FCC Proposes Some Consumer Protections As They Inch Closer To Killing Off Copper Landlines

    Kate Cox
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    (.sanden.)Phones are wireless, consumers are cutting back, and copper is expensive: all are reasons why the big phone companies want permission from the FCC to walk away from old-fashioned landline networks and to keep moving toward an internet-based future. The FCC tentatively agrees, and voted 3-2 today to take another baby step in the process that will end up making the nation’s century-old copper landline network obsolete. Formally, the FCC adopted a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that sets down the broad strokes of the commission’s requirements for the next steps in…
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    Strategic Thinking | Principles of Execution

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Constructing New Narratives for New Strategic Directions

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

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

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

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

    Leslie Brokaw
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    Declaring to your whole company that the project everyone is excited about is in trouble can be demoralizing. But it’s exactly what can turn the problems around. When health care insurer WellPoint ran into trouble changing its provider payment system, it only turned things around after putting the project into “Status Red.” The project’s big vision is to shift from a model where the company pays physicians based on volume (procedures, visits, admissions) to one where it pays based on “value” (ability to manage costs and improve patient outcomes and quality of care). That…
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    LT Copywriting - Professional Blog

  • Are you on the Treadmill of Stagnation!?

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

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

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

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Get them to respond to your direct mail…#1 One is to always have a way for your prospects to contact you immediately. Through the mail, the phone, or the internet. This is perfect to compliment your offer and allow them to instantly respond. Without it, most will never be motivated to do your call to action. Always include a response mechanism. ·         Business reply card, reply envelope, order form, Web site URL, or toll-free number. ·         Self-addressed business reply envelopes.
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    Company Rescue Blog

  • Risk of pub closures and job losses as beer-tie system ends

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

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

    4 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Companies may be at risk of going bust as the Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided that companies should include overtime in holiday pay calculations.  They have yet to release details as to whether this will be backdated but it would be most likely.  If workers on overtime have been underpaid since as far back as 1998, then larger companies and public sector employers will be owing millions to employees, putting immense pressure on cashflow. In addition, it will increase operation costs for many firms.  As far as the government is concerned the bill for the NHS for instance…
  • What can I offer as security for a commercial mortgage?

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    Because of the risks involved with lending large sums of money, commercial mortgages are secured loans – that is, they are ‘secured’ against an asset, usually real estate, that the lender can sell in order to recoup their losses should you default on your debt. So if you are taking out such a loan to expand or purchase premises or boost your business’s cash flow, you will need an asset against which to secure it. For a commercial loan, this will invariably be the commercial property you are buying or refinancing. Your commercial lender will take a share, or…
  • Corporate Insolvency Statistics - July-September 2014

    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Infographic from Insolvency Service and Companies House. Please read our news piece on the latest insolvency figures released today.
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    Hyrell Blog

  • How Do You Build a Solid Talent Brand?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Social Media Image Templates

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

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

    Alex Chapman
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:01 am
    As a beginner SEO you can be forgiven for feeling slightly overwhelmed by the vast array of techniques and best practices that are recommended to achieve good rankings. Link building is just one of a number of ongoing tasks you  ... more »
  • 7 Best Search Operators to Help With SEO

    Jen Mackie
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    No matter how much you think you know about Google, there’s always something more we could all learn. It is an unbelievably powerful tool, but if you don’t know how to harness it, you aren’t getting the most out of  ... more »
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Blog Images

    Svanhild Egge
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Look around. The online world is full of interesting and beautiful images, and it’s no accident. The bloggers that do it well spend time tweaking their images to look exactly how they want them to. Maybe you don’t think you  ... more »
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    Purchasing, Procurement and Supply Chain Management Insights

  • What are indirect suppliers?

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

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

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

    Sean Kolenko
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Written by: Sean Kolenko I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: purchasing is a core business process that must be managed and run efficiently. Anyone in business will know this without being told (hopefully!) Yet, haphazard purchasing processes plague businesses of all sizes. Of course, achieving a sustainable, streamlined purchasing function is easier said than done. Writers, analysts and procurement consultants love to make things sound easy – but managing company spending (especially for large-scale organizations) is difficult. Now for the good news – there is no shortage of…
  • A quick look at budget tracking software

    Sean Kolenko
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Written by: Sean Kolenko Budgeting – the corporate world’s most exciting/exhilarating/amazing process. Okay…maybe not. Budgeting is, historically, a laborious and expensive exercise. And rightfully so, developing a comprehensive, nuanced budget takes time and resources. Sometimes, a detailed budget yields great results – buy-in from all the necessary departments and a commitment from the organization to periodically revisit the budget to ensure company compliance. Other times, unfortunately, adherence to a budget (comprehensive as it may be) doesn’t happen. According to IBM’s…
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    Euro Exchange Rate NewsEuro Exchange Rate News

  • Euro to US Dollar (EUR/CAD) and Canadian Dollar (EUR/CAD) Exchange Rates Dive on Draghi Comments

    Ollie Carpenter
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Euro to US Dollar (EUR/CAD) and Canadian Dollar (EUR/CAD) Exchange Rates Dive on Draghi Comments In the aftermath of a particularly dovish speech by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi, the Euro to US Dollar and Canadian Dollar (EUR/USD/CAD) exchange rates have declined significantly. Meanwhile, the US Dollar has generally softened against the majority of its most traded competitors due to trader profit locking. The Canadian Dollar, however, has advanced against nearly all of its major peers thanks to inflation data fuelling speculations of a benchmark rate increase. The Euro to US…
  • Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Slides by More Than 1% on Draghi Comments

    Matthew Olney
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:28 am
    Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) Exchange Rate Slides by More Than 1% on Draghi Comments The Euro to Pound (EUR/GBP) exchange rate fell more than 1% on Friday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi warned that inflation expectations in the region are falling to excessively low levels and hinted that the bank could introduce more monetary easing measures. Draghi’s speech sent a strong signal to economists that the ECB is ready to increase and expand its asset-purchasing programme if inflation continues to be dangerously low and remain far off from the ECB’s target level of 2%. ‘We…
  • EUR/GBP and EUR/USD Exchange Rates Softer as Eurozone Consumer Confidence Falls

    Matthew Olney
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    EUR/GBP and EUR/USD Exchange Rates Softer as Eurozone Consumer Confidence Falls The Euro exchange rate softened against both the Pound (EUR/GBP) and US Dollar (EUR/USD) as economic data out of the 18 member Eurozone disappointed economist forecasts and raised fears over the health of the region’s economy. Earlier in the session, data out of the Eurozone showed that activity in the currency blocs private sector slowed in November increasing concerns that the economy will continue to expand weakly or not at all in the fourth quarter. According to data firm Markit, the regions composite…
  • Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) Forecast: Exchange Rate Continues to Slide

    Matthew Olney
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:46 am
    Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) Forecast: Exchange Rate Continues to Slide The Euro to Australian Dollar (EUR/AUD) exchange rate softened on Thursday after economic data showed that activity in the Eurozone’s private sector slowed sharply in November and manufacturing activity continued to disappoint. Early in the session the ‘Aussie’ had been trading softer against the Euro and other major peers as the price of iron fell to its lowest level since 2009 and as China released data showing that manufacturing activity in the world’s second largest economy stagnated this month. Iron…
  • Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rate Forecast to Fall if Euro Data Weakens

    Matthew Olney
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) Exchange Rate Forecast to Fall if Euro Data Weakens The Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) exchange rate is forecast to weaken on Thursday if key PMI and German PPI data disappoint.  The Euro to US Dollar (EUR/USD) exchange rate was trading steadily on Wednesday due to the release of mixed economic data from both the Eurozone and United States. Earlier in the session, the Euro found support against the US Dollar and other peers after data showed that the Eurozone’s current account surplus increased in September by a far bigger margin that forecast. According to the…
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    Growing Earth

  • When Should I Hire an Arborist?

    Growing Earth
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    The short answer to this question is simply this – whenever you think you need to. You’ve planted trees on your property with the goal of enhancing your living environment and increasing your property values. Trees that are attractive and properly cared for can lead to great returns if and […]
  • Top Tree Mistakes You Must Avoid

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

    Growing Earth
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Trees require the right care and maintenance in order to thrive. Whether you’ve planted a smaller ornamental tree, a fruit tree, or a large tree for shade, the first few years are vital. However, what about existing trees, or mature planted trees? These also require the right care and maintenance, […]
  • Planting the Right Tree in the Right Location

    Growing Earth
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    If you’re landscaping, you might be confused about how to choose the best tree for your yard. For sure, finding the proper tree can be problematic if you don’t know much about what grows where, but with a little help, you’ll get it right. Things to Consider The first thing […]
  • Caring for Mid-Atlantic Trees – An Overview

    Growing Earth
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Whether you hail from Maryland, Virginia, or somewhere else in the Mid-Atlantic region, you need to pay close attention to tree care. The right care and maintenance will help ensure that your tree lasts for decades, perhaps longer than your own life. However, failure to care for your trees can […]
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  • The Life and Death with Socialized Medicine

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

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

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

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

    Steve C
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    While the two diseases are different in several ways, the massively coincidental part is the fact of the timing, the possibilities, the similarity in death rates where black death took aprox 7 days to kill and Ebola takes a couple weeks with also a high percentage kill rate, and how it wiped out two thirds […] Coincidences of Ebola and Black Death aka Bubonic Plague is a post from: CHAOTICNESS The post Coincidences of Ebola and Black Death aka Bubonic Plague appeared first on CHAOTICNESS.
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    Number Direct » Articles

  • Competition: Win A Waterproof Case For Your iPhone

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Number Direct has an exciting opportunity for UK based Apple fanatics. We are giving away a free waterproof case for iPhone 4 or iPhone 5 worth £25. The post Competition: Win A Waterproof Case For Your iPhone appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Is Mobile Shopping A Gift Or A Threat For Retailers This Xmas?

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    More people are expected to be tablet and mobile shopping than ever before this Christmas, Is this a threat to high street stores, or is it an opportunity? The post Is Mobile Shopping A Gift Or A Threat For Retailers This Xmas? appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Webcam Hacking – How To Protect Your Privacy

    Kathryn Kearns
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    We buy cameras to protect our homes and businesses or to keep an eye on our children, but what is supposed to be protecting us could actually be doing the opposite. The post Webcam Hacking – How To Protect Your Privacy appeared first on Number Direct.
  • Top 5 FREE Christmas Apps You Need For Your Android Phone

    Kathryn Kearns
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:45 am
    You can't hide from Christmas and this list of the Top 5 FREE Christmas apps for Android will convert even the grinchiest of Grinches. The post Top 5 FREE Christmas Apps You Need For Your Android Phone appeared first on Number Direct.
  • The Job Apps You Need To Get The Dream Career

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    Say goodbye to the JobCentre once and for all. These six essential job apps for smartphone and tablet will help you get the career of your dreams. The post The Job Apps You Need To Get The Dream Career appeared first on Number Direct.
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    Self Made Businessman

  • What Do I Do All Day? Inside A Founder’s Schedule

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

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

    Dave Schneider
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Welcome to the October monthly growth report here at Every month I give a status check on the progress of the website and have a candid chat with my audience about what’s working and what isn’t. You can see past monthly growth reports. Some of the main benefits of doing this are holding myself accountable on my goals, as well as keeping myself and this website “grounded”. By that I mean, it’s important to show that I do NOT have all the answers and most importantly that I don’t think I do either. These monthly reports will show that…
  • How One Post Got Me To 10k Unique Visits And $200 Per Month

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

    Dave Schneider
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Starting November 10th my girlfriend and I are going to be traveling around the US on a road trip. For me, this is an opportunity to meet as many people as I can, especially anyone who would like to meet me and follows the blog. This isn’t some sort of victory lap of sorts. I won’t be doing any paid mastermind sessions, speaking at conferences, etc. This is all out of my own pocket, of course. Why Am I Doing A US Road Trip? The reason we are doing the road trip is as follows: We are travelers – For the last two years we’ve been traveling across Europe and Asia (33…
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  • 500+ Free Instant/Fast Approval Directory List 2015

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

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

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    Hello guyz. Today, I have come with another infographic. Its about best and worst time of posting on your social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Google plus, Linkedin etc. This infographic is originally made by I hope it will be helpful for your social media marketing process. So lets learn about perfect time to post on your social media account. Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Media The post Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Media appeared first on
  • Inbound Marketing Rising, Here Is The Proof

    Imtiaz Ahmed
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    Do you know, 200 million American users have listed their phone numbers into FTC’s do not call list. 91%of email users have unsubscribed from your company email list because of excessive advertisement?  86% viewer always skips TV commercials. 44% of direct email is never opened. So what is going to be your marketing method? The answer is Inbound Marketing. According to Hubspot, Inbound Marketing is rising tremendously since 2006. If you are an online marketer who is still confused about the rising of inbound marketing, this infographic is a nice proof for you. Inbound Marketing…
  • 21 Rules For Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies

    Riazul Islam Rejon
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:29 am
    Hello guyzz, today, I am going to share an inphographic about rules of using social media marketing strategies more effectively. This inphographic has been collected from This work will give you a quick overview of 21 rules for effective social media marketing strategies. So What are the 21 Rules For Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies?  The post 21 Rules For Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies appeared first on
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  • Beat the Big Box Blues: How to Compete with the Mega Stores

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:38 am
    Black Friday is coming up and the Big Box retailers have already stepped up their game. Black Friday has become … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 5 ways to work smarter not harder

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    There is so much daily pressure to get it all done. Our schedules fill up before we know it. Sometimes … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Helping clients is our #1 priority.

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Get a sneak peak to what Baker Creative has been up to. #bakercreative,#columbus, OH,#education [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Top 5 indicators my company needs public relations?

    17 Sep 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Public relations can be an invaluable tool to amp up your word of mouth. It can range from educating your … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tips to get fast relief when working is a “pain in the neck”

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Is going to work making you sick? Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) are conditions caused by placing too much stress on … Continue reading → [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    G&M Supplies

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • FOCUS ON FRANCHISES - I Franchise Group

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

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Host: Bill Black Audio Library: Bill Ellerymeyer discusses the changing job market, the portfolio approach, and how to make income while pursuing your passions.  Do you have a question you would like Bill Black to answer on the air? Leave a voicemail of your question at: 
  • Building a Portfolio - Bill Ellermeyer (1m)

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:55 am
    Host: Bill Black Audio Library: Bill Ellerymeyer discusses the changing job market, the portfolio approach, and how to make income while pursuing your passions.  Do you have a question you would like Bill Black to answer on the air? Leave a voicemail of your question at: 
  • FOCUS ON FRANCHISES - Global Cash Card

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:05 am
    A brief interview with a Franchise Representative from the West Coast Franchise Expo. To see all of the Franchise Expo interviews, visit the folder “West Coast Franchise Expo” in our Audio Library at: Over 300 interviews archived in 30+ topic folders to help you! … Come listen for a minute!
  • Growing Your Business and Enjoy Your Life (20m) Rene Hollebrandse

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Rene Hollebrandse of Action Coach discusses his  tips and ideas to help you grow your business and enjoy your life. We update new content every day, so please check back often!
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    Colin Burnett's Wealth Creation Blog

  • Make money on Ebay

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

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

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

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

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

  • Can You Dare to Believe in Yourself?

    Chad Stewart
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death... The post Can You Dare to Believe in Yourself? appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • 3 Common Interview Questions and How You Should Answer Them

    Chad Stewart
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It's not enough just to wear your best professional attire, get a haircut, and think about all the skills that make you indispensable when going into a job interview. Learn more about what they're going to ask, why they're asking, and how you should answer. The post 3 Common Interview Questions and How You Should Answer Them appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Understanding Commercial Loans: Find the Right Loan for Your Business

    Ivan Widjaya
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:10 am
    For an expanding business, a loan can be extremely beneficial to your business growth and development. Which are the right loans for your business? The post Understanding Commercial Loans: Find the Right Loan for Your Business appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • Stop “Dabbling” in Your Dreams of Success or You’ll Never Reach the Top!

    Chad Stewart
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:21 pm
    How many of you out there are "dabbling" in your dreams in the same way you'd tinker around with the idea of learning a new language or skill? Dabbling kills dreams, it doesn't cultivate them. The post Stop “Dabbling” in Your Dreams of Success or You’ll Never Reach the Top! appeared first on Biz Epic.
  • How Poor Body Language Impacts Your Job Interview Success Rate

    Chad Stewart
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    This video features business communications expert and coach Christine Jahnke, author of the "Well Spoken Women," offering great tips about voice quality, body language, eye contact, and many other great first-impression-making tips for job seekers. The post How Poor Body Language Impacts Your Job Interview Success Rate appeared first on Biz Epic.
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    Forte Consultancy

  • Social BI for Intelligent Enterprise 2.0

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

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

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

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

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

  • Best Prepaid Wireless Cell Phones, Prepaid iPhone 6 Accessories, Even Straight Talk Smartphones, Use Verizon Towers

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

    18 Nov 2014 | 10:24 pm
    No matter which prepaid cell phone, iPhone, or smartphone you choose in 2014, it's best to go with the best that use Verizon towers. It doesn't even have to be one of the best smartphones, or even iPhone 6, from Verizon Wireless, it could be a great prepaid wireless cell phone or smartphone, from Straight […] The post Best Prepaid Wireless Cell Phones, Prepaid iPhone 6 Accessories, Even Straight Talk Smartphones, Use Verizon Towers appeared first on Breaking News Opinions and Shopping on Cry Baby News.
  • iPhone Accessories Rule Top Ten Christmas Gift Ideas 2014 Best Buy at Amazon?

    21 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    So is it Amazon this Christmas 2014 that will have all of the best prices for iPhone accessories? What are the best, most requested, iPhone accessory as a Christmas gift idea in 2014? Not into iPhone 6 yet? No Worries! We have the hot lists for other models of the iPhone. Does Amazon really have the lowest prices? […] The post iPhone Accessories Rule Top Ten Christmas Gift Ideas 2014 Best Buy at Amazon? appeared first on Breaking News Opinions and Shopping on Cry Baby News.
  • Best Thanksgiving Recipes of All Time, Top Ten Christmas Gift Ideas for 2014

    19 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    It's already starting to feel like Thanksgiving and Christmas 2014 are right around the corner and that's because they are! So now it's time for us to start making our list of the best Thanksgiving recipes of all time. We may as well add the top 10 Christmas 2014 gift ideas, or at least links […] The post Best Thanksgiving Recipes of All Time, Top Ten Christmas Gift Ideas for 2014 appeared first on Breaking News Opinions and Shopping on Cry Baby News.
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    Industry Leaders Magazine

  • Google rolls out Contributor, a subscription service to remove ads from sites

    Anna Domanska
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Currently the site is available through a waiting list and is invite-only in the U.S. Google Inc. announced an initiative Thursday thatoffers ad-free web browsing to users interested in paying a monthly subscription fee. The crowdfunding tool called Contributor asks users to pay anywhere from $1 to $3 to view the pages. Essentially it’s kind of a subscription service for online publications allowing people to pay to remove ads from participating websites. “When you visit a participating website, part of your contribution goes to the creators of that site,” Google said at…
  • Amazon pledges to long-term renewable energy on its cloud platform

    Christy Gren
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:22 am
    Being world’s largest cloud computing company, Amazon promises customers less carbon footprints and reduced environmental waste. Amazon has pledged to achieve 100 percent renewable energy usage vowing to run its data centers completely on renewable energy, after being criticised by Greenpeace for being stuck in a dirty energy past. Major tech companies are making an extensive environmental pledge to use renewable energy, considering the large number of data centers and machines they use and the amount of energy needed to keep them running. Amazon now follows others like Apple, Google and…
  • Marketers of sugary drinks still aggressively target U.S. children, report finds

    Carrie Ann
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Yale researchers said that beverage companies still continued to reach out to teens and children’s through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter as well as mobile apps Even though Beverage companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo have pledged to advertise less to children, they still continued to remain a key target for marketers through various other means such as product placement and social media, according to a report released on Wednesday. The study, conducted by researchers at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University and the Robert Wood Johnson…
  • Chinese app developers can now offer paid Android apps via Google Play store

    Anna Domanska
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Android developers in China can monetize from their apps, but they will be required to use third-party app stores, or an overseas-registered Google developer account. Google Inc. has announced merchant support for Chinese developers, meaning they can now offer free or paid apps for Android users in over 130 countries via its Google Play store. They however cannot earn any money in China, as the Play Store is unavailable in the country. Nonetheless, this is a small step towards giving Chinese app developers much more exposure to the hundreds of millions of Android devices on the planet and a…
  • WhatsApp messaging app adds end-to-end encryption between Android devices

    Carrie Ann
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:59 am
    WhatsApp, the Facebook owned massively popular messaging app is now encrypting text messages by Android users, boosting efforts by technology companies to shield consumers from hackers and government spies. The change is the result of a partnership with Open Whisper Systems to use TextSecure protocol so messages can’t be deciphered when stored or traveling between devices. “WhatsApp deserves enormous praise for devoting considerable time and effort to this project,” Open Whisper Systems said in a blog post. “Even though we’re still at the beginning of the rollout, we believe this…
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    Potknox Blog

  • You Can Do It! Real World Advice on Getting Your Startup Published
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:48 am
    Right after we got published on YourStory and Product Hunt, we had a flood of questions from our peers which fell somewhere between “How much did you pay?” and “Who did you know?” We understood where they were coming from; just a couple of weeks back, we were spending a number of nights wondering what it would take for us to get our big break and be published on a traffic hungry site like YourStory, where one simple article can send your back links through the roof. Next we’re targeting Mashable, Tech Crunch, Next Big What, CNET and the like, because let’s face it,…
  • Remote Campus Recruitment for Startups: How to Make it Work
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:38 am
    In our post 7 Problems Startups Face With Campus Recruitment, we explored the major issues that hold startups back from conducting this exercise. In addition to it being a relentless use of time, money and effort, for small to medium sized companies, going anywhere further than Tier I or Tier II cities is near impossible, given the amount of resources they would have to dispatch. Through our own experience, however, we have discovered that it’s not only possible for startups to delve into this large pool of talent, it’s easy, no matter how funded or unfunded you may be. With…
  • Why SaaS Providers Need To Focus on Customer Service
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:14 am
    Customers are staring at their computer screen, trusting that they can navigate your carefully set up website- sifting through the various messages you are trying to convey- till they finally reach what they are looking for. They cannot touch or feel anything, and are just hoping that when you say you have “the best product in the market”, you really do. They trust testimonials, the list of clients you have displayed, and the first five links they find when they type your name in Google. But what if they hit a stumbling block? Customer Service has taken on a whole new meaning in…
  • The Key Factor to Consider When Choosing An IT Solutions Provider
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:13 am
    Choosing an IT Solutions Provider is no joke, whether you’re a big company (and your every move is being watched), or a small company (where every seemingly invisible move can cost a fortune). There is no dearth of literature on the factors to consider when choosing an IT solutions provider, but most of these focus on the company as whole. Hidden under the reputation and performance history however, is a team of developers who are currently employed to satisfy every individual client’s needs. You may know everything you need to about the company itself- but how much do you know…
  • Are Your In House Screening Tools Failing You?
    13 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Using Skill Tests- either online or offline- to screen coders and programmers and shortlist them for interviews is hardly a new practice. Technical recruiters all over the globe use them in some form or the other, never relying entirely on resumes and interviews for such a skill-based role. A large number of them- especially in startups, as we’ve discovered- still depend on in-house tools, which begs the question, is that really the right move? Related: What Good Is A Coder Who Can’t Code? As recruiters, we use Screening Tests to test the coding and programming skills of a…
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    Tele-Center » Blog

  • A Day in the Life of a Call Center Agent

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

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    Political campaign call centers can play an important role in upcoming elections, especially as smaller campaigns scramble to mobilize voters and increase voter turnout. When small campaigns have trouble organizing enough volunteers to begin with, setting up a phone bank can be a problem. This is where a call center is mission critical. They have a trained staff who can easily follow any scripts, measure results, and call the most number of voters within a specific period of time. Here are four factors to consider when finding a call center to manage your campaign. Do the operators “sound…
  • Call Center Partners Integrating Social Media into CRM

    24 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    Customer call center partners that use their CRM in their call center operations have a new arrow in their quiver. Many CRM software providers are now integrating social media information into their software, providing customer service, marketing, and sales staff the ability to find information on their customers’ Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn social media platforms. Future-thinking call center partners are embracing social media as one more channel for support and interaction–as well as business intelligence–but historically, social media was an unusual addition to their…
  • Call Center Outsourcing – Onshore, Offshore or Nearshore?

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:11 am
    When choosing call center outsourcing, should you go with onshore, offshore, or nearshore? What’s the best choice? Is one solution better than the others? Of course not. There never is. But there is a choice that’s right for your company when outsourcing your call center services. Let’s look at the difference between the three, and find the option that’s ideal for you. Onshore means the outsourced call center (or other services) is located in your home country. The labor pool is highly skilled, and there are little to no language or cultural barriers. And if…
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  • Maximizing Opportunity Podcast: Money

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

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

    Brian Burkhart
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Imagine you’re moving to a new home and a friend offers to help. Would it mean more to you if they offered their afternoon to help you climb stairs and move boxes or to pay for a half tank of gas for your rental truck? While still helpful, being handed a $20 bill doesn’t have the same feel to it as an honest time commitment, does it? Being generous doesn’t always mean offering your money. In many ways, time is what we value most. It’s the thing we always want more of, despite it being constant and never changing. To give someone your time and undivided attention can often hold much…
  • Accidental Awesomeness

    Maria Ranahan
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    If you’ve ever been into the SquarePlanet Worldwide Headquarters, you know that our orange walls are covered in belief statements. We have tons of them, and they serve as the foundation of our company culture. They live all over our office as a simple reminder of who we are and what we stand for. One belief that particularly stands out for me is incredibly simple and quirky. “Don’t underestimate the power of accidental awesomeness.” This little nugget of inspiration reminds us that sometimes greatness is stumbled upon, but that doesn’t make it any less…
  • We’re All About that Orange

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

  • Current trends in the current global IT market

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

    19 Nov 2014 | 11:52 pm
    The global online advertising market has been experiencing steady growth over the past few years. An increasing number of companies are now allocating a good portion of their marketing budget towards online advertising, in addition to the traditional methods. Research at Netscribes has shown that this industry is expected to touch a whopping USD 139.8 billion in the year 2018, growing at a CAGR of 7.3% during 2013-2018. Experts say that the main reason for the growth of the industry includes the fact that people are now using the internet not only for communication but also for a host of…
  • The online advertising market in India

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:10 am
    The online advertising market in India is one of the upcoming segments with a high potential. Fuelled by the growth in availability of internet and usage of smartphones for easy online access, the online advertising market in India is expected to grow by leaps and bounds. The digital world is not static anymore, and almost all kinds of businesses, be it small or medium, are using the online space to continuously evolve and reach out to their customers. In the year 2013, search advertising and display advertising were the biggest segments in which marketers invested their money. According to…
  • Importance of MI in the Advertising industry

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:47 am
    Market research is an important aspect of the advertising industry that envelopes all the business activities across various industries. In the advertising industry, research plays a critical role in creating and delivering campaigns. It can help the advertiser to better understand what kind of creative ideas and messages can be included and used in a particular way to create a successful ad campaign.. Thus, gathering enough market intelligence before taking any decision can increase the possibility of making better and informed choices. Advertisers look to gather market intelligence and…
  • The Mobile Application market in India

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    The mobile application market in India is slated for a steady growth in the coming years. A thorough study of this industry brings up some important points and features that are prevalent in the market. The rising number of smartphone users and mass availability of different data plans are few of the key drivers to the growth of this market. Recent research has shown that the number of smartphone users in India is expected to touch almost 400 million by the end of 2016. Research at Netscribes shows that around 75.1 million mobile app downloads expected in India alone by 2017. Alongwith this,…
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    Tradeindia Blog

  • Consumer Protection Laws may control the E-tailers

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

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

    Tradeindia Editor
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:02 am
    Search Marketing or Search Engine Marketing(SEM) is a process of attracting and getting more traffic and visibility through various paid and unpaid online efforts. It is one of the most cost effective marketing options. Every business should make maximum use of search marketing for getting more clients and online visibility and also for creating brand awareness. Some of the reasons why search engine marketing is a better and smarter way of marketing are: Excellent and earliest exposure: Sponsored links and ads are usually displayed at the top of the search result pages which help them in…
  • Make-In-India: India’s Invitation to Global Manufacturers

    Tradeindia Editor
    5 Oct 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Indian PM Narendra Modi launched ‘Make in India’ initiative with an aim of converting the country into a manufacturing hub. The initiative will attract the domestic and international manufacturers for producing in India which will not only support the Indian manufacturing industry but will also lead to the generation of thousands of jobs in the sector. ‘Make-in-India’ involves lenient or easy going legal investment procedure which makes it easy for the investors to invest in Indian manufacturing industry. Some of the main features of the Make in India initiative are:…
  • Growing Market For Duplicate Products

    Tradeindia Editor
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Duplicate products are not new to any kind of market. Be it local market, rural market, urban market, international market or online stores, duplicate products are present every where. According to a study conducted by ASSOCHAM (Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry of India), the current market size of fake or counterfeit products in India is around Rs 45,000 Crore. Delhi alone accounts for 70% of the total production of counterfeit products in the country. You can find countless duplicate products with similar packing, color, name, logo and design as the original branded products. The…
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  • Why The Remembrance Day is Prominent?

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

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

    10 Oct 2014 | 2:21 am
    Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights activist Kailash Satyrathi have won the Nobel Peace prize. The two were named winner of the £690,000 (8m kronor or $1.11m) prize by the chairman of the Nobel committee – Norway’s former prime minister Thorbjoern Jagland – on Friday morning. On October 9, 2012 Taliban […]
  • FBI vs StealthGenie: First-ever criminal case concerning spyware app

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Hammad Akbar, a 31-year-old who is the CEO of a company called InvoCode which created an app called StealthGenie allowing users to spy on other people’s mobile devices was indicted on US criminal charges, officials said Monday. To install the app, customers needed physical control of the target’s phone for just a few minutes. It then sent all […]
  • Denza: China’s BYD new electric car with Daimler

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:44 pm
    The first EV from Daimler and BYD’s joint venture, Denza, soon will see the road, with up to 300 km Mileage, whether in the city or elsewhere. In terms of battery charging, DENZA potential to provide the greatest flexibility. Whether it is a household power outlet, public charging infrastructure or can be installed in the […]
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    getAbstract Blog

  • Curious Leaders: Better Than the Rest?

    Peggy Eyssallenne
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    While the notion of curiosity has been around since man first discovered fire (or perhaps, since Eve bit the apple), I have been seeing more and more articles focused around this concept and how important it is to have a curious workforce, led by even more curious leaders. While the talents and skills organizations look for change frequently over time, curiosity reigns supreme since it is a staple quality. Why is a culture of curiosity important for an organization? It guarantees sufficient information to do all the other things, such as acting decisively, promoting innovation, and knowing…
  • The 6 Best TED Talks for Communicators

    Hannah Litman
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:32 am
    TED, founded in 1984 as a one-off event, in Monterey, California, has grown into a global set of conferences sharing “Ideas Worth Spreading” in the technology, entertainment and design industries (hence, TED). The no-longer-than 18-minute talks are live-streamed over the Internet, for optimal “spread,” and are meant to be both innovative and engaging. Few disappoint. And, especially in recent years, TED Talks have gone on to achieve notoriety for their medium and their messaging; not to mention, the messengers, who have included notorious voices of the 21st-century zeitgeist, such as…
  • Winners Announced for the 2014 getAbstract International Book Award

    Linda Wohlfarth
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    A celebration of this year’s most innovative, influential, and powerful nonfiction works Every year, the world-class editors at getAbstract read through the most inspiring, outstanding, and enlightening English and German nonfiction business literature available, and choose four recipients of the getAbstract International Book Award. Here is a look at the 2014 winners announced during the Frankfurt Book Fair in Germany. English Data Crush by Christopher Surdak, AMACOM A Division of American Management Association The Frackers by Gregory Zuckerman, Portfolio, Penguin USA, A Penguin Random…
  • The 3 Secrets to Becoming the Charismatic Leader You Always Wanted to Be

    Peggy Eyssallenne
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Have you ever met someone and immediately thought, “Wow, that person has charisma”? Perhaps you’ve followed that thought up with an “I wish I could command a room like that”. The question of charisma being innate vs. learned is almost as old as the chicken/egg question. For a long time, experts ‘proved’ that charismatic leaders were born, not made. Companies are always searching for those ‘charismatic’ leaders – the Steve Jobs that was born ready to take their profits to the Promised Land by inspiring and mobilizing employees and fostering customer followership. Today,…
  • 5 Business Trends That Can’t Be Ignored

    Hannah Litman
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    This has been an interesting year for businesses as we saw many shifts in consumerism, marketing, production and the workplace itself. Here, our top 5 business trends that you just can’t ignore: 1. Go Big or Go Home We began to hear a lot about Big Data over the course of this year. What is Big Data? It’s a collection of data sets that is so large it is difficult to process by traditional data processing applications. It makes our list not only because it is one of the year’s new business buzz phrases but also because clever entrepreneurs and innovators are creating tools and…
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    Frank Diana's Blog

  • The Maker Economy

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

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

    Frank Diana
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:08 am
    Next up in this ongoing look at disruptive scenarios is the Smart City. For the first time in history, more than 50% of the world’s population lives in cities, and that percentage moves to 70% by 2050. This visual effectively captures the dramatic move towards urbanization: In addition to rapid urbanization, the global population of […]
  • IT and Business Integration

    Frank Diana
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:36 pm
    The CMO and CIO relationship discussion has been raging for months, and there is a growing perspective that IT budget ownership will shift from IT to the business. Add to this the growing list of new executive roles, and the role of CIO could look very different in the near future. I recently participated in a […]
  • The Sharing Economy

    Frank Diana
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    Something Economy: seems like a popular trend – stick a word in front of economy and use it to describe the next big thing. Some of these words are: Peer, Maker, Sharing, Gig, Collaborative, Green, Circular, Mesh, Digital, Innovation, semantic, and more. This combining of words speaks to the truly disruptive nature of the early […]
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    Online Traffic

  • Using Social Networking Websites to Promote Your Blog

    19 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do you know what the main purpose of a social networking website is? If you are an avid internet user, you likely do. Social networking websites are online communities that make it easier for internet users to meet and communicate with each other. If you are an internet user who enjoys using the internet to […] The post Using Social Networking Websites to Promote Your Blog appeared first on Online Traffic.
  • Top 3 Advantages to Making Your Own YouTube Videos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ann Wylie
    18 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Date leads date your storyIn a “West Wing” episode, President Jed Bartlet is in the Oval Office, where a technician prepares to record his Saturday morning radio address.Remember when? Your readers are more interested in what happened than when. Avoid date leads.TECHNICIAN: “Here we go. In three, two …”He holds up his index finger on “one,” then points to Bartlet.BARTLET: “Good morning. This month, as autumn is in full bloom in much of the nation, the weekends will be devoted by many of you to leaf peeping and football … watch … ing…
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    BBC News - Home

  • Bellew takes revenge on Cleverly

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Tony Bellew beats Nathan Cleverly on points to gain revenge in front of his home crowd in Liverpool.
  • Flood warnings for US snowmelt

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Snowfall in the north-eastern US subsides, but there are now warnings of serious flooding from melting snow as temperatures rise.
  • Mental health nursing cuts warning

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Staff cuts and bed shortages are leaving mental health services "under unprecedented strain", says the nurses' union.
  • Call to sanction failing universities

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    It should be easier to remove the degree-awarding powers of universities that fail to meet academic and consumer standards, a report by Which? says.
  • A&E 'crisis' and holiday 'joy' - front pages

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Concerns over pressures on hospital casualty departments and ambulance services trouble some papers, while others have their eye on proposals for tax cuts.
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  • 5 Free online tools to boost your next online marketing campaign

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

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

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

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

    10 Nov 2014 | 1:42 am
    Optimizing a PPC campaign can be a difficult experience when trying to work out how to gain that extra conversion and to be one step closer to achieving and maintaining your PPC goal. Setting up the perfect Adwords campaign takes time, it is a case of constant analysis, watching and expecting the figures to change, […] The post Tips and Tricks to optimize your PPC campaign appeared first on Web Hosting Blog | Related posts: 11 Tips to Create Quality Link Building Strategy The article discusses today’s safe techniques to quality link building... The Potential Pitfalls…
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  • Overview of biotechnology in Thailand

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

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

    16 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    Aerospace, automotive, construction, electronics, energy, software and some other industries heavily rely on engineering services. In another part of its series on the most dynamic sectors of Asia, the Economic Intelligence Unit presents the importance, dynamism and opportunities in Asian engineering services sector. For a more comfortable reading, it is quite suggested to open the report in […] The post Overview of the engineering services sector in Asia appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Singapore’s healthcare system

    12 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    The healthcare system of Singapore is widely recognized as one of the best in the world, while also being quite cheap. In this very clear video, Healthcare Triage presents the Singaporean healthcare system with its public and private dimensions, government regulations and policies, together with comparisons with other countries. Singapore is a small and rich country governed by […] The post Singapore’s healthcare system appeared first on ASEAN UP.
  • Overview of the US-ASEAN relations

    9 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    The relations between the US and ASEAN are critical to each other in several areas, such as trade and economic cooperation, investment, tourism, immigration and students exchanges. In a recent document, the East-West center goes over the details of these relations through a series of well-conceived infographics. Strengthening US-ASEAN relations The other major powers have been steadily increasing […] The post Overview of the US-ASEAN relations appeared first on ASEAN UP.
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  • Omnitracs Appoints Jim Gardner as Vice President of Marketing

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Fleet management company Omnitracs on Wednesday (Nov. 19) announced that it was appointing Jim Gardner as vice president of marketing. “The Omnitracs business portfolio has grown significantly over the past few years, with new product innovations and the acquisitions of Sylectus, Roadnet and, most recently, XRS Corporation,” Gardner said. “I look forward to spearheading the marketing communications strategy to strengthen awareness of the Omnitracs brand and its market influence, positioning the company for continued growth.” “Jim … Read More »
  • Personalized Payroll Firm Pulls In Big Name Investors

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Let’s be candid. Payroll processing is generally not something a lot of people get excited about, unless it’s payday and the direct deposit hasn’t happened. And that might just be the point. Payroll, with all of its tax and legal complexities, is not something companies spend time changing unless it fully breaks down. What if a company created payroll from an entirely different perspective? A company that is trying to do that, ZenPayroll, has created … Read More »
  • Alibaba Preps Logistics Move

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    With its eyes on improving logistics for its ever-expanding global plans, The Alibaba Group is exploring a partnership with Hangzhou-based logistics firm Best Logistics Technology Company, with a specific goal of developing cloud-based logistics services, according to Beijing-based newspaper The Economic Observer. It’s not as though the two companies are not acquainted. Best Logistics said 80 percent of its business turnover stems from Tmall, the online retailer owned by Alibaba, and more than 3 million … Read More »
  • Emdeon Buys Change Healthcare

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Emdeon, a revenue/payment cycle management and clinical information exchange vendor, announced Wednesday (Nov. 19) that it will spend $185 million to buyout consumer education, transparency, and engagement developer Change Healthcare, according to a report in Health Data Management. “Our customers are prioritizing information, insights and capabilities that enable individuals to be better healthcare consumers,” said Neil de Crescenzo, Emdeon president and CEO, in a statement. “While Emdeon has assisted payers, providers, pharmacies and our partner network … Read More…
  • Starwood’s CEO Dumped His PC for an iPad

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Turns out, Tim Cook, CEO of Apple isn’t the only one all pumped up about running a company on an iPad, Starwood Hotels CEO Frits Van Paasschen told WSJ that he’s officially dumped his PC and conducts all of his CEO duties via iPhone or iPad. “I thought, you know what, I actually don’t use (my PC). I do all of my work via mobile so essentially my office is wherever I go, and I … Read More »
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  • Smartphone Distracted Parenting – 7 Things You Must Do Now

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

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

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

    Robert Locke
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    Could brain scans of ADHD children provide an easy way of diagnosing this disorder? This is the exciting news coming from the University of Michigan Health System which has just finished a study which could lead to a better diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in the future. The only problem is that we will have to wait several years before this happens. ADHD brain differences After studying brains scans of ADHD children and those who were normal, researchers were able to map what is going on in the brain. They used a system which they have dubbed ‘connectomics’. That simply means that they…
  • ADHD and Exercise in Children – 5 Fantastic Benefits

    Robert Locke
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Amy McCreadyPositive Parenting SolutionsParenting CoachUSAmy McCreadyPositive Parenting SolutionsParenting ExpertWe teach parents of toddlers to teens, tools and strategies for well-behaved kids and happy families ADHD exercise in children might be OK if you are living in a fairly green area or you have outdoor facilities nearby. But, if you are a single parent with a low income, there is no chance that you can do that. Did you know that many low income…
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  • 15 Employee Motivation Tips: 8 – 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Gary Barzel
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    For many people, one of the biggest challenges to successfully starting a new business is just starting in the first place. As adults, we can easily get caught up in and overwhelmed by our own fears to the extent that we get stuck in a comfort zone and never push ourselves to dream, to experiment, [...] The post 10 Successful Kid Entrepreneurs Under the Age of 13 appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
  • 7 of the Most Creepiest Business Ideas

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

    Gary Barzel
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:55 am
    Wondering what keeps small business owners up at night? Conventional wisdom aside, things like recent government legislation, time management, and Internet marketing are all important concerns, but they’re not giving the majority of small business owners the jitters. The following eight things are the real ghosts and goblins of running a small business. How many [...] The post What Do Small Business Owners Fear the Most? appeared first on FastUpFront Small Business Blog.
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  • 4 Ways to Boost Company Culture Using Apparel

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

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

    Katie Hudson
    14 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    So, what on earth actually happens to your resume when you submit it online? Is it scanned by a computer? Is it submitted to human resources? Does it go directly to the hiring manager for the position? Or is it just lost in the Internet abyss of unread applications? All of these scenarios are possible- the last one being the dreaded, and all too common, outcome of the online application. Since you don’t know who or in what context someone will be reading your resume, it’s critical to ensure that you’ve provided the reader with everything they are looking for in a candidate for a…
  • Socially Conscious Startup Wins Forbes 400K Pressure Cooker Competition

    13 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Jessica (left), a Digital Marketing graduate from Los Angeles, took a leap of faith two years ago when her long-time friend suggested the idea of launching Enrou. The content-driven marketplace supports consumer brands that are invested in social good and community development. Since, Enrou has taken off, and the team won over a panel of judges including Steve Case, Mike Perlis, and Troy Carter during the Forbes Under 30 Pressure Cooker pitch competition. They walked away with a winning title, a cash prize to fund their business, and immediate bragging rights. Let’s start…
  • Forget Mobile First, Think Mobile Only

    Emily Pope
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    Nearly five years ago Luke Wroblewski, formerly the Chief Design Architect at Yahoo! Inc, advocated a radical new concept. Shocking the audience of web developers at An Event Apart in Seattle, Wroblewski announced that it was time for ‘mobile first!’ Given an undeveloped app market for the 700 million people with mobile devices globally at the time (that number has since more than doubled), he believed that mobile offered an opportunity for explosive growth that products for PCs could not match. He also underscored the importance of constraints and capabilities that mobile realities…
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  • Why Time is the Key to Happiness

    Taegan Goddard
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Wharton professor Cassie Mogilner spoke to Knowledge@Wharton about her research into happiness and what it means for managing employees and marketing products. Said Mogilner: “I have found that focusing on time leads to greater happiness than focusing on money. The way that I explored that was building on prior work, which tracked how people spend their days and also how people feel over the course of their days, finding that people are happiest when they are connecting with other people. They’re least happy when they are doing work or commuting. I wanted to see if thinking about time…
  • Entrepreneurs Aren’t Necessarily Risk Seekers

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a new research paper, Entrepreneurship and Loss-Aversion in a Winner-Take-All Society, John Morgan and Dana Sisak found that “loss aversion, or the fear of losing one’s salary at a full-time job, along with its prestige, is directly linked to the amount of effort an entrepreneur puts into a startup.” Loss aversion is what drives most entrepreneurs, not a love of risk. Morgan, who is a professor at the Haas School of Business, told Haas Now: “There is a view that entrepreneurs are often overconfident gamblers, who thrive on risk, yet there is little evidence to support…
  • How to Unleash Creativity in Your Organization

    Taegan Goddard
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Kimberly Wagner, a partner and a managing director at the Boston Consulting Group, spoke to Knowledge@Wharton about creating the best environment to foster creativity. Wagner notes you can’t demand innovation, “but you sure as heck can take whatever creativity exists in an organization and kill it very quickly.” She also explains how managing breakthrough innovation in large organizations is very different from two people doing a start-up in a garage. At big companies, “senior managers oftentimes say, ‘We don’t have the creative ideas.’ But if you talk three or four…
  • We’re All in the Software Business Now

    Taegan Goddard
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Jeff Gothelf says companies must bring the “Agile Manifesto” for software development to their entire organization. “Software has eaten the world. And as it continues to consume new and diverse industries it’s transforming the way business is done. We are all in the ‘software business’ now, regardless of the product or service we provide, forcing us to reexamine how we structure and manage our organizations.” “When I ask managers if their organizations practice ‘agile; they almost always say yes. Probing a bit deeper reveals that most of this…
  • Why Being Happy at Work Matters

    Taegan Goddard
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “People used to believe that you didn’t have to be happy at work to succeed. And you didn’t need to like the people you work with, or even share their values. ‘Work is not personal,’ the thinking went. This is bunk,” writes the University of Pennsylvania’s Annie McKee. “My research with dozens of companies and hundreds of people — as well as the research conducted by the likes of neuroscientists Richard Davidson and V.S. Ramachandran and scholars such as Shawn Achor — increasingly points to a simple fact: Happy people are better workers. Those who…
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  • The Creative Ways That You Can Make Money With One Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:18 pm
    If you don’t work as part of a virtual team on a regular or occasional basis, chances are you have colleagues or friends who do. Fifteen years ago it was a different story. I remember asking my boss at the time if I could telecommute one day a week. I have a 40 mile (one way) commute to the office and spend nearly two hours a day driving back and forth to work. I argued that I could spend those two additional hours working, not driving. The answer? A resounding “no.” Even though the technology at the time could support it, culturally our organization wasn’t ready. My, how times have…
  • Making a Real Impact With Online Learning

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:37 pm
    I was recently working with a new client on applying Situational Leadership® II in his organization. I suggested as a first step he meet with each of his direct reports to get clear on their goals. “But I already know each person’s goals,” he said. “We all always have goals. In fact, we just did a midyear review to make sure all the goals are still on target. How on earth would people know how they are supposed to be spending their time if they didn’t have their goals?” I had to laugh and answered, “You’d be surprised how many managers out there are not at all clear about…
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    Hiring For Success

  • The most popular CV cliches

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

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

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

    Ciaran Ryan
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    In today’s society, respect is often seen as an afterthought. With millions of college educated professionals treating the cast of “The Bad Girls’ Club” and “Jersey Shore” as their role models, respect is often taken for granted or ignored as an important part of the way we live. However, you can earn respect from the people you interact with every day. The actions you take do make a difference. Use these ideas to command and receive the respect you know you deserve. Act in a manner that communicates to others that you should be taken seriously. Consider your conduct and act with…
  • Companies that glow have employees that shine

    Ciaran Ryan
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:16 am
    How to get the most out of your employees? The truth is that companies that shine have employees that glow. With the Brazil World Cup 2014 behind us, it was fascinating to watch the difference in the quality of football as the tournament progressed. Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of Brazil was a surreal moment. Here was a team with no Ronaldo, or Rooney or Soares. It had none of the superstars that make the headlines and command such outrageous player fees – yet it ripped the heart out of the Brazilian team. What we witnessed was a well-drilled team of quality players who had been trained to win…
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    Growth Everywhere

  • GB Ep 8: When to Hire an in House Marketer or a Digital Agency

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Welcome to another edition of Growth Bites. Today we’re talking about when is it the right time to use a digital marketing agency instead of an in-house team. Let me start by saying this isn’t a cut and dry answer. It really works on a case by case basis, but I’m going to discuss my experience and rules I’ve set. Nothing can be too rigid when considering an in-house or outside agency, and things can always change. [00:55] During my time at Single Grain, we’ve worked with startups who graduated to working with an in-house team. [1:07] In the beginning, we…
  • GB Ep 7: How to Start Maximizing the Return of Your CRM

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Welcome to another edition of Growth Bites. Today we’re talking about CRMs, or C tools that help you organize your communications. That communication can apply to anything from prospects to editors you’re pitching a guest post to promote your business. SalesForce is an example of a CRM, but doesn’t necessarily make sense for small businesses. SalesForce can cost too much and also has a learning curve. [01:10] Smaller companies can use a system like High Rise from Base Camp to organize your communications, tag people by category, assign tasks to sales team, all…
  • GB Ep 6: 7 WordPress Plugins to Boost Your Business Productivity

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Welcome to another edition of Growth Bites. Today we’re talking about my favorite WordPress Plugins. Show Notes: One of my favorite app is the free Sumo Me app created by my buddy Noah Kagan of AppSumo. Sumo Me helps collect emails, put together a pop-up, record data over time and export list. [00:21] Sumo Me also allows your audience to highlight and Tweet directly from your pot so they don’t have to go through any extra steps. There’s also a new social sharing feature and new developments to check out. [00:51] I’ve found WordPress SEO by Yoast it’s the best…
  • GB Ep 5: How To Learn New Things Effectively

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Welcome to another edition of Growth Bites. Today we’re talking about what resources and tools I use to help learn and innovate. We’ll discuss how I strategize what to read and learn and how to streamline the process. Show Notes: I turn to Twitter for news and use TweetBot and follow the right lists to cut through the noise. For example, I follow venture capitalists to find out what they’re learning about. [00:36] Don’t just follow entrepreneurs on Twitter—follow their own lists. I follow the CEO of Buffer. He has a great list he follows of people like Hiten Shah,…
  • GE Ep 55: How The Inventor of the Magnetic Credit Card Strip Created A Solution That Affects Billions Of People Today

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Today I have the great pleasure of speaking with Ron Klein who is also known as the grandfather of possibilities. You probably already know Ron’s work and use it every day. He invented magnetic credit card strip and other things effecting millions if not billions of people in the world. Today Ron continues to work on new innovations for the blind and consultants budding entrepreneurs. Keypoint Takeaways: The early years Ron grew up in Philadelphia during the Depression and didn’t come from a wealthy family. His Dad was a postal worker and his Mom was a department store sales clerk. Ron…
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    Business Banter

  • The Biggest Lie Taught in Creative Writing

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

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

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

    Shameer Shah
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
    Have you developed and launched your new business website? If so, it clearly means you have a product or service to sell. Once you have online presence, your products will start to get sold and you will get rich overnight. Wrong! You need to apply some small business SEO techniques to get truly started. Having […]
  • Writing Blogs: 10 Key Elements Of An Engaging Blog

    Shameer Shah
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    In this digital age, information is key, to be more precise, accurate timely information. A lot of people have turned to writing blogs to provide information on a subject they are passionate or knowledgeable about. A study of the most engaging blogs online today distilled 10 key elements which are the focus of this article. Define […]
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    Valentine Okolo

  • Every Employee is a Salesman

    Valentine Okolo
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    Selling is probably the most important part of any business. Good selling involves providing the right product and services to your customers thereby creating customer satisfaction. Your ability to provide and fulfill your customers need will determine your level of success in selling. The truth is that we are all salesmen one way or the other. Whether you are a front desk officer, cleaner, security man, business executive, business owner or back end officer, we are all working for one thing; to promote and grow the business we work for. To this end, every employee is drawn into the battle…
  • What's The Best Customer Service Experience You've ever Had?

    Valentine Okolo
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:27 am
    What's the best customer service experience you've ever had? I am talking about that 5 star customer service experience that took your breath away. 5 star customer service experiences are what I call “the wowing experience”. The ability to please customers beyond what is expected, the experience that keeps them coming back for more, and that beautiful impression that keeps potential customers itching for a grasp of the offering. If any company or customer service representative has wowed you by demonstrating customer service skills beyond your expectations, please feel free to share with…
  • What's the Worst Customer Service Experience You've Ever Received?

    Valentine Okolo
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:54 am
    What's the worst customer service you've ever received? For me, av got tons of them. Still fresh in my memory is how an insurance company refused to release my money for close to 2 years after signing the release form. While i kept calling their customer service representatives, they kept making me endless promises they actually had no intention of keeping. They were forced to release it only after i threatened to go viral (online and on air) with the story. Now if you think that bad, then check this out; i once saw a bank teller just the counter to beat up a customer after a heated argument…
  • Tips on What You Need to Know Before Starting a Business

    Valentine Okolo
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    Have a Business Plan:In today’s business world, succeeding in a new business venture can be quite challenging and demands adequate business planning. As a rule, you should always have a business plan before venturing into any business. Decide early on how you would like your business to operate. Do you want sole proprietorship, partnership or limited company? If you are a small business owner, you should opt for the first. This is less complicated requires no paperwork. Have a Comprehensive Finance Strategy: You will also have to decide early on how you intend to finance your new…
  • 10 Customer Service Skills a Customer Service Representative Needs

    Valentine Okolo
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Exceeding customer expectations is no mean feat. In today’s business world, customers are increasingly knowledgeable about product choices, service standards and above all consumer rights. And so exceeding customer expectations has become a must do for any business that is serious about gaining market share, loyalty and customer trust. Customers will continue to patronize you as long as they continue to have good experiences over and over again. This means that as a customer service representative or service person, you must continue to provide a wowing experience every time a customer…
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    AtoZ Economy

  • Should UK leave the EU?

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

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

    Yuliia Pysmenna
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    This is one of the first question that comes to your mind when you are thinking about become an entrepreneur.  It is obvious that I’m not going to give you specific numbers, but I will try to prove you that having big amount of money for start-up does not mean success. And, with just very little amount of money you can create really valuable business. If you still don’t have any idea what you are going to produce or create you can read this article.Some companies showed us in the past that `if you have big amount of money you spend big also`. Because when you have big amount of…
  • Minimum Wage and Unemployment; Are They Related?

    Gokay Islamoglu
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Minimum wage first applied in Australia and New Zealand to protect low skilled people. Nowadays, one of the biggest debate in the Economics History; The relationship between Unemployment and Minimum-Wage. Why it is like that? Because both sides have some serious reports, researches etc. (Katz & Kruger 1992-Texas, Dube,Leister & Reich 2010) In this article, I will try to share both arguments with very basic and -non- economical language.Minimum Wage for Who?Firstly, Argument 1Minimum Wage for the people who are in the bottom of the society with low skills, low experience such as young…
  • Why Your Employees Hate Their Job But Google's Don't?

    Gokay Islamoglu
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    Do your employees hate their job? No need to ask them because If you are an US citizen, studies from Conference Board show that 50% of your employees answer will be `Yes.` If employees hate their jobs, productivity of the firm will be at the minimum level and logically it directly affects the performance. So, employers has to be aware of this problem and solve it. But `How?` In this article, I will try to give some tips to employers who want to achieve success.Actually, in today's business there are a lot of good examples; Google, SAS, Edward Jones etc. Of course, I'm not saying that copy the…
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    The Lab

  • HR Kiosks Can Help Optimize Your Benefits Packages

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

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

    Olea Kiosks
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
  • The 5 Best Ways to Use Kiosks in Healthcare

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

  • Women Networking with Women Pays Off

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

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

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

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

    Judy Lindenberger
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Our consultants have extensive experience & continually upgrade their knowledge in HR best practices so we can provide high-quality service & trusted advice. You use us on a scheduled or as-needed basis. You save on staff costs including tax contributions & benefits. We set goals, manage consultants, & give you quarterly updates for free. When your project is completed, you don’t renew your contract, making the transition easier & legally safer than terminating an employee. We are trained to mediate workplace disputes, can save you time & legal costs, & advise…
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    2nd Career Entrepreneurs with Marcia Steele

  • Podcast 006: How You Think is Everything

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

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

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

    small business insights for entrepreneurs and mature professionals who want to make more money
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    We will continue to explore the 4 types of business options available to every entrepreneur. The last podcast we covered Buying a Franchise or Buying a Business. Now we will address the remaining 2: Starting a Business or Becoming a Consultant.
  • Podcast 002: Business Options Part 1

    small business insights for entrepreneurs and mature professionals who want to make more money
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Every entrepreneurial business falls into one of 4 categories. We will begin to answer the question- what type of business model is right for you by exploring the first two categories.
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    Thrive! Europe

  • Business Continuity Management At RSI: A Case Study

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mark Zarr
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    See more of our 30 second blogs The post You can get all A’s and still flunk life appeared first on Common Sense Development.
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    Every Question Has Its Answer - Recent questions

  • Collection Of Canada Goose Youth Chilliwack Bomber Blue Topaz Outlet Online

    18 Nov 2014 | 1:11 am
    While the same canada goose black friday absolutely indispensable and that is exposed by your content canadaiwtugooseiwtublackiwtufriday MOAJ64G9 temperament! There is a strong resolute men temperament, work persistence, magnanimous heart, joy and uninhibited. He's independent, strong will, his high-handed and self-confidence. His military service, provide the group equipment. 26-year-old businessman Andre Vincent in the management of a printing plant before the war. He was a guardian of the mountains and ski instructor staff. At JM, he was the head coach. 22-year-old Lionel Terray from…
  • How to get the window size of the fullscreen (minimal-ui) view when not in fullscreen?

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:59 am
    How to get the dimensions of the fullscreen (minimal-ui) view when not in fullscreen?   This is what the screen properties report:   window.screen.height; // 568 (Thats the screen height) window.screen.availHeight; // 548  (???; Unknown dimension. Note, that is it not reporting the available space as per the spec.) window.document.documentElement.clientHeight; // 460 (Thats the window size when not in fullscreen.) When in fullscreen, the window.innerHeight is 529, which is the number I am trying to derive prior to entering the fullscreen mode.
  • Sound not playing in Android version greater than 4.0

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:56 am
    I am using following code to play sound in my app. Everything worked fine before ICS. But on ICS and more recent versions no sound can be heard although there is no error appearing.   EDIT: Note, the following code is triggered by a broadcase receiver. BroadCast receiver invokes a async task. In the post process method of asycn task the following method is called.   This error happens only on specific mobile models (Eg nexus ) and on some models users are able to play sounds which comes with stock os but not their own sounds which they places in rigtones folder.   I am not able…
  • Get Failure Notification Email when sending from a Distribution List (DL) in .NET

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:52 am
    I am using .NET to send emails. I am using a DL for MailMessage.From. How can the DL itself or an individual receive failure notification when the email fails to be sent for any reason like wrong recipient email id ? Failure notificaiton emails are not sent to DL. Though they do work when using individual's email id in "FROM". I tried to add an individual email id in ReplyTo, it didn't work. Please suggest.
  • SBT task preceding compilation doesn't get get executed in triggered compilation

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:49 am
    So, re: play sass not working I figured I will learn about sbt tasks and create on of my own. After copying around lots of stuff- I've reached a stage where I've created a task that runs before compilation and compiles my sass. val sassCompile = TaskKey[ Unit ]( "sassCompile" ) sassCompile := {   SassCompiler.compile( baseDirectory.value ) } watchSources <++= baseDirectory map { path => ((path / "app" / "assets" ) ** "*.scss").get } compile <<= (compile in Compile) dependsOn sassCompile I do two things:…
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    Useful Business Tips

  • 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…
  • How to Buy Pizza Franchises for Sale

    Priya G
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Top 5 simple advice’s which should be taken care of before buying a pizza franchise Buying a pizza business When you decide to buy a pizza business, you would require to be planning for the business. Pizza is an all time favorite food so it is considered to be a wise idea to choose this among all other food franchises out there. An additional reason is the fact that it has surpassed all the bad press release that it is a junk food and it is a healthful snack that is the reason why a great deal of people love to order pizza. You can actually make use of this. Although this is the case,…
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    StartUp FASHION

  • Gorgeous Handmade Textile Design from Ace & Jig

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

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

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

    Nicole Giordano
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Amex CEO Bootcamp had some smart women sharing their knowledge and expertise. One discussion I attended was made up of a group of media, branding, and investment experts talking about how to stand out from competitors and successfully promote your brand.  Here are some points that stuck with me from the discussion. 9 Tips on Standing Out in a Crowded Marketplace Brands with a social mission- if you lead with that social mission, it will help you to make a few sales with a consumer, but it rarely creates a long time customer The most successful companies are those that have a built-in…
  • How to Outsource Tasks in Your Fashion Business When You’re on a Budget (Because Who Isn’t?)

    Nicole Giordano
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week we had one of our awesome webinars planned; the kind where we bring in an expert who know a shit ton of great information about a topic that will help you build and grow your fashion business. In this case, that expert was Matt Keener, author of Executive in Sweatpants, and business outsourcing wizard who’s been featured by brands including Elance, Odesk, and We were all set to go and boom – technical difficulties. Damn it. Well Matt was awesome enough to record his responses to the questions I was planning to ask. Very cool. Below are…
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