Colin Spear

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The Most Important Thing That Great Innovators Do Differently

I spent most of my adult life working in some of the world’s most challenging business environments. For 15 years, I managed and consulted for media businesses in places like Warsaw, Kyiv and Moscow. It was a difficult, but incredibly rewarding experience, both personally and professionally.<p>In …

Innovation

Gamification Can Help You Successfully Reach Millennials

Millennials are the biggest spending power in the US market. There are 80 million of them. They make up 25% of the American population, and they'll …

Marketing

10 ways you are being unfaithful to your spouse — and you don't even know it

Having an affair is not even on your radar. Never gonna happen. You love your spouse and you'd never be unfaithful to her or him. However, you may be …

Flirting

5 Habits of the Most Likable People

Likability brings along some undeniable advantages. Here's how to increase yours.<p>While still children on the playground, we begin learning one of life's most beneficial skills: the ability to play well with others.<p>That trait continues to reap benefits through adulthood. For example, when you make …

4 Ways B2B Can Use Snapchat and Instagram

Unsure if your business can benefit from Snapchat or Instagram? Wondering how other business-to-business (B2B) companies make use of these platforms? …

Social Media Marketing

To Win Customers, Stop Selling And Start Seducing

If you want to win over customers, stop selling and start seducing them instead. This was the underlying message of a talk I heard recently by behavioral economics professor and bestselling author Dan Ariely. Ariely has mounds of data to prove that people have irrational tendencies. His studies and …

Selling

5 Simple Things You Should Do Every Sunday Night to Prepare for the Week Ahead

Failure to prepare means preparing to fail.<p>Being productive is all about preparation. If you know what you need to do ahead of time, you will know exactly where to dive in as soon as you get started. On the flip-side, if you do not take the time to prepare, you will find yourself flustered and …

"The patient will see you now": A summit on consumer-centered health-care innovation - Scope

What if buying health insurance was as simple as pressing a button online, like opening a new bank account? What if selecting and paying for a …

9 things successful people almost never do on their lunch break

Back in school, lunch was always a pretty great time. The cafeteria might have only served cardboard-flavored pizza, but at least you got a break from classes and the chance to talk to your friends.<p>In the working world, however, this midday meal often takes a backseat. In fact, lunch breaks are …

Success

How Your Small Business Can Use Social Media to Boost Sales

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In 2014, consumer shopping behavior evolved rapidly. Shopping online and through mobile devices is the new norm, and the experience has become increasingly more social with platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. These platforms, in turn, …

Can't Decide Between a Jacket and a Sweater? Meet the Swacket: Under Armour's Newest Innovation

Under Armour just released a clothing item that exemplifies how the company is blending fashion and technological innovation.<p>Sweater? Jacket? Thanks to Under Armour, you don't have to choose between the two anymore. The company's new Swacket, which just came out for both men and women as part of …

How to Say “No” and Achieve Billionaire Success With Warren Buffett’s 2-Step Rule

Why is it that ultra-successful people seem to be more relaxed and less stressed, and yet they accomplish so much more?<p>Warren Buffett once famously …

8 Things Successful People Do That Lazy People Don't

It all comes down to priorities.<p>Success is a game of habits. In itself, "success" is a relative term and so its "achievement" is fully dependent upon the habits you put into place that move you step by step toward the "end" you define for yourself.<p>To be "successful," it becomes a matter of the …

8 Conflicting Habits of Wildly Successful People

Successful people are simply those with paradoxical successful habits.<p>We know there are certain habits that the most successful people tend to share. But if you're looking to emulate those habits, you've probably run up against an obstacle: they often seem to contradict each other. To achieve your …

3 Steps To Creating A Killer Small Business Content Marketing Strategy

Small businesses generally face harsher circumstances when it comes to planning and launching a marketing campaign. They have less revenue and capital, which means they’re more limited in the strategies they can pursue. They have fewer resources, which means their teams are smaller and less …

Marketing

How to Give Difficult Employees Constructive Criticism That Gets Results

<b>Dear Annie:</b> A friend sent me your column on why new managers need to learn how to delegate, because I’ve only been a boss for a few months myself …

Why This Unexpected Strategy Might Be the Best Marketing of the 2016 Election

Even if you are disgusted with the presidential campaign, don't overlook this marketing masterclass.<p>Let's face it, many Americans are not a fan of either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. In many cases, voters favor the candidate they feel is less horrible.<p>And voting for a third-party candidate? You …

8 Mistakes Managers Make, According to Their Employees

This independent survey reveals the truth about workplace bosses, from the employee's perspective.<p>Last year, I conducted an independent workplace survey on LinkedIn and received hundreds of responses to the question: <i>"What is the ONE mistake leaders make more frequently than others?"</i><p>It obviously …

The 7 Secrets Of Successful Personal Brands

Personal brands are easy to create but hard to develop into breakout marketing resources. The general idea is to create an identity around your own personality, showing off your expertise on your individual social media profiles and building an audience and a reputation. From there, you can …

Public Relations

How To Create a Winning Digital Marketing Strategy For Your Industry

It's 2016. By now, everyone knows the importance of having a strong online presence for your brand. Business owners who swore they would never need social media now have some kind of presence on at least one, if not three or more major platforms. High-quality online content for your brand has never …

A Robotics Company Built A ‘Customer Service’ Robot Straight Out Of A Horror Movie

One of the biggest problems roboticists face in their quest to create life-like robots we won’t run screaming from in horror is the “uncanny valley.” Essentially, as a simulation gets closer to a human being, our brains more easily spot the flaws and start screaming that we should kill it with …

Crafting content that blows away the competition

Content marketers today are faced with unprecedented competition.<p>They compete with other companies for eyes on their content. They compete with …

Love Working Smarter? These Are the 12 Productivity Bots You’re Looking For

“I hate tools that help me work more efficiently and communicate more clearly,” said no one ever. Enter: Your bot minions.Bots are awesome for …

Chatbots

Scientists turn CO2 into fuel with solar power

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago believe that they've perfected the art of photosynthetic solar cells. It's a technology that mimics a plant's ability to inhale carbon dioxide and, with water, convert it into glucose and oxygen. This system is capable of drawing in carbon …

18 apps you should use daily to be more productive

<i>Pocket lets you save articles to read offline later — on any device.</i><p>It's easy to forget to come back to an article you want to read when you're …

Breakthrough solar cell captures carbon dioxide and sunlight, produces burnable fuel

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts …

Chemistry

10 books that’ll help you achieve more success in life

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>If you're looking for that edge, that secret to success, the answers might already be available to you.<p>While you may think these tips …

Self-improvement

Superhero Strategies for Nailing Your Branding

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>“Branding” is one of those buzzwords that’s used so often, its meaning has become diluted. People love to talk about branding because it’s a moving target and incredibly hard to do well. Great branding reflects the company’s values, …

How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes: 5 Secrets Backed by Research

We’d all like to learn how to read people like Sherlock Holmes. And research shows understanding things like body language is even more powerful than …