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What to Do When Your Employees Aren't Living Up to Expectations

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It’s easy to become frustrated when it seems employees don’t listen. But it falls to the leader to figure out how to get staff fully on board with the company's plan.<p>I’m the first to admit I can be impatient or unclear at times. Sometimes …

11 Helpful Tools for Every Step of Building a Mobile App

4 min read<p>You cannot build a mobile app in isolation using just the native developer kit. Building an app requires that you have the right tools to deliver efficiently on every aspect of its life cycle.<p>Developing your first app can be a daunting experience, especially when you do not have enough …

Improve Your Sales Team's Performance by Mastering These 5 Fundamentals

This story originally appeared on Salesforce<p>Every sales force is made up of the typical bell curve comprising of A players, B players and C players. Eighty percent of the revenue is generated by the A players (who usually represent around 20 percnet of the sales force). They seem to figure out how …

How to Make the Most of a First Meeting With an Influencer

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business owners understand the importance of consistently meeting new people but very sharp professionals are intentional with their networking. They care more about the quality of people they are spending time with. We all believe your …

Where to Find Free Photos and Never Again Pay for a Website Image

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A good blog post is made up of text, links and images. Every part of a post fits under one of those three categories. Your headline, your SEO, are all about optimizing your text but images are very important. The eye is drawn to graphics. …

Check Out the 'Living Pictures' That Could Revolutionize the Ad Industry

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much might a cinemagraph – or a "living picture" – be worth?<p>One tech-driven creative agency is attempting to find out.<p>Known for its growing collection of Flixel-branded apps, which photographers …

How to Determine If an Accelerator Really Will Boost Your Startup

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Startups have more funding options than ever before with the myriad of crowdfunding platforms, accelerators, angel investors and micro-VC funds. Determining the best option for your company is not easy but can be critical to success or …

The Secret Weapons Every Marketer Needs

This story originally appeared on Visual.ly<p>Today’s marketers have to wear many hats: web developer, systems integrator, publicist, social-media manager, email expert and so forth. The good news is that the marketing-tech industry has seen an overwhelming number of new vendors and tools to help …

How to Effectively Communicate With Different Brain Types

To be a great communicator or leader, you must know your audience. Using brain types to understand your audience makes effective communication much simpler because you can customize and organize what you say to match the information needs of those you’re addressing. Information needs include the …

The Experts Agree: Great Entrepreneurs Keep Good Company

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s a famous admonishment by Jim Rohn that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time around. Studies have shown that communities, or as Seth Godin would call them, tribes, are an incredibly important determinant …

5 Surefire Ways to Double Your Workday Productivity

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In sales, we learn to sell benefits rather than features. Keeping that in mind, the way to sell yourself on maximizing your productivity is to realize that with a super-dialed calendar and well thought-out workday strategy, you can …

5 Tips to Rehab Your Pitch

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Public relations is hard. The multifariousness of modern communications can be a blessing as well as a curse.<p>The good news is that marketers probably have more tools at their disposal than they might imagine. Re-evaluating what a company …

For the Clearest Market Insight, Analyze Both Leading and Lagging Indicators

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s an issue plaguing marketers from the wildly experienced to the startups, the data-driven to those still “gut-driven.” It’s the overwhelming, and sometimes paralyzing, trust issues that marketers experience from conflicting data, …

How to Increase Your Impact While Reducing Your Effort

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I can’t help but shake my head when people say, “You have to work hard if you want to be successful.”<p>Really? The most successful people I know are doing something that most others are not -- and it’s not putting in the longest hours at …

Reaching Customers and Boosting Sales: The Anatomy of Content Marketing (Infographic)

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>Is there someone in your organization that doesn’t quite understand the power of content marketing?<p>A new infographic from Content+ is one of the best I’ve seen at laying out how effective and important a solid content marketing strategy can be for a company.<p>…

9 Traits That Will Lead You to Success

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Every budding entrepreneur wants to know: Do I have what it takes to make it? Is success a matter of being in the right place at the right time? How big of a role does luck really play? What about connections? Do I need an Ivy League …

6 Ways to Whip Your Business Into Shape Before the Holidays (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Summer is almost over, and it’s already time to start thinking about the holidays -- otherwise known as the biggest spending season of the year. Before going into full-blown panic mode, take a deep breath. Here's a simple six-step plan to …

Marathon Runners Make Better CEOs, Study Finds

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Successfully running a large company is kind of like running a marathon: Both require diligence, commitment, work ethic and strategy. But does being a marathon runner make you a better leader?<p>Yes, at least according to new research …

Go Fund Yourself

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Today if someone has a viable business idea, many more funding options exist besides taking the route of seeking the backing of angel investors and venture capitalists.<p>A growing number of accelerators and incubators (virtual and …

7 Tips for Making a Success of That Crucial First Meeting With a Prospect

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Obtaining a face-to-face meeting with a prospective buyer is hard to secure, painful to schedule and expensive to attend. And yet, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars being funneled into online presentation tools like WebEx, …

5 Quotes About Leverage to Help You Push Your Business Forward

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Leverage is the key to making what you have go much further. Just like a crowbar or a moving dolly, leverage allows you to harness the power of good positioning and the strategic application of energy to move mountains.<p>As an entrepreneur, …

Are You a Coyote or a Roadrunner?

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Road Runner streaks away into the sunset, leaving behind a vanquished coyote with a look of exasperation and exhaustion. Road Runner: 1. Wile E. Coyote: 0. Beep, beep!<p>The epitome of confidence, power at warp speed, Road Runner doesn’t …

Why Business Leaders Must Set a Personal Mission

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneurs are bombarded with how-to advice on crafting a great mission statement for their companies. But if I wanted to relieve the pain and suffering that so many entrepreneurs experience while building great companies, I’d make …

4 Keys to Shedding the Attitudes Keeping You Stuck

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It happens to all of us: We become comfortable in how we think, how we lead and how we behave and react to things, and then we end up stuck in our ways.<p>Even when things are not working as well as they could or should, or if others …

Some Things You Can Do In Your Sleep, Literally

For those who find themselves sleeping through work — you may one day find yourself working through sleep.<p>People who are fast asleep can correctly respond to simple verbal instructions, according to a study by researchers in France. They think this may help explain why you might wake if someone …

A dream teaching method

In Brave New World, subjects such as Elementary Sex and Class Consciousness are taught by means of hypnopaedia, or sleep-learning. Wouldn’t it be nice, we sometimes think, if harder subjects, such as foreign languages or how to save for retirement, could be learnt while we sleep, even in this …

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Saleen's Souped-Up Tesla Model S Sounds Like a Low-Flying Jet

If you're still getting used to the idea of tuned electric cars, allow us to help warm you to the concept. Recently, Saleen Automotive announced it is juicing Tesla's Model S EV to create the FourSixteen sport sedan. Although Saleen's charged-up Tesla doesn't get a power boost, it does get a new …

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Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

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What The First All-Electric Racing Championship Will Be Like

In Formula E, you get two drivers -- and two racecars.<p>Popular Science <i>has partnered with British electric racecar driver Katherine Legge, who will compete in the very first Formula E championship. Legge is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) supporter and is blogging for us</i> …

The Week In Numbers: Lightweight Lunar Rovers, Forgotten Ricin Bottles, And A Talking Atom We Cannot Hear

<b>480:</b> weight in pounds of the Lunar rover on Earth. On the Moon, it only weighs a light 80 pounds.<p><b>13:</b> number of lactic acid bacteria stored in bees' honey stomachs that produce antimicrobial substances. Some researchers believe these bacteria can be used to fight antibiotic resistance.<p><b>25:</b> length, in …