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Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect

Zach Hambrick has always been fascinated by exceptional performance, or what he calls “the extremes of human capabilities.” Growing up, he’d devour <i>Guinness World Records</i>, noting the feats it described and picturing himself proudly posing in its pages. By the time he reached college, though, he’d …

AT&T and Hulu Share More Details About Their Upcoming Skinny Bundle Streaming Offerings

Over the next several months, viewers are going to be more tempted than ever to cut the cord, thanks to a pair of anticipated new over-the-top (OTT), …

7 Toxic Thoughts That Are Sabotaging Your Success

All actions results from thought, so it's the thoughts that really matter.<p>Your thoughts are powerful. It may sound farfetched to say that what you believe will come true and what you think about will come to you.<p>But it's not really such a stretch. Your thoughts are directly connected to your …

Yelp opens up access to more local content with launch of Fusion API

Yelp is expanding its developer outreach with new tools and the creation of a program to support its usage in third-party apps. The new developer program includes case studies, access to data, and the company’s newest API, aptly called Yelp Fusion, which offers high-quality local content and …

Apple's latest iPhone software update will make it a lot harder for advertisers to track you

The current iPhone operating system, iOS 9, already features a "limit ad tracking" option that users can toggle on or off by going to Settings > Privacy > Advertising.<p>The setting will look the same in iOS 10, but it will act a lot differently.<p>As the Future of Privacy Forum explains in detail, …

10 Things You Should Know About Facebook Ads - Small Business Trends

If you want to break through all the noise on social media, it sometimes pays to advertise. And when it comes to social media advertising, Facebook …

10 Reasons Why People Who Care Less About What Others Think Are More Likely to Be Successful

It is easy to listen others’ opinions and try to tailor our lives to match their standards of us. Yet many have lost their purpose and making their …

7 Things That Will Prevent You From Being Successful

Success is a beautiful word that tingles in our ears. Many desire to be successful, yet success seems to visit just a few and closes its door to …

7 steps to a perfectly written business plan

Every business needs to have a written business plan. Whether it's to provide direction or attract investors, a business plan is vital for the success for your organization. But, how do you write a business plan?<p>SBA.gov recommends that a business plan includes;<p>However, getting started can be …

Ads are bad, and also terrible

Every so often, I find myself forced to use the Web on a browser without uBlock or an equivalent; and every time, I think to myself “How do people live like this?” The un-ad-blocked web is a miserable cesspool of autoplaying video and hysterical calls to action, slow to load, hard to look at. It’s …

Can podcasts turn a profit?

<b>For most of its short history, podcasting has been a largely amateur business, with few signs that it might become a mass medium that would prove attractive either to advertisers or subscribers. Then Serial changed all that.</b><p>The true-life crime series about a murder and a possible miscarriage of …

How to monetize hosted content in the age of Facebook Instant Articles

Should you use Facebook Instant Articles as your primary publishing channel? I would personally say… not in a thousand years. Don’t even let that thought develop in your mind.<p>I would recommend that you not put your business in the hands of a self-interested third-party. Even if it’s a large company …

Here’s how Snapchat makes money from disappearing videos

Hint: It’s the same way Facebook, Google and Twitter make money.<p>With more than 150 million daily users and a nearly $17 billion valuation, Snapchat is worth more (on paper) than a number of other well-known public tech companies like Twitter or Yelp.<p>But what makes investors so confident that …

8 Paradoxical Habits of Wildly Successful People

You know what they say about opinions—everybody has one. If you want to see that truth in action, just Google “characteristics of successful people.” …

Self-improvement

Neuroscience confirms that to be truly happy, you will always need something more

What’s the sign of a life well lived? If you were to judge by LinkedIn resumes alone, you might be impressed by prestigious job titles and accolades. But in person, the importance of these formal achievements quickly fades away. Regardless of career success, there can be something very dispiriting, …

How to develop a focused product strategy to back up your UI/UX decisions

Your key to professional success is being focused, purposeful, and adamant when it comes to product strategy.The post How to develop a focused …

How Successful People Recover After Making a Mistake | Inc.com

Your mouth is dry, your stomach is in knots, your palms are clammy, and you suddenly feel short of breath. Why? You just had the gut-wrenching realization that you've made a major mistake.<p>We've all been there. And, while that moment of sheer panic is likely enough to inspire you to cower under your …

Self-help

The Golden Age of Teaching Yourself Anything

Who can resist the romanticism of self-taught achievers? They didn't need school. They didn't need "the system." They needed only their passion and …

Why AT&T Could Be a Sleeping Ad Giant

Marketing executives have debated AT&T’s commitment to the ad business, but the company is touting its cross-screen potential<p>By<p>Mike Shields<p>Mike Shields<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@digitalshields<p>mike.shields@wsj.com<p>Since acquiring AOL a year ago, Verizon Communications has made a lot of noise in …

Advertising

The Exercise Benefits We Don't Talk About Enough

We all know that exercise works wonders when it comes to improving our physical health, right?<p>It lowers blood sugar and fat levels, improves …

6 Incredibly Cheap High-Yield Dividend Stocks

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Buying a stock with an impressive dividend yield doesn't have to cost you an arm and a leg. These six stocks, for example, offer investors big dividend checks without breaking the bank. Keep in mind though, that high dividend yields are often accompanied by high risk. …

6 Books That Should Be on Every Entrepreneur's Reading List | Inc.com

<i>What books should entrepreneurs read? originally appeared on Quora--the knowledge-sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.</i><p><b>Answer by James Altucher, entrepreneur, angel investor, and best-selling author, on Quora:</b><p>I'm going to be very direct. I've …

5 Creative Uses Of Canvas Ads That Your Business Must Try

• <i>Originally published on the</i> <i>Adalyz blog</i><p>Facebook Canvas Ads has literally taken the digital marketing industry by storm. With 53% of users of the …

Google makes its expanded ad tracking opt-in, launches new ‘My Activity’ site

In the coming days, Google users will receive a notification directing them to check their security settings. A new option asks if users want personalized ads based on age, gender, and search history to show up on third-party sites. By opting in, users will be able to edit and block ads across any …

Pinterest Adds a Shopping Cart and Visual Search to Challenge Amazon

Pinterest has long positioned itself as the go-to platform for social shopping, and today it announced a number of new features that will make buying …

Xbox One vs. PS4: The post-E3 2016 scorecard

The annual gaming show has come and gone. And now we know how the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will stack up against each another for the next 12 to 18 months.<p>The annual E3 gaming show is the gaming equivalent of the State of the Union address. Each of the companies recap the year that was, and -- …

Cannes 2016: Ad Industry Gathers Courage To Tackle Its Programmatic Creative Problem

Are programmatic advertising and creative storytelling finally coming together in a meaningful way?<p>It's a good question to ask at the Cannes Lions …

Native Advertising and the Content Marketing Revolution

Native advertising and content marketing are terms on many advertisers’ and publishers’ minds these days, as all players in the digital ad industry …

YouTube Ups Customer Service in Bid to Keep Content Creators From Defecting

With the number of people who make their living from internet videos multiplying each day and competitors pursuing the biggest talent, Google's …