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How to Grow a Loyal Community of Online Customers | Inc.com

<i>By Abhi Golhar, host of Real Estate Deal Talk and managing partner of Summit & Crowne.</i><p>If you want to get your online business off the ground, you need to create your own community. Logos and business cards are important, but your ability to cultivate relationships will determine whether you make …

Small Business

HubSpot acquires chatbot builder Motion AI

HubSpot announced this morning that it has acquired chatbot startup Motion AI.<p>Motion AI launched in 2015 and offers an editor for building chatbots that work on websites, Facebook Messenger, SMS and Slack, no coding required. Even before the acquisition, the tool was already integrated into HubSpot …

Artificial Intelligence

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett Agree This 1 Thing Drove Their Success | Inc.com

Warren Buffett and Bill Gates might have gotten unfathomably rich in wildly different ways, but when it comes to a philosophy about what success requires, the power pair are very much alike. The two business gurus revealed what they think got them to the top during a May tour of an Omaha, Nebraska …

Bill Gates

7 Essentials to Thrive as a Solopreneur in a Fast-Paced Business World

7 Keys to Thrive as a Solopreneur in a Fast-Paced Business World<p>If You Want to Be a Solopreneur, It's Going to Take Hustle.<p>Updated January 08, …

Small Business

A VC who's invested in more than 20 companies says too many people have the wrong idea about entrepreneurship

It's living on ramen. It's having six roommates in two bedrooms. It's getting down to your last $10 before catching a break.<p>But that's not exactly necessary, says Patrick McGinnis.<p>On an episode of Farnoosh Torabi's podcast "So Money," McGinnis, a venture capitalist and investor, says this vision of …

Entrepreneurship

SEO for Small Business Owners: How to Compete with SEO Giants!

SEO for small business owners? Impossible… It’s more effective than you may think and can place you in the running for a top spot on Google.<p>As a …

Small Business

19 Ideas for a Facebook Live Video to Boost Brand Awareness

If you’re looking to grow your brand, you need to start using Facebook Live.It’s one of the biggest new trends on social media, and it’s going to …

Marketing

5 Social Media Trends That Will Have Maximum Impact in 2018

With more and more brands trying to connect with audiences across an array of social channels, the attention span of people is on a …

Marketing

The smartest things I did when starting my own business

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>As a 28-year-old, my experience as an entrepreneur may not be the same as if you’re …

Entrepreneurship

What No One Wants To Tell You About Marketing A Small Business

When it comes to marketing your brand, the sexiest answers – like running ads – aren’t often the best answers. And though you may claim to have “tried them all,” my guess you’ve been thinking about some things incorrectly.<p>All of this gets to an interesting question I’ve been getting recently:<p><i>How</i> …

Business Strategy

8 Invaluable Business Lessons Learned From 8 Years Running My Own Business | Inc.com

I started my business eight years ago. I told my wife that we'd make this a year by year thing fully expecting it to be a one-year experiment.<p>Eight years later, here are the eight most important things I've learned on my journey from startup through growth and inevitable periods of …

Business Strategy