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The Secret Power Behind Why We Pick Crowded Restaurants Over Empty Ones

When tapped effectively, “Social Proof” can be used to crank up business, online and off.<p>When you see two cafes side by side, and one is packed with lively people and the other one is empty, which one would you go to for a coffee? Why?<p>Most people will go to the packed cafe. But what if the empty …

How Delusion Makes You More Productive

The first step to getting something done is deluding yourself into thinking you can do it.<p>How do you get something massive done–like building a business or writing a book or learning how to dance–when you’re not sure if you can make it happen? A.J. Jacobs has the hack: self-delusion.<p>Jacobs, whose …

8 Successful Entrepreneurs Give Their Younger Selves Lessons They Wish They’d Known Then

Execs and investors from Pandora, IDEO, Andreessen Horowitz, SoundCloud, and Kleiner Perkins, among other masters of disruption, share the wisdom they’ve gathered on the way to the top.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This is one of the most-read leadership articles of 2013. Click here to see the full list.</i><p>Looking …

Track Down

5 Videos You Must Watch Before Starting a Business

Starting a business is no walk in the park. Here are five videos to watch before you launch.<p>As any seasoned entrepreneur can tell you, starting a business is not always easy. From leadership to fundraising to recruiting, there are plenty of potholes in which you can get stuck as a fledgling founder.<p>…

Entrepreneurship

8 Reasons Companies Buy From You

To appeal to a B2B customer, your sales message and approach must address one or more of these issues.<p>There are eight (and only eight) reasons that companies buy things from other companies.<p>You ability to sell B2B is directly dependent upon your ability to appeal to one or more (or all) of these …

Customers

4 Pillars Of Successful Brand Building From HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes

HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes shares the key areas he focused on to build HootSuite’s brand from scrappy startup to globally recognized social-media tool.<p>As an entrepreneur, one of the biggest challenges you will face will be building your brand. The ultimate goal is to set your company and your brand …

Social Media

How to use Pinterest for small business

Keeping up with the latest developments in marketing for your small business means staying up-to-date on the world of social media. Aside from the challenge of simply staying informed about new platforms and changes to existing platforms, figuring out how to maneuver within the sometimes …

Five Ways to Market Your Business With Social Media

<i>Social Media – a way different media than conventional print or electronic media. It has emerged as a key point in promoting the products online,</i> …

6 Signs You Need to Find More Customers

Sure, it's great to have a big contract with a big company. But how do you know when you're too dependent on that one relationship? Find out.<p>You prbably saw the recent announcement by once-high-flying Zynga that it is laying off 20 percent of its workforce and closing offices world-wide because of …

Widgets

How a restaurant with no cash registers and no prices makes money

A Panera Cares Café looks just like any one of the other 1,600 Panera locations around the United States: the same striped awnings, the same comfortable booths, the same ridiculously tasty Cobblestone Rolls that will add 10 pounds if you so much as look at them.<p>But look closer and you’ll notice …

Customers

10 Business Apps You Can't Live Without

Sick of the daily grind? Streamline everything from your schedule to your expenses.<p>Though there's an app for almost everything, the app marketplace is so crowded you might not know which are the best fit for you. Here are 10 apps that will make running a business much, much easier.<p><b>1. Evernote.</b> One …

Apps

Every Start-Up Needs a Well-Articulated Strategy

Your business model should be more than just a picture of your start-up, says Mark Suster.<p>I recommend you read Fred Wilson's recent blog post about the need for a well articulated business strategy before pushing a particular business model.<p>Since Arrested Development is back, I thought I'd …

Product Management

How To Make More Money As A Freelancer (The Answer Might Surprise You).

There’s a reason you’re a freelancer. You like having more creative freedom, you like not having to participate in corporate office politics and you …

21 Quotes From Henry Ford On Business, Leadership And Life

I knew, before starting to write this post, what we all know about Henry Ford: founder of Ford MotorCompany, seminal proponent of mass production in the form of the assembly line, creator of the Model T and author of the tart line, “you can have it in any color you want, as long as it is black.” …

How To Use Social Media To Make Sales

An integral part of the sales process is getting to know your prospects and establishing relationships—and it turns out that social media can help you accomplish this quickly and easily. Follow these steps to make sales using social media.

11 Industries For Hot Start-Ups

According to the Kauffman Foundation, 2010 and 2011 saw the highest rates of entrepreneurship in the past 15 years --.34% of Americans start a new business each month. IBIS World ranks the best industries for aspiring entrepreneurs to get in the door—and score big. Based on barriers to entry, the …

Six Ways Google Is About To Transform Your Small Business

Last week, Google held its annual I/O Conferencefor its developers and partners and announced a bunch of new products and services. This is a company that doesn’t stop innovating. They are not afraid to invest in new ideas, make changes, expose themselves to criticism. They are also not afraid to …

5 Things Highly Successful People Do To Stay Motivated

We’ve all been there. Something we worked hard for, put a lot of thought and effort into, didn’t go the way we’d hoped. A job, a promotion, a raise, assignment to a plum project.<p>What you do next is critical: response to failure and disappointment is one of the core differences between people who …

4 Things I Didn’t Know About Investors Before I Took Their Money

In the beginning everyone is excited and happy. The wooing is heavy on both sides. They come in and look at your process, you go and check out their …

Steve Jobs: 5 (More) Motivational Business Tips

When I wrote <b>Steve Jobs: 6 Tried-And-True Business Tips</b><b>,</b> it was difficult to select from the hundreds of motivational comments Mr. Jobs shared with the media during his memorable career. As such, this article augments the original list with five additional insightful missives.<p>For tips 1 through 6, …

My Name Launched My Business

Johnny Earle explains how he parlayed his nickname Johnny Cupcakes into an eye-catching line of T-shirts.

6 Myths About Social Media Marketing

Here's why your company's Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and other social media campaigns aren't performing as well as they could be.<p>Over the past five years, social media has become an increasingly important part of many companies' marketing strategies. But there are still some …

Social Media

The 99% Success Formula

Every success formula ever written or published boils down to these seven steps.<p>If you boil down every "success formula" that's ever been devised or published, you pretty much end up with the following:<p><b>1. Know where you're starting from. (A).</b><p>Every journey has a starting place. With the journey …

Goal Setting

How to Start an Internet Marketing Business on a Budget

Starting an Internet marketing business can be both rewarding and lucrative. One thing that makes starting this type of business so great is that it …

New Start-ups: Here's Your Digital To-Do List

You already know you need a robust Web presence for your business. What other tech steps do you need to take to get established? Read this handy list.<p>I asked a number of entrepreneurs and experts for the essential things every new start-up must do to establish its Web presence. Here's the digital …

Anti-Virus Software

How to Be Confident, Even When You're Not

Everyone has insecurities when doing something new. Here are three ways to build strength and be self-confident.<p>New challenges and opportunities can be exciting, but they can also test your self-esteem. Whether you are launching a new business, stepping into a bigger management role or even …

Self-help

What You Can Learn From A Social Media Hellraiser

Jon Morter is behind some of the highest profile (and funniest) social media pranks of the last few years. Here, he talks about all the potentially condescending things brands do on social media.<p>He’s the anonymous voice behind Condescending Corporate Brand Page. In England he’s best known as the …

Elevatr Is A Mobile-First Tool For Startup Business Plan Creation

Serial entrepreneur with too many ideas rattling around in your head? Then you’re going to like this one: a new mobile app called Elevatr will help you keep track of your inspirations, as well as develop a business model, in order to turn your passing thoughts into plans actually worth pursuing …