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7 Conversion Killers That Are Driving Your Customers Away

Website traffic doesn't matter if your visitors don't become customers. Find out how to get them to convert.<p>Do you know that 69 percent of online shoppers abandon their shopping carts mid-way before completing a purchase? As an ecommerce business owner, you know the amount of effort it takes to …

Study Reveals The Secret to Achieving Your Work-Life Balance (And It Has Nothing to Do With Productivity)

A two-word answer that all successful people get.<p>We're all searching for that sweet work life balance in our careers.<p>But let me tell you something: most people miss the point about work-life balance. Just Google and you will see all these articles about work life balance tips....Don't eat your …

10 Unexpected Things You Haven't Thought to Frame as Art

Creating gallery walls or clustering posters together always packs a punch, but what if you're tired of doing the same-old, same-old? Lucky for you, …

Check Out This $38M Mansion, Decorated by Lenny Kravitz

If you're on the market for a home whose interior screams "are you gonna come my way," then look no further. A spec home with interior design from …

How Facebook Ads Are Helping These 2 Retailers Reach New Audiences – Adweek

It’s no secret that Facebook is a great way for retailers to target and reach audiences.<p>In a blog post published today, Facebook details just how …

Advertising Industry

5 Things You Must Do Before You Quit Your Job To Start a Business

If you have a full-time job but have the entrepreneurial bug, here are some creative ways to pursue your idea before your quit.<p>For quite some time, entrepreneurship and running a business has been all the rage. And now, you're thinking about testing the waters.<p>Maybe you already have a full-time job …

Here's everything you need to know about blockchains, the ground-breaking tech that could be as disruptive as the internet

From a 'castle' full of bitcoin millionaires to the initial coin offering (ICO) craze, it's hard to escape the chatter about how some people are building their fortunes off the new world of cryptocurrencies. But behind those cryptocurrencies sits a technology called blockchains, which some people …

Blockchain

10 offices that feel more like a home than a workspace

For this week's roundup of popular images from Pinterest, we're spotlighting cosy offices that blur the boundaries between work and home, from rooms …

A clever "flat-pack" coat-rack

Luminaire's Piano Coat Rack hangs up to 48 garment from pegs that swing in and out of the piece, made from beech, oak, or walnut; it's a clever, …

Four Examples of Retail Brands Killing it With Content

As more and more retail brands and department store giants close shop and reduce locations this year, the rest of the retail industry is scrambling. They've got to find ways to unlock the keys to survival and growth.<p>What is happening to the retail side of things?<p>Needless to say, retail isn’t what …

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Just Gave the Best Leadership Advice in 7 Words

No wonder Amazon's Jeff Bezos tried to poach him.<p>Well, I have to admit one thing today:<p>I underestimated what Satya Nadella could do for Microsoft.<p>When he first became Microsoft's CEO, the tech giant was in a mess.<p>Not only was it losing to its biggest competitors, there was a lot of infighting.<p>But …

Satya Nadella
Marketing

How to Get the Best Marketing Automation Tools on a Budget

If you’re really excited about automating your business but you don’t have a big budget to invest in expensive tools out there, this article is for …

Product Management

These Are the Top Six Books That Will Make You More Creative

If you read <i>What are the four principles that will lead you to breakthrough creativity?</i> and want more information, look no further.<p>Six of the best …

3 Simple Tricks to Explode Your Sales Email Open Rates

Think like your prospect, be personal, track everything.<p>Do you spend hours crafting the perfect email only to discover that your prospect didn’t open it? If so, you’re not alone. For most salespeople, the biggest hurdle in prospecting is getting their emails opened in the first place.<p>HubSpot …

5 Things Your Marketing Team Will Thank You for Outsourcing

Outsourcing can save you time and money and free up your team, which is good for your team, your marketing efforts overall, and your bottom line.<p>Have you ever gone overboard at a buffet? You're standing in line, and the sight of those endless trays of macaroni and cheese, fried chicken tenders, and …

Marketing

18 Ways to Nudge Your Google Ad Higher Without Paying a Cent Extra

Few small companies can spend their way to the top of Google rankings, but none really has to.<p><b>Campaign Structure:</b> Target ad groups that only contain related keywords.<p><b>Speedy Load Times:</b> Many aspects can result in longer load times. Many blogs are image-heavy, and that can be what slows the load time.<p>…

House Mullets: Traditional in the Front, Modern in the Back

You’re probably familiar with the term ‘mullet’ when it comes to hair, but did you know that house mullets exist as well? What’s a house mullet, you …

Lofts

5 Ways to Make Your Tiny Bedroom Special (& Functional)

Melissa Morgan has rented this 380-square-foot apartment near Silicon Valley for four years. That's four years of trying to figure out how best to …

Our Best Advice for Hosting Guests in Your Living Room

Having a guest room would be nice, but for a lot of us living in small apartments (or small homes), that's just not possible. But just because they …

The very first question to answer when taking on new investors

Fundraising is a stressful process. You do all you can to impress prospective investors by honing the story, optimizing key metrics and making your company look as attractive as possible. But before you decide the amount of money you raise and the type of investor you want on board, you must decide …

Personalizing the Workspace with Perch: A new one-stop shop for design-driven goods, from tape dispensers to affordable hardwood desks

Our workspaces are, oftentimes, the least beautiful spaces in our lives—it's easier to run to a gigantic chain store (and actually meet the project deadline) than consciously setting up a desk that will bring tiny vibrations of joy every time we sit down. But for an area we spend so much time …

Furniture

The Swedish Company That Made a Business Out of Customizing IKEA

Bemz creates custom covers for your favorite IKEA furniture<p>It's no secret that IKEA has a huge fan following. From dorm dwellers to professional designers, people the world over look to the Swedish furnishings purveyor to outfit homes of every stripe. The one downside to this popularity? An …

Sequoia raised $4 billion across four funds, including $2 billion for its growth fund

Sequoia Capital has raised $4 billion in funding for a variety of funds, according to SEC filings released yesterday. That includes $2 billion for its second growth fund, the size of which had previously not been announced.<p>In addition to its growth fund, a filing for Sequoia’s China Growth Fund IV, …

5 Strategies for Creating Epic Content Marketing on a Tight Budget

Even when you know what you're doing, content marketing can be a daunting task. Still, it can and does pay off.<p>What's the best way to promote your brand? “It’s easy,” everyone says. “Just create amazing content.”<p>But, the truth is, even if you know what you’re doing, content marketing can be a …

No Time for Marketing? You Only Need 15 Minutes a Day.

Marketing is like exercising. The difference between doing nothing and just a little every day is cumulatively enormous.<p>Over just the last month I've connected with three entrepreneurs who told me they rarely did any marketing for themselves or their small business.<p>I was really surprised. One is a …

Jupiter 10 Launches with its First Collection of Modernist Wallcoverings

Design brand Jupiter 10 was recently founded by Bruno Basso and Christopher Brooke, who both spent over 10 years in the fashion industry laying the …

San Francisco

15 Clever Things You Need to Decorate If You Have a Teeny-Tiny Apartment