Christian Newman

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Six expensive mistakes people make when starting a business

Like every startup entrepreneur, Rodney Nelson needed a great website. Woolly Pocket, the company he was building with his brother, Miguel, aimed to sell its cleverly designed, eco-friendly wall planters online. But there were problems.<p>"Our first site didn't follow the standard design protocol of a …

Small Business

The Best Social Media Platforms for Your Business

It is commonly suggested that to increase your brand presence, you need to be active on all forms of social media. While that may be true, unless your company has a dedicated social media coordinator, finding the time to maintain every platform out there can be extremely time consuming.<p>The best …

What your poor e-mail etiquette says about your business

How you and your team present yourselves when communicating by e-mail says a lot about the quality of business you're running. Based on the variety of e-mail approaches I've seen, many small business owners are not paying enough attention to this detail. Some of it is awful, and it's not just …

How to Earn the Amplification of Influencers - Whiteboard Friday

Howdy, Moz fans, and welcome to another edition of Whiteboard Friday. Today I'm going to talk a little bit about influencer marketing in particular. …

Marketing

Ten tips for working on (not in) your business

As a small business owner wearing many hats, it's important to take a step back, look at the big picture and continuously work <i>on</i> your business rather than <i>in</i> you business. Working in your business means performing the core functions that your business is built upon. Working on your business means …

Seth's Blog

Google killed the old-fashioned cookbook.<p>Why bother searching through a thick, dull cookbook of recipes when all you have to do is type in two or …

10 Things Customer-Obsessed Companies Do Differently

The 1900s through 1960s was known as the Age of Manufacturing. The 1990s through 2000s was called the Age of Information. For the next several …

Customer Experience

Get the most out of LinkedIn with these 10 tips

LinkedIn has grown to be one of the most popular social media sites for business professionals to make connections and build their network. At times though, it can seem like only big businesses or recruiters use LinkedIn.<p>However, LinkedIn offers plenty of great tools for small and medium-sized …

Why you should consider subscription pricing

Everything from brick-and-mortar cafés to online shops have adopted monthly rates<p>At the <b>Tsiferblat</b> chain of cafés in eastern Europe, the coffee is …

Six ways to reach business success sooner

As entrepreneurs, our personal happiness, the way we listen to and react to our staff, and the way we shape our own role at work all have profound effects on our companies, and ultimately, on how they grow. But lasting change is difficult. I should know – I recently achieved three major advances …

‘If I didn’t take the risk...I never would,’ Wok Box founder says

<i>This is the latest entry in a series called Who Owns That? We've asked readers</i> on our LinkedIn group <i>to identify their favourite small businesses from across Canada, and we track down the owners so they can tell us their stories. Their answers are edited.</i><p><i>Introducing Lawrence Eade, president & CEO of</i> …

Five key leadership traits for 2014

<i>This column is part of Globe Careers' new Leadership Lab series, where executives and leadership experts share their views and advice about the leadership and management issues of today. There will be a new column every weekday. Find all Leadership Lab stories at</i> tgam.ca/leadershiplab<p>No different …

Seth's Blog

Everyone who eats at your restaurant expects a good cup of coffee, and it's difficult to wow them, because, of course, your competition is working to …

A Restaurant Built (and Rebuilt) With Customer Loyalty

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In this new series, we’ll learn how real brick-and-mortar businesses are boosting their digital presence and ask social-media experts for their best suggestions.</i><p>Red Hook Lobster Pound relied on e-mail blasts to lure customers to its …

An Online Toy Company Turns to Facebook for Design Ideas

Toy companies like Lego have experimented here and there with crowdsourcing, listening to customers' input and churning out products they're looking …

Nordstrom Pinterest 'Top Pinned Items' Come To Life In Stores (PHOTOS)

Pinterest and online shopping -- it's a match made in retail heaven. But Nordstrom is trying to bridge the gap between online shopping and the in-store shopping experience by bringing Pinterest to life. According to Gigaom, Nordstrom has begun labeling its "Top Pinned Items" in stores with a …

Google+ at 2 Years: An Assessment

Two years ago Friday, Google unveiled its social network Google+ to the world.<p>In the early days, Google described Google+ as a "social layer" rather …

6 Ways To Create A Culture Of Innovation

Reward employees with time to think, while providing them with the structure they need.<p>Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Poor performance comes from a poorly designed organization. Superior results emerge when strategies, business models, structure, processes, technologies, …

New Livestream App Lets You Discover, Experience And Broadcast Live Events

Livestream has recently launched a new live video streaming platform. And to maintain a consistent user experience, it has also released a vastly …

Charity crowdfunding site launched by Toronto firm

Three Toronto-based entrepreneurs have launched a new startup crowdfunding website, Giveffect, to raise money for charities by encouraging members of …