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7 Tips for Improving Your Ecommerce Strategy

As customers increasingly turn to the Internet and smartphones for purchasing decisions, economies are seeing brick and mortar evolve into "click and …

F.lux Helps Computer Addicts Sleep Better

I discovered F.lux earlier this year, and it has changed how I work. F.lux is a program that sits quietly on your Mac, Windows or Linux computer removing the blue light emitted by your screen which can cause your body to subconsciously delay its natural timings — and adversely affect your sleep.<p>In …

Israeli Startup Maverick Wants To Be “WordPress Of Digital Marketing” To Help SMBs Compete With Major Brands

The early Dot Com promise was that the web puts small and large businesses on a level playing field. But as the platform has matured, that promise has turned out to be somewhat hollow, not least in the area of online marketing. Small businesses, let alone ‘mom and pup’ shops, often don’t have the …

How Bitcoin Works

Bitcoin is a digital currency that exists almost wholly in the virtual realm, unlike physical currencies like dollars and euros. A growing number of proponents support its use as an alternative currency that can pay for goods and services much like conventional currencies. Bitcoin is the first and …

Productivity

Employee Productivity | 'What Have You Accomplished This Week?' | Inc.com

I recently wrote about an exercise I've asked my staffers to do, which includes taking five minutes every Monday morning to jot down all the things they've accomplished in the last week, and then talk about it in our weekly sales meeting. I had originally been asked to do this exercise at an event …

Time Management
Harvard

7 Things Really Persuasive People Do | Inc.com

While many people don't like to sell, most find themselves having to persuade someone at some point. Persuasion is not just for salespeople and their prospects. You may try to persuade an employee to perform better, or perhaps you want to persuade your boss to take on your brilliant idea. Often the …

Body Language

From beginner to selling my app in the app store in 2 months

I’ve read many posts in the past asking how to get started learning to code, or asking what people should do next after they’ve finished Code Academy. I wanted to give my story thus far to help others get started, because I’m currently on a “progress high” from how exciting it is to make an app.<p><b>“No</b> …

The Difference Between Geeks and Nerds Settled in Infographic

Define Your Personal Core Values: 5 Steps | Inc.com

Most concede the power of core values in business. Jim Collins made a great case in <i>Built to Last</i>. But it's difficult to accurately create or accept core values for your company if your own personal core values are unclear.<p>Many claim to understand their own values, but I maintain you don't really …

Self-improvement
Small Business

10 Eye-Opening Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read | Inc.com

As anyone who reads this column knows, I'm a huge proponent of positive thinking. However, positive thinking is delusional unless it's based upon a clear understanding of how the business world really works.<p>Put another way: We can't make the world a better place unless we can first see things as …

Books

Digital Drills: The Monster Machines that Mine Bitcoin

Bitcoin! It's everywhere right now. Its value is dropping, spiking, dropping again. More and more new converts are hopping in, buying a few coins and …

Entrepreneurship

Great Leadership: 10 Steps to a Remarkable Company Culture | Inc.com

Paul Spiegelman, the founder and CEO of BerylHealth, a hospital call-center business, talks and writes often about the importance of building a strong company culture--not just because it's a nice thing to do, but because culture can also improve your company's financial performance.<p>Since …

Team Building

Become a Great Negotiator: 5 Steps | Inc.com

Although everyone claims to want a "win-win" deal, the sad truth is that most businesspeople are competitive and subconsciously want to "win" by making the other person "lose."<p>Even when you enter negotiations with the best of intentions, it's fair to assume that, at some level, your counterpart …

Management
Internet Marketing

Your Brand: What Customers Say Behind Your Back | Inc.com

We hear a ton about brand-building, especially from big-company executives. But what is a brand, and why is it important to invest time and money building it? Vala Ashfar, CMO and Chief Customer Officer at Enterasys, sums it up pretty well in a tweet: Your brand is what people say about you when …

Customers

The Most Important Sales Skill of All | Inc.com

It doesn't matter how good your product is. It doesn't matter how smart your marketing is. It doesn't matter how personable and knowledgeable you are. If you can't close the deal, your company is a waste of time and energy.<p>The best way to learn this essential sales skill is understand how the very …

Customers

The 12 Things That Successfully Convert a Great Idea Into a Reality

How many times have you been in a meeting and someone says to you, “That’s a great idea, you should take the initiative and make it a reality.” What typically happens? Most of the time – nothing. Most great ideas remain dormant because people don’t have the courage, resources, time and/or money to …

Employment

The 21 Principles of Persuasion

How is it that certain people are so incredibly persuasive? Can we all harness those skills? After studying the most influential political, social, business and religious leaders, and trying countless techniques out myself, these are the 21 critical lessons I’ve identified to persuading people. …

The Biggest Cyber Attack In History Is Taking Place Right Now

These DDoS attacks bombard targeted web servers with so much dummy traffic that people trying to access a site for legitimate purposes are unable to do so. It's most analogous to a traffic jam on a highway with no one able to move.<p>The BBC says that security experts are describing it as "the biggest …

Cyber-attacks