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10 of the Best Social Media Marketing Tools for Your Business

What is the best social media marketing tool on the market?<p>This is a question that has sparked many heated debates among marketers. With so many …

Delinquency rates rise on the riskiest auto loans

<i>(Corrections and clarifications: This story has been updated to reflect the percentage of people 60 days or more behind on payments was for August, not July.)</i><p>The delinquency rate on subprime auto loans rose in August, and the trend will likely will continue through the rest of 2016, a big rating …

Lyft president: Car ownership will 'all-but end' in cities by 2025

"We see car ownership as a burden that is costing the average American $9,000 every year. The car has actually become more like a $9,000 ball and chain that gets dragged through our daily life," Zimmer said in an opus on Medium that outlined his vision for an autonomous car future .<p>Zimmer believes …

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Amazon Is Preparing to Disrupt the Auto Industry

It's called Amazon Vehicles. And the potential is huge.<p>I hate shopping for cars.<p>After our family car's air conditioning went out for the third time in two years, my wife and I decided not to put any more money into it. So I started the process: beginning a list of pros and cons, doing the research, …

How To Create Endless Amounts Of Content

Content marketing can make huge demands on your resources. Between blog posts, emails and social media, you could be creating new content every day, all day, and still not have enough.<p>Unfortunately, knowing you <i>need</i> a steady stream of content and actually <i>being able</i> to provide it are two different …

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Flapit Is a Physical Social Metrics Counter for Your Business, Available from Today

Want to show off your cupcake business’ Facebook fan count, Twitter followers or Yelp rating in your store? Flapit can do just that, sitting by your cash register, in your window front or on your wall, for $299.<p>Citing market research that shows a majority of customers are likely to trust brands and …

11 Ideal Facebook Tools for Contests and Analyzation

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>The built-in tools that Facebook offers to business pages and advertisers are robust and detailed. Hence, you’re likely to uncover a smaller stash of third-party tools than you might for a network like Twitter.<p>“It's both terrifyingly interesting and …

Here's What Hackers Can Do With Your CRM Data

It is clear why malware writers target such retailers as Home Depot and Target. It is obvious, if not pathetic, why hackers break into the cloud to find and publish private nude photos of celebrities.<p>But a company’s customer relationship management data? Well, yes.<p>Even the CRM systems that don’t …

Should You Block Social Media At Work?

<i>Ilya Pozin is a serial entrepreneur, writer, and investor. He is the founder of online video entertainment platform Pluto.TV, social greeting card company Open Me, and digital marketing agency Ciplex.</i><p>Social media in the workplace is a hot button topic. As more employees are reprimanded or even …

5 Methods and 15 Tools To Find Your Audience

<i>Alex Manthei is the Community Manager at mention, a media monitoring app that lets you monitor, react, collaborate and analyze your online presence. This article was co-written with Shannon Byrne, mention’s content and PR Manager.</i><p>No matter what you do in life, chances are good you’re reliant on …

Tesla On Track To Win In Pennsylvania, But It Signals A Long Road Ahead

We've spent a lot of time documenting Tesla's attempts to overturn state franchise laws. Now, the company seems poised for another win -- this time, …

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Translogic 153: 2015 BMW i8

The 2015 BMW i8 is the second model in the Bavarian automaker's eco-friendly i-brand lineup. The i8's plug-in hybrid powertrain combines a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine with a 96 kilowatt electric motor to make 357 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Together, this gas-electric …

It Looks Like Japan May Be Trying To Crush Tesla

The Japanese government has announced measures that could indirectly pressure Tesla sales in Japan.<p>On Tuesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his administration would begin providing additional support to the country's fuel-cell vehicle industry, as part of his overall growth plan.<p>It's …

Electric Vehicles

Facebook Still Reigns Supreme Among Young Adults

Although Facebook may be losing steam with teenagers, as recent studies have claimed, young adults are still as active as ever on the social media …

Car Salesman Confidential: Hidden Profits, Hidden Expenses

Almost Every Manufacturer Incentive Is Counter-Weighted By The Costs Of Doing Business.<p>A woman came into our dealership recently to look at a small SUV. After the test drive, we went inside to “work some numbers” and see if we could come up with a price that was acceptable. When we sat down to …

Analyzing Automakers’ Recall History in the Past 30 Years—Who Is Worst?

Mercedes-Benz has the lowest recall rate and BMW is quickest at issuing them, according to a study looking at nearly 30 years of federal data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.<p>The study, taken by Boston metro–based car-listing website iSeeCars, totaled U.S. vehicle sales from …

Wells Fargo Opens Command Center to Handle Surge of Social Content

Having some version of a social-media command center is becoming like table stakes for brands in 2014.<p>That's borne out by the fact that a big bank …

Social Media

More airlines are turning to Twitter to resolve customer complaints

While many traditional businesses are still struggling to make use of social media, airlines are taking to the internet to streamline customer service. <i>The Washington Post</i> reports that many carriers, including Southwest, United, and Delta, have shifted customer service agents away from phone banks …

How to get more Twitter followers in 9 different ways

The Internet does much to level the playing field for sharing a message. Twitter flattens it. So much so, that it’s difficult to stand out, to reach the audience you’re interested in and gain their attention. How can you get more twitter followers?<p>If you spend much time on Twitter, you’ve certainly …

Finding the Keywords Your Competitors Use

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Ultimate Guide to Optimizing Your Website<i>, SEO and online marketing expert Jon Rognerud shows you how to build a high-performance website and get top ranking on all search engines. In this edited excerpt, the author explains</i> …

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New Jersey To Tesla: You're Outta Here

Tesla Motors is being courted by four Southwestern states for its $5 billion gigafactory, but there’s another state that is kissing Tesla goodbye.<p>The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission voted Tuesday to ban the direct sale of vehicles in the state, becoming the third state in the nation to prevent …

In New Jersey, Tesla Crashes Into The Hypocrisy of Chris Christie

Chris Christie, New Jersey’s often blunt governor, likes to talk big. He’s a new kind of Republican, he’d like you to believe, but the kind who gets things done. You know, like closing lanes on the way to the George Washington Bridge to punish a political rival… Oh, and, yes, the guy certainly has …

Tony Stark, aka Elon Musk, Discovers Auto Dealers Can Be Tough Foe

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was supposed to be the model for the 2008 movie version of Iron Man. But Tony Stark never had to take on auto dealers.<p>On March 11, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission voted to ban direct sales of vehicles in the state. It became the third U.S. state to prohibit such …

U.S. VW Passat to Get Significant Update for 2016

Volkswagen’s Geneva auto show array of new and freshened sheetmetal had limited relevance to the U.S. market, where the company’s sales have been declining recently in the midst of generally robust performance by most other participants. The U.S. Passat, in particular, has been disappointing. …

Oracle Puts Its Employees' Personal Social Media Accounts to Work

When Oracle acquired Eloqua in December 2012, Jill Rowley was ready to head for the door. Not only was Ms. Rowley, an Eloqua sales rep, assigned to …

Social Media

Google Launches $999 Meeting-Room-In-A-Box In Shot At Business Videoconferencing

Google today introduced what’s essentially a meeting room in a box, a $999 system that provides high-definition teleconferencing for up to 15 people at a time.<p>Chromebox for meetings will take on business videoconferencing systems costing $10,000 up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to …

Google+ Hangouts for Business Just Got Real

When Google+ first debuted in summer 2011, the feature most lauded was its free, multi-person video conferences called Hangouts. Their usefulness in …