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The Real Reason Customers Buy From You

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Do you know why your customer just placed that order with you? Do you know why that client just hired you? Think about it. What really made the difference?<p>Was it your great use of technology? Perhaps. You’ve always been a good …

Customers

Ten of the world's best city hikes

Stretch your legs over hours or days, without leaving some of the world’s biggest cities. This article is adapted from Lonely Planet's <i>1000 Ultimate Adventures.</i><p>Tijuca Forest, Rio de Janeiro<p>Aerial shot of Rio de Janeiro surrounded by the Tijuca Forest. Image by Paddy Eckersley / Digital Vision / …

Hiking

This is a better predictor of your success than IQ or EQ

An unsettling classroom experience near the start of his second year in the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program caused a personal crisis for Shirzad Chamine and led him to the work he’s doing more than a quarter century later. The 1987 class was Interpersonal Dynamics, nicknamed …

Here's What Happens To Google Employees When They Die

It’s no surprise that the employee benefits of Google are among the best in the land—free haircuts, gourmet food, on-site doctors and high-tech “cleansing” toilets are among the most talked-about—but in a rare interview with Chief People Officer Laszlo Bock I discovered that the latest perk for …

The Best Time to Post Tweets, Facebook Posts and More

<i>This post was originally published on the Buffer blog.</i><p>We’re pretty keen on optimal timing for social media here at Buffer, and I figured it was high time I collected all the information we have about online communication into one place. I’ve collected research and stats on Twitter, Facebook, email …

Why You Should Find Product-Market Fit Before Sniffing Around For Venture Money

By Andy Rachleff, CEO of Wealthfront6 minute Read<p>Many early-stage entrepreneurs who come to me for advice love to brag about how fast their companies …

The 10 DOs & 10 DONTs in Google AdWords

Starting with the right foot means a lot in advertising. Read more about the 10 DOs and the 10 DONTs that will help you optimize your AdWords account!<p>…

AdWords

The Future of Marketing Has Little To Do With Marketing

While I don’t always have the ability to say yes to writing forewords, I do find time now and then to do so. One of the conditions however is that …

12 Awesome Pinterest Tools To Power Up Your Marketing - Jeffbullas's Blog

It’s taken just three years but the image-sharing site Pinterest now boasts 70 million global users. According to Global Web Index, Pinterest has …

Apple is Way Ahead but I'm Staying with Android

Apple is still way ahead of the rest of the industry. <i>Particularly</i> in how it introduces new products.<p>I’m pretty disappointed that Tim Cook doesn’t talk about the role of mobile in bringing us the future. He has the tools sitting right in front of him to do that, with the new motion sensor in the …

A Visual Guide to What Colors Communicate

When you are designing your blog or website, how do you decide what colors to use? Your choice will make a difference on how others receive and …

Pinterest Will Test First Ad Units, Promises Transparency

Pinterest plans to test a promoted unit product with a select group of undisclosed businesses as it dips its toes into advertising for the first …

Media companies have failed in the education business—but there’s still hope

Soon, you’ll be able to learn zombie apocalypse survival skills from AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” The University of California at Irvine is offering an eight-week online course in partnership with the series. AMC isn’t the first media company to push into education. At least two dozen others have …

Media Industry

Great tech-spectations: What's next in tech for 2013

The dog days of summer are here, and with them, a certain ennui seems to have washed over the tech world. But as July becomes August, things will begin to kick into high gear.<p>The big dogs of the tech industry -- Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and a host of others -- know that the all-important …

Some SIM cards can be hacked 'in about two minutes' with a pair of text messages

Every GSM phone needs a SIM card, and you'd think such a ubiquitous standard would be immune to any hijack attempts. Evidently not, as Karsten Nohl of Security Research Labs -- who found a hole in GSM call encryption several years ago -- has uncovered a flaw that allows some SIM cards to be hacked …

Google is about to spend half of Apple’s annual marketing budget promoting a single phone

Google’s forthcoming, Samsung-killing Moto-X Android “superphone” is also going to have a super-size advertising budget of up to half a billion dollars, reports the Wall Street Journal. That’s half as much as the $1 billion Apple spent advertising all of its products in 2012.<p>So why is Google—or …

Mobile Devices

A Refresher Course On The Difference Between The UK, Britain, England, And The British Isles

Despite an extensive history with the Brits across the pond, many Americans are still unsure what to call the area.<p>Is Ireland part of the United Kingdom? Does England include Wales? What is Great Britain?<p>Geographic and political names get mixed up in these misunderstandings. Some people use England …

United Kingdom

Undiscovered France: Where to Go Next

With Paris’s many seductions, the stately Loire Valley, picture-perfect Provence, and the dazzling Côte d’Azur it’s no wonder much of the rest of …

France

Worried your unlimited data plan will disappear? Sprint is guaranteeing it won’t

Sprint’s(s s) first act under new SoftBank management was to reinforce its commitment to unlimited smartphone data — at least for customers who …

Dropbox features show up in Yahoo Mail, Asana, and more

At its developer conference this week in San Francisco, cloud storage giant Dropbox announced a few new developer tools, called Drop-Ins, that create a link between Dropbox and any app or online service.<p>The first Drop-Ins are called Saver and Chooser. True to their names, Chooser lets you choose …

If you can’t beat ’em, support ’em: Garmin launches a smartphone HUD for cars

Facing the rise of smartphones that can take the place of dedicated navigation systems, Garmin’s(s grmn) got a new device: and this one works <i>with</i> …