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How to Turn Bland Text into Sparkling Online Content - Copyblogger

Let me guess …<p>You’re smart. You know your stuff. And you have a sparkle in your eyes when you talk about your favorite subject.<p>But your writing …

How Storytelling Can Create Brand Value for Your Business

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Having a compelling story gives a business the ability to generate substantial word-of-mouth and in the process increase brand awareness. Stories that add color and character to a business resonate with customers at a deeper level, …

Marketing

12 Habits of Extraordinarily Motivated People

Highly successful people are extremely motivated to succeed. Learn their secrets and put them to work for you.<p>Extraordinarily motivated people are driven to go above and beyond; they are trusted by others, focused and have great confidence in their own abilities. They dream of endless …

5 Clever Hacks to Beat the Facebook News Feed Algorithm for More Fan Engagement

All is not lost: You can still reach your fans. Here's how.<p>Over the past year, Facebook has dramatically reduced the exposure of business page posts in fan newsfeeds, to the point organic reach is trending toward zero.<p>But all is not lost!<p>Before you write off your Facebook page entirely, try these …

Mark Cuban: 'The One Thing I Would Have Done Differently'

Serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban talks about the most important lesson he's learned about business during his career.<p>Mark Cuban may have a reputation for being unapologetic, but he’ll be the first to admit that he has plenty of regrets.<p>One of the things Cuban says he’s struggled with during his …

3 Undeniably Awesome Habits of Highly Successful Salespeople

Here are three habits you can replicate from the masters to improve your sales results.<p><i>"It's gonna close!"</i> Have you ever said this and it didn't happen? <i>(Oops!)</i><p>Salespeople say these words with great conviction every single day in almost every industry. But for many, the sale doesn't close. Something …

Facebook Launches Hyper-Local Ads Targeted To People Within A Mile Of A Business

Facebook’s mobile ubiquity and push for always-on location sharing came to fruition today with the launch of hyper-local advertising that could convince people to visit stores they’re nearby. Soon, brick-and-mortar businesses will be able to target ads to anyone who lives or was recently within a …

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How to find a techie co-founder for your startup

I’m not a tech guy, but even before I knew what a startup was I wanted to make one. Finding tech co-founders has been the biggest challenge for me in building one. Over the course of three years, I’ve made countless mistakes and wasted a lot of time.<p>But I did manage to build an awesome team of …

10 Secrets For Better Focusing Your Business - Small Business Trends

Focusing your goals and approach in your business is the same whether your tweaking an existing venture or starting a new one. In this edition of the …

The Most Powerful Ways to Start a Presentation

The science is clear: People make decisions on the basis of first impressions. As speakers, we need to take advantage of that.<p>Some years ago, Nalini Ambady, an experimental psychologist at Harvard University, was curious about the nonverbal aspects of good teaching. She wanted to get at least a …

6 Things All Successful Entrepreneurs Believe

Some entrepreneurs look at the world in a way that breeds success. Here's how they do it, and how you can, too.<p>Entrepreneurs have a different way of doing things.<p>It takes a special kind of person to be able to turn the spark of an idea in their minds into a full-fledged income-generating operation …

Want People To Actually Read Your Emails? Use These Subject Line Tricks

Try these subject lines and see the replies roll in–but please, just don’t use “Urgent” unless the building is on fire.<p>There’s always that moment when you’ve crafted the perfect email, re-read it twice, confirmed your contact’s email address, and find yourself staring at a blank subject line …

Productivity

5 Best Cinematic Sales Pitches

These scenes all deserve an Oscar for the best depiction of basic selling principles.<p>Hollywood, as a general rule, doesn't seem to care much for salespeople. In almost every movie and TV show, sales professionals are depicted either as con-men or nut-cases.<p>Nevertheless, you can learn about real …

How to Improve Your Self Control - It's the Key to Your Success

If you’re tired of reading self help books and seemingly never getting anywhere, you may be interested in a study that found a single factor — …

How to Design a Social Media Campaign

Do you need to set up a social media campaign?<p>Do you know how to get started?<p>Establishing a strong team and a day-to-day plan are important for any …

500 Startups' newly released fundraising documents will keep you from 'getting screwed'

Free things are great, and they’re even better when they save you, your startup, and your investors a boatload of money and drama. And lucky for you, startup accelerator program 500 Startups is releasing one of those magical gifts today.<p>The program released today a set of free legal documents for …

The Only 6 People You Need On Your Founding Startup Team

Consider the following personalities when selecting an all-star lineup to lead your startup business.<p>You may have a great business idea, solid financial backing, and optimistic market research, but if your founding team doesn’t have the right balance of personalities, you could soon be closing up …

There Is No Magic Formula for Small-Business Success -- Only This

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I’ve been asked many times to lay out my magic formula for building a successful small or medium-sized business. I usually respond by saying there's no magic, only hard work and experience.<p>While this is certainly true, the success of a …

Small Business

10 Significant Things You Likely Didn’t Know About Social Media But Should

You probably won’t believe some of these facts about social media strategies, but the studies don’t lie (we hope). Test them yourself.<p>We love to make decisions and form strategies based on statistics. It’s why we A/B test and how we change directions on our social sharing.<p>Who doesn’t love a good …

Social Media

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>Tired of wasting your time watching cat videos or scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed? Want to be more productive next time you go online?<p>Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>1. Digital Photography School —</b> Read through …

Productivity

Facebook Manipulated User News Feeds To Create Emotional Contagion

Facebook conducted a massive psychological experiment on 689,003 users, manipulating their news feeds to assess the effects on their emotions. The details of the experiment were published in an article entitled “Experimental Evidence Of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks” …

67 Tools That Will Help You Grow Your Email List

This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>Your email list is the heart of your marketing strategy. When you write a blog post, the people on your email list will be the first to read it. When you have a webinar, the people on your list will be the first to sign up. And, when you offer a new …

Web Design

One Easy Trick That Will Make You Successful in Every Situation

How can you rise to the top when everyone has access to the same information? Try this.<p>Scientific management. Direct marketing. Management by walking around. Search-engine optimization. Kaizen. Social marketing. Lean Six Sigma. Content marketing. What do all of these have in common?<p>Each of these …

3 Ways Entrepreneurs Swing and Miss at a Funding Pitch

This story originally appeared on Mohr Davidow Ventures<p>Just last week I was sitting through a pitch from an entrepreneur, and as often happens, they swung and missed at a key moment.<p>Generally speaking, when a pitch goes awry, entrepreneurs -- new and experienced -- make at least one of these three …

Entrepreneurship

Tesla: 'All Our Patent Are Belong To You'

Yes, "All Our Patent Are Belong To You" is the actual title of a Tesla press release, which went live yesterday and is causing a tremendous media …

Try on Any Shade With Sephora’s First Ever 3D Augmented Reality Mirror

The place we’d most like to have a makeup shopping spree in (okay, at least top 5) Sephora has a new goodie we want to test out. It’s not a wacky nail polish or a hot new shade of lipstick or a shocking shadow — it’s all of those things. They’re testing out a new 3D augmented reality mirror that …

10 Marketing Tricks From the Pros

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Marketing is the lifeblood of any startup – without it, the company will be sure to sink. So for entrepreneurs looking to boost their productivity with simple tricks, I set out to find answers.<p>I recently asked some of the smartest and …

Marketing

3 Reasons Startup Marketing Stalls

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>It would be a lot easier if startups were like a football game.<p>Each new venture would have four evenly divided quarters and, at the end, a startup would know definitively whether it had won or lost. Unfortunately, there isn’t a giant, …

Marketing