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5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Happier at Work

Most people I meet assume that if anyone on the planet is happy at work, I am. Their assumption is easy to understand: I co-founded and run a company …

Happiness

How fast food targets you: The secret science — and sauce — behind McDonald’s, Snickers, Fritos and more

Technology and marketing have revolutionized desire — and made us crave salty, fatty foods<p><b>Supersized Soda and Overflowing Shopping Carts</b><p>Packaging has the prosaic but still astonishing ability to contain stuff that would otherwise decay, dissipate, or disappear, while also advertising contents to …

At Zulily, a small approach to big data

Racks of clothes, piles of toys, and stacks of boxes clutter the offices and rooms inside the Seattle headquarters of online retailer Zulily. Each …

Five Factors In Building Giants Of The Big Data Era

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Navin Chaddha is managing director of Mayfield, an early-stage venture capital firm. Some of the companies he is currently championing include Gigya, Elastica, Lyft, MapR and Poshmark.</i><p>As we enter the second half of 2014, it would be fair to say that big data has gone mainstream, …

Killer User Onboarding Starts With A Story

<i>Samuel Hulick is a long time UX consultant with an intense focus on user onboarding. This article originally appeared on Inside Intercom.</i><p>Want more people to adopt your product? Make sure you know what progress looks like in your user’s life, not just on their screen.<p>Having a stellar user adoption …

Windsor Circle gets $5.25M to help you rein in your shoppers before they navigate away

You might have a great website and some snazzy trinkets that you’re peddling, but at the end of the day, if you can’t keep your customers shopping on your site or actually giving you money before leaving your site, none of this really matters.<p>Windsor Circle, a company in the business of helping you …

Growth Hacking Distribution For Your Startup

Every startup wants to grow big and grow fast, so it was no surprise that a conference this week in San Francisco about growth and distribution for startups was standing-room only. I’m so done with tech conferences, but was very glad I got to go to this one. It was full of amazing, actionable …

Google News now lets publishers specify how to crawl news sites for better referral traffic

Google launched a new “Publisher Center” today that will enable news organizations to specify how the search engine should crawl their sites for the latest news.<p>Google News typically drives a lot of traffic to well-researched, highly cited, and timely news content — which is key for any publisher …

Sex-Drive Slowdown

From our August 1979 issue, the factors that undermine sexual health and ways to overcome them.<p>According to popular myth, if you can have a successful, demanding career you cant have a great sex life—the time and energy consumed by the first all but preclude the latter. Simply not true: Many people …

The One Hire Every Startup Desperately Needs to Make

<i>Nick Marsh is the founder at Makeshift. This post originally appeared on Medium.</i><p>I want to introduce a new<br>concept — ‘talent hacking’. I define this as the creative application of technology and data to the problem of building new teams.<p>I’m trying to coin this phrase in part to highlight how we’ve …

10 Surprising Pricing Strategies That Can Boost Sales

<i>Gregory Ciotti is the marketing director at Help Scout. This post originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Utilizing smart pricing strategies when selling your wares—be they products, services or subscriptions—is a <i>must</i> if you want to succeed in a competitive marketplace.<p>The <b>worse</b> thing you can do …

Leadership Lessons From the Trenches of Silicon Valley

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There’s nothing more worthless than a perfunctory board or executive meeting where everyone just goes through the motions and no strategic decisions are made. Over the years, I swear there were times when I thought my head would explode …

Leadership

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often | Inc.com

Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good news and bad news: Unfortunately, approximately 50 percent of your …

Happiness

5 Reasons Your Rankings Are Falling -- And What To Do About It

Do you ever feel like you’re doing everything right with your content marketing and SEO campaign, and yet your organic search rankings continue to fall? This can be a very frustrating experience, especially when you’re investing heavily in your marketing efforts.<p>There are a number of reasons this …

Gannett’s popular Key Ring reward cards app adds inMarket’s M2M iBeacon platform

I’ve written about inMarket’s iBeacon marketing platform called Mobile to Mortar before. Condé Nast recently announced its integrated the platform into its Epicurious app, and now the Gannett Company’s popular Key Ring shopping and reward cards app is doing the same.<p><i>inMarket’s Mobile to Mortar™</i> …

The conundrum of customer satisfaction

If you pay attention to customer satisfaction, companies are told, success will follow. But Timothy Keiningham, global chief strategy officer and executive vice-president of Ipsos Loyalty, says new research shows this is simply not true.<p>The relationship between customer satisfaction and customer …

10 Theories to Know For Greater Persuasion Power

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog.</i><p>What are we really talking about when we’re talking about conversions?<p>Persuasion, right? Influence.<p>When we talk about conversions, we are—most of the time—discussing ways we can be more persuasive, more influential. We’re interested in meeting the …

Square Acquires Scheduling and Appointment Booking Startup BookFresh

Square today announced it has acquired scheduling and appointment booking startup BookFresh. Both companies are promising that for BookFresh customers, nothing will change: the product will continue to be updated and supported.<p>For those who have never heard of it, BookFresh’s software helps local …

Typeform: Create Beautiful, Cross-Platform Surveys

For companies wishing to garner feedback from the global masses, there’s no shortage of survey and polling platforms already. But now, 50,000 sign-ups on and after more than a year in beta, Barcelona-based Typeform is throwing its hat into the virtual polling ring, with a sweet, user-friendly …

Chartio Raises $2.2M, Updates Its Business Intelligence And Data Visualization Platform

Chartio has raised $2.2 million from Avalon Ventures and added some new features to its data visualization platform that blends data sets and does complex calculations. Chartio had previously raised a $4.4 million Series A round from Avalon in 2011.<p>With the funding, Chartio will continue to develop …

The 10 Best American Martial-Arts Movies

<b>Keanu Reeves brings his sword</b> and samurai colleagues to the battlefield in this week's <i>47 Ronin</i>. It's not Reeves's first foray into martial-arts epics, nor is it the first time Americans have tried their hand at Asia's fighting techniques — for years, Hollywood has been making dramas and actioners …

Martial Arts

Stop coddling your dog—he’s 99.9% wolf

SANTA CLARITA, California—Cesar Millan crosses the road to meet me. Two pit bulls, a Chihuahua, and a Yorkshire terrier—named Junior, Taco, Alfie and Kaley Cuoko—follow. Off leash and at heel, the dogs are calm, almost languid. If Millan communicates with them, I do not notice.<p>For the past few …

Pets

Don't Fall In To These Leadership Traps In 2014

I have been a proponent of the importance of leaders developing strengths as a means to improve toward excellence. After all, the best leaders are characterized by the presence of strengths, not the absence of weakness. That concept is illustrated in the article I coauthored for Harvard Business …

5 lessons we learned about data science in 2013

Most people know what marketing executives do every day. They try to catch people’s attention through email, ads, tweets, and press releases. As for data scientists, well, their work is not nearly as well understood.<p>That’s been slowly changing this year as companies slowly loosen up about letting …

10 Web Design Trends You Can Expect to See in 2014

This will be the trend that we hope never ever dies. As the Web grows and becomes more involved, and as more things are developed, designers and Web developers are going to get their hands on them. If you thought parallax scrolling techniques were cool, just you wait.<p>Expect to see many more things …

The Collected Wisdom of Warren Buffett

There is no greater advertisement for the potent combination of formidable intelligence, commonsense, consistency and self-discipline than Warren …

4 Ways Great Customer Service Will Grow Your Business

<i>Jordy Leiser is co-founder and CEO of</i> <i>StellaService</i><i>, a company that independently monitors and rates the customer service performance of online retailers.</i><p>The entrepreneurial community is littered with boastful stories of the lengths that people will go to in order to be successful and the sacrifices …

Advertising: Nothing More Than Feelings

FIRST, you realise it's a gorilla. The opening strains of Phil Collins's "In the Air Tonight" are playing; the beast is enraptured. As the camera pulls back, you see that he's seated at a drum kit. He flexes, raises his drumsticks, then brings them resoundingly down. Only in the final frames do you …

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