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By Kevin Myers | Tips, Tricks & Techniques to Grow your Business

Why Silicon Valley is all wrong about Apple’s AirPods

So you think Apple is a tech company? No, you’re wrong.<p>In July of 1997, right before his return to Apple, Steve Jobs told BusinessWeek:<p><i>“The products</i> …

7 PowerPoint Mistakes That Make You Look Old

<b>Microsoft PowerPoint turned 25 this past year…</b><p>…and, like many of its contemporaries, it’s having a bit of a quarter life crisis. When PPT was the new kid on the block, all it really had to do to get results was show up. Just pick one of the good ol’ templates, fill in the bullets and voilà, you had …

Public Speaking

Branding for Startups

Don’t forget how people perceive you before you’ve even had a chance to explain yourself…<p>Branding for Startups<p>Branding is important even from the get …

Are Infographics Still Relevant?

Is there anything more horrifying to a marketer than the threat of being irrelevant? We’ve heard time and time again that visuals are a surefire way …

Infographics

An Easy, Intuitive Tool For Making Sense Of Your Data

Tableau’s new Vizable app transforms spreadsheets into information you can actually use and understand.<p>Tableau, the Seattle-based software firm that helps major businesses make sense of their data, is now bringing its data visualization expertise to the everyday user. Their new app, Vizable, …

The secret to being a great football coach has nothing to do with football

With the new college football season upon us, fans across the country are hoping their team could be the one crowned national champion on January 11 2016 in Glendale, Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium. Of course, who is ultimately successful will depend a lot on the talents of their …

College & University

Mixtape: Dj D-David - MPmania Gospel Mix (one) |[@mp_maniac]

In Everything we do, Praises and Thanks to God Almighty Our Creator must Precede & Succeed. Team ‘MPmania’ unleashes its First Gospel Mixtape by …

Now With 4 Million Users, Design Platform Canva Launches To Businesses

For the past couple of years, Sydney-based Canva has been working to make graphic design more accessible through its online platform offering over a million photographs, graphics and fonts that can be easily dragged-and-dropped into a variety of templates. Today, the company is taking its next big …

The one trick to getting the response you want from an email

I have a love-hate relationship with email.<p>On one hand, I love that I just need to waggle my fingers to get pretty much anything I want.<p>In fact, my livelihood depends on email, and if I wield my powers of persuasion correctly, life becomes much more efficient, whether I’m requesting a client’s …

Accomplish for Android is an intuitive new to-do scheduler

I’ve been a huge fan of Wunderlist for years now, because of the to-do app’s simple yet powerful interface. But over the past week, I’ve been drawn to a new productivity app that lends itself to the way I organize my schedule — and it was designed by a teenager from Israel.<p>Accomplish for Android …

Apps
Small Business

What Your Personality Type Says About Your Career Destiny (Infographic)

What does your personality type have to do with being an entrepreneur? Quite a bit, according to a recent study.<p>Truity Psychometrics, a personality test developer, surveyed more than 25,000 volunteers about their careers and personalities. Covering topics such as job satisfaction, income and …

These Franchisees Are on Fire, Not Ice, When It Comes to Philanthropy

<i>Franchise Players is Entrepreneur's Q&A interview column that puts the spotlight on franchisees. If you're a franchisee with advice and tips to share, email ktaylor@entrepreneur.com.</i><p>Ted and Sandra Andrews wanted less travel and more philanthropy from their work lives. So, five years ago, they chose …

Can you describe your brand in one sentence?

A brand is more than a fancy logo, it’s a promise to your customers, writes Mark McCulloch. He explains how businesses can figure out their brand identity on a budget<p>What does the word brand mean to you? Is it a badge, a logo, a name, a colour or a collection of these things?<p>For me a brand is …

Identity

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We get it – you’re busy and short on time. Managing day-to-day operations, talking to customers, growing your business through digital marketing and …

7 Smart Hacks for Your Email Marketing Strategy

A successful email marketing strategy is about offering value to the customer and continually revamping your strategy for the best results. If you want to see growth in your email marketing strategy, give these growth hacks a try.<p>Email marketing has been around for decades, but the strategies have …

Digital Marketing

How to Promote Your Business with Brand Ambassadors Using Visual Content Marketing

Passionate brand advocates can provide marketing on steroids.<p>On a social web they boost sharing, enable crowd sourced marketing and they do it for …

F-U-N-D-E-D: New rules mean you, too, can be a startup owner

Beginning Friday, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo can give the public the chance to be startup owners, not just donors.<p>So you want to be the next Marc Andreessen? Friday could be the day when you start trying.<p>New federal rules will allow the American public at large to go online …

This Is How You Turn Your Blog Posts Into Killer Sales Tools

Want the content you create to make customers buy? Then use their 'parachute moments.'<p>You've heard it on this site and pretty much everywhere else--content is vital to success in today's marketplace. So you spend a lot of your time writing blog posts and creating videos, or you pay someone else to …

Digital Marketing

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Respond to Customers on Twitter

So you think you’ve got great content and you’ve studied everything you can about Twitter strategy, and now customers are tweeting to you with …

This Week in Small Business: Get By With a Little Help From Your Friends

<i>By Kim Honjo</i><p>This week, we’re looking at the mutually beneficial relationships we build in the business world. Partnerships come in all kinds of …

Startups Are Making a Comeback in America - Bloomberg

Even though American politicians like to praise small business as the job-creating machine, research shows that it's the startups that expand …

The 4 Types of Small Businesses, and Why Each One Matters

America loves small businesses. A 2010 poll by The Pew Research Center found that the public had a more positive view of them than any other institution in the country – they beat out both churches and universities, for instance, as well as tech companies. As Janet Yellen pointed out in a speech …

10 Tips for Marketing on a Shoestring Budget

Most small business owners face this dilemma at one time or another: How to create a successful marketing campaign that generates revenue advertising without breaking the bank.<p>The days of social media have certainly made it easier to promote a business, but it’s not the only way, nor should it be. …

30 Thought-Provoking Lead Nurturing Stats You Can't Ignore

Take a look at these 30 lead nurturing data points and statistics that will make you reconsider your need for lead nurturing.

A Mission Of Excellence

Changing the world. You do it every time you walk on a sidewalk kicking dirt (entropy!) and every time you join a startup in San Francisco. Many of the Valley’s top companies have had such broad <i>cri de coeurs</i>. Google’s mission is to “organize the world’s information and make it universally …