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How to Pump Up Your Facebook Ads on Steroids With the Power Editor

So a friend told you about Facebook’s Power Editor and now you’re curious.Or maybe you saw the title of this blog post and that’s what caught your …

8 Tech Tools To Communicate Your Ideas More Effectively

Love it or hate it, presentation matters. To quote the poet William Carlos Williams, sometimes “It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it.” Here are eight tech tools to help you communicate your ideas more effectively (and, dare I say, beautifully).<p><b>1. Lucidchart</b><p>The tool …

Infographics

SEO Strategies To Get Your Startup Off The Ground

Startups are very fragile. In fact, they are so fragile that the vast majority of them doesn’t make it past year 2 or 3. There are innumerable …

5 Ways to Validate a Business Idea, Right Now

Don't let your day job or lack of capital stop you from finding and testing a business idea. Here's how.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Last year, I embarked upon a personal challenge to validate a business idea in 30 days.<p>To make it even more difficult, it was a random …

The Headline Formula That Will Urge Your Readers To Click Every Time

Let us ask you a question, what made you click on this post’s headline — whether you saw it on Facebook, Twitter, Google, or in an email?<p>Maybe you …

Marketing

Make Your Email Stand Out

Introduction ¶<p>This guide is a practical resource for developing a set of transactional emails that will move your new users through the sales funnel …

Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel and Other Successful Entrepreneurs' Favorite Interview Questions

The unusual questions these bosses ask to find out what they need to know about prospective employees.<p>Savvy executives know that interview questions like, "What's your biggest strength?" and, "What's your biggest weakness?" aren't as telling as they seem.<p>That's why they steer clear of these clich …

What the Top 25 Brands on Instagram are Posting [With Free Templates]

<i>Years ago, social media seers prophesized that Instagram will go on to become the world’s most powerful selling tool.</i>As of this writing it has over …

5 Alternatives to Drop-Down Hover Menus

Is the era of drop-down hover menus over? It might well be. This design pattern doesn’t work for today’s users. The concept is clunky and doesn’t …

Top Web Design Trends To Watch In 2016

Web design industry is an ever-changing space and there are many trends that come and go. 2015 has been another amazing year for technological advancement and we’ve seen some incredible websites.<p>You shouldn’t expect radical changes in 2016. We’ll see some current trends growing bigger, some of them …

UI Design

After 500,000 Apps Built, Bizness Apps Launches Apex, A New White-Label App Builder

Founded in 2010 as a DIY app and website development platform, Bizness Apps has quietly turned its attention to resellers and digital agencies, becoming one of the largest providers of white-label app development software on the market.<p>In fact, over 500,000 total mobile apps have now been created …

9 successful people share the smartest thing they've ever done with their money

"Successful people look at other successful people as a means to motivate themselves," writes T. Harv Eker in "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind." "They see other successful people as models to learn from. They say to themselves, 'If they can do it, I can do it.'"<p>Business Insider asked several …

The Top 5 Insurance Products Every Startup Needs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The fast-paced nature of the startup world means that entrepreneurs often overlook the insurance products necessary to protect a growing company. But simply telling your board “We have insurance” does not mean it is the appropriate …

Use the Psychology of Social Proof in Email Marketing

Social proof may be a popular marketing buzzword nowadays, but the concept extends way back in our evolutionary past. The ancestors of all primates …

How to Turn Your Great Idea into a Game-Changing Business

Steal these four success strategies from the cofounder of MapMyFitness<p>Robin Thurston’s lightbulb moment came while cycling through the twisty roads of Andermatt, Switzerland in 2006. He and his friends didn’t plan their freewheeling course, but wanted to return to the same trails in a year to ride …

Athletic Apparel

A master list of free tools for lean startups

Any entrepreneur worth their salt will be excited at the thought of accessing free yet functional tools. Been there, done that, and having run from …

7 Essential Tools Every Startup Can Afford

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Until your money tree has sprouted, your resources are limited. To get your startup off the ground, your launch has to be fueled by those solutions that don’t cost you much but do go the distance. You don’t always have to spend money to …

How To Write An Effective And Unique Value Proposition

Your product may be the best product in the world, with the most amazing features, your presentation to the outside world might be perfectly …

Avoid the Cookie-Cutter Approach to Email Marketing to Increase Conversions

VideoBlocks has A/B tested millions of emails — and that’s just since 2013 when Bill Zhang joined the company as its director of lifecycle marketing. …

8 Ways to Do Big-Time Marketing Without Spending a Fortune

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Marketing is essential to any company’s bottom line. However, traditional advertising channels such as newspapers, radio and television can get expensive really quick. Furthermore, they may produce little or no ROI. Contrary to these …

6 Ways To Design A Business

I asked my students during a class on Business Design at Stanford’s d.school how they might innovate on IKEA’s business. The engineers and …

Warby Parker

The Buzzfeed Guide to Sending Irresistible Email

Has this ever happened to you?<p>You sit down to write an email campaign that’s supposed to go out by the end of the day. But before you fire up your …

How One Life Hack From A Self-Made Billionaire Leads To Exceptional Success

<i>Originally published on Forbes</i><p>Countless books and articles have been written about Warren Buffett. Surprisingly few have been written about his …

Learning

9 Intangible Assets Dominant Entrepreneurs Possess

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Lose your degree. Years of experience can never fully convey your overall worth. There have to be more effective ways to display your value to a potential employer and to the business world at large.<p>Plain and simple, the resume is old and …

Want a Better Pitch? Watch This.

by Andy Raskin<p>Three weeks ago, the CMO of a San Francisco startup backed by A-list investors emailed me about her new sales deck.<p>“It lacks oomph,” …

Darth Vader

16 Entrepreneurs Share 16 Tools They Cannot Live Without

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In the thralls of startup battle, efficient teams figure out how to maximize their precious resources. Bootstrapping time, money and personnel effectively can be the difference between the teams that survive to battle another day, and the …

11 Things Ultra-Productive People Do Differently (Infographic)

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to productivity, we all face the same challenge—there are only 24 hours in a day.<p>Yet some people seem to have twice the time; they have an uncanny ability to get things done. Even when juggling multiple projects, they reach …