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Lav Like a Pro: Here Are a Few Basic Tips for Using a Lavalier Mic

Lav mics are a great tool for recording decent dialogue. Here's how to use them.Lavalier microphones, or "lavs" as the cool kids call them, are an …

How To Avoid Creating Innovation Orphans - Products That Customers Want But Your Company Won't Sell

Most of our conversations on innovation in large companies centre around how to get more innovation happening within the organization. In our haste to create new products, services and business models, we have neglected another major challenge that large companies face. In his new book <i>The Startup</i> …

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How to Make Over $1,000 a Month by Blogging

Monetize your content and add a new revenue stream.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose originally started blogging to improve his name recognition and drive more customers to his financial planning business. However, as he got to know …

What to Post on Each Social Media Platform: The Complete Guide to Optimizing Your Social Content

This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>Not all content needs to be shared everywhere. And not all content is suitable for every social media platforms.<p>It’s all right to post entirely different things on different platforms. In fact, it might even help you to boost your engagement.<p>For example, if …

Apple should steal this genius iOS notifications design before Android does

iPhone notifications, am I right? They can be very annoying and messy at times, even though Apple has taken big steps to improve the notifications …

Lock Screen

UI Inspiration: More Hand-picked UI/UX Interactions

I guess it's that time of the week with an article all about more hand-picked UI/UX interactions. You guys are suggesting we should do this as a …

Best composite image technique to match tones

Today Antti Karppinen is going to share his most used composite image technique to match tones and get your images look more real.<p>Thanks for sharing …

Photography Tips

Why Every Company Needs an Innovation Dashboard

Innovation Dashboards Force Focus around What Matters Most<p>A few years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Netflix's Silicon Valley office and interview one of their top executives. I asked about how they manage their innovation process. The surprising answer I received blew me away: "We don't have …

Instead of Staffing Up For Your Marketing Campaign, Build A Chatbot.

Bots are the smartest addition to your marketing team available.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>If you own a business, you can't afford to ignore chatbots. While often considered a simple customer service tool, these machines can now help businesses automate a huge …

One of Facebook's First Employees Explains Why Email Marketing Is Better Than Social Media Marketing

How you can take advantage when everyone else is focused on social.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Noah Kagan was the 30th employee at Facebook, so he knows a little about social media. But, he might surprise you, because he doesn't say Facebook is the best way to …

How to Quickly Build a Customer Base With Lead Generation Tools

With content management systems like WordPress, getting a site up and running is no big deal. But apart from building traffic, what I find most …

200+ Posters From the Golden Age of Graphic Design Are Now Free to Download

Today, more and more cultural institutions have started to offer free art resources to the public through online archives. From high-quality reproductions of antique photographs to museum-approved art books, these complimentary materials promote and exhibit the endless possibilities of Internet …

What Comes First: Sales or Marketing?

Sales and marketing. Marketing and sales. Chicken. Egg… Which comes first? Are they even separate things?<p>While sales and marketing are often grouped …

Why You Should Launch a Brand, Not a Product

Five reasons brands are what really matter to your consumers -- and your bottom line.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Contrary to what many entrepreneurs may think, a product is not a brand. Many companies just starting out launch products -- a new innovation or new way …

How to Use Google Analytics to Improve Your Web Design Projects

You’re aware there’s competition out there. And you know the key to success is differentiating yourself from your peers in order to stand out and win …

Analytics

An Explanation of the Differences Between Image File Formats

How JPEGs, PNGs, GIFs, TIFFs etc. work<p>Are you the type of designer who wants to know how your tools work, or are you only concerned with the utility …

Protect, Share, Store, and Sell Your Photos

Take your photos further.<p>Photos are a reflection of your experiences—what drives you, where you’ve been, where you’re going, who you love. SmugMug is …

Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.<p>You can use AutoDraw on …

How to Bridge Marketing and Sales in Your Buyer’s Journey

Content marketing isn’t a nice-to-have these days; it’s an incredibly effective and necessary tool. Whether it’s increasing brand recall with an …

Customers

4 Cold Email Subject Lines That Generated $4 Million in Revenue

Without a good subject line, the content of the email doesn't matter.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>No single technique has brought in more business to my company than cold email outreach. I sent more than one million cold emails and made it the singular focus of my …

3 Social Media Tools Entrepreneurs Should Be Using Every Day

Social media is evolving at an incredible rate. The most important thing you can do is to equip yourself with the best tools.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>One hundred years from now, when historians are asked what they labeled as the biggest breakthrough in human …

11 cool online stores for home decor and high design

Don't spend it all in one place<p>In the age of Amazon, shopping for great design online has never been easier. Here, we've rounded up a handful of our favorite sites offering something special when it comes to home decor and design. From handcrafted artisanal chairs to sleek ceramic objects 3D …

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Eight Key Elements Your Annual Marketing Plan Must Have to Succeed in 2017

The new year is already in full swing. You've got vendors to manage, campaigns to push through creative, and end-of-month reports to run. But as the …

9 Free Resources and Tools to Make You a Better Social Media Marketer

As a social media marketer, you know that having your finger on the pulse of the digital world is crucial to success. You need to be constantly …

The 20 Best Email Marketers You Should Follow And Steal From

Despite its cost effectiveness and superior return on investment (ROI), many of us still struggle to unlock the benefits of email marketing. Wouldn’t …

Marketing

39 logo fonts everyone should know

Typography can make or break the design of a logo. The right logo font can amplify the impact of your logo (and brand), while the wrong font could be …

Seeing a Medieval Viking Ulfberht Sword Get Made Today Is So Damn Awesome

Medieval Viking Ulfberht swords are some of the most famous swords in history because they were so obscenely strong that it’s almost unbelievable …

10 Free Google Tools All Content Marketers Should Use

<i>Do you consider yourself a content marketing professional?</i> Regardless of how much experience you have, regardless of the results that you’ve achieved …

Shooting Tethered | Why It’s So Good & Practical Advice On Doing It

Tethered shooting is one of those fantastic photography techniques which, once you find, you’ll never want to live without. Yes, we have screens on …

Your Marketing Org Chart Doesn’t Work

Image via UnsplashI wrote a version of this post for the Workfront blog.<i>(for more on Workfront’s outstanding productivity platform, including their</i> …