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Marketing, Sales, Agency, and Customer Success Content

HubSpot's Blog for marketing, sales, agency, and customer success content, which has more than 400,000 subscribers and attracts over 4.5 million …

Marketing

Why Passion Is Not Enough...You Need This, Too

I just read a wonderful post here on Forbes: Dan Schwabel’s interview of Chris Guillebeau. They talk about Chris’ new book, <b>The $100 Start-Up</b>, and in the course of the interview, Chris mentions that simply loving something isn’t enough to establish a successful business around that thing. Then he …

AppMesh's intelligent mobile productivity platform takes the suck out of maintaing a CRM

Traditional CRM systems – which are little more than empty spreadsheets with a custom interface – are the kind of thing that managers love, but sales …

OnePageCRM Raises $749K For Its “Zero Admin” CRM For SMEs

OnePageCRM, the cloud-based CRM targeting small businesses or SMEs, has raised €575,000 (~$749k) from unnamed private investors and supported by Enterprise Ireland. The Irish Galway-based startup says it will use the new funds to staff up in engineering, specifically web and mobile developers, …

12 Signs of Cowardly Leadership

<i>Courageous leadership.</i><p>You hear that term a lot these days. It is a call to commit and act; to make hard choices and take risks; and to do what’s unpopular and right. Language can be a funny thing though. Sometimes, people hijack words to fit their own ends. They may brandish words like courage, …

AngelHack Expands Its Hackathon-Accelerator to 36 Cities Worldwide

AngelHack, the unique hackathon that tacks on an accelerator program for winning teams, is coming to 36 cities this May and June, from Europe, …

The Deepest Source of Motivation | Inc.com

For decades, bosses have assumed that the best way to motivate workers is by promising financial gain and threatening financial loss. With one hand they dangle a carrot of more pay while brandishing in the other, the stick of "get to work or you're fired."<p>However, according to a recent article in …

Motivation

Time Blocking: a Productivity Power Tool

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>"I guard my time fiercely and without apology," says Gary Keller, author of <i>The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results</i> (Bard Press, 2013).<p>He uses a technique called time blocking,in which he dedicates several …

Time Management

Don't Multitask: Your Brain Will Thank You | Inc.com

The ability to juggle work is a standard job requirement.<p>Researchers have another name for this supposedly desirable skill, however: chronic multitasking.<p>If this sounds more like an affliction than a resumé booster, that's because research has shown again and again that the human mind isn't meant …

Time Management

How to Demotivate Your Best Employees

<i>Many companies hand out awards such as “employee of the month,” but do they work to motivate performance? Not really, says HBS professor Ian Larkin. In fact, they may turn off your best employees altogether. Larkin discusses his research on the topic in this article by Dina Gerdeman, which first</i> …

3 Ways Great Leaders Make Every Day Count | Inc.com

Many leaders shine in exceptional circumstances. No surprise there--doing so is a large part of the role of leadership, after all.<p>More telling is what leaders do in mundane, day-to-day, unexceptional times. Those times when there's no compelling crisis or emergency. Those times when there's just a …

Time Management

3 Apps to Help You Write a Marketing Plan

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You might have a great product or an excellent service but your business won't grow unless people know you're out there. That requires marketing -- online, mobile, on Google, Facebook, direct mail or even printed flyers on doorstep. But …

Marketing

To-do #1: Kill your to-do list

Most executives sit atop a mountain of to-do’s that never seems to get any smaller, no matter how furiously they work to cross things off. One young entrepreneur I work with was struggling with a list that contained 25 “pressing issues.” She wanted to improve her web site, craft a workable budget, …

How To Kill Your Startup Idea

<i>The following guest post was written by Millie Tadewaldt, co-founder and CEO of CakeStyle, an online personal styling service that makes it easy for busy women to look great without shopping. In previous incarnations, she taught herself to code, studied law at Harvard, was a management consultant</i> …

Why Entrepreneurs Make Terrible CEOs | Inc.com

For years, I've watched one company after another flounder under founding CEOs. The phenomenon's incredibly common, especially in the technology industry. And the reason is surprisingly simple.<p>It's one thing to start a company, get it off the ground, and achieve initial product success. It's …

Business Strategy

Instantgram.Me Turns Your Instagram Photos Into Magnets, Calls The Whole Fridge Into Question

These days, you can get your Instagram photos printed onto just about anything. There are companies that print out Post-it-sized Instagrams, Instagrams on Canvas, Instagrams on wood and fiberglass, and everything in between.<p>Today, Instantgram.me is joining those ranks with its new Instagram …