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McDonald’s Has a Graffiti Problem: Graffiti Artists and Their Lawyers

Burger chain is accused of stealing urban ‘taggers’ work in Europe; Norm’s lament<p>When McDonald’s Corp. recently introduced a grungy, graffiti-themed décor to restaurants across its European market, the company hailed the new design as “exciting and fresh.”<p>Graffiti artists have a different …

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Justice Thomas asks questions in court, 1st time in 10 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas broke 10 years of courtroom silence Monday and posed questions during a Supreme Court oral argument, provoking gasps from the audience.<p>And it wasn't just one question; it was a string of them in an exchange that lasted several minutes.<p>It was only the second …

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Marketing

Steer Your Online Business to Profitability

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>A time-tested marketing adage is that gaining new customers is way more expensive than retaining old ones. With ecommerce, more conversions of site visitors into paying ones means better customer retention.<p>Using data and understanding …

Marketing

Business Still Not on Facebook? Get Up to Speed With These 4 Steps.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>In just 10 years, Facebook has changed the way businesses market to customers. In these days of multi-channel marketing, you can't run a small business without having a Facebook presence.<p>No matter whether you use Facebook personally, …

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7 Tips to Make Killer Sales Calls (Even if You Dread Them) | Inc.com

"Do you have sales-call reluctance?" Connie Kadansky asks me point-blank.<p>"Um..." I trail off. She's a sales coach at Sales Call Reluctance with 20 years' experience. <i>I'm</i> supposed to be interviewing <i>her.</i> But somehow I've let slip that I'd rather have my teeth drilled than pitch total strangers over …

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How to Think Differently to Succeed in a Complex World

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Perhaps the biggest problem I see with a lot of young entrepreneurs I meet is a tendency to think in black-and-white terms when the real world is almost entirely made up of shades of gray.<p>Virtually all the successful people I’ve known …

Entrepreneurship

Why Staying Small Is Better for Your Sanity and Other Must-Read Business Tips

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>A roundup of the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>For many people, entrepreneurship doesn't mean building the next billion-dollar company; it means independence, the freedom to chart their own course. Nina Interlandi Bell quit …

Productivity
Employment

6 Management Tactics That Drive Employees Crazy | Inc.com

Everyone knows that hectic employees are <i>productive</i> employees, so here's how to ensure your entire team is always on their toes and on tenterhooks:<p><b>1. Set multiple priorities.</b> Since having one priority is good, multiple priorities is even better. Why have a <i>single</i> most important task or goal when <i>every</i> …

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We Don't Hire Jerks. Period. | Inc.com

<b>Q: Have you noticed any change in job applicants since adding the "no jerks" line to the job descriptions?</b> <b><br>A:</b> Yes, the volume has gone up, so we know we struck a chord: We received more than 150 applicants for one position. Moreover, many people have actively pursued us, mentioning the company vibe …

The Workplace

6 Fundamentals That Can Make You A Better Manager In 2014

When it comes to management, I’ve always been a bigger believer in fundamentals than fancy. Sure, there’s nothing at all wrong with, say, presentation skills that spellbind an audience of thousands, but when it comes to operational effectiveness, chances are that will be determined by how well you …

LISTEN: Marc Ecko on How to Build a Memorable Brand Like a Billionaire

This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>It takes guts, tenacity and a clear vision to grow a successful business and become your own personal version of greatness.<p>This week on the School of Greatness podcast we have an entrepreneur who has done this on a<i>remarkable level</i>.<p>He's the creator of one …

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Habits of the World's Wealthiest People (Infographic)

What do Oprah Winfrey and Warren Buffett have in common, in addition to their fairly sizable net worths? More than you might think.<p>An infographic developed by social-media marketing company NowSourcing details some of the qualities and traits shared by the rich (we're talking those who earn more …

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Survey: Email Is 40 Times More Effective Than Facebook and Twitter

This story originally appeared on PR Daily<p>What? You've opened up that thing called "Outlook Express," and you're writing an email?<p>Surely you know that this form of marketing and communications is as pass? as floppy disks and cell phones the size of Shaquille O'Neal's shoe.<p>Or is it? Now comes a …

Marketing

3 Tricks to Building Value When You Sell

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are two things businesses can focus on when selling: features and outcomes. Often companies spend way too much time rattling off all the perks of a product or service and gushing about their own business ("We have the best technical …

Selling

Why Businesses Will Like PayPal's Updated Checkout Process

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>PayPal unveiled a new checkout system that it says is more efficient for customers and allows merchants to keep customers on their site throughout the payment process.<p>Under the new system, shoppers who are using PayPal to buy online will …

Customers

Find People Who Actually Support Your Creativity and Other Must-Read Business Tips

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>A roundup of the best tips of the week from Entrepreneur.com.</i><p>Everyone likes to praise creativity, the essential ingredient in innovation. But let's get real: Most of this praise is mere lip service. Actual creativity unsettles people and …

Creativity

10 Tips on How to Be a Better Entrepreneur in 2014

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The start of a new year is a great time to put our work habits under a microscope, toss the ideas that haven't been working and put new action into play. Each year has its lessons, so it's always good to reflect on what you've learned and …

Entrepreneurship

Advice From Barbara Corcoran to Marc Ecko: Entrepreneur's Hottest Videos of 2013

From business moguls like Barbara Corcoran providing hard-nosed, practical advice to digital-marketing experts helping make sense of the ever-wacky and evolving world of social media, Entrepreneur.com readers were drawn to all types of videos in 2013. And the videos watched most often, offer up …

Entrepreneurship

LISTEN: How to Make a Million Dollars Online

This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p>Ever wonder what it's like to make a million dollars?<p>I'm not gonna lie, the first million in sales my company did was kinda surreal.<p>Especially since I was broke, in debt, and sleeping on my sisters couch just two years prior.<p>And to be honest, as big of a …

Marketing

Why Entrepreneurs Need More 'Me' Time

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Does this situation sound familiar? You've been working non-stop on a problem, logging in 60-hour workweeks and gluing yourself to the desk during the weekends. Even when you take a break, to have coffee with a friend or attend your …

Entrepreneurship

10 Signs You're Not Cut Out to Be an Entrepreneur

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>About half of Americans dream of opening their own businesses, according to a recent survey by the UPS Store, but with 50% of small businesses failing within the first five years, how do you know if you're an entrepreneur ... or a …

Entrepreneurship
Employment

Want to Make a Successful YouTube Video? Read This.

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> Entrepreneur Magazine's Ultimate Guide to YouTube for Business<i>, marketing and public relations consultant Jason Rich show you how to master the secrets of successful "YouTubers" and put your brand, product or service in front</i> …

Small Business

Stop Spending Time With Toxic People

The people around you rarely have a neutral effect on you -- they either facilitate your accomplishments or undermine them.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In his book</i> No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs<i>, business coach and consultant Dan Kennedy reveals the steps</i> …

Small Business
Customers

Stop Giving Employees Cash Bonuses

New research suggests a better kind of year-end reward.<p><i>A Christmas Carol</i> makes a strong existential case for year-end bonuses, but it’s far less instructive on which type of bonus works best. Indeed, the evidence on that count is conflicting. Individual, performance-based bonuses can boost morale …

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