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A Business Model That Will Blow Your Mind

February 20, 2013 by Becky McCray

My intention is to inspire you to take a long hard look at your business and imagine and brainstorm how you could reinvent your business model so that you are able to make an even bigger impact.[read more]

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Excelling as an Underdog

February 15, 2013 by Mark James

As an aspiring start-up, your path to prosperity can feel blocked from the onset. Lacking the huge promotional budgets of the major players, as well as the economies of scale, markets can seem impenetrable.[read more]

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Use the Rule of Ten to Convert Social Media into Sales

February 10, 2013 by William Newman
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Is it impossible to convert social media contacts into sales? A seasoned management consultant says not so fast and shows a case of how a software client did just that.[read more]

New Whitepaper: Common Collaboration Problems

February 8, 2013 by Jacob Morgan

Many organizations are starting to recognize the positive impact that collaboration can have and this is observed in a recent McKinsey report which found that 72 percent of companies are using social technologies in some way.[read more]

The Two Sides of the Temp Economy

February 8, 2013 by Steve King

This view that all temporary jobs are bad is common in academia. But there are two sides of the temp economy. As shown by the MBO Partners State of Independence studies, over half of all independent workers are satisfied with contingent work and the vast majority plan to stay independent instead of seeking traditional employment.[read more]

The Cost of Misaligned B2B Marketing

February 1, 2013 by Ardath Albee

The outcome of marketing misalignment is that we get out of step with our customers. I've worked with companies where each marketing organization has a different perspective on who their customers are and what they care about.[read more]

Advertising in 2020 – Let’s Hope There’s Fire

February 1, 2013 by Gavin Heaton

John Willshire and Mark Earls make you think. They chisel and shape ideas until they are sharp enough to be carved into your mind. As part of the Wharton Future of Advertising program, they put together this presentation that provokes a conversation around advertising and what it might look like in the year ahead. Take a look through, it...[read more]

Yammer's Community Management Playbook

January 31, 2013 by Gavin Heaton

With the massive shift to digital and social media, online communities – and community management – has emerged as a discipline in its own right. In many cases, having an active and engaged community manager is becoming a strategic advantage.[read more]

Where To Find An Hour To Focus, and The Five Best Ways To Spend It

January 31, 2013 by Becky McCray

How you spend your time tells everyone what is important to you. When you are your own boss, and maybe even the only one in the company, no one tells you when to or how to focus on the most important things. Focus is a do-it-yourself project. You need some "locked door,no interruption" time to focus. It takes time to develop...[read more]

Startup Visa Act 2013 Introduced By Senators

January 31, 2013 by Brad Feld

Today appears to be government day on Feld Thoughts. This morning I wrote about the Colorado PUC trying to shut down Uber in Colorado (bad). Now I get to write about Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) re-introducing the Startup Visa Act of 2013 (good). Mark – thank you – you’ve been an awesome supporter of...[read more]

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3 Simple Mind Shifts for 2013 Success

January 30, 2013 by Rebel Brown

Do you still believe the negative and contracting assumptions that have been our guidance system for the past few years? You're not alone. Yet those assumptions won't drive growth in 2013. Here are 3 simple mind shifts to get yourself thinking out of the box and your business growing.[read more]

Great Local Advertising

January 30, 2013 by Dan Kraus

One of my pet peeves in local advertising is that these ads – radio, TV,  Cable or Newspaper – are usually not very good. The company that is advertising has spent their entire budget on buying the media, and did not leave any money to actually figure out a good advertising strategy to use the media with. They really did not spend...[read more]

Strategic Agility: The Antidote to a Hostile Business Environment

January 29, 2013 by Holly Green

Today’s often unfriendly attitude towards business reinforces the need for strategic agility. Here’s how to get it.[read more]

The Worst CEOs of 2012: What Did We Learn?

January 29, 2013 by Dan McCarthy

The year 2013 has begun, and with it a new year of scrutinizing CEO performance. It’s worth taking one last look at 2012′s poor performers to see what we can learn for this year. In case you haven’t seen one yet, here’s a compilation of the 2012 lists: 1. The Bloomberg Businessweek Worst CEOs of 2012 Sydney Finkelstein, a professor at...[read more]

The Brand New Week – Give An Inch

January 29, 2013 by Dave Sutton

How much could failing to keep your customer service promises cost you? Quite a bit it seems.  From losing customer goodwill to possible legal costs – so goes Subway’s lesson from last week. When a customer in Australia measured his sub sandwich and learned to his chagrin that it was only 11 inches, he posted a picture of the...[read more]

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Mobility is Key for the Smart Small Business Owner

January 29, 2013 by Dave Thomas

If your small business offers more mobility in 2013, you could see it pay off with more customers and better sales.[read more]

How to Maximize Results in the Art of Persuasion

January 28, 2013 by Gust Blog

Being a good entrepreneur means being able to effectively convince an investor that you have a great idea, persuade partners that your approach is right, and convince potential customers that the solution is right for them. If all your ideas are intuitively obvious to everyone, you probably aren’t thinking outside the box, or don’t really have the next big thing.[read more]

What is Google Attribution Modeling? Do you need it?

January 28, 2013 by Kayden Kelly

What is Google Attribution Modeling? Do you need it? Let's start with the definition of Attribution Modeling for those who are new to this concept: Attribution Modeling is the science of determining the value of each customer touch point leading to a conversion.  It helps you understand the customer journey and justify your...[read more]

Canada’s Start-Up Visa Program

January 27, 2013 by Brad Feld

I read the announcement today that Canada has just launched a Start-Up Visa Program. By doing so, they are saying to the world “welcome immigrant entrepreneurs – please come start your business in Canada.” It’s brilliant, well executed, and modeled after the Startup Visa movement that a number of us have been trying to get started in the...[read more]

11 Things Organizations Can Learn From Airports

January 27, 2013 by Seth Godin

No one is in charge. The airport doesn’t appear to have a CEO, and if it does, you never see her, hear about her or interact with her in any way. When the person at the top doesn’t care, it filters down.[read more]