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The downside of “-ish”

I was recently asked by a strategic partner of StartupNation’s, when’s your site relaunch occurring? My answer was, “End of June-ish”. I realized at that moment, that i was guilty of being an “-ish”. An “-ish”, you ask? It’s the grey area in our brilliant plans. It’s the risky fudge factor that makes us inefficient. [...]

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15 Questions to Measure the Strength of Your Home Page

The home page is typically where most site visitors will enter your website.  It can determine whether a prospective customer is intrigued and eager to learn more, or is instead confused, frustrated and turned-off. Let’s face it – your home page is one of the “Money” pages on your website, so it better be effective. [...]

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Success Tips from Ari Rabban of Phone.com

Recently, I heard about a new kind of phone company and their PR tactics. Here, Ari Rabban, CEO of Phone.com, www.phone.com, shares his thoughts and insights on success: Tell us about Phone.com. Phone.com is a new kind of phone company, Or, as we like to call it, a Phone.Company. We offer innovative services based on [...]

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How Inbound Telemarketing Works

Most people associate telemarketing with outbound sales call centers- a huge room full of employees with headsets on making calls for sales, lead generation, or collecting survey information or donations. But telemarketing also works the other way around. If you don’t have the staff, or language capabilities to support taking calls, inbound telemarketing is a [...]

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How to Compete with the Big Guys

In talking with a group of start ups recently, I got into the discussion of how small businesses can compete against larger companies that have a great deal of process and marketing power behind them. After we agreed on the initial list of MUST-do marketing tactics for success, including email marketing to current customers and [...]

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