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Why you should pay for this content

Weird that I’d write a blog post about paying for content in a free content world, isn’t it?! Weirder yet that StartupNation has for years on end been a STRICTLY free content site and hosts many tens of thousands of pages of free content and features. So why have we recently launched a paid content [...]

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Exceed Expectations to Boost Sales

If you want to increase your level of returning customers, there is one major thing that you need to take care of at the very beginning of every relationship – Expectations. This may sound simple, but if you don’t spell out what you are going to provide for the money, you can run into major [...]

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Make Your Website Stand Out in 30 Minutes or Less

In the time it takes you to shop at your local grocery store, you could implement simple and easy changes to your website to make it stand out from the crowd. Online competition is fierce. Consumers and B2B (Business to Business) buyers have many choices. Checking out your competitors is merely a click away. So [...]

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Secrets to Accelerating Your Business Success

As a business owner, I love being my company’s “evangelist.” I get huge kicks from educating and exciting people about becoming a customer. But frankly, there’s an even more important—though arguably less exhilarating—aspect to closing new business. We call it, the art of follow up.   My feelings about this were confirmed and further fueled [...]

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Target is re-branding to “Real MOMS”…..Bye-Bye Bullseye!

Is that bull’s-eye logo going bye-bye to survive the Wal-Mart effect? What does Wal-Mart know that may save business everywhere? Is it true- is Target steering away from their famous Bullseye logo? Since March of 2009, they have been pulling it to implement an ARROW; that is being targeted right to “Real MOMs” and how they [...]

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Startled by the Media?

As Halloween approaches, you’ll see spooky ghosts, goblins and monsters everywhere. But for many of us, the real scare comes from talking to media members. If picking up the phone to pitch a reporter gives you the chills, here are three simple tips to make the experience less frightful: 1. Prepare. Before calling a reporter, know [...]

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3 Ways to Put a Human Face on Your Website

You put a lot of time and energy into your website so that it represents your business in the right way. Sometimes, though, it can be too easy to focus on the technical and visual elements of a site before realizing that it’s just not conveying a warm, human feeling. Sometimes, a business website can [...]

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Are People Reading Your Blog?

Many new clients tell me that they have a blog, but no one is reading it. Other clients ask me if they need a blog. Well, if you have a blog, or are wondering if you need one, you may have these questions: • What’s the point? Before you start writing, figure out why you want [...]

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Lifestreams and Vcards

In today’s climate of social media marketing, business owners are encouraged to get word out about their company in as many formats as possible. According to Michelle Carroll of 1stop Marketing Solutions: "Companies are looking for new ways to sell their products and engage customers. Social media is an effective and low cost marketing strategy [...]

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Using Your Website as an Innovation Platform

Innovate or die. OK, it’s not always as severe as that, but sometimes innovation truly changes an entire industry and means wealth for one company and bankruptcy for another. Think about how NetFlix outmaneuvered Blockbuster. Or how Google outmaneuvered Yahoo!. Or how Apple with its iTunes store outmaneuvered Tower Records, Virgin and the entire music [...]

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Celebrity Product Placement: The Do’s and Don’ts

As the “royalty” status of Hollywood stars has risen, so has their effectiveness as key influencers in consumer purchasing behaviors. Celebrity product placement is considered an “influencer-marketing” approach for helping brands increase their competiveness in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Marketers and small business owners can harness that power through strategic product placement opportunities that have [...]

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Is Your Web Site Playing This Song?

With the popularity of performance shows like “Fame,” “Glee,” “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Dancing with the Stars,” etc., it got me thinking. Ever see some of the performers warm up singing, “Mi, Mi, Mi…?” Well, this could be the theme song on many of the Web sites I review these days! Do You [...]

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Endless Ideas for Your Blog

If you maintain a blog for your business, you’ve probably had days when your mind went blank. When the idea fountain stopped flowing. When your brain hit a brick wall. It’s quite natural, actually. If you are writing on a regular schedule, it can be difficult at times to generate fresh, new ideas for your [...]

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CEOs grow more optimistic, third quarter in a row

Ever heard of “The Conference Board”? It’s a global, independent business membership and research association. Their mission is to provide organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance, among other things. They do a study on a quarterly basis that measures CEO confidence, which had increased in the second quarter of 2009, and [...]

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Got Goals? Tips from Richard Lewine of GoalTrak

After working over 30 years in organization development consulting, Richard Lewine created a company called Quantum Voyage, http://www.goaltrak.com/, to help businesses and organizations reach their goals. Since many of you are in the process of setting your goals for 2010, I caught up with Rich to get his insights. Here’s what he had to say: [...]

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“Professor Bruce” Gives Small Business Tips for Entrepreneurs

Recently, I caught up with Bruce Freeman, The Small Business Professor (aka “Professor Bruce”) to get his current thoughts on small business success. In addition to having a syndicated, small business column with Scripps Howard, teaching and running his own marketing and public relations business, Bruce is the co-author of the entrepreneurship book, “Birthing the Elephant.” Here’s [...]

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The Case for Social Media

This video does all the talking… [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIFYPQjYhv8[/youtube]   To make sure you’re leveraging this trend to its fullest, be sure you check out StartupNation’s new e-Report: Blast Through the Recession with Social Media, Mobile Marketing & More There are certain level points and junctions in business and the social media revolution we are in the midst [...]

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5 Content Strategies to Drive Traffic to Your Website

You want more traffic coming to your website, right? If you already create some type of content for your business, you should try these 5 content strategies to generate more qualified traffic to your site: 1. Target the Weekends The weekends experience a slowdown in business marketing content. Take advantage of the decreased competition by [...]

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Interview with High-End Fashion Designer Shy Figaro

Recently, I received some interesting information from a small business owner who is pursuing his passion, and thought I would share his tips with you. Meet Shy Figaro, a successful, high-end fashion designer and entrepreneur. Tell us about your business and why you started it. I’m fascinated about beauty and elegance, and believe that fashion [...]

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