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Pet Spa, Consumer Trends

The Hottest Consumer Product Trends of 2014

Here we go again…another exciting year of innovative products and some old mainstays that will dominate the retail shopping experience in 2014! As part of my annual preview of what’s likely to be hot for 2014 in the world of consumer product trends, I look to find those products that are either revolutionary in scope [...]

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Small Business Networking

Why You Need To Develop A Peer Group

Being an entrepreneur and the leader of a small business can be a lonely experience.  I have personally struggled with many critical and challenging business decisions, with just my own thoughts and the dimly lit ceiling I stared at during a night of not being able to sleep.  Whether it was hiring my first controller, [...]

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What are your Employees Saying?

In larger companies new employees receive a welcome packet upon hiring. In addition to the standard employee HR forms there is usually documentation detailing the history of the company. More importantly, there is often a description of the products and services. Through this documentation new employees learn how to communicate information about the company. The [...]

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Happy on the Beach

One Word To Get Rid of Holiday Blues

Say Hello to a Great Year of Happiness and Business Growth! It’s a new year, and you may be feeling down because the holidays are over. Usually, things are crazy at work this time of year, and I spend long hours in front of my computer writing and developing content strategy for my clients. I [...]

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Conversion Optimization

8 Tips For Improving Your Website’s Conversion Rate

An issue many business owners face is how to generate more sales. Creating great content, improving your website’s domain authority, and engaging with social media channels are key elements to generating traffic and ultimately greater sales opportunities. Yet, it’s not enough to just focus on the number of visitors to your website. Of the many [...]

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7 Ways to Make Happiness Happen

Apart from the obvious benefits to our life experience that being happy brings, happiness and feeling good are essential to our ability to attract things, events, people and circumstances into our lives.  As discussed in my last article, “Harnessing the Law of Attraction in 5 Easy Steps”, generating the feeling of what we want and [...]

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Marketing on a Budget

Marketing in the Trenches on a Budget

In today’s tech-driven world, there are many options for marketing.  However, that does not mean that other, less “techy” methods of getting your company’s message out to the world should be scoffed at. Unfortunately, in this tech-filled world, people are busier and more distracted than ever, so actually getting through to a person can be [...]

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Law of Attraction

Harnessing the Law of Attraction in 5 Easy Steps

In the early 1900’s Andrew Carnegie, founder of US Steel and the world’s wealthiest man at the time, commissioned Napoleon Hill to study the successful people of their time and discover traits common to them and instrumental in their successes.  The results of Napoleon’s 20 year study culminated in the renowned book “Think and Grow [...]

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Why Entrepreneurship Is Not Cool

I was having my usual morning coffee at my local cafe when I overheard a conversation at a table next to me. A young entrepreneur was getting interviewed by a reporter from a publication that is quite big in the startup community. The questions this reporter was asking hammered home a point for me that [...]

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Startup Growth

Stacking the Odds: The Key to Startup Growth

Growth Hacking, a term I coined three years ago, is marketing’s latest buzzword. There are more than 1,000 job postings on Indeed for a growth hacker. While I’m excited that the term has resonated, I’m worried that collectively we’re busy looking for quick growth wins without really building sustainable, authentic growth. Growth hacks for the [...]

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Upgrade Your Digital Life

Sometimes inefficiency cannot be defeated. When the typewriter was first invented in the 1870’s, fast typing caused the keys to jam.  Thus, the layout of the keyboard was changed to spread out commonly used letters and letter pairs (like “sh”) to decrease the probability of a jam, which wasted time and hurt efficiency.  The layout [...]

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Entrepreneurship At the Border

It was 2010, already a year since I’d moved back from Shanghai and I still needed to find my calling. Knowing that I wanted to make it into the vast and highly potential, yet risky, India-China market, I threw in my chopsticks and decided to set up a consultancy – the one I always wanted [...]

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Lori Williams

How to Fail

[1353 words | 6 minute read] It has been over two decades since I started my first company at age 25. My early years in business were emotionally draining. I wrestled with every decision, second guessing whether it was the right move. I had personified my company; if the business failed then I was a [...]

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Divorce and Business

Divorce and Business: 4 Key Questions

According to a study conducted in 2011, 90% of small businesses in the US are considered family owned and in a separate study, researchers estimate that 50% of marriages end in divorce, with both these figures in mind, it is important to ask the question, what will happen to the family business in the event of a divorce?

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Digital Life

Our Digital Lives Create Barriers

[586 words | 2 minute read] I keep hearing that digital communication has made us more connected but I don’t completely agree.  Instead, I think digital has made us feel like we’re more connected and always available, but it is actually a self-imposed digital exile.  For example, by reading my Facebook news feed, I get [...]

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Lineage2, Aion, Blade And Soul

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