Obviously John Wooden is not on my advisory board, but he is in my Pantheon-of-Wonderful-People. Quote to consider No written word, no spoken plea Can teach our youth what they should be; Nor all the books on all the shelves It’s what the teachers are themselves. Given to John Wooden by his Father upon Graduation [...]Continue Reading
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I just learned about the 350 Project and thought I would share it out and ask everyone’s opinion: 3 – Think about which three independently owned businesses you’d miss most if they were gone. Stop in and say hello. Pick up a little something that will make someone smile. Your contribution is what keeps those businesses [...]Continue Reading
I received a press release today that deserves a few minutes of your scanning. It’s the monthly consumer confidence report issued by The Conference Board. It shows that consumer confidence actually trended up this month for the first time this year. Is this a sign that we’re going to start hustling and bustling again? Well, little by [...]Continue Reading
Check out this NYC regional TV show with Brian Lehrer as host (and me silenced in the first few minutes but then unLEASHing my enthusiasm about why now is a great time to start up, once my mic starts working, that is…) I give a five point prescription for steps to take to pursue your startup opportunity [...]Continue Reading
Just got a newsletter from the School of Visual Concepts, a Seattle-based org providing classes in several disciplines, giving small businesses that needed vitamin B shot of knowledge to immediately apply in their environments. “If you were thinking of attending our free “Get a Job in Tough Times” presentation tonight at the School of Visual [...]Continue Reading
From Business Week: America’s Most Promising Social Entreprenuers “Social entrepreneurs—enterprising individuals who apply business practices to solving societal problems such as pollution, poor nutrition, and poverty—are now 30,000 strong and growing, according to B Lab, a nonprofit organization that certifies these purpose-driven companies. Together, they represent some $40 billion in revenue. Not surprising, then, that [...]Continue Reading
From Business Week: MBAs Go Micro “For years, small companies have had trouble competing with the larger firms that typically hire business school students, but that is starting to change. With the recession making a dent in campus recruiting, career service officers are advising students to broaden their job searches to include small businesses. Students [...]Continue Reading
Cash flow is what businesses rely on the most to stay afloat. According to the SBA, roughly 50% of small businesses fail within the first five years. Businesses fail for many reasons including bad market opportunities, poor management, lack of competitive advantage, competition with larger players, and cash flow. Commonly, entrepreneurs underestimate the capital needed [...]Continue Reading
If you are a mother pursuing your small business dreams, check out this interview with Stacy Roderick of www.GoToBilling.com. Stacy manages to take care of her family, cook healthy meals, stay in shape, and help run a successful business all at the same time. Here’s what Stacy had to say: How did you get started [...]Continue Reading
If you position it right, you can market anything — especially if it aligns with a core human need. In this case, Sarah’s Smash Shack was conceived to relieve people who are stressed-out. Could the timing be any more appropriate? Customers in San Diego can choose fragile tableware from the Smash Shack Menu—for example a [...]Continue Reading
It’s a recession. Entrepreneurs and small business owners can’t get money. Some can’t even make payroll. So why would starting a business in a recession be a great idea? Here’s why: Time to practice. Recessions are the pre-season: Do you think Kobe Bryant starts hitting the gym in October? Business, like basketball, takes preparation, training, [...]Continue Reading
I had a moment (I can pinpoint it exactly) when roller coasters seemed to lose their luster for me. It was about 30 seconds after de boarding a Turkish Twister after having had about 6 sips of a soda…and I was down for the count, on the ground, laying flat on my back for about [...]Continue Reading
FREE LOVE, or the art of giving away your stuff to consumers, is an enduring trend. Now, more than ever, FREE = GOODNESS. From airline tickets to Wikipedia, and from laundry detergent to music downloads there is an all-out war for consumers’ ever-scarcer attention and resulting new business models and marketing techniques. There are also benefits [...]Continue Reading
Reprinted from tensionbreaker.com: How the Recession Affects Sesame Street After its expenses come under increased government oversight, the number 4 pulls its sponsorship. Cookie Monster being replaced by his cousin, Ramen Noodle Monster. Elmo’s World downsized to Elmo’s Corner. Bob finally forced into retirement. Zoe replaced with an orange sock from the Dollar Store. Grover [...]Continue Reading
If you are on a bootstrap marketing budget and looking for do-it-yourself publicity, you need to be on “GARD” for media opportunities that can catapult your brand to the next level. In this video, I explain the “do it yourself” system that has helped me garner media features from such outlets as USA Today, E! [...]Continue Reading
The rise of social media is undoubtedly one of the biggest changes to happen to marketing since the birth of the internet. According to a Universal McCann 2008 study, 272 million people are using social media. Of those 272 million, 77% are reading blogs and approximately 34% of them are posting opinions about companies and brands on their profiles/blogs. With those kinds of numbers, chances are they are talking about you, your competitors, and your industry. Why not join the conversation?
Time constraints. Steep learning curve. Lack of “social” skills. These are just a few of the excuses I’ve heard for not implementing a social media strategy. They are all legitimate and worth consideration. After all, first impressions count. I would never suggest jumping into social media when you know you won’t have the time or resources to make the strategy successful. It will not only fail, but could tarnish your brand as well. However, as with most things, there is a way to outsource your social media efforts. With the right partner, this type of relationship can give your brand a presence in social media, help you overcome the learning curve, and even teach you a thing or two about being “social.” One possible partner for your journey into social media is MomForce.com.
MomForce.com was founded in late 2008 as a partnership between Jessica Smith and Care.com. Jessica saw the partnership as an opportunity to blend her personal brand as Chief Mom Officer for Wishpot.com and popular blog JessicaKnows.com with Care.com’s professional brand of being a leader in the care provider referral industry. The goal of MomForce is to help entrepreneurs and companies enter social media by matching them with social media savvy moms that often have previous career experience with marketing. Jessica explains further, “While our tagline is ‘Reach Moms. With Moms.’ I think companies will find a lot of these moms have impressive experience that reaches beyond the mom market.” The process behind MomForce is designed to be simple and painless for both the companies and the moms looking for virtual work opportunities. Once moms submit their profiles, complete with resumes outlining previous marketing experience, companies are then able to search the database for candidates that fit their desired skill set. The moms are then hired as independent contractors which save companies the expense of additional overhead and employee costs. This creates the perfect win/win situation, flexible hours for moms and lower costs for companies.
MomForce is a good example of the many creative options available for time-strapped entrepreneurs to join in on the social media bandwagon. While I feel that social media is done best in-house, I do think alternatives like this are better than nothing. Social media marketing is here to stay and will only get bigger and better in the years to come. Entrepreneurs have two choices, to either get on the bus or get run over.
The rise of social media is undoubtedly one of the biggest changes to happen to marketing since the birth of the internet. According to a Universal McCann 2008 study, 272 million people are using social media. Of those 272 million, 77% are reading blogs and approximately 34% of them are posting opinions about companies and [...]Continue Reading
This idea gives “green business” a whole new meaning… Anti-Theft Lunch Bags will deter the most glib of lunchroom swappers. Slip your sandwich into one of the green-splotched decoys before placing it in the office refrigerator and even the most brazen thief will think twice before running off with your “mildewed” PB&J. ($10 for two [...]Continue Reading
This example is why newspapers and TV must reinvent themselves, or die. Obama is Lincoln v2.0 Taking a page out of Lincoln’s Handbook on How To Be A Good President, Obama is everywhere in the community: at dinner, on The Tonight Show, at the soup kitchens, in meetings, on The Hill. He’s like the “Where’s Waldo?” of [...]Continue Reading
After having her corporate, IT vice president position terminated, Ronnie Fliss spent the next six months searching for a new job. She was told she was either overqualified or too expensive for what was available so she decided to form Fat Murray’s Doggy Treats in 2003, www.fatmurrays.com. As featured in the book, “Birthing the Elephant,” by Karin Abarbanel and Bruce Freeman, Ronnie shares [...]Continue Reading
This post is simple: A reporter for one of the top 3 news sites in the world contacted me. She interviewed me already, but has now asked that I inquire within the StartupNation community as to whether any of you have used severence pay to start a business. She’s looking for a lead person to feature [...]Continue Reading