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Giving is the new taking….

There are precious few examples of corporations ditching the greed and embracing generosity. President Obama’s speah highlighted a CEO who distributed his bonus across his workers (past and present) – who does that??? (a true leader) And what an incredible example for the larger companies to follow. Countless individuals have already started giving, of course: giving is the new [...]

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Creative Business Model: Knitting Grannies

Modeled after Swiss and Danish efforts which sell knit goods handmade by real-life grandmothers, French based Golden Hook is a company that lets customers design their own hat and then choose the grandmother they’d like to knit it. The Concept: Customers choose a hat—classic, long or Peruvian, with pompom or without.  Customer choose a blank hat or [...]

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Interview with Newt Barrett, Author of “Get Content. Get Customers.” Part 1

Newt: “One strategy is for businesses to simply re-purpose existing content materials such as meetings, workshops, and teleseminars and to use them in their newsletters, blogs, or white papers.

Also, I personally use online sources such as Google Alerts and Alltop.com to help keep me up to date and to generate ideas for content. To use Google Alerts, visit www.google.com/alerts and set an alert for keywords relevant to your industry. Google will then email you links to information on the web that may be relevant. This is helpful for brainstorming topics for your content. Alltop.com is similar. However, it gathers good blog based content on all topics. For example, I visit www.contentmarketing.alltop.com to keep me up to date with my industry on the web.”

Thanks so much for joining us for Part 1, on Thursday we’ll hear more from Newt Barrett and take a look at a case study showcasing techniques from the book.  Sign up for the RSS feed to make sure you receive Part 2.

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According to the Domain Name Industry Brief by VeriSign, 24 million new domain names were added in 2008. A 16% increase over 2007’s numbers. In case you haven’t noticed, the web is getting crowded. Just imagine 24 million more websites out there all competing for a click-thru on Google. So how do you stand out [...]

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Austin Rocks with Friendliness

I just got back from my first trip to Austin, Texas. And as excited as I am to share all of the new insights I learned to help my clients with their Web copywriting, PPC, e-mail campaigns, and SEO, I learned something even more important…the value of a smile. Now, I have never been to [...]

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Franchising still offers viable opportunities for investors

Last week we took a brief glimpse at Wall Street and some of the good, and bad, news filling the media. Franchising, currently suffering like many other sectors, has historically outperformed other industries during economic downturns and subsequent recoveries. A few interesting points: While dozens of retailers and corporate owned chains are expected to fail, [...]

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Robert Kiyosaki Interview-Part 2

On Tuesday, you heard from Robert Kiyosaki, investor, entrepreneur and author of The New York Times, international bestselling book, “Rich Dad Poor Dad,” with 26 books in the Rich Dad series. Here is the continuation of our interview: What main pieces of advice do you have for entrepreneurs and new investors today? I would say [...]

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Don’t let Wall Street get you down

It’s very easy to get stuck in the doom and gloom that’s Wall Street. Just this past week, we heard that over $18 billion of the infamous Ballout Fund ended up in the pockets of Wall Street executives (in the form of bonuses) and over 200,000 additional people lost their jobs. Even the International Franchise [...]

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Laid Off? Do This to Run Your Own Business

You just got fired for the last time. Now you’re in charge of the hiring / firing policy. Why? Because you are starting your own business… FINALLY.   To hang the “BOSS” sign on your door, here are 5 quick tips:   1)      Play to Your Passion: Figure out what turns you on – if [...]

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Costco Magazine “Recession Busters” Article

They edited my article down a bit and ran it in their January Costco Connections Magazine. Thought you might enjoy it without the edits… Buck the Recession Recession. What recession?! Or so goes the attitude of some business owners in this tough economy. Take heart – they’re among a substantial number of businesses that are [...]

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How to Email Old Contacts in the New Year

At a recent email marketing workshop, several audience members asked me about old lists of customers or contacts they’ve gathered but have never emailed. Should they email them? Do they need to get permission again? All of these questions focus on the gray area of getting started building your email marketing list. Have any of [...]

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2009 Looms Big for Entrepreneurs

My prediction? Some of the most exciting businesses of the next few years are going to be born in 2009 and grown from 2008 toil. It’s my strong view that the economic duress we’re all under as entrepreneurs is going to make us smarter, scrappier, more effective and ultimately far more successful. To help you [...]

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The Capitalization of Community

Late last year (as if it was so long ago) I attended a keynote presentation featuring Larry Brilliant of Google.org and Malcolm Gladwell author of The Tipping Point. Larry Brilliant shared his inspirational story of leading the first organization of doctors to rid the world of smallpox and how it eventually lead him to his [...]

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Tips for Creating Effective e-Newsletters

The current holiday season encouraged many small businesses to test out email marketing in 2008. It’s simple, affordable and trackable after all. Maybe you started out with a “thank you for your business” message or you enticed customers with offers for repeat business and referrals. But the idea of creating a consistent e-newsletter to issue [...]

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The Fool Proof Marketing Offer

By Erin Jacobs, VerticalResponse Customers often ask me, what are the best offers to use in email marketing programs, or any lead generation program for that matter.  The answer, of course, is dependent on a list of factors- among them: What is the nature of your business? What are you trying to achieve with your [...]

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National Bankruptcy Day. Will the CPSIA effect you?

It’s possible if you manufacture or sell products for children under 12 years old.  The phrase “National Bankruptcy Day” was coined by toy manufacturer Rick Woldenberg, President/CEO of Learning Resources, in reference to the new CPSIA legislation that passed on October 18, 2008.  The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) is a direct response to [...]

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Best Advice I Can Give You

Wondering if now is the time for you to start up? Intimidated by all the complexity and confused by the possible options at hand? Here’s my simple advice today: Start taking steps, even baby steps, but just start…

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You Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Publicist

It’s very early in the morning, and I’ve spent the last five minutes deleting spam e-mails touting the latest software programs, seminars and too-good-to-be true credit offers. With the economy the way it is, more people are increasing their marketing budgets to boost sales. And while there are a lot of good deals out there, [...]

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This Year, It’s Turkey Tandoori-Style

Well folks, next week is my favorite holiday. I love the family time, I love the non-material/inclusive nature of the holiday, and of course, I love the food. But there’s one thing I love more: Inspiring people to start and grow successful businesses. That’s why I passionately accepted an invitation from Franchise India, Asia’s largest [...]

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