Why Your Small Business Should Be On Pinterest

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Oh no! There’s a new social network in town. If you’re still trying to get your head around Google+ then this one is simplicity itself. Not only that, but in January, it drove more referral traffic than LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Reddit & MySpace combined. And, it’s growing its percentage share of total referral traffic faster than [...]

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Why Clever and Lazy People Make Great Leaders

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During World War II, Field Marshal Erich von Manstein was held in high esteem by his fellow officers as one of the German Wehrmacht‘s best military strategists. Von Manstein once described Germany’s former peacetime Chief of the Army High Command as “…probably one of the cleverest people I ever met”. That Commander’s name was Kurt Gebhard Adolf Philipp Freiherr von Hammerstein-Equord. Von [...]

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7 Reasons Your Google Apps & Social Media Data is At Risk

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Here on planet Earth, in 2012, the number of small businesses and startups that should not be networking, communicating, collaborating and organising online, is fast approaching zero. Hint: ‘Online’ is where customers, employees and partners are. Google Apps With good reason, many small businesses today are using Google Apps to email, schedule time, produce and [...]

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5 Ways for Local Business to Thrive in the Digital Era

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The other week, Amazon launched a new mobile app. It’s called Price Check and it’s got many local businesses and retail trade groups angry and running scared. It’s available in the US now and will be rolled out elsewhere over the coming weeks. The Price Check app lets smartphone users photograph, describe or scan the [...]

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The 10 Best Business Book Reads of 2011 including the One About the World’s First Blogger

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I aim to read one business book a week, but generally only manage 2 or 3 a month. I see reading books as one of the best possible investments in time but I want the very best return. I’m very careful about choosing the next book. I research and cross-check before ordering. Equally, the more [...]

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Stop Begging, Grovelling & Pleading. Try Crowdfunding Your Small Business or Startup Instead

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The traditional funding route for a small business or startup goes something like this: Raid the piggy bank (again). Result: Nothing, it’s empty. Beg family and friends. Result: Never-ending feuds and resentments. Grovel to the local bank manager. Result: Told you don’t have enough ‘collateral’. Plead with professional investors. Result: Told to come back when you’ve proved [...]

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10 Ways to Attract Customers to Your Local Business

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More and more customers now start their journeys to local businesses, online. Not just from a desktop computer at home or at work, but increasingly from on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. There has never been a bigger opportunity for you to attract more customers to your local business. But … how do you get your business [...]

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How Do You Know What Your Customers Want?

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I’ve almost finished reading The Lean Startup by Eric Ries. Great book. And apparently it’s all the rage in Silicon Valley. The book is invaluable for anyone creating (& hoping to sell) products or services in conditions of extreme uncertainty. In the current economic conditions that’s quite a lot of us, don’t you think? The key [...]

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3 Days Only: The Biggest Online Entrepreneur Sale

OK so the sale has started. If you’re looking to either start an online business or to use the Web to take your existing business to the next level then I strongly recommend checking this out, pronto. (I was sold last year and it’s proved to be invaluable for me.) The sale ends on Thursday, December 1 [...]

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Just 4 Days Until The Biggest Entrepreneurship Sale of the Year

Once in a while an offer crosses my desk that I simply have to share.  About a year ago, two pioneering online entrepreneurs, Adam Baker and Karol Gadja put together a fantastic deal called Only72 for anyone looking to use the Web to expand their business (I should know as I went for it myself.) And now they’re doing [...]

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