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The Biggest Business Disasters Through History [#infographic]

By Reuben Yonatan There are so many companies and entrepreneurs that failed before they succeeded, or stumbled on their way to success. Even businessmen and brands that are now household names made mistakes or encountered people that did not believe in them. Did you know Walt Disney, founder of one of the most creative empire’s ever, was […]

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What can you learn from Tupperware? Quite a lot if you rely on social networking

Do you know who Brownie Wise was? Here’s a hint: She was the first woman to be featured on the cover of Business Week magazine. What did she do in business to earn that honor? She was the woman who developed the Tupperware home party, and as I reflect on that innovation today I’m amazed […]

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Seven Ways to Properly Give a Gift to Your Customers

Congratulations to my buddy John Ruhlin who has a new book that just came out, Giftology. In this book, he covers the art of the appreciation gift. You may be familiar with his name if you’ve been following my work. I’ve covered some of his ideas in the past. He’s a rock star when it […]

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Wooing a big business? Don’t make this common pricing mistake

If your B2B small business finds itself on a nice growth curve, you will eventually run up against a very common problem: How to sell successfully to very large companies. There are some structural and cultural barriers that often prevent small businesses from gaining big businesses as customers and clients. For one, small businesses are […]

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A Woodstock for Internet Retailers

By Cliff Ennico Ever since 2008, when eBay stopped doing its annual “eBay Live!” trade show, Internet retailers – people who sell merchandise either from their own websites or on one of the large online platforms such as eBay, Amazon and etsy – have been looking for its replacement: an annual event, conveniently located, where […]

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Millennials and the future value of your business: You snooze, you lose!

There’s a great big elephant in the room and it’s not being discussed in the detail and depth that it deserves. I’m talking about the impact the Millennial generation is having and will continue to have over the next several decades. Here’s the starting point for discussion: Millennials are the biggest demographic to ever hit […]

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This Week in Small Business: Is community-powered marketing right for you?

Community-based marketing, email marketing, and how to handle a hostile work environment are just a few of the extremely diverse topics we’re directing you to this week. There’s something for everyone. Really. Leadership, management, and productivity How do you maintain “the personal touch” in an increasingly digital world? Allan Hall has some ideas. Today, business […]

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Stuck selling a commodity? Learn how this independent rose seller multiplied his margins

You could order online and send a dozen roses to someone you love for about $20. I just checked. So why would you – or anyone else – pay five to 10 times that much? Before we answer that question, let’s examine the florist industry and e-commerce. If you have been a student of e-commerce, […]

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Kiss Your Boring Sales Presentation Goodbye. Do This Instead.

By Jill Konrath In the “Experience Economy,” authors Pine and Gilmore write, “Those businesses [sellers] that relegate themselves to the diminishing world of goods and services will be rendered irrelevant. To avoid this fate, you must learn to stage a rich, compelling experience.” Unfortunately, most PowerPoint presentations do exactly the opposite. They’re boring. They’re one-sided. […]

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Free tools to optimize your all-important local listings

A funny thing is happening as Internet speeds get faster and faster – users are getting less and less patient. I think this is even more dramatic in the mobile world, because when people are using their smartphones for information while they’re out in the community, they are often trying to get somewhere or accomplish […]

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