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Is your small business ready for the voice assistant revolution?

Shopper: Alexa, put Hostess cupcakes on my shopping list. Alexa: Done. And do you know that Hostess cupcakes are on sale at Joe’s Supermarket this week? That’s an imaginary conversation, but similar to one that might soon be heard in millions of households. As voice recognition hardware and software – like Echo, Alexa, Siri, Google […]

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How to Increase Your Revenue by Not “Selling.”

One of the reasons I wrote my book, The One Percent Edge, was to give you the insight and inspiration you need to create sustainable success and remain relevant in today’s changing market. I understand how hard many business owners and leaders work with very little to show for it at the end of the […]

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Big banks approving more small business loans

While alternative lenders – like the web-based peer-to-peer enterprises – have been getting a lot of attention in the media, it’s the large banks that are really making small business lending “news” right now. Big bank loan approval rates to small businesses hit an all-time high in the June 2017 Biz2credit Small Business Lending Index. […]

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How to use unexpected gratitude to build loyalty

There’s no doubt that today’s younger generations, specifically the Millennials, are a caring group of people. They care about a wide range of global causes and about others on a personal level. This even guides the investment strategies of many, as Sarah Landrum covers in her Forbes article, Why Millennials Care About Social Impact Investing. […]

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Use your NPS to guide your business

Are you a “big picture” person? I think it’s good to always have a feeling for the big picture. It takes a vision of the big picture to make the big decisions in your business. You need to have your eyes on the horizon – people who are constantly staring at their feet end up […]

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Try this ‘secret’ strategy to build your email list

Over the years, we’ve gone into great depth on email list building. Of course, the use of popups and similar strategies continue to be the fundamental ways to build your list. There are other places you can encourage email list signups that are often overlooked by your competitors. They probably won’t tally as many signups […]

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How to prepare your business for sale

One of Don Draper’s most memorable lines in “Mad Men” is, “The day you sign a client is the day you start losing him.” Smart business owners apply a similar thought to planning, founding, and managing their companies: The day you start your business is the day you start preparing to sell it. If you […]

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3-plus IFTTT ‘bots’ to increase your small business productivity

Tech leaders are telling is that just about everyone will be replaced by a bot or artificial intelligence soon, so let’s start leveraging this power ourselves before it’s too late. One of the most powerful (and free) automation services available to us is If This, Then That – IFTTT.com. Trying to get started can be […]

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How to overcome fear and enjoy the greatest success

Remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz that introduces The Cowardly Lion? The Tin Man and Scarecrow are terrified, and Dorothy is hiding behind a tree. When The Cowardly Lion takes off after Toto, it prompts Dorothy to jump out and give the lion a little bop on the nose. Instantly, The Cowardly Lion […]

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Creating a Company Culture: Advice of Organizational Expert Chester Elton

Your team is the foundation of building innovation into your business, so you need to be able to attract the best and the brightest, and more importantly retain them once they’re on board. That is of course easier said than done. The goal is to make sure that you have innovation built into your company’s […]

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