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Google and Bing do things differently. I think we all understand that by now. Their differences apparently extend to how they teach. Google teaches people through their weekly Office Hours Hangouts which gives developers to talk to the people behind the product they use to get real answers. Bing just, well, they put slides on the Internet. Are you feeling …
I’m a Vikings fan. Have been my entire life. And I’ll tell you, it’s a curse. The ’97 season. 41-0. The NFC championship game in New Orleans last year (Tom Martin, not a WORD!). I can only compare it to what it must be like to be a Cleveland Indians fan (sorry Chuck Hemann). Heartache. Year, after year, after year.
If you plan on entering the world of podcasting or want to make yours better, you can read what I’ve learned in my MarketingProfs article, "Lessons Learned from Podcasting."
Similar to blogging, podcasting is a medium that B2B marketers remain on the fence about. Are they worth the time investment? Should you start a podcast to generate leads? I would say probably not, at least if that’s your only motivation.
Bob Reno is a good example of how passion for a topic and a little sensationalistic human appeal can be a solid recipe for building a website. As the founder of Badjocks.com, Reno dedicated the site to misbehaving athletes who don’t realize that posting raunchy party photos on the Internet isn’t much different than displaying them in Times Square.
Microsoft CRM is CRM answer from Microsoft Business Solutions. If you compare it to other traditional CRM applications, such as Siebel – you will see that Microsoft CRM does use all the resent Microsoft technologies, that means that Microsoft targets its CRM to Windows market exclusively, plus this means that Microsoft CRM is more difficult in its installation.
Believe it or not your childhood attitude towards a fence shapes your business mindset. As you’ll learn from my experience starting a business, having the right mindset is the key to being an entrepreneur. It’s all about being a fence hopper instead of a fence sitter.
When it comes to fishing, my husband takes the lead. But his lack of leadership ability in a recent canoe trip on the Boundary Waters in Northern Minnesota offered wonderful lessons on how leaders can unknowingly screw up.
Would you send a million letters costing tens of thousands to print and mail, in a direct marketing campaign, without testing the letter content first? It’s what many website owners do when they don’t test and measure their own website copy and content then spend thousands on web marketing campaigns to drive traffic to their websites.
Extreme Programming, or XP, isn’t so much revolutionary as it is evolutionary. Developers have known the value of code reviews, testing, and good communication for decades, though we’ve ignored that knowledge far too often in practice. Five Lessons You Should Learn from Extreme Programming explained several XP practices that apply to non-XP projects. A little common sense, a bit of learning from failure, and a lot of discipline can improve your team.
It was early Saturday morning when I scrambled out to the garage to try and find the strawberries that I’d bagged up in the summer and put away into the “deep freeze”.
*This is an independent examination of the idiotic promotion practices of some marketers. Pepsi and Coke are not sponsors or co-sponsors of this examination. Pepsi is a registered trademark of Pepsi Corporation. Coke is a registered trademark of Coca Cola Corporation
Does your business struggle with profitable online marketing? If so, you are not alone. Attracting the right customers to a site and keeping them coming back – while also turning a profit – can be a challenge. Consequently, I’m always on the lookout for ways to demonstrate profitable online strategies.
There are immense similarities between peak performance in sport, and what it takes to perform well in your life and business. The sports arena offers great opportunities to learn more about playing successfully in life and business. As I watched the recent tennis at Wimbledon it struck me that there were strengths and characteristics in the players that are necessary for us all in order to perform at our absolute best. If you want the best performance, either in your personal life, your career or your business, here are the 7 key things you need and which I observed in the tennis players.
Normally in this column I dispense highly-intelligent small business advice in response to thought-provoking questions submitted by future and fellow entrepreneurs. This week, however, I have a couple of questions for myself, one of which makes me wonder how truly intelligent I really am.
When you were a child, did you ever play a game called “king of the hill?” In my childhood neighborhood we had a low sand hill just right for playing king of the hill. A dozen of us would rush to the hill to scramble and push our way to the top. The hill only allowed one person on top-the king, the champ.
As my online business approaches its 1st anniversary, I look back on my efforts and results, trying to summarize and draw conclusions. What would I have done differently if I had to start from scratch again? What could I have done better? If you are just starting out in an information publishing business, or thinking about going into an e-business, the information I will share with you could be absolutely priceless as I will speak completely from personal experience.
If I had to do all over again, here are the things I would do differently:
Since the 1980s, about 10 million jobs have been eliminated and the downsizing trend continues as organizations hope to cut costs and improve performance. Yet, research has shown that most of the anticipated economic and organizational benefits of downsizing are not achieved. Downsizing is a chaotic and uncertain experience at best. Unfortunately, there are few guidelines on the best way to achieve the desired results. Below are a few things that we have learned about downsizing:
This specialization makes the complex production process a simple series of easily duplicated steps. Think the factory floor of any major car manufacturer.
LearnKey founder and CEO John Clemons decided early on that his company could not be all things to all people. That’s why he decided his company would be the best e-learning production company in the world. This decision bears out in the breakdown of employee function: only ten percent of their 100 or so employees are in sales and marketing, while 75 percent work on scripting, directing, filming, editing, design, programming, and other aspects of production.
One strategy for achieving your full leadership potential is to study history, and learn from the mistakes of others. I recently read At Dawn We Slept: The Untold Story of Pearl Harbor, the definitive 889-page study of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. The bountiful human errors of leadership suggest lessons for leaders that may help you prevent your competitors from catching you and your company off guard and asleep.
My Internet business is turning five! This is a significant anniversary for me. Statistics tell us that many small businesses go under within the first five years.
Frankly, I never thought I’d make it this far. I had too many strikes against me, or so I thought.
To make a long story short, I started my Internet business with no business background or experience, no cash, and hindered by poor eyesight that makes it difficult to stare at a monitor for extended periods.