The world’s largest software vendor, Microsoft Corporation, today announced the company has set up a massive $250,000 fund for its Blue Hat contest as part of the company’s latest efforts to challenge developers to enhance security for the world’s most popular operating system, Microsoft Windows. Specifically, the security contest is challenging developers to design a novel
Another casualty of the recession could be your favorite deodorant: As consumers flock toward store brands and stores in turn look to downsize, the result is the death of some of America's best-known consumer products, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. "As we shrink the size of stores, a number of products
Everyone know Google and almost all of them use Google as their primary “yellow pages”. Looking for anything and whenever is only as far as your mouse and keyboard. Therefore, all webmasters are trying so hard to make their website / blog to appear on the first page result for specific keywords. Not enough to
Using Video to boost your business marketing efforts is becoming more and more important. In a recent article in the New York times it states that online ads are booming when they are associated with video, with alot of the new websites starting to look like television rather then newspapers.
Other key matters mentioned in the article include:
People (i.e. your consumers) are using the internet in a different way now.
With broadband penetration becoming ubiquitous and more and more sites having this easy capability, people are expecting video to be there.
The growth in video consumption has spurred investment and interest in video production.
Among Web sites operated by newspapers, The New York Times, Gannett and Tribune each reach more than a million viewers a month with video streams.
Beyond news sites, video is now the fastest-growing segment of the Internet advertising market. Digital video amounted to $477 million in revenue in the first half of 2009, up 38 percent from the same time period in 2008, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau.
In the five-year outlook it released last month, eMarketer said that video ads would be the “main channel” for major advertisers seeking to increase their online spending. Already, ads for companies like Johnson & Johnson and Unilever pop up often on sites like MSNBC.com.
Web executives say some clients think of online video as an extension of TV, and others think of it as an enhancement — one that allows for interactive messages and instant feedback from viewers.
So don’t get left behind, and be sure to start using (online) video to promote your business!
Following up with customers and interested prospects is an area that probably most marketers are actually poor at, as everybody is trying dicto avoid annoying people on their database.
What I think it really comes down to though is not having enough value to offer your customers or prospects in exchange for making contact other than
Well as you can see by the massive void on this blog I’ve been lazy (well I’ve actually been very busy) but as far as this blog is concerned I’ve taken a lazy attitude to contributing towards its growth.
That got me thinking about how attitude contributes to growth in business and how that growth can
Do you want to start your very own online business but are not quite sure where to start? Have you downloaded so many free eBooks that you are suffering from information overload? Have you spent a lot of money on eBooks and programs but still can’t grasp the success you yearn for?
If your answer is
…It affects your bottom line!
You’ve no doubt visited many websites which bombard you with huge, flashy banner ads and other advertising which is only vaguely related to the content of the particular page. For example, you might click through to a web page with an article on children’s birthday parties. The distracting banner, proclaiming you
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Drive down your local street and you see the signs; the economic “recovery” is taking out a lot of your favorite businesses. Maybe even your own business is struggling. Don’t let it fail. Here are 10 things you could do right now to find extra cashflow:
1) Look in the couch for spare
How to Apologize For over 10 years, I have found that writing without a doubt is the best method of communicating strong feelings BEFORE a face to face meeting. The reason is because when strong emotions are present people react and interrupt without intelligently choosing their response. 99% of the time in a face to
Do you use a glass showcase in your shop? When you run a retail store, you are always caught between having to display merchandise to tempt people to purchase and not wanting to prove too tempting to thieves. Putting items of value inside a locked glass cabinet is one way to achieve both objectives but
For most people entering college it can be a very scary
experience. It is a whole new lifestyle and most people do not like big changes
in their life. From settling into your dorm for the first time to making new
friends it can be very stressful. The scariest and easily the most stressful
thing is difference in the workload. In high school the workload was much
smaller and much simpler.
The college workload does not have to be as hard as it is made out to be. I am a believer that you personally choose how difficult the workload really is. The amount of work professors give you is usually a big amount and it can seem intimidating. If you analyze it clearly you will see the amount of time you get in comparison to how big the workload is, is really not that bad. In high school we all got small assignments that were due rather quickly but in college we get big assignments but are due in later time. It is the same thing really.
In college the key is to plan your work. I would literally write down everything and spread it out between days. You will see that writing a 10 page paper is not all that hard if you start from the day it is assigned. Not only will planning make the workload seem so much easier but you will do a much better job on all your assignments. Most importantly of all you eliminate that horrible stress of constantly thinking about having to do a big assignment as your procrastinating. So start planning your work today!
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When you first start to trade currencies, you have to be prepared and know the basics. You also have to take in consideration some important things.
If you put on a trade and it’s not working make sure you exit properly. Don’t compound the damage. If you are in a winning trade don’t talk yourself out
Want to enter the exciting world of currency trading? Yes, you can consider opening a Forex demo account. This type of account allows you to practice for free and practice your skills before you actually invest real money into the market. There are also micro accounts that let you invest small amounts of money into
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This is the second article in a three part series exploring the ways we are all leaders, even if our work responsibilities don't include directly managing others. This month we will look at one of the more obvious ways we end up leading by example through the values and behaviors we show to other members of our family. Whether you are a parent, an adult helping to care for your elderly parents or just a member of a family, you are actively playing a leadership role.
As a mother of two young girls, I am becoming very aware of the influence I have on them. Especially since my oldest daughter, who is 3 1/2 has gotten in the habit of pretending to be "Mom." You just can't know how silly you sound until you hear a 3 year old regurgitate your words to their younger sibling. Although it doesn't always seem so, kids do pay close attention to their parent’s behavior, and they use what they learn to determine how to act themselves.
As a business broker I have the privilege of assessing hundreds of different businesses from a variety of different industries. One of the most common things that I come across is a situation where the business is often NOT ready for sale. Sure, the business owner is doing well, and in their mind they are thinking “why shouldn’t my business sell?” – There are several reasons why a business needs to be “prepared” for sale. Let’s look at what the most common issues are that halt or stall a sale
The lease… if a lease has minimal tenure left, or there is no option period on the lease it can be a problem. In the mind of most Sellers this seems perfectly ok, and in some instances I have witnessed well-established businesses operating on a month to month basis where the relationship between Seller and Landlord seems to be ok. That’s all very well for the Seller, but in the mind of the Buyer this can throw up a host of issues. Such as, the Buyer’s financiers not lending money on a short term lease with minimal tenure, or on a month to month basis as there is no security. Buyers wonder “will the landlord extend the lease?”, will the landlord throw me out?, at who’s cost?, will there be any changes and increases to the lease agreement if it is extended, what will the terms be?, will the landlord require a bank guarantee? And on it goes….These ‘unknowns’ must be eliminated to give the buyer confidence.
The Stock… in many cases I come across businesses that do not complete an official stock take, so the stock value is a “guesstimate”. As the Seller has been trading over the years the stock has slowly increased and so when the time comes to assess the stock for a business sale, we find that the business is either over stocked, there’s old stock, out of date stock, devalued stock etc. The stock value is a big consideration to a Buyer as this can affect their working capital needs, and in some states of Australia there is a Government Stamp Duty to be paid on stock when purchasing a business.
The Financials…more than ever since the GFC days Buyers, their Accountants and Financiers are requesting or insisting upon viewing the full “up-todate” completed financials. I have come across Sellers who are reluctant to have their current end-of-year financials completed as they are not required to complete them until the following year, and this will save them spending money now. Again, this is going to slow down the sale.
A great way to resolve issues quickly that could potentially stall a sale is to engage a professional Business Broker to conduct what we call “A Health Check” on the business. At Benchmark we have a great tool available to Sellers called “12 Tips to Selling your Business”. This document has been developed by professional Business Brokers to assist Sellers to work as a “team” with their appointed Business Broker, to present the business for sale at its optimum level of performance, and presentation. BROKERS TIP: Prior to a Seller engaging the services of a Business Broker (and the Brokerage Company) check these points out first. Meet with your Broker (face to face), and if possible go to their place of business (Head Office), why? Ask yourself, do you feel comfortable with the company? Do you feel you can work with your Broker you’ve engaged to do the job? We encourage Sellers to “interview us” first, as the Business Broker and Seller must get on together to achieve the best possible outcome. – and to properly prepare for a sale. Author Bio: Ian Salter started with Benchmark Business & Commercial Sales in 2005, as a “general” business broker. In 2010 Ian was responsible for establishing the specialist ‘Franchise Sales Division’ of Benchmark, where he is the team leader. This role sees Ian managing and mentoring a sales team of specialist franchise brokers. Ian is happy to take the time to talk to potential buyers and sellers about how he can use his experience and understanding to assist them through the complex process – and make things easier for everyone.
Every business follows a different approach towards loans and institutional finance. As an independent business owner you may or may not have borrowed money in the past to achieve your business goals. If you have not taken a business loan in the past, it is but natural to be a little averse to taking up …
Most professional Trainers, be them Fitness Gurus or Sports Performance Experts, may not ever take the time to realize that much of what we hold true and dear in our pursuits of enhancing both the health and ability of young athletes, also translates to the world of business and life as well.
Perhaps this lack of
Devoir se déplacer pour les rendez-vous d’affaires, les conventions ou encore les séminaires nécessite souvent une recherche de location. En effet, un déplacement d’affaires dans une autre ville ou même un autre pays requiert une organisation au préalable afin d’éviter les mauvaises surprises. Cette organisation rime le plus souvent avec recherche et réservation de maisons, […]