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  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2012
    [Media] Become a World-Changing Thought Leader
    And one form of thought leader is someone who says here's how the media business will be in five years and here's how the airline business will be in 10 years. editor-at-large Leigh Buchanan interviews Clay Christensen's publicity advisor about how entrepreneurs can be thought leaders too. Define thought leader. They teach. Change the world.
  • STEVE BLANK  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2009
    [Media] Building a Company with Customer Data – Why Metrics Are Not Enough
    You assemble this view by gathering information from a variety of sources: web sites, social media (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, et al) sales data, win/loss information, market research data (i.e. Gathering real-world feedback from customers is a core concept of Customer Development as well as the Lean Startup. But what information to collect?
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012
    [Media] 4 Tricks for Better Customer Service
    Whirlpool's Maytag: Get Smarter About Social Media Twitter and Facebook have made it possible for customers to be more vocal and far-reaching with their opinions. From Amazon to Lego to Zappos, plenty of big corporations have won kudos for their personal touch. Here's how you can steal their best ideas. With customers, it's similar," he says.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2013
    [Media] Legal Issues Behind Running A Small Business
    When she’s not busy writing or working on her friends’ group blog,  Word Baristas , she’s busy monitoring her social media profiles for opportunities. by Melissa Page. If you’re running a small business, you need to be on top of legal basics to make your business successful. Government compliance. Change in business structure. Leases.
  • DSHEN  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2010
    [Media] YCombinator and Their Convertible Note - DShen's Blogs
    betaworks - next generation media company. The Advanced Marketing & Media Group - helping marketers manage their data. Cucina Media - and its publishing platform, Public Square. Lotame - social media behavorial targeting. The Web and the World of Business. Observations on doing business in the world of Web 2.0. Yahoo!
  • ENTREPRENEUR SUCCESS BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010
    [Media] What Businesses Can Learn from Howard Stern
    With social media, blogs, wikis, chat rooms, message boards, etc. I never liked Howard Stern when he was on terrestrial radio. He was too crude for me. guess I just didn’t get his sense of humor; I am not a fan of fart jokes and interviews with porn stars. never stayed on the station long enough to hear him out.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015
    [Media] How to Make Your Brand Matter
    Today’s social media savvy consumers will not tolerate falsehoods. How to Make Your Brand Matter written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing. Today’s Guest Post is by Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Georgie Gallagher, Enjoy! Every business has a brand – even if it thinks it doesn’t.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 9, 2013
    [Media] Posting Pretty Pictures Is a Legit Web Marketing Strategy
    Are your social media efforts still limited to just Twitter and Facebook? Knowing your advocates and influencers on these networks and running contests and sweepstakes to distribute your SKUs in the visual feeds is a great way to generate free earned media and traffic from these channels. It''s called "visual networking." The idea?
  • BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE  |  SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2011
    [Media] Why I’m Doubling Down on the Twitter Ecosystem
    Some will cite my investment two years ago in social-media advertising company Ad.ly as an example of why I shouldn’t be investing in the Twitter ecosystem any longer. Our goal is to make the enormous volume of real-time information more manageable for the 99% of companies that lack the infrastructure to process these volumes in real time.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2011
    [Media] Strategy Before Tactics Saves You Money
    The same thing happens with web sites, blogs, social media tools, email marketing, and webinar services. Tweet [Note: I’m proud to welcome Bill Brelsford as a guest author here. This post was originally posted on Bill's Blog and is re-posted here with his permission. — Tim]. Of course, we usually don’t see the lack of strategy as the problem.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012
    [Media] Should You Force Commenters to Use Real Names?
    There are so many misinformed and uninformed people working in social media, even at some of the top platform companies. A study says commenters with pseudonyms leave the most high-quality comments. Quick, guess who leaves higher quality comments: those with pseudonyms, anonymous commenters, or those with real names? Nearly 1.2
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2012
    [Media] Need a Revenue Boost? Try This Simple Formula
    Depending on your business, you can try a variety of marketing tactics, from trade-shows and traditional advertising, to SEO, PPC, social media, and word-of-mouth marketing. An easy way to break down your revenue goals into specific, actionable items. You know you need to increase revenue. What does all of this mean? hours (25%).
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012
    [Media] Fashion Start-up Nasty Gal Raises $40M
    Starting out by simply selling vintage goods on eBay , Amoruso built her online shopping site using little more than social media, attractive models, and a mandate to always sell items for more than she paid for. 500 start-up and booming fashion retailer receives massive investment from Index Ventures. Nasty Gal (the no. earlier this year.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014
    [Media] Why Introverts Make Great Entrepreneurs—Plus 5 Tips for the Entrepreneurial Introvert
    Or, you might put together a thoughtful social media campaign or series of blogs from the privacy of your own office. Photo: Getty Images. What do Warren Buffet, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg all have in common? In addition to being some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, all three are introverts. Understanding Introversion.
  • THE EQUITY KICKER  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012
    [Media] 50 Questions: How soon should I start raising my next round?
    Good ways to do this include turning up to events where they might be present (particularly if you have organised the event or can get a speaking slot), helping them evaluate deals and people, engaging on social media, getting written about in press that they read (e.g. Remember that VCs invest in lines not dots. Happy days.
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013
    [Media] The Right Tool For The Job
    The right tools can help empower your social media efforts , and can also help you launch your company for less than $1,500. A few days ago, my son and I replaced an old, leaky faucet in our laundry room. We planned on 90 minutes, but we ran into a problem and ended up spending more than four hours to replace the faucet. image credit: Cayusa.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
    [Media] Tekes Launches Tempo - Puts Feedback Into Practice
    Services and products could work in the possible business areas of social media, games, location based services and cloud services. Tekes , the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, has launched a new financing program to support growth companies developing mobile services and applications - Tempo.
  • HUNTER WALKER  |  MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2015
    [Media] Branding, VCs and the ‘Uncanny Valley’
    Content marketing, social media, events and public speaking – there are lots of activities being executed well but the challenge at the heart is “what do you stand for? ” – Wikipedia. For me, this is when an entity – whether person or company – tries to build a brand that rings false and inauthentic.
  • GUST  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2014
    [Media] Digital.NYC: The First Ecosystem Hub
    In the first 36 hours, mentions of the hub were viewed more than 42 million times on social media, and over 100,000 pages on the site were perused. News outlets from USA Today to Mashable to Brooklyn’s Technical.ly praised the hub and its place in the community. For the Gust team, we couldn’t be happier about the warm welcome.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, MAY 2, 2014
    [Media] Need to Boost Your Site's Traffic? Master Backlinks
    Most customers talk about your business on social media, so use a tool like Topsy to see who mentions your brand on Twitter. Backlinks still matter -- both for traffic and as an indication of your online reputation. Search engine algorithms constantly change. But backlinks--links from another site to your site--are still important. Respond.
  • 47 HATS  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011
    [Media] Of eBooks new, somewhat new, and 170 years old.
    Instead, he was trying to fill a gap in the public discourse, get a message out in the preferred media of the time that people then and now need to hear: conformity for the sake of conformity is quicksand for the soul. Being Ever notice how interesting things tend to happen in threes? Speaking of today, my ebook, MicroISV Sites that Sell!
  • FORCE OF GOOD: A BLOG BY LANCE WEATHERBY  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013
    [Media] Doing It Wrong
    Unless it is not really a blog but an online media outlet. There has been a little talk about the growth of Atlanta startup blogs. It is fantastic, here are my current favs. The not so fantastic is that a number of people that are blogging about startups in Atlanta are just flat out doing it wrong. Consider me a savior. Comment. Be a person.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2015
    [Media] 10 Tips to Help Small Businesses Get Government Business
    Most public officials will not peruse media packets or spend time looking at promotional materials. It’s important to know how to say “hello” to a public official. It sounds simple, but many sales reps fail this first step. Government culture differs greatly from corporate culture. Here’s some advice from someone who has lived in both worlds.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, JUNE 13, 2011
    [Media] How to Attract and Retain Customers :: Small Business Marketing.
    SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE AND AFFORDABLE SMALL BUSINESS MARKETING Home About Consulting Products Programs Workshops Blog Resources Contact Subscribe by RSS Subscribe to Duct Tape Marketing by Email Small Business Week 2011 Our winners! The Referral Engine – Teaching Your Business to Market Itself – by John Jantsch. Steps to Successful Fac.
  • VENTURE CHRONICLES  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013
    [Media] End of an Era: Intel Exits the Motherboard Business
    There are two seminal moments in m personal history that explain why I ended up in the technology industry. The second event was prying open my computer, not the TRS-80 that I learned BASIC on, and swapped out components. An entirely new world opened up to me when I learned about all the cool things you could do with the BIOS.
  • JEFF HILIMIRE  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011
    [Media] The Connected Future, a retrospective from my first trip to CES
    After visiting the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show ( CES ), I created this diagram as a way of laying out the complexity of the current landscape of “screens.” Everyone thinks the mobile phone is the screen of the future, but I actually think “the cloud” is the screen of the future. Why did I attend CES?
  • REDEYE VC  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2012
    [Media] The Dorm Room Fund
    Over the years, we’ve seen amazing companies make it out of Philadelphia’s dorm rooms (Invite Media, Milo and Warby Parker, to name a few), when the capital finds them.  And I'm not the only one that noticed and took advantage of this. As I look at the environment facing today’s dorm room entrepreneurs, I notice a few things. 
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012
    [Media] Make Your Business Meaningful
    That works in a couple of ways: One: Because the human race descends from Africa, we focus on sharing courageous stories about our common homeland that are less frequently told in the media and may even be new information to many. Here's how. don't get many opportunities to relax and watch TV. What Good Do You Do?
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2014
    [Media] For Nicholas Negroponte, the Future of Tech Is Ingestible (No Joke)
    At TED 2014, MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte discussed the past 30 years as well as the next. Negroponte delivered his 18-minute talk , a TED standard, before an audience of about 1,200. He touched on what has happened in the world of computer science since he first presented at TED''s inaugural meeting in 1984.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2012
    [Media] How to Manage Millennials
    The 26-employee company, which sells an application that lets barhoppers scout out the ratio of male to female patrons at local nightspots, has younger employees in the IT department who are keyed in to social media and are always connected by smartphone. Thirtysomethings prefer email, instant messaging, and videoconferencing.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2015
    [Media] Questions to Ask Yourself Before Defining Your Marketing Strategy
    Do you participate in social media? Questions to Ask Yourself Before Defining Your Marketing Strategy written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing. Today’s guest post comes from the newest member of the Duct Tape Marketing team Kala Linck – Enjoy! It’s February already!
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2013
    [Media] Get the Most Bang for Your Marketing Buck: 3 Ways
    One sales person can easily sell a product to a few customers without the need for websites, social media, advertising or even a business card. Marketing dollars are a terrible thing to waste. Here are three powerful tips for getting the most from what you spend. For many companies, marketing seems like the department of magic. moment.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2014
    [Media] 4 Ways Startups Make Bad Predictions About Competitors
    Instead, he advises focusing on market solutions. "An exciting new product can get a lot of media attention, but services are often what really sell customers on a product--more than the product itself," he writes. Forecasting other company''s moves is necessary for every business, but don''t fall victim to these common errors.
  • DESIGN STAFF  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012
    [Media] Design Staff ? Change aversion: why users hate what you.
    When these changes generate strong reactions, people often turn to social media to vent — amplifying individual voices into a torrent of angry petitioners, digital torches in hand, demanding a return to the familiar, older, “better” product. Design Staff. Photo by Dirk Gently. Aaron Sedley / UX Researcher, Google. ” 2.
  • ROB GO  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2012
    [Media] Startups are More Like “Hunger Games” than “The Twilight Saga”
    I read an article the other day that I think typifies the way startups and entrepreneurs are portrayed in the media today. link]. The currents of the story are pretty familiar.   In many ways, the way startup founders are portrayed is very similar to the way love is portrayed in hollywood.  It’s all about passion and emotion.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014
    [Media] 4 Steps to Leveraging Your Network to Build Your Business
    With the prevalence of social media, there is almost no excuse for a cold-call or cold-email anymore. 4 Steps to Leveraging Your Network to Build Your Business written by Guest Post read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing. Networking doesn’t have to be about luck, but most people I work with treat it that way.
  • SCOTT EDWARD WALKER  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012
    [Media] Crowdfunding Bill Stuck in the Senate
    In early November, the U.S. The Obama Administration supports the House bill and noted in its Statement of Administrative Policy that: “This bill will make it easier for entrepreneurs to raise capital and create jobs.” Unfortunately, two very different crowdfunding bills have been introduced in the U.S.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013
    [Media] Content Marketing in 11 Steps. Now Go.
    This includes your website and other sites that you can control, as well as social media, direct marketing, influencer marketing, campaigns, and more. 8. Here''s how to create and manage content that will turn browsers into buyers. Get focused Zero in on just one customer segment to start.
  • STEVE POLAND  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2008
    [Media] Evan - Twitter needs a better policy on Usernames
    Related posts: It’s Time for Twitter Premium Accounts Former TechCrunch writer Nick Gonzalez’s post “Who Owns Your Social Media Accounts“, as a reply to my Twitter Needs Better Username Policy (the ‘celtics’ fiasco), got me thinking… This is the perfect opportunity for Twitter. You can then setup.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2012
    [Media] What Election Predictions Can Teach You About 'Big Data'
    Unless you've been safely ensconced in a media-free hideaway, you've probably heard of Nate Silver, the predictive phenom who writes the FiveThirtyEight blog for the New York Times. Then, of course, came the defense of Silver in other parts of the media. Why do the New York Times' controversial election predictions matter?
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2011
    [Media] Why You Should Fear SOPA
    Now, lawyers have way more than one site to worry about. "If you just take one slice of this start-up community and think in terms of start-up media businesses, every single last one of them, they're all adopting some sort of social media strategy, essentially allowing users a lot of freedom to do what they want to do," he says.
  • WAYTOOEARLY  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
    [Media] Congratulations: Single Platform Acquired by Constant Contact
      Second, after starting out just delivering social media and web presence for the restaurants, he had the insight to realize that putting all the world’s menus in one place, in an easily updatable format, would build a great asset for publishers.  WayTooEarly. work with companies at two stages, too early and way too early. link].
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2011
    [Media] [Europe] Rockstart Accelerator Launches New Founders Program
    On Day 100, or Demo Day, these startups pitch in front of European investors, funds and the media. If you’re a Europe-based startup, you may want to check this out. In a somewhat refreshing change, the program is not limited to technology startups. You can apply for the program here.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
    [Media] Modcloth's Key Strategy: Be a Friend to Customers First
    And while this may get confusing at all-hands meetings--almost 70 percent of the company’s employees are female, after all--it perfectly illustrates ModCloth''s approach to engaging its "girl" on social media. "We don’t see ourselves as a purveyor of specific products," says Eric. "We''re very relationship based."
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 5, 2015
    [Media] Quality, Not Quantity: 7 Tried-And-True Tools For Building Strong Customer Relationships
    Advanced technology, social media, CRM software, and other tools are changing the way companies market their brand and products. by  Gareth Cartman , Director of Digital Marketing at Clever Little Design. Build Rapport with Clients. Everyone that works at your company is a potential representative of your brand and your products.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 2012
    [Media] 4 Ways to Turn Less into More
    Spend 90 percent of your networking time building a few quality connections; devote the remainder to building a large group of social media connections. Money, time, connections -- you need more of everything, right? Stop whining and start using your contraints to your advantage. Here are four ways to turn less into a lot more: 1. Money.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012
    [Media] The Art of NYC Cycling for Entrepreneurs #bikenyc
    You won't have a ton of money to put towards marketing, so understanding PR and ways of building up awareness about your efforts through social media are really important to get noticed. A lot of people ask me about cycling in NYC. They ask me about startups, too. Cycling is a *higher* risk activity, but it doesn't have to be dangerous.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2011
    [Media] Avoid a Rick Perry Meltdown
    In the heated race for the Republican nomination, this meltdown gave critics some pretty powerful ammunition (not to mention sparked a media firestorm), but Perry tried to maintain his cool. In the wake of Rick Perry's debate snafu, here's how you can prepare for a big presentation and how to handle those hiccups. uh commerce. and, let's see.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 2015
    [Media] How To Use Your Small Business Marketing Budget To Deliver Big ROI
    He’s passionate about content based marketing using search & social media channels that empowers businesses with visibility on the internet. by Azhar Katib, founder of WebSell Solutions Ptd Ltd. Leverage on the reach of internet to spread word around about your business. Why choose Search Engines for your marketing. Do It Yourself.
  • THIS IS GOING TO BE BIG.  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2011
    [Media] The Myth of SXSW: Why the conference was, is and always will be about people, not about the next big thing
    Its also why you can probably cut your social media strategist budget in half when it comes to the app and brand arms race this conference has become. I just back from my fifth SXSW and if my voice is any indicator, I had a great time. It stems from the Austin conference's reputation for being a kingmaker. What happened in '07. 17 years?
  • READWRITESTART  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010
    [Media] Never Mind the Valley: Here's Madison
    Madison, Wisconsin has always been known as a progressive town - in part because it's home to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. But over the last few years, the city has gained a reputation as an emerging technology startup hub in the Midwest. Earlier this year, Forbes Magazine named Madison the 7th most innovative city in the U.S., Sponsor.
  • LIGHTSPEED VENTURE PARTNERS  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2013
    [Media] A VC’s take on the Season 5 premier of Sharktank
    The founders did a terrible job of explaining what the product did and how it was differentiated, constantly falling back on calling it “social media” as though that would explain everything. So here goes! You can watch it here for a couple of weeks if you didn’t see it last night). POSTCARDS ON THE RUN. ROLODOC. SWEETBALLZ.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2012
    [Media] If You Want to Start a Business But Don’t Know What Business to Start
    We connected through social media because I needed to find an expert to recommend, and Joel’s my expert on this subject. And I’m sticking with that story. But there is also an exception to that rule worth noting: it’s called a franchise. So that’s a special case. Don’t know which business to start?
  • HUNTER WALKER  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 2, 2015
    [Media] Productivity Tip #1: Don’t Read Any Content When It’s Published Unless It’s Urgent & Actionable
    Reeder (running off of a Feedly backend) is where I capture all the sources where I don’t want to miss any posts (usually personal blogs or single source media sites). We generally undervalue it, incorrectly estimate how we spend it and constantly wonder where it went. The best from here flow into Pocket as well.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2013
    [Media] Five Career Predictions For 2013
    Instant fact-checking and counter-claims on social media are not just limited to political scandals and natural disasters. by Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti, Vice President and Managing Director of Apollo Research Institute. We at the Apollo Research Institute see job growth ahead in 2013 – and in some surprising places. She is also the author of.
  • STARTUP LESSONS LEARNED  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 2013
    [Media] Speak at the 2013 Lean Startup Conference
    Publicists and those seeking PR and media attention should look elsewhere. * As you''re refining your talk idea, bear in mind this IMPORTANT point: when we refer to "the Lean Startup," we mean specifically the set of ideas that Eric and others have articulated for testing, validating, and learning quickly. Again, here’s the new form.
  • THE PRODUCT GUY  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2013
    [Media] On the Track to Success
    Raj Moorjani, Director of Marketing, brings more than ten years of digital media experience in both mobile and web environments. Guest Author: Raj Moorjani. Hi, my name is Raj Moorjani, and I am the Director of Marketing at Tracks, and basically the Product Person, for a cool mobile application called Tracks ( [link] ). Below is my story.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013
    [Media] Helsinki's ThingLink Inks Deal With Discovery, TLC, and Animal Planet
    hingLink, the rich media layer that goes on top of images , announces a deal with Discovery Communications that will take their technology to the web presence of The Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Science, and others. IndoorAtlas isn''t the only Finnish startup making noise at AdWeek. This month Kiosked raised €5.2 million
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2012
    [Media] How Retro Prices Can Deliver Cutting-Edge Profits
    Being the low-cost provider is never easy--especially when you're a start-up. But the Retro Fitness line of gyms beat the odds. Here's how. A low-cost pricing strategy is tough to swing when you own a small business and there is little scale to economize. You're too small. So I found someone who thinks--and definitely acts--differently.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2013
    [Media] What If You Needed to Fire Yourself?
    Social Media Training Course Beta Testers Needed This whole social media thing for small business can be. What If You Needed to Fire Yourself? written by John Jantsch read more at Small Business Marketing Blog from Duct Tape Marketing I had an interesting conversation with one of the most dynamic free agent entrepreneurs I know.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012
    [Media] [Review] Calling All Grads!
    Buscaglia should know something about this topic – after all he’s assigned, written and edited more than 2,000 job-related stories since he started working on the employment content pages for Tribune Media Services since 2001. But Marco Buscaglia has put together a useful resource in a book called ” Calling All Grads!
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012
    [Media] That Celebrity Fitness Video? Watch It Now Entertainment’s Probably Behind It.
    The facility is owned by full-service production company Watch It Now Entertainment (WIN) , and its forte is giving its clientele the ability to direct, produce and promote any kind of celebrity-driven fitness media – including that Richard Simmons workout DVD – all under one roof.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011
    [Media] Free Sales Training Resource By Sandler Training
    Sandler Training , a company that provides a range of sales and management training programs, has made available a free multi-media library that provides small businesses, non-profits and start-ups with sales training tools to help them succeed.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  THURSDAY, MAY 14, 2015
    [Media] 5 Reasons You Might Not Qualify for an SBA Loan…and What to Do About It
    Behalf does purchase financing and mines the internet for social media and other data about your business to assess your creditworthiness. Loans that are backed by the U.S. See Also Bplans Small Business Loan Finder. So what’s not to like about SBA loans? Unfortunately, it can be difficult to get approved. Problem: You’re a startup. currency.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2012
    [Media] Will That Prospect Buy From You?
    Social media contact. person with whom you are communicating on a social media network, such as Facebook or LinkedIn. 6. In terms of creating trust, for example, a face-to-face meeting (as in a “social contact” lead) at a conference trumps a series of online interactions (as in a “social media contact” lead).
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011
    [Media] Simple Formula to Propel Your Business
    iTunes link – Cost is $2.99) or Related Posts: Creating Customer Bliss Has Social Media Changed Customer Service? Mike uses a no nonsense and pretty matter of fact approach to describe one of the most powerful ways to build a business in the new marketing reality we live in. Are You Making Evil Plans? Podcast Launch Mike Stelzner
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2013
    [Media] How to Get Your Team to Take More Risks
    People generally hate failing but creativity requires it, so how can you persuade your team to tolerate risk? Try a ''failure metric.'' By now it’s a truism that if you want more creativity from your team you have to make sure they’re comfortable taking risks and failing. But, of course, most people naturally hate failing. Failure.
  • THE COMMON SENSE WEB... AN ENTREPRENEURS' BLOG  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
    [Media] Twitter and Gnip - A match made in data heaven
    Last week, Twitter announced the acquisition of Gnip  in what will certainly amount to be a key milestone in the evolution of social media. 2008-2010 Young social media managers emerge at brands to help them navigate new social media tools. Young social media managers are replaced by data-oriented internet marketers.
  • AUSTIN STARTUP  |  MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2013
    [Media] MassRelevance Partners with VivaKi
    VivaKi, a global leader in digital advertising solutions, and Mass Relevance, the technology leader in social curation and integration, today announced a strategic partnership to drive paid media ROI through engaging, interactive social experiences. Enterprise
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014
    [Media] 5 Operational Tips Every Startup CEO Should Know and Follow
    Consider apps and social media tools that’ll help you expand without spending a lot of money. Morgan Sims is a writer and recent graduate who loves all things tech and social media. Starting a company from nothing is an exciting and nerve-wracking experience. To operate your startup successfully, consider the following.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 2013
    [Media] Facebook and Shutterstock Team Up to Make Your Ads Prettier
    According to a Facebook announcement, in "coming weeks" users will have access to the Shuttershock library directly through the social media site''s interface. The two companies are partnering to make it easier for small businesses to advertise effectively on Facebook. You can read the full details here and here
  • WWW.SMASHINGMAGAZINE.COM  |  THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2011
    [Media] Innovative Techniques To Simplify Sign-Ups and Log-Ins
    If so, this may be your opportunity to join Pixable, voted by Time Out… Drupal Developer - NJI Media - (Alexandria, VA) - FullTime We’re a small, fast-moving, agile environment and our team of developers is growing. Most designers are familiar with the conventional ways. The reason is understandable. Chances are, it will work. icons.
  • DUCT TAPE MARKETING  |  SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2011
    [Media] Weekend Favs May Twenty Eight :: Small Business Marketing Blog.
    GaggleAMP – tool that let’s you get your customers and partners involved in amplifying your social media campaigns. The Referral Engine – Teaching Your Business to Market Itself – by John Jantsch. The photo in the post is a favorite for the week from Flickr. Note: There have been some updates since I published th.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2012
    [Media] 4 Reasons 2013 Will Be a Good Year to Sell Your Company
    Economic Growth It’s hard to see amid all the media babble, but our economy continues to grow, even if it’s growing more slowly than we would like. Dealmaking was slow in 2012, but the stage is set for a rebound. The so-called “middle market” has driven U.S. Corporate credit is becoming more readily available.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2013
    [Media] What's Your Business Resolution for Next Year?
    We would learn about an opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in a media outlet or publication and react by scrambling to author a great piece at the last minute. The founders and CEOs explain what they''re planning to change or improve about their business in the coming year. Like what? Read on for inspiration.
  • WATCHING WEBSITES  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2009
    [Media] Proof that speeding up websites improves online business.
    How big an impact does performance optimization have on the business metrics of a typical media or e-commerce site? The Strangeloop guys ran sprinted with this idea, testing a couple of different types of site, including media and transactional businesses. Definitely. But what about other websites? There’s no longer any debate.
  • SCOTT EDWARD WALKER  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011
    [Media] Crowdfunding Update: FAQ’s for Entrepreneurs
    Accordingly, startups would not be permitted to raise funds via social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn (as permitted under the House bill). On November 3rd, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. Since I wrote that post, I have received numerous emails and phone calls regarding the House bill, which I will address below.
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014
    [Media] Small Business and Startups: 6 Traits of Great Businesses
    This means that you need to be in constant contact with your customers: make it easy for them to contact you , survey them regularly , provide great content for them through your social media channels, and listen closely to what they have to say. Customer-centric.  Disciplined.  Focus equals discipline. Nice. 5. Strategic.  Talented. 
  • READWRITESTART  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2010
    [Media] World Economic Forum Honors 31 Startups as "Technology Pioneers"
    But 13 of the 31 startups honored today fall into the categories of "information technologies and new media." As I argued earlier this week, words like "disruptive," "innovative," and "transformational" can lose their punch when applied to every new company, every new product, every new feature. Sponsor. World Economic Forum. Discuss.
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2015
    [Media] With solid lineup of customers Wake changing how design teams work
    In private beta, Wake worked with around 70 companies including Yahoo, Twitter, Cisco, Artsy, Medium, and BuzzFeed, as well as a few startups and Scandinavian media houses. Designers are never happy, are they? Chris Kalani, product designer at Facebook for 2.5 think it really resonates with people, so they were eager to try it out.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2011
    [Media] Ghosts of the Google Graveyard
    It's fair to say that Buzz was one of Google's biggest disasters, both because of its legal issues, as well as tepid response from media. These are the spirits of innovation past: 11 products and services that Google axed. Not everything Google touches turns to gold. Here are the 11 most infamous product kills.
  • LIFE BEYOND CODE  |  MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
    [Media] All You Have to Do is to be You…or Not
    Social media is filled with sayings that will talk about the need to be Yourself in the name of authenticity. It is true that not everyone is comfortable with being themselves. It is also true that there is no need to be guilty of just who you are. Some of these sayings are very cute too. One such saying from Oscar Wilde goes like this -.
  • THE NEXT WEB  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2014
    [Media] 8 SaaS products for managing customer data
    With Infusionsoft, it is easy to tag every click, page visit or form a customer completes on your website, social media platform or email you send out. Amassing customer data is pretty meaningless if you have no organized way to analyze it. Their answers are below: 1. Intercom. Intercom  is the single most important tool we use. Mixpanel.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26, 2013
    [Media] Why I Won't Be Writing About Your Company
    They have this notion that the media''s job is to build your company. It''s nothing personal, I assure you. You''re just going about getting press all wrong. Here''s the best way to approach it. WILL YOU PUT US ON THE COVER OF INC.?" My answer, almost invariably, is no. It''s not." Establish a relationship that''s a give and take," she says.
  • UP AND RUNNING  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2015
    [Media] Starting a Web Business with Less than Your Monthly Rent (The $ by $ Guide)
    There are many “landing page” companies, like LaunchRock,  where you can point your domain to a simple landing page that describes what your not yet launched site intends to do, allows you to collect email addresses, and finally allows those email addresses to be shared via social media. How do you get people to even give you input?
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011
    [Media] Win Bigger in 2012: Analyze Your 3 Best Sales
    And for people selling in more fluid industries–such as media, logistics, digital marketing and services–the change cycle can feel like a turbine. Use these questions to analyze your recent sales performance--both wins and losses--to get more wins in 2012. “Learn from your mistakes.” Who from their side must you meet?
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013
    [Media] Why Are E-Book Subscription Start-Ups So Hot?
    For Adler, the real competition is other media sources like movies and music. "At the end of the day, people have pretty limited time," he says. "By providing a better experience, we can ultimately get people reading more books New players are piling into the e-book subscription biz. But wait--don''t libraries already lend e-books for free?
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2013
    [Media] Mass Customization: Let Your Customers Have It Their Way
    And there are other benefits, as Bain points out: With the proliferation of social media and online publishing, styles and trends now change faster than ever. A Bain & Company survey suggests that there''s potentially big value in offering customized products to your customers. That''s customization. Want your own fancy coffee?
  • STARTUP HOUSTON  |  THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2013
    [Media] You’ve Been Reddited: How a Single Post Increased JobKaster’s Monthly Traffic Over 2900%
    At JobKaster , we’re in the middle of a complete overhaul. We are rebuilding everything from the ground up to create a sturdy infrastructure as well as a better UI. How did I increase traffic over 500X? Blind luck and a bit of SEO. One of those links was this post to Reddit: Would you use Google Maps to find a job nearby? And up. And up…. That’s it.
  • BABBLING VC  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2013
    [Media] Tax Optimization As Sport
    Just as in the past solar, ship and media funds received the necessary kick from this benefit, so too should venture funds.  It''s not a solve-all solution nor is it sustainable for extended periods of time. After almost twenty years in Germany, I have to admit that I have spoken of nothing more than all the possible ways to save on taxes.
  • READWRITESTART  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2010
    [Media] Establishing Your Reputation as a Startup CEO Before Launch
    Establishing an online reputation early - via social media tools and in entrepreneurial communities like Hacker News and Quora - gives your startup a strong headstart. Yesterday, I wrote about the things you can do to prepare your startup's website pre-launch. He blogs and comments. He's active on Twitter and on Hacker News. Sponsor. Discuss.
  • BLOGTREPRENEUR | ENTREPRENEUR BLOG  |  THURSDAY, JULY 23, 2015
    [Media] How to Attract Investors to Your Start-up
    Social Media makes this even easier that it ever was to maintain and grow your own network across the globe. Any new entrepreneur knows that investors can provide more than just capital to their business — they can become resources for organizing, marketing, and realizing ideas. Tip #1 network everywhere. Tip #3 attend events for start-ups.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2013
    [Media] Impress for Less: 7 Frugal-But-Festive Holiday Gifts
    Social media makes it easier than ever to dazzle with an inexpensive yet extremely thoughtful gift. You don''t need to spend a bundle to make a lasting impression on your clients and customers. The holidays are a great time for small businesses to show how much they appreciate their customers. Found a great deal or tip?
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013
    [Media] Twitter's $1 Billion IPO Comes With Risks
    That could include more highly-targeted ads served to customers while they are Tweeting, Reiss-Davis says, as well as a richer advertising experience coupled, perhaps, with other media forms like video. Currently, the business depends almost entirely on advertising. In August, Twitter valued its own stock at $20.62. Twitter says.
  • MIKE MICHALOWICZ  |  MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015
    [Media] Episode 38: Gamification and Taxes with Adam Hollander and Tom Wheelwright
    Tom is also 1 of 8 Rich Dad Advisors for Robert Kiyosaki, who wrote “Rich Dad Poor Dad.” He is the Founder of WealthStrategyU, and his work has been featured in Investor’s Business Daily, Accounting Today, ABC Radio News, Real Estate Guys Radio Show and many more media. Also Available On. Show Summary. Our Guests. Adam Hollander  (left).
  • ARCTICSTARTUP  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2013
    [Media] Opera Gets Into One-Click Mobile Payments With New Partnership
    The next step for us will be the integration of our Onebip mobile payment service to let merchants and other media companies to make the most of all the ways to monetize their services through the Opera Mini browser,” says Gianluca D’Agostino, CEO, Neomobile in Opera's press release.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 21, 2010
    [Media] Fun and Games with BigDoor
    We recently invested in a Seattle company called BigDoor Media. The founder/CEO Keith Smith wrote a wonderful love story about the deal which was picked up by the WSJ VC Dispatch in a post titled  A Summer Romance Between Founder And Venture Capitalist ? BigDoor straddles our Glue and Distribution themes.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2013
    [Media] How the Internet Has Changed Education Forever
    In the fall, I will be teaching a master''s course in interactive media at Quinnipiac University Online , which will give students a full academic experience, but at the convenience that today''s busy society desperately craves. These days you can learn more than ever before, and do it when you want, and where you want to. It was $149.
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013
    [Media] Small Business and Startups: What Would Mom (and Pop) Do?
    Mom and Pop pay very little attention to the latest business books, the most popular blogs, or the current theories about social media marketing, but they do pay very close attention to one thing in particular: how much black ink is there at the bottom of the monthly income statement and how can that be improved next month? What would mom do?
  • SCOTT WEISS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011
    [Media] Looking Bigger
    To make matters worse, for our early adopter industries (ISPs, media, tech, and financial),  no email service meant no work. “We like what you guys are doing but there’s no way we’d replace the aorta of our communications infrastructure with a beta box from a 20-person startup.” We were so good, but yet so puny. We felt big.
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