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What Happened In 2017

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As has become my practice, I celebrate the end of a year and the start of a new one here at AVC with back to back posts focusing on what happened and then thinking about what might happen. Today, we focus on what happened in 2017.

Server Rooms And The Importance Of Staying Cool

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Professionals working with computers are constantly aware of the challenges associated with maintaining these servers and keeping them cool at all times. Sometimes even the most experienced professionals have a hard time.

Customer Success Metrics: More Than A Number

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by Allison Yount, Director of Customer Success at Scout RFP. Great SaaS solutions are easy to adopt and even easier to use — but that doesn’t mean that they should lack the human component.

InventHelp Inventions Are Everywhere And The Reviews Are Phenomenal

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You may have one or more ideas about how to make life easier or how to improve upon an already existing technology. Yet, you may have found that moving forward with that idea takes more than wishful thinking.

What You Can Do To Make Customer Care Your Most Effective Marketing Strategy

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by Andrew Tillery, Marketing Director for MAP Communications. What if improving your customer service was all it took to generate more sales and grow your business? No gimmicks, no flashy promotions, no big advertising campaigns; just a dedication to improve the way you treat your customers.

7 Content Marketing Tips For Small Business Owners

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by Keval Padia , co-founder and CEO at Nimblechapps. What makes aspiring small businesses different from their big brothers is that they have an insufficiently small budget to fulfill big dreams. But interestingly, such dreams are worthy enough in the level playing field of content marketing.

How Amazon Partners With Brands

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5 Company Initiatives That Reduce Employee Burnout

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by Jessica Thiefels, owner of Honest Body Fitness. Employee burnout is on the rise thanks to our digital lives — it’s easy to answer an email at 9p.m. when you’re in bed because your phone is likely already in your hands, or on your bed stand.

How To Avoid Costly Mistakes When Staffing Your Finance Team

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by Michael Burdick, CEO of Paro. When it comes to financial activities, trust and credibility matter. They affect how well your financial team performs, your company’s reputation, and, ultimately, its bottom line.

8 of the Best Executive Assistant Conferences in 2018

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8 of the Best Executive Assistant Conferences in 2018. Executive Assistants never seem to rest, let alone take time away from work to focus on themselves. That’s why these Executive Assistant conferences are perfect for all those powerhouses who love to work eight days a week.

3 Tools To Help You Get Started With SEO

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by Nate Vickery, editor-in-chief of Bizzmarkblog.com. In 2017, SEO can be described in two words: turf war.

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The Three Benefits Of Nailing Before Scaling

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by Courtney Reum and Carter Reum, co-authors of “ Shortcut Your Startup: Speed Up Success with Unconventional Advice from the Trenches “ Too often we see leaders who have the entrepreneurial instinct to move quickly go wide before they’ve nailed the most crucial early steps.

4 Hot Tech Topics to Watch in 2018

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We’re well past the point of keeping up with every advancement in the tech field – things are simply moving too fast. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t affected when things move forward. New technology makes its way into our lives and businesses faster every year.

Wishing Everyone a Happy Holidays and a Reminder to Slow Down and Smell the Coffee

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Playing the word association game for 2017, we came up with an interesting list: Unpredictable. Erratic. Millennials. Refugees. Stories (naturally). Politics. Trump (right, relates to “erratic”). Invention. Nationalism. Misconduct. Wacky. Media. Celebrations.

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4 Steps To Creating A Vision For Your Business

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by Rich Allen, author of “ The Ultimate Business Tune Up: A Simple Yet Powerful Business Model That Will Transform the Lives of Small Business Owners “ Running a business takes more than a day-by-day approach.

8 Tips For Online Startups To Improve Customer Experience

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In a physical environment like a cafe or a restaurant, people recognise that there are external factors that affect their experiences and that these factors are out of a business control. Hence they naturally have a lower standard for what is deemed a satisfactory experience.

The #1 Mistake That Entrepreneurs Continue To Make And How To Avoid It

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by Bryan Miles, CEO and co-founder of BELAY. Entrepreneurs are an interesting bunch.

How To Market Your Brand By Starting A Social Action

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by Turian da Silva Bielschowsky, founder and managing director of Magma Translation. In this 21 st century, having a respectable image seems to matter a lot. After all, there is always a company to pollute a lake and kill all its fish, and another to earn tons of money by committing insurance fraud.

4 Emotional Intelligence Skills To Transform Your Leadership Style

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by Steven Stein, Ph.D.,

10 Tips For Creating A Successful Resume

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One of the greatest challenges when it comes to job hunting is writing a good resume. Employers usually just take a couple of seconds scanning each resume before they stick it in the ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ pile, which is quite harsh.

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Eight Subscription Companies Worth Watching:  Why They Are Growing And What They’re Doing Right 

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by Robbie Kellman Baxter, author of “ The Membership Economy: Find Your Super Users, Master the Forever Transaction, and Build Recurring Revenue “ In recent years, the Membership Economy has been disrupting the old methods of doing business in a major way.

Coaching The Uncoachable?

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by James G. Ward, MA, PCC, author of “ New Directions: Successful Strategies for Career, the Workplace, and Personal Growth “ “ It’s hard to help people who don’t think they have a problem. It’s impossible to fix people who think someone else is the problem.” – Marshall Goldsmith.

4 eLearning Tools To Train Your Remote Employees

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by Anand Srinivasan, founder of LeadJoint.com . Between 2012 and 2016, the number of people working remotely at least sometime rose eight percentage points from 39% to 47%. Nearly a third of these workers spend between 80 to 100 percentage of their time working remotely.

The End of ‘Do Not Disturb’?

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These are disturbing times. A few days before Christmas, four Walt Disney World hotels in Orlando replaced their “do not disturb” signs with ones that read “room occupied.” A Disney employee is now required to enter every room at least once every 24 hours.

How Fresh Graduates Can Build A Tech Career

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by Nikhita Elizabeth Cyriac, Head of Talent Acquisition, ThoughtWorks. Encouraging and supporting a career in tech continues to be a key focus in Singapore, with the government announcing a $120m fund to prepare and develop Singapore talent for 30,000 new ICT jobs by 2020.

Why That $1 Million Doesn’t Always Mean Your Crowdfunding Campaign Was A Success

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by Hannah Sieber, co-founder and COO of EcoFlow Tech. Crowdfunding has become common place for new products and new brands.

Great Tech Support – The Answer To Running A Successful Startup

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by James Ontra, CEO of Shufflrr. Startups typically lack the resources of larger organizations – cash, staff, and huge marketing budgets. Yet the good ones can compensate with a great product combined with great service.

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Will Your Ego Be The Death Of Your Career? 

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by Edward D. Hess and Katherine Ludwig, coauthors of “ Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age “. This may be good news or bad news, depending on who you are: The day of the aggressive know-it-all who steamrolls over colleagues is drawing to a close.

Online Networking Tips – Important For Every Career

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Online networking has become an integral part of career growth in the modern world. Regardless of your age or your position, there are benefits to online networking that are too great to be ignored.

5 Ways Venture Capital Is Shaking Up The Tech Startup Landscape In Asia

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by Marek Danyluk, managing partner at Space Executive. There is a thin line between success and failure for startups, and that is usually determined by capital. The more capital a startup has, the easier it is to get off the ground and ramp up growth.

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Why You Should Encourage Customer Reviews (And How To Do It)

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by Megan Headley, Research Director at TrustRadius. There’s no two ways about it: the Internet has changed how we do business.

Startups – Beware The Changing Palo Alto Investment Model

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by Germán Montoya is the Chief Strategy and Creative Officer at Rokk3r Labs. Venture Capitalism is changing. Almost synonymous with this startup-focused era, the once indomitable VC investor sector is changing and adapting to deal with the changing nature of entrepreneurship.

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[Interview] Bo Zou, Toronto-Based Digital User Experience Specialist And Thought Leader

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Remember Pokemon Go? It wasn’t even two years ago that this free, location-based augmented reality mobile game took the world by storm.

This Is Why You Should Start A Subscription Box Business

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by Stefan Pretty, founder of Subbly. Subscription business models have been around for a pretty long time, but thanks to modern technology, this model has evolved from milk or newspapers delivery to a versatile eCommerce experience.

SEO: Quality, Not Quantity, Is The Order Of The Day

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What do we do when we want to drive targeted traffic to our websites? We resort to knocking the door of real guest blogs that invite high quality content. Considering how priceless good writing is, there is no denying that it can take a particular website to peaks of unparalleled success.

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How To Recognize Talent

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by Soulaima Gourani , founder and CEO of Tradeconductor. Millions of U.S dollars are wasted on “talent spotting” and “talent management.” ” We are wasting our energy on talents who are not really talents at all.

Want To Accelerate Small Business Growth? Then Turn To The Cloud.

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by Zakir Ahmed, General Manager of Asia at Oracle NetSuite. Started by a young entrepreneurial couple, Haresh and Dolly Balani, Treknology 3 set up its first small bicycle concept store in Singapore almost 30 years ago.

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Student Startups: How To Launch Your Business While In College

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When we look at successful startups we often focus on how the company has been successful with their end products or services but we often ignore what the founders went through and did to be successful.

Stop Thinking And Acting Local: Small Businesses Seeking Growth Should See Themselves As Global Enterprises

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By Dr. Karen M. Reddington, president, FedEx Express Asia Pacific. Billionaire Bill Gates once said that to win big, sometimes you need to take big risks [1].

Using Your Data Analytics The Right Way

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by Lynette Seah, founder of Alpha7. The buzz these days is about digital transformation and how companies should embrace the digital age. Embarking on such new journey involves heavy investments and is easier said then done, resulting many companies to fail.