Wed.Apr 04, 2012

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BigDoor Cracks The Code On Web Site Engagement

Feld Thoughts

One of the most enduring challenges any Internet marketer faces is getting users to come back regularly and engage on their website. In other words; loyalty.

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The Ultimate Guide to Increasing Ecommerce Conversion Rates


If you run an online store, you’re always trying to boost your sales. Here’s how to increase the conversion rate of your ecommerce site. What’s the conversion rate I can be happy with? Don’t worry about ‘average’ rates.

6 Ways Successful People Stand Out

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Substance trumps style in the long run. Here's how to make the kind of impression that lasts. Bosses spend the vast majority of their time helping other people succeed: employees, customers, vendors and suppliers. the list goes on and on.

5 Lessons From the Recession for Young Entrepreneurs

Startup Professionals Musings

Every dark cloud has a silver lining. Driven by the recent recession, smart entrepreneurs of all ages are jumping into the fray with new ideas, new recovery strategies, and discarding outmoded business models.

9 Ways to Get More Out of Google Analytics

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Already know and love Google's data tools? Here are nine cool features you may not be using--but should. You probably already love Google Analytics because it gives you a big picture look at how your website is performing. You probably also love it because it is free and easy to install.

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Saas Math: Customer vs. Revenue Churn


As I’ve mentioned many times before: churn (the rate at which customers cancel their subscription) is the most important metric for any recurring revenue business. This should make sense. The longer a customer keeps paying you, the more valuable that customer is.

45 Minutes With @albertwenger

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It's really easy to appear intelligent when you are surrounded by smart people. I've written a fair bit about how my partner Brad is responsible for much of USV's investment thesis and the deep thinking we do as a firm. But USV is also extremely fortunate to have had the benefit of Albert Wenger 's big brain for the past five years, since he helped Joshua build and sell Delicious to Yahoo!

5 Quick Moves to Get New Customers

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Use your network of friends, colleagues, and existing customers to generate new business. The most common question that I get from readers is: "how can I get new customers?" Most of the time they're doing the typical "lead generation" stuff: cold-calling, advertising, building websites, and so forth.

Design Staff ? Improve your startup's surveys and get even better data

Design Staff

Startups frequently use surveys as a cheap and easy way to get feedback from users. But the resulting data will only be as good as the survey itself. I often see products with surveys that have easy-to-fix mistakes like

The Three Most Important Factors of Business Success

Duct Tape Marketing

The Three Most Important Factors of Business Success This content from: Duct Tape Marketing. While there are many factors that come into play when building a business, I believe that most important ones have nothing to do with innovation, balance sheets, finance or marketing.

Get Over It: Life Isn't Fair

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Squabbling over 'fairness' is a loser's game. There's a smarter way to fight back when the deck is stacked against you. You don't understand; these guys don't play fair." I heard this recently while on a coaching call with a construction firm trying to negotiate a seven-figure deal.

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How I Made My First Internet Dollar – A Passive Income Niche Site Case Study by Yaro Starak

A few weeks ago I received my first ever payment from Google Adsense in my bank account. While it was only $170 , it represents a small but significant step to making money in a way that is completely independent of my time. Making money passively has been something that I’ve been wanting to do for several years, but… Read the rest of this entry » Make Money Online Search Engine Optimization niche websites nick mcintosh passive income website marketing

How Not to Crash & Burn in Business

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Running a business is like flying a plane: Lots of decisions to make and zero time to analyze them. Improve your gut instincts with these tips. Reading entrepreneurial success stories can only help you so much. Want a better perspective on the inevitable challenges you'll face? Study the failures.

Gini Dietrich's 6 Biggest Startup PR Mistakes


Did you hear about the "green" startup that touted how environmentally conscious it was by sending reporters five identical copies of its press kit, each one filled with nonrecyclable package "popcorn" and a small forest's worth of paper? Needless to say, the startup didn't get any press coverage.

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How Good is Your WAG?

Taffy Williams

Early instartups, management devotes extended time and effort planning for budgets,timings, and goals. Corporate presentationswill contain key areas that you wish to communicate in an investor pitch. Eventually, you may add a positive spin tosome portion of the data or answer to a questions to try to gain a moreenthusiastic response. Presidents do itall the time. Just watch TV and you willsee the Spin-Doctors going to work.

Why you must encounter your "Enemy" before & strategic meeting.


Sometimes during a strategic meeting, our projects are deferred or delayed to another session, because we cannot get enough support. Regardless of the colossal work behind your presentation, solid arguments supported by

The New Rules for Product Invention

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How bobble turned an existing invention into a $40 million business within two years. Launching a successful consumer product company is like climbing Mt. Everest barefooted. With 80,000 SKUs at a typical Target, it's nearly impossible to introduce something unique.

Improve your startup’s surveys and get even better data

Google Ventures

Startups frequently use surveys as a cheap and easy way to get feedback from users. But the resulting data will only be as good as the survey itself. I often see products with surveys that have easy-to-fix mistakes like misleading questions, improper sampling, and skewed rating scales.

How SEO Can Shape the Presidential Race

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

How sound keyword research and strategically placed web content can shape your desired reputation. Presidential candidates are savvy enough to know they need to spend real dollars on their online marketing strategies. Money flows in and agencies make purchases on behalf of candidates.

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More New Florence

deal architect

on the innovation blog Drive another day! Hospitality Technology Outlook Ubiquitous Scanning The low-risk MVP Florida Tech. Innovative Business Uses of Technology

We Just Lost a Big Client; What to Do

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Learn from four big mistakes. Then get up, dust off, and jump back in the game. We just lost a big and important customer. We don't lose customers very often, and if we do, in most cases, I can rationalize why the client made the wrong decision to leave us.

How Small Businesses Can Pack More Punch


Small businesses need to learn to be like David when fighting against Goliath ( source of image ) What can Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and independent freelancers do to build their reputations, enhance their businesses, and strengthen their reach?

Stop "Keeping Up With the Joneses"

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

When you hear a success story, it might seem natural to emulate it. But who wants to be a lemming? Stop copying and start innovating. There's a land rush nowadays by many organizations to be seen as hip, happening, and relevant.

Burning Question: What should Ginni Rometty do?

deal architect

As she enters her second quarter as IBM’s CEO, Ginni faces a tricky scenario which frankly could qualify her for Veep consideration this summer. What to do about Augusta? Readers? Burning Questions


A Failure to Communicate

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Just because you've told your staff what to do doesn't mean they understand it. Part two of a three-part series on the biggest leadership mistakes. A few weeks ago we started a series called The Tripwires of Leadership. In that first installment, we talked about tripwires of identity.

Indirect Attack on Carried Interests by the NYC Department of Finance

Recent Buzzes - VC Experts, Inc.

Decision-makers at the New York City Department of Finance have notified practitioners that the Department is actively considering the implementation of a new unincorporated business tax ("UBT") audit policy targeted at investment partnerships, such as hedge funds and private equity funds. The likely upshot of the new policy, if ultimately adopted, is that the Department will increase its audits of such funds and will seek to deny certain expense deductions claimed by the funds

6 Online Legal Services Reviewed by


You probably know about, largely through lots of word of mouth and TV advertising, but did you know about several other online legal services? Luckily, the folks at have done some of the heavy lifting.

More trailer-tow marketing

deal architect

My wife asks me “Is Cisco an innovative company?” And I respond “Yes”. Wow, they make great robots and cars and music.” And I go, “not the Cisco I know” So, she shows me the commercial below. Hey, if AT&T

The Return of University Building in the US | VC Firm Backs New University | Minerva Project

Campus Entrepreneurship

25% of my time is spent researching university builders in the US. The people who funded, planned, and built Universities like Johns Hopkins, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin, and the University of Michigan are among the greatest innovators in American history.

[Singapore] Daily Deal Site Launches


Hungry? Singapore-based daily deal site

Extroverts Need Love Too

Gregg Fraley, Author of Jack's Notebook

The buzz around Susan Cain’s book Quiet : The power of Introverts in a World That Just Can’t Stop Talking continues to build. Watching her speak here in London last week ago it’s clear she’s hit a cultural chord. As of today, #33 on the Amazon chart.


Nine Power Questions To Help You Stand Up To Discount Pressure


by Andrew Sobel, author of “ Power Questions: Build Relationships, Win New Business, and Influence Others ”. Though the economy has experienced a slight uptick since the harried days of the Great Recession , many businesses, big and small, are still operating in penny-pinching mode.

Find Your Perfect Business Buyer

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

There are numerous routes for how to sell your small business. Here's how to determine which route is best for you. The first step to a successful business sale is to understand your motivations and then to prioritize them before you even put your business on the market.

The April cS Award and the March cS Award Winner

crowdSPRING Blog

Last summer, we announced that we would issue a monthly cS Award to honor quality work by designers and writers in the crowdSPRING community. April cS Award. There are now more than 113,000 graphic, web, industrial designers and writers in the crowdSPRING community.