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1 (Often Ignored) Clue That Could Boost Your Engagement on Facebook

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While big social media campaigns, contests, and landing tabs can certainly increase your fans on Facebook, sometimes, all you have to do is pay a little more attention to the small signs in the social network.

When you’re logged in as a page admin on the social network, take a closer look at the “Recommended Pages” section that can be seen at the right-hand side of the page. This is where Facebook lists…


Added by Francesca StaAna on January 23, 2012 at 6:00pm — 6 Comments

Six Reasons Micro-Business Owners Fail & How to Avoid Them

If you’ve ever told anyone about your plans to go into business for yourself, it’s a pretty safe bet someone has replied, in no uncertain terms, that you’re doomed to failure.

Then you nod and smile and keep walking your path. As well you should.

The problem is, the doomsdayers aren’t all wrong.



Added by Larah Ritchie on January 18, 2012 at 5:00am — No Comments

Tips on Handling Clutter

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I’m not one to do that because I feel that if something needs to change, why wait for a new year – just get going with it!  Perhaps many of you have thought about having a cleaner office or home in 2012.

Do you find yourself postponing opening mail or organizing small stacks of paper and then the small stacks get larger and soon you’re avoiding the stack and hoping it’ll all resolve itself? Here are a few tips and suggestions that…


Added by Lynn Dye on January 17, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

You Can't Ignore This in 2012

According to Google, consumer engagement increases by 85 percent when a mobile website is available.

This is what small business owners don’t know and in this economy, if a micro business didn’t know that this is a fact and not fiction they might become history and we would not want that to happen; would we? Knowing; according to a cartoon I watched as a…


Added by podenbrett on January 13, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Building a Social Media Strategy is Like Building a Home

Every element of virtual visibility comes back to your relationship with the customer.  It’s about engagement…about the conversation. 

Let’s think about it another way.  Let’s think about Facebook, Twitter, YouTube…they are all different neighborhoods.  Each neighborhood has a different vibe and the houses in each have their own flavor.  The homeowner’s association sets the rules about how the outside of the house can and cannot look but what goes on in your own house is a bit more…


Added by Holly Kile on January 13, 2012 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Small Business Grant Program

A grant program was just launched by Brother and StartupNation. They will be awarding five $5,000 grants in March, and winners will be selected based on their business plan.

You have plenty of time to create or improve your business plan and enter the competition! Imagine what you would do with $5,000 in your business. …


Added by Alyssa Gregory on January 11, 2012 at 4:36am — 1 Comment

Small Business Owner Resume Template

Last year, Simon Salt wrote a post on the Bonfire blog about why a business owner needs a resume. It outlines a few situations that might make sense to have a resume prepared.

I recently expanded the list of situations that might call for a small business owner's resume. Then, because I…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on January 10, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Professional Photo Retouching and Restoration Services

Color Experts International (CEI) is an US based online photo retouching service provider. We have experienced photo retouch artists who are using digital photo retouching techniques with creative mind to provide the quality Photoshop retouching, basic photo retouching, extreme photo retouching, Pageant retouching,…


Added by Color Experts International on January 10, 2012 at 6:30am — No Comments

Happy New Year!

Our first blog entry for the new year! Wow our vacation from our blog lasted much longer than expected. In the meantime we have been working hard to figure out how to make our blog better. After all, if we don’t enjoy writing our blog, who will enjoy reading it?

Our first New Year's Resolution is to revamp our blog. How? By choosing topics that are interesting and relevant for us and our readers. By incorporating more resources for our readers, including an interesting read for each…


Added by Lily Dagdag on January 4, 2012 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

Lego, Hasbro Take Legal Action to Protect their Trademark Rights (and You Should Too)

It’s no secret that businesses spend millions of dollars to protect their trademark rights. Trademarks (logos, names, slogans) are at the heart of many brand-based businesses, and the businesses that understand the value of these intellectual property assets are willing (as they should be) to invest money in developing and maintaining exclusive rights in their brands.

Lego Protects its Trademark Against Cybersquatters

While Lego made headlines recently for losing its…


Added by Jeff Fabian on January 4, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

5 Important Websites for Small Business Owners

Lets face it. There are thousands of websites vying for the attention of small business owners these days. These websites may offer things like newsletters, training packages and marketing techniques, but many great sites can be overlooked simply due to the sheer volume of content available.  These five websites, some new and others established, offer the essential tools and networking opportunities that small business owners need to succeed.



Added by Kate Rose on January 3, 2012 at 4:00pm — 9 Comments

Create for the Future: Plan to Re-Purpose Content from the Beginning

We've all heard the phrase "Work smarter, not harder."  As entrepreneurs, we are sometimes even more sensitive to how valuable our time is which means we need to be careful not to spread ourselves too thin or to over-commit.  One thing you can do to help yourself is to think about how your efforts can be repurposed for other projects.  Here are just a few ideas that may help you save time in the future:

1. When you are writing (e.g. blogs), try writing first as an article which would…


Added by Holly Kile on January 3, 2012 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

Small Business Guerilla Marketing

Guerilla marketing is usually popular at small businesses. No wonder: It is a cheap way to promote your business, and it can result in valuable PR if the creative idea is edgy and fun.

In Scandinavia where I do business, guerilla marketing is however seldom used. I think it's a shame because it so challenging to work with and the potential ROI is enormous.

Any case stories ?

Have any of you…


Added by Søren Baron Rom on December 30, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Napa Valley Wedding Photography

Napa is the perfect location for a beautiful wedding and is the destination for so many couples. I'm fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful place. The Napa Valley is one giant back drop of nature and beauty. I'll post more blog and more photos but in the mean time, please visit my website for more.…


Added by T.J. Salsman on December 29, 2011 at 10:30pm — 2 Comments

3 Ways to Kick Goal Setting Into High Gear

We all know we should be focusing on our goals on a regular basis, but the start of a new year carries so much hope and possibility that it's the perfect time to refocus and even start with a clean slate. Still...that doesn't mean goal setting is easy.

One of the biggest challenges with goal setting is often finding the time to sit down, without distractions, and envision what you want to happen over the next year. Then, of course, creating a plan for achieving it isn't always a piece…


Added by Alyssa Gregory on December 28, 2011 at 3:44pm — 2 Comments

The Biggest Buzzword in Business: Cloud

Titans of technology like Google, Amazon, Apple, and Microsoft are all focusing their resources on providing cloud-based solutions for their customers. Google Apps, Amazon EC2 servers, Apple’s iCloud, and Microsoft Office 365 are all products aimed to change the way businesses use technology.

It makes a lot of sense, because businesses and consumers alike are looking for…


Added by Peter Hales on December 28, 2011 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Standing Out Online By Improving Offline Legitimacy

Standing out on the web seems like an impossible feat these days, with new blogs springing up by the minute and everyone and their mother touting new ways to make money online. While there are plenty of steps you can take to stand out and improve your online reputation, there is one area of consideration that is continually overlooked: how you appear offline.


Offline indicators are referenced more often than we think and taking the time to improve them can give you an easy…


Added by Gere Jordan on December 23, 2011 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

Marketing Basics: Discovering and Satisfying Customer Wants

Marketing is often confused with promotion.  Look through any online discussion forum where people are asking about marketing and the focus is all on promotion.  How to get their name out there.  SEO.  Leveraging social media.  MLM.  

Promotion is indeed very important, but it's only one small aspect of what marketing really is.  


What is marketing?

In Marketing by Crane, Kerin, Hartley and Rudelius, marketing is defined as "An organizational function and a…


Added by on December 20, 2011 at 11:16am — 1 Comment

Guide to Trademark Registration Applications (Free E-Book)

I've just finished writing a 44-page e-book that provides a comprehensive step-by-step checklist for filing trademark registration applications through the USPTO website. It also includes a wealth of additional information about the trademark selection process, and some other stuff you need to know before filing for trademark registration. 

Check it out, it's free from TrademarkIntel: …


Added by Jeff Fabian on December 18, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

Platform Building: What Works for Authors Works for Small Business Owners

Fridays are reserved for guest posts on my blog, Suess's Pieces, and today is no exception. Today Becky Green Aaronson, a freelance writer from Santa Barbara, offers other writers and authors tips on building a successful platform through blogging and social media.

The great thing is that what applies to authors in…


Added by Emily Suess on December 16, 2011 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

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