Start ups

Startup tips: 5 great tools for freelancers (and small businesses)

Mike | October 17th, 2011

What is a freelancer if not a small business? Just like small businesses, freelancers must engage in marketing, manage payables and receivables and other accounting tasks, perform HR functions, direct production, and plan strategy. 1. Planning and strategy. There are lots of great tools and apps out there that will help you to plan and […]

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Small Business Tip: Challenge Your Customers’ Assumptions And Behavior

Ross | October 11th, 2011

Some of the most successful companies in the world (Apple, IKEA, Southwest Airlines) succeed by doing something many companies fear: challenge their customers’ assumptions and behavior. Apple challenged the assumption that personal computers, mp3 players, mobile phones, and tablets had to be functional and not aesthetic. Apple challenged behavior by persuading customers to focus on […]

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Small business tips: mobile technology, the iPad, and your business

Mike | October 3rd, 2011

Last week I was struck by a news story that was unusual in several respects. I turned on the news to see video of a small group of rock climbers rappelling down the exterior of the Washington Monument. The sported the typical gear one would expect to see on such folks: harnesses, helmets, ropes, and […]

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How Small Businesses Are Using Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

Ross | September 28th, 2011

Social media gives small businesses a platform to amplify their voice and visibility among prospective customers. For many small businesses, this is a rich opportunity, as you can see in the following infographic – a look at social media use by small businesses (click image for full size version). Want to embed this infographic into […]

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Lean Marketing tips: business card as selling tool

Mike | September 26th, 2011

Just about everybody has one. Your desk has probably is littered with little piles of them. I would be willing to bet good money, that right now you have a few of your own in your wallet or purse. In the past year you have probably handed out and received literally hundreds of these tiny […]

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Problems Are Opportunities, Not Threats

Ross | September 13th, 2011

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein Most people see problems as threats, not opportunities. It’s natural, when we see problems as threats, to try to solve those problems quickly by doing what worked for us previously in solving similar problems. That’s […]

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Marketing 101: channel management and the digital domain

Mike | August 22nd, 2011

A marketing channel can be defined as a system used to make goods, services, or concepts available for consumption. The very best businesses are adept at managing their marketing channels and can effectively transmit goods and services from the points of conception, extraction, or production to their customer and can gain significant competitive advantage in the process. […]

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5 Tips To Get Your Small Business Online

Ross | August 17th, 2011

Last year, only 50% of all small business in the United States had a website.  When 2011 began, 64 percent of small businesses reported having a website, but that still left an astounding 36 percent of small businesses without a web presence. Do all small businesses need to have a website? Perhaps not – but […]

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Small business and startup tips: 5 traps of business branding

Mike | August 15th, 2011

Several weeks ago I wrote a post on branding a business in tough competitive environments. I discussed the importance of  defining a frame of reference, leveraging points of parity, and articulating your brand’s points of differentiation. Today I want to talk about some of the pitfalls a business can become victim to when establishing a […]

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Tips On Defining The Size of a Market for a Startup Business

Ross | July 19th, 2011

It’s important to properly measure the size the market in which you hope to compete. Without this information, it’s very difficult to raise funds, understand how much you can/should spend on product development and marketing, evaluate the success of your marketing efforts, etc. In the following video, I offer five suggestions that can help you […]

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