Posts Tagged ‘start-up’

Lean Marketing Tips: Blogging to Build Audience and Drive Traffic

Mike | June 18th, 2012

For many small businesses and startups, blogging is an inexpensive and effective strategy to drive traffic to a site, develop a reputation, and build an engaged audience of potential customers, even fanatics, who will share your content, promote your message, and help you to herd more readers to your site. We have been publishing the […]

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5 Tips: What Being an Angry Customer Has Taught Me About Great Customer Service

Mike | June 11th, 2012

I am notorious. I have, probably deservedly, developed a reputation around the office for being fierce when it comes to customer service. I don’t mean that I direct my savagery towards our own support agents, rather the pain I can sometimes cause customer service agents from other companies. Every so often, I find myself on […]

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Small Business and Startup Tips: 5 Marketing Mistakes to Avoid

Mike | June 4th, 2012

Marketing your small business is simple, right? Just get your web page live, set up a Twitter account and a Facebook page, start building that email list and you’re on your way to endless riches! Well, unfortunately it is not quite that easy and many businesses end up making mistakes that they could have easily […]

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Lean Marketing: Delivering Customer Service via Social Media

Mike | April 30th, 2012

We write often about the power of great customer service and share ideas for how to engage with customers. improve delivery, and analyze your performance in this crucial arena. There are reasonably priced tools aplenty which can help you provide better service to your customers: help-desk software like Zendesk, virtual call center services such as […]

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Small business Congress-watch: Three Reasons to Vote Next November?

Mike | April 23rd, 2012

A few times a year I take a browse through current legislation that has been introduced in our Congress. The idea is to stay current on what the folks in Washington are doing for small businesses and startups and to briefly analyze some of those priorities and efforts. As business owners and operators who live […]

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Small Biz and Startup Tips: 5 Ideas to Plan for Success(ion)

Mike | April 16th, 2012

When starting and running a new company it is easy to focus on the present and quickly lose track of what may come in the future. This is not a bad thing  - in fact the present is exactly where entrepreneurs should place most of their priorities and devote most of their energy. But as […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Academics

Mike | April 9th, 2012

As college graduation weekends and summer business incubator announcements loom, I thought I would take a few minutes to consider the connection between the entrepreneurship and academia. Entrepreneurs, by definition,  take an idea or a concept and strive to make that idea into a operating business. To do this, we spend a great deal of […]

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Lean Marketing Tips: Hyperlocal Marketing Channels

Mike | March 26th, 2012

We write often about marketing strategies and tactics for small business and startups. These companies typically have limited budgets, thin resources, and strained capacity which combine to create a challenge for managers and owners: how to develop an effective marketing campaign using tactics that will work for their business. The Lean Startup movement provides a […]

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Small Business Tips: Foreign Payments, The Patriot Act, OFAC, and you.

Mike | March 5th, 2012

Every time I find myself on the security line at the airport, I watch the folks ahead of me anticipating that someone will be pulled from the line because their name appeared on the TSA “no-fly” list. I have yet to see this happen, but I sympathize with the poor schlub whose name matches that […]

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10 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Politicians

Mike | February 13th, 2012

‘Tis the season. Not for giving gifts or reflecting on peace on earth. This is the silly season where we have to opportunity to elect our next President of the United States. Every four years, our country engages in a ritual which will impact the course of our economy, our social policy, and our governmental […]

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