Featured Blog Posts – October 2008 Archive (32)

How do you sustain and grow your customer relationships?

The most important thing in sales and marketing is to attract and retain your most profitable business customers. In order to accomplish this feat, you must devise and implement a customer strategy that builds, fosters, nurtures and extends relationships with your customers. Your company profits only when the earnings from retained customers exceed the costs to acquire and to service customers over time.

There is a strong correlation between long-term business success and long-term… Continue

Added by Terry H Hill on October 31, 2008 at 1:59pm — 3 Comments

Guide to Successful Business Networking on Facebook

It is no secret that people are using Facebook for business networking and I wanted to share my own success stories and exactly what I did so that others can follow similar strategies.

I joined Facebook in June 2007 and to date I have managed to accomplish the following:

- Introduced to a venture capital firm

- Received an introduction to an angel investor who is now an advisor

- Invited to moderate a young entrepreneur group

- Interviewed for a book by an Inc.… Continue

Added by David Mullings on October 31, 2008 at 11:04am — 1 Comment

How to Make Money Online on eBay Professionally

Professionalism is necessary if you are running an eBay business to make money online. If you don't run your eBay business in a professional way, it will be very difficult for you to survive in eBay for long term. You must be willing to spend the time to study the ins and outs of doing business in eBay to avoid being a loser in the long run.

So, how to run your eBay business the professional way? The answer to this question is simple.… Continue

Added by Alan Liew on October 30, 2008 at 9:57am — No Comments

Building Momentum

Building Momentum

By Michelle Paquette, MA

Congratulations! You’ve signed the dotted line and you’re officially a business owner. Now what? The good news is that you’ve managed to conquer the initial step of getting started. What typically follows is pondering, “What do I do next?”

There is so much to do and it can feel overwhelming to filter through all of it. It is quite common to feel stuck and paralyzed during this start-up stage. Since you have successfully… Continue

Added by Michelle Paquette on October 29, 2008 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work!

Probably one of my favorite sayings "teamwork makes the dream work!" I'm sure many of you have heard that or something similar before but how does a solo business owner use teamwork when they are primarily on their own?

Throughout my career I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by great teams of people whether they have been direct working colleagues, friends, family, business colleagues, service providers or in some instances strangers. There is one thing all of these people… Continue

Added by Sue Henry on October 27, 2008 at 10:08pm — 1 Comment

Good Things Can Happen In Bad Times

Technically, the U.S. is not in a recession, but I know for many of us it looks and feels like a recession. So let's just say for the next few paragraphs that we are in a recession because honestly, we could be soon. Is there any good to be found in a recession? Is there any way we can thrive during such a challenging time? You bet there is!

1. First-time homebuyers, rejoice. With prices falling, dramatically in some areas, young families who thought they'd been priced out of the… Continue

Added by Karen Leep on October 27, 2008 at 5:26pm — 6 Comments

making the choice not to worry

Making the Choice Not to Worry

Paul J. Meyer article from success magazine

More damage is done by worrying than by what is being worried about. This is because 90 percent of all worries never come to pass. Over the years, I have made it a deliberate point not to worry. If something happens at work or at home that would constitute a worry, I have learned to address the potential worry and say, "I'm going to wait to worry." Then when I objectively and realistically address the issue,… Continue

Added by jacqueline casey on October 27, 2008 at 5:03pm — No Comments

10 Steps to Driving More Traffic to Your Site Using

Driving traffic to your website is one of the top three activities of Internet Marketers. Without traffic you can't sell your product or service. One of the up and coming superstars in social networking is Scribd. If you haven't used it now is the time to start. This how-to article will teach you how to use to get exposure and new keywords to drive traffic to your site.

1. Search keywords that relate to what you already know. Writing on a subject you know about is very… Continue

Added by Samantha G on October 27, 2008 at 12:31pm — 5 Comments

Article Writing Basics. Get Free Traffic

Article writing is one of the most effective ways to generate traffic to your website or blog. It's not that difficult once you learn the basics and the results will certainly pay off. You don't have to be an expert reporter or John Steinbeck to compose an effective article that gets read and creates traffic. The first thing to consider when writing an article is to choose a specific topic. Compose your article beforehand, then just copy and paste it to the article sites and make adjustments… Continue

Added by James Broadfoot on October 25, 2008 at 10:39pm — 2 Comments

7 Tips for Unbelievable Website Design

How do you create website design that looks great? Here are the key points from the article “Principles of Effective Web Design”:

1. Make it Obvious

Make your website design self-explanatory so that users can almost unconsciously navigate your site without feeling like they’re trying to figure out a puzzle. A visually obvious website design structure and easily recognizable links can help you achieve this.

2. Make it Quick

Make your… Continue

Added by Team on October 24, 2008 at 5:42pm — 15 Comments

5 Ways to Save on Phone Bills

Saver #1: Make Free Internet Phone Calls

Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) allows you to make telephone calls over the internet for free, or at least much cheap than most cell phone or landline plans. You and the person you are talking to will need to have microphones on your computers

Saver #2: Use Calling Cards for International Calls

If you make international calls, consider buying cheap calling cards for the countries you call most instead of… Continue

Added by Team on October 23, 2008 at 3:41pm — 4 Comments

Social Networking And Success Building

Social Networking is a great way to go beyond news and the economy. Social Networking puts us in contact with a healthy and prosperity based mindset which is helping us to build a solid and prosperous future.

Going to College was an experience that could be of great help when the economic news are so complicated worldwide and the economic gurus are floating in wonderland and the bankers of the world are just guessing, what the answers should be.

However, Russell Brunson a… Continue

Added by Jose Damaso Ramon on October 22, 2008 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

Are You Building a Relationship or a Friend's List?

Are you Building a Relationship or a Friend’s List?

I remember well the first weekend that I became a member on Facebook and I found a MENTOR. someone whom I assumed was a Guru at that time .

The instructions given to mw and other innocent followers were that you needed to build a LIST very fast and try to have 1000 FRIENDS by the end of the weekend in order to kick start your business.

Next it was suggested that your new friends became your fans and… Continue

Added by Judith Atkinson on October 22, 2008 at 5:46am — No Comments

WebSite Designs 2 Kill Your Sells by Ben Hart

I have assembled here a checklist of 17 mistakes to avoid when designing your website if your primary goal is to make money with your website.

Mistake #1 - Opening your website with a Flash page

Opening a website with Flash (a mini-movie) can be very cool looking. Website designers and graphic artists love them because they are so pretty and showcases their technical skill. But Internet surfers can’t stand them because they… Continue

Added by Ar-Lena Richardson "The Sports ePublicist" on October 22, 2008 at 3:00am — 5 Comments

The 3 Keys to Unforgettable Business Cards

Everyone seems to be looking for free business cards, thinking that all you have to do is find that magic free business card website, fill in a few blanks, and click the “submit” button. But what is often overlooked is how to turn your free business cards into more than cookie-cutter landfill that will carelessly be tossed aside by a potential customer. So how is it done? Below are some of the key points from the article “The Four Corners of Unforgettable Business Cards™” by Scott Ginsberg,… Continue

Added by Team on October 20, 2008 at 5:30pm — 13 Comments

3 Elements of Successful Marketing Planning

Many small business owners and managers approach marketing in a shotgun approach. They throw money at different marketing activities and hope that something hits their target. In most of these cases, the results are poor. Owners and managers start blaming the radio stations, the ad agency, or even the marketing consultant who told them marketing was the most important activity of their business. They don’t understand the need to plan and map out their marketing efforts. Planning is key to… Continue

Added by Nate Stockard on October 17, 2008 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

9 Growth Elements in Hard Times

You as business owners though out the world are becoming increasingly anxious about what is happening out there in this little economic turmoil that we are seeing going on. The object you need to keep focused on is your business fundamentals. If you keep the important things in order you can actually grow right now!

You need to keep focused on 9 different essentials things for business success.

As you read them you might be ready to throw up your hands and say "This tuff… Continue

Added by Howard Larson on October 17, 2008 at 11:39am — 1 Comment

The Economy – Make it Your Servant for Personal and Business Growth

Our economy is struggling, certainly feels like recession, some say could become a depression, if financial markets don’t respond. Experts like Mr. Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman, and others are telling us it will take some years to recover.

I don’t like the situation because many people will bear unusual pain and stress for a longer period of time. I empathize with those who, through no fault of their own, are in difficult situations.

However, Personal and Business… Continue

Added by Platinum on October 16, 2008 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Respond To Your Inner Calling

Just thought I would share this great email I got today from Paul Hoffman

Good Morning and Great Day...

We all have an inner calling a divine inspiration that speaks to us in ways that encourage us to bring forth our talents and gifts and share them with the world. There are irrevocable skill sets in each and everyone of us that are unique and special to who we are. Are you willing to hear your inner calling? Will you listen to the divine wisdom that is so… Continue

Added by Ginny Lee on October 16, 2008 at 8:24am — 3 Comments

The Economy Stinks... Finally! It's Time To Start Your Business!

By Mike Michalowicz

Author, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

The sky is falling. Oh – My - God. It’s all over. Stick a fork in us, we are done. NOT!

The economy stinks! So what? Here’s some news for you, bucko. It stinks every ten or f

ifteen years. Welcome to the great cycle of the economy. We go through this all the time, and here is a predication, it will continue to stink for quite while. Perhaps another year or so, then it will begin to heal and thrive again.… Continue

Added by Michelle on October 15, 2008 at 10:21am — 1 Comment

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