• 5 questions you should ask yourself every day before bed

      By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist I’m a vampire. No, not the solar-phobic Transylvanian bloodsucker with his campy cape, but the graveyard worker who spends all night hitting the keyboard and dropping into bed when the first sun rays sneak through my curtains. You see, I’m what the German government now calls the digital solo-self-employer (if you think that’s a ...

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    • How I get more stuff done than you: Focus

      By Mark Schaefer I help a lot of people with their business ideas and problems and inevitably this question comes up: “You seem to be everywhere … how do you get all this stuff done?” My answer is deceivingly simple: FOCUS. I say “deceivingly” because it is such a simple word but so exceedingly difficult to achieve! As a small business owner, I need to focus like a laser o ...

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    • Strategies to deal with losing readers through the newsfeed evolution

      By Mark Schaefer For the past year or so, I’ve been working on a project I’ve called the “re-invention of the blog.” My vision is to create a space that was more than content … it would also present my ideas in such a beautiful, creative and interactive format that the presentation would be as conversational as the content.

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  • Six steps to increase your app conversion rate

    … Kiki Schirr, {grow} Contributing Columnist App marketing is a difficult job. Your goal is higher downloads and app conversion rate in a crowded space with strict marketplace rules. Often the people who build apps are from small teams with no formal training in marketing. And unlike marketing physical goods, advertising might not be your best…

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  • Three Ways Leaving the 9-5 for Entrepreneurship Improved My Life

    … By Elise Perkins, {grow} Community Member Stress in the workplace remains a top trigger for the everyday aches and pains that plague the American employee. A recent Deloitte study further illuminates the reasons why this occurs: worries over making mistakes, challenging workloads, “urgent” projects which add to the daily deliverables, excessive…

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  • Success may mean staying true to what you know is true

    … of existing employees already working on other jobs. I began to twitch. In week four, another one of my imperatives bit the dust … and you can probably predict where this going. Nowhere. The truth you know is true Piece by piece, my plan was dismantled. Instead of fighting for a strategy based on my own experience, my own intelligence, and what I knew…

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  • Four online business rules that don’t exist any more

    … consultant. A Canadian friend wanted to change his career and was interested in becoming a full-time copywriter. He simply declared his new “profession” on Facebook and attracted two writing deals straightaway. Of course he had practiced writing for years, but a single social media shoutout was all it took to jumpstart his copywriting career. During my…

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  • Case study: Small business content marketing success

    … building, blogging best practices, blogging success, content marketing, entrepreneurism, marketing strategy Posted in blogging, Blogging best practices, Case studies, Content Marketing, Entrepreneurism, Marketing Strategy | No Comments » All posts …

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  • The start-up strategy for beating Facebook

    … necessarily solve any unique industry problem like Blab — It had cool filters that made you look like a cat or throwing up a rainbow. Top social media influencers were very slow to adopt the technology. And yet, this week TechCrunch carried news about Facebook Live which sounds the death knell for Blab: The platform will soon let you do two-person…

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  • 3 Business tips to make the second half of your 2016 count

    …) customers to drive sales. Tools change with time and can become useless, but value never goes out of business, only the delivery changes. Always remember the business you are REALLY in. Conclusion The second half of the year can be an ‘Ode to Joy’ for both yourself and your wallet. What seldom-heard tip can you share? Mars Dorian draws funky…

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  • 4 Lessons learned from super niche marketing

    … By Mars Dorian, {grow} Contributing Columnist It’s frustrating to work your face off and release a product online that no one wants to buy. (X___X ) < That was me about two years ago, when I uploaded my first sci-fi book to Amazon where it vanished into the algorithm of the digital abyss. Disappointed but not defeated, I wrote my next book…

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  • The world’s best creativity technique

    … OK, some blog post headlines tend to be a little sensational. Not this one. I want to share with you the absolute best, can’t-miss technique for truly breakthrough thinking I have ever used. That sounds like a cheesy affiliate ad or something, but there’s no catch here. I am simply giving you one of my best leadership ideas. But it gets better…

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  • Market networks bring businesses into the “enabling economy”

    … vertical. Organizing this way could have a significant impact on how millions of people work and live, and how hundreds of millions buy services. The key attributes of these companies: Combine the main elements of both networks and marketplaces Use SaaS workflow software to focus action around longer-term projects and relationships, not just…

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  • Social Media and ASO: The Two Essentials of App Marketing

    … more detail about ASO best practice and is an invaluable resource for any app developer (well, since we helped write it, we would say that, wouldn’t we?). Anyway, make sure you check it out! Social Media Social media is one of the most cost-effective marketing tools around. Done well, even the most budget-poor marketing team can generate significant…

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  • The Internet of Things will be ruled by kids

    … The beginning of each year is filled with technology forecasts, and for the past several years we have been shoveled quite a lot of projections about the Internet of Things, or “IoT” for short. For all the hyper-hype, I can scarcely imagine a less impactful trend. There might be rivers of data converging somewhere in the world I suppose…

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  • Five ways to boost your start-up business idea

    … I have fun helping start-ups and after years of seeing plans and pitches, I am starting to see some common mistakes emerge. If you want to build a hedge of protection around your baby and make it soar, spend some time thinking about how well your new business is prepared to handle these issues. Here are five ways to boost your start-up business…

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  • Looking for inspiration on innovation and entrepreneurship? Here’s the source!

    … One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is spending time with people looking to follow their dream and start new businesses. And time after time, I refer to what I learned in one single book: Innovation and Entrepreneurship by Peter Drucker. Peter Drucker may be the most revered business leader and author in history. He has written some…

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  • How to know when it’s time to call it quits

    … The entrepreneurial spirit was strong in me, even at an early age. I always had some gig going. I sold Christmas cards door-to-door. I raked leaves and cut grass. I watched kids and dogs. I did anything I could to make a buck. But my first entrepreneurial venture was also my shortest one and it occurred when I was five years old. That’s right. I…

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