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Top 5 Email Marketing Tips for New Bloggers. A large and well-qualified email list is a litera gold mine for your business. Building a relationship with this list is the most important activity you can spend time and energy on. When collecting the list, you hopefully gathered names, demographic information and any other information that will help to filter and categorize your list. You will need a backend line of products and services to give the list members multiple levels of involvement in your brand.  ...

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Some Surprising Social Media Stats Recent studies (IPSOS) show that most adult, non-senior Americans spend more than 3 hours per day on Social Networking activities. (self-reported) However, just a year ago Nielson ratings showed that the average American spent 5 hours a day watching Television. Since the number of hours a day is a zero sum game, it is obvious that Americans are either losing sleep time, work time or Television time to stay active in the Social Networks. In general, IPSOS showed that lower income, lower education individuals spent more time on  Social Networking, while business owners and business decisions makers also spent more than the average time networking on Social Platforms. In comparisons between countries, emerging market countries averaged higher usage, with Indonesians peaking at an average of 6 hours per day, and at the other end, French and Spanish at...

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What Every Customer Wants and YOU Should Know   We've been seeing in all the literature these days that quality is king. That our customers are responding best to real people and real human qualities after years of manipulation through commercials, schemes and gimmicks. As a matter of fact, they are less interested in price than they are in the following six qualities, particularly when it comes to business to business (B2B) interactions.    Preparation Don't insult your would-be client by being ill prepared. Take the time to research their company before you speak with them. Asking questions that are easily provided on their website will get you a fast, "not interested".  Simplicity Don't try to impress them with your detailed descriptions and jargon filled language about their company or yours. Discuss your plan in simple terms without being simplistic. Creativity Customers usually have ideas on how to solve...

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Does having a blog make you a blogger?

You have a blog in your website, but does that make you a “blogger”. Owning a set of paintbrushes and some canvas means you can paint, but it doesn’t make you a painter. In the end, you can know you’re a painter if people desire to look at and appreciate your work. If you decide to pant stuff from your head that holds no connection or interest for other Humans, then don’t be surprised when hey ignore your artwork.

 

ASK YOURSELF

1-    Does your blog help someone “do something” or just make them think?

2-    Do you think, “I need to send this blog to my friends…it’s really useful”?

3-    Will readers recognize the topic as current, or obsolete.

4-    Do you have more than a few sentences with opinion? Beware!

Running Your Online Business, Quality Still Rules the Day   1. Keep Your Website Design both Simple and Well-Organized In the desire to look cool or flashy, many businesses add unnecessary detractors to their websites. Music, flashy animations or huge graphics won’t necessarily lead the customer to the information they want and since everyone’s time is valuable, if they don’t find their answers quickly, they will bounce right out of your site. It is much more important that visitors be able to find the answers they are looking for at a glance, particularly for a business oriented website. 2. Respond to Visitors Promptly If a visitor to your website (future client) emails or fills out a contact form, you MUST respond to them as soon as possible. They will note how long it takes and consider that part of your customer service protocol AND they...

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Want to Be Your Own Boss? You’ll Need to Cultivate a Few Key Traits   Whether you want to buy into an existing company or create your own, if you want to start your own business there are a few key traits you will need to master to be up for the task. In this brief article by The Young Entrepreneur Council  at “The Savvy Intern”, your strategy is outlined  to get your new business  off and running.   Be Your Own Boss? 7 Key Traits You’ll Need to Master...

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Humility Will Get You the Sale   Confidence is Key, but Humility gives Credibility Confidence is key when it comes to sales. But if you don’t have plausible humility, that confidence may work against you. According to Geoffrey James, Inc. Magazine, confidence without the humility could come off as sounding cocky and arrogant or at odds with your client’s personal plan of action and that could ultimately cost you the sale. It is more difficult to make a sale if you can’t convince the client that you understand their position, and humility is going to help you do just that. Use “Wiggle Words” In your sales presentation structure of Opening, Summary, Context and Business Case you of course demonstrate your confidence and knowledge, demonstrating the research you have done on their company. However, when you get to the summary, it is recommended that you use...

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4 Tips to Becoming an Excellent Leader The best leaders/managers share a commonality in their character and their work ethic that is easily recognizable. And these traits can be learned and cultivated to create exceptional leaders in the workforce. Here are 4 qualities that exemplify great leaders. 1.      Clarity Rules the Day When it’s not clear what needs to be done, people fill in the space with their own ideas. This could result in a lot of undirected busy work that doesn’t lead to the accomplishment of a single task. The manager must spend time clarify what needs to be done, resulting in a focused effort toward those goals. 2.      Give That Clarity Meaning This clarity must then be tied into how this work will be directly connected to the successful completion of a greater goal or task (single tasks relating to a project or...

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