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This largest of the social networks still provides great opportunities for the business community. Here are 3 frequently overlooked ways to use Facebook for business.

 

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Facebook pages are one of the better ways to capitalize on this social network. They are free to create and can help you attract new customers and attention that you did not have before. Unfortunately, many folks stop once their business page is up and running. It’s important to post interesting and informative content on your page regularly, and to avoid too much sales oriented content.

Media Releases

If there is something coming up that needs to be released to the media, why not release it via Facebook as well? This is another way to get the word out to people and let them know what is going on in your day to day operations. There are more than a few people who might like to know about things like this. Just be careful to make sure that you don’t release something that you did not intend to because once it is on Facebook it is there forever. Just be sure to remember the 80/20 rule. 20% sales content and 80% helpful information.

Facebook Contests

This one can be a lot of fun for the fans of your Facebook page. Running a contest of some kind allows you to keep your fans engaged. The important thing to remember is to use contests sparingly. Socialmediatoday.com puts it this way,

One issue that you might face when running a contest is receiving entries from people that that have no interest in joining your community. It is nice to see a boost of hundreds or thousands of likes on your page, but later down the road you might see a drop in engagement or the dreaded ‘unlike’. Keep this information in mind and try not to overuse contests.

Hours of Operation

Though you may be using the virtual world to market your business, you still want people to visit you in the real world as well. This means posting what your hours of operation are so that the people visiting you on Facebook visit visit you in the real world as well. That is where you marketing can turn into dollars. Always be sure to post your hours of operation.

Contact us to learn more about how to get the most from Facebook for business.

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The BIG question we sometimes find ourselves asking is, “How do I  bounce back from this business reversal?” We all find ourselves in this situation at one time or another. It’s something we prefer not to think about, but it eventually impacts all of us.

 

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Some reasons for a business reversal are:

  1. A change in a client’s management team.
  2. Acquisition of a client by a competitor.
  3. A client relocates to a distant location.
  4. You loose a key client.

How did you get there?

One way to manage a successful turnaround is to know how and why you got there in the first place. Once you pinpoint the cause of the reversal, you should be able to find a solution that will help you rectify the current challenge and avoid the same problem in the future:

  1. Have you been too busy for new business development?
  2. Do you you need a new list of prospects?
  3. Are your clients demanding related services that you don’t offer?
  4. Have you fallen behind in the tech requirements of your industry?

Some strategies for bouncing back after business reversal:

  1. Call old clients.
  2. Upgrade your skills.
  3. Call on new clients that can utilize your current skills.
  4. Consistently devote 20-25% of your time to new business development.

One key to bouncing back: market research.

Once you’ve experienced a business reversal, the last thing you want to do is continuing to do more of the same things. Remember: the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over, and expecting different results. As such, it may be imperative that you change course. But how do you know which course to take? You can start by doing marketing research, and possibly working with a business coach or new business marketing team.

Apply the Vector Principal.

The Vector Principal states that if you offer new services to a new group of prospective clients, you’ll encounter all the problems associated with starting a new business. The only way you can avoid these sorts of start-up problems is by growing your business through either of the following strategies:

  1. Expanding the services you offer to your existing client base.
  2. Expanding your client base through the services you currently offer.

The bottom line:

The way to bounce back is to manage change as you would anything else in your life: no more of the same old status quo. Frankly, that’s what put you in a turnaround situation in the first place. Here are some ways to help you get going:

  1. Take some time to contemplate or meditate on your situation and its solution.
  2. Make a list of 20 different ways to correct your situation. (Don’t stop at 2, 3, or 4, ideas! Keep going until you have 20 ideas.)
  3. Trust your intuition when it comes to choosing the right strategy.

If you have questions about any of the above, you can ask me. I’m always willing to help.

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Career and business education has changed in recent years with many free opportunities now available. Knowing what’s out there can help you build your career and business, especially when you need to enhance your training or that of your employees.

 

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There are new types of free education from companies like Khan Academy and Coursera to name a couple. Today we’ll give you an overview of how Coursera can benefit you and your business.

 

If you have never heard of Coursera, they offer free, no cost online education. What makes Coursera unique is range of classes available, from business to art, all taught by talented professors and instructors from prestigious schools, such as Stanford, Duke, and Princeton. After you or your employees finish a course, Coursera issues a certificate of completion.

Most of us can benefit from some continuing career and/or business education, and Coursera might be very beneficial, especially given the current financial climate. Here are several upcoming Coursera classes that will further your knowledge base while keeping your overhead down:

Foundations of Business Strategy

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business, Instructor: Michael J. Lenox, Six Week Session, Begins January 13, 2014

Content Strategy for Professionals

Northwestern University, Six Week Session, Begins on January 13, 2014: This professional Content Strategy is for people anywhere in an organization who have content development experience and now want to significantly improve their abilities to understand audiences and develop strategic words, pictures, graphics, and videos to convey their organization’s most important goals.

Introduction to Public Speaking

University of Washington, Instructor: Matt McGarrity, Ten Week Session Begins, March 31, 2014

Unethical Decision Making in Organizations

University of Lausanne, Instructors: Guido Palazzo, Ulrich Hoffrage, Seven Week Session Begins September 2014

The courses listed above are just a few classes on the Coursera website. Here’s a list of other courses that can enrich you and your employees. Once you are on the website, on the left you will see categories to choose from. I am confident there will be several more free courses that you will find interesting and will help you further your mission.

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Instagram has become quite the contender in the social media arena. That’s largely due to Facebook. After the purchase by Facebook, Instagram garnered so many eyes on their website that it propelled them into something much bigger through the addition of videos and advertisements. Now is the time for your business to make its presence known using Instagram.

 

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Instagram is the place to upload photos that connect, engage, touch and stay memorable with their increasing Instagram followers. For businesses this is an opportunity to show users a different side of the company. Communicating on Instagram is all about pleasing the eye with color, basic words and bold strategies. With over 150 million users, there’s plenty of opportunity to go around.

Possible ideas for growing your business using videos are:

  • Highlighting your latest innovation
  • Getting to know the newest recruit
  • Teaching tutorials
  • Q&A sessions
  • Product/service/movie reviews
  • Explaining your latest offering
  • A day in the life of….

Possible ideas for photos are:

  • Your newest product/service
  • The company behind the scenes
  • Charity work
  • Company events
  • Photo contests
  • A day in the life of….

Turning a photo, video or ad into something profitable is going to take some work. It’s more than just placing photos and moving on. It’s about being strategic with your postings. Being strategic with Instagram begins with these tips:

  • Make every photo or video authentic.
  • Post on a schedule.
  • Make advertisements more visual than wordy.
  • Use hashtags to label photos and videos. Similar photos and videos must use the same hashtag.
  • Make Hashtags completely yours by using words or phrases that describe them. Make sure that words or phrases are used with other photos and videos. Every time someone sees that hashtag it will be connected to the company.
  • Spread Instagram links on your website, on your blog and on other social media accounts.
  • With business cards, email newsletters and offline marketing, make sure the Instagram link connects to the message conveyed.

Building your business with Instagram isn’t a one-time solution. Postings must be consistent for you to see results. When your Instagram strategy is up and running, all you’ll need to do is maintain it. Photos and videos are shared with other users, and this promotes your business using visual word of mouth. Over time, your company will build relationships with Instagram users and everyone wins. For more information on developing a social media promotion strategy, contact us.

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It appears that both individuals and businesses are leaning more toward freelancers and freelance teams to best meet their needs. However, before jumping in, you might want to consider these important points before taking the plunge to use freelancing as an alternative workforce solution.

 

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Much discussion has been made regarding the pros and cons of either becoming freelancer or hiring one or more. In this post we have summed up the five basic points while acknowledging both sides of the issue. After looking at these points, it will be much easier for you to imagine the benefits of freelance and of creating teams of freelancers.

  1. “In the pursuit of less stress and greater well-being, freelance work can be the way to have your professional cake and eat it in smaller bites, too.” This statement was the closing statement of an article published in The Huffington Post. Some excellent points were made in regard to working as a freelancer at various ages, since it gives the person room some to breathe. The lifestyle can be more flexible since it evolves, allowing the person to pursue other passions and be available to participate in activities other than work. The back side of this is that it requires self-discipline to maintain the proper balance of time spent on work versus play.
  2. Many companies are turning to freelance hiring as an affordable option to hiring full-time employees. In our current economy many businesses must tighten their budgets, which often includes reducing their work staff. It is much more efficient for some employers to hire help when they need it through freelancers. As an added bonus, it can be difficult to fire an employee, but if a freelancer doesn’t work out, you don’t have to contract them for another project.
  3. Freelancers do not have the financial security of a permanent job, however few jobs today can be considered permanent. This point deserves some contemplation. Freelancing is growing in popularity with the number of opportunities steadily increasing. The creation of an entire team of freelancers that are available to fulfill the needs of a business is even more appealing to those looking for help as well as those attempting to offer whatever their clients need.
  4. There are literally global options available through freelancing that are advantageous to both sides. Workers are not restricted by employment opportunities available locally or by the economic conditions of the area where they reside. Employers are not limited to the local available pool of workers, and can tap into available workers that may be more skilled and experienced. How much more convenient would it be to access an entire team of freelancers to fulfill any needs?
  5. A recent article posted by Bloomberg News stated, “The recession that ended in June 2009 helped boost freelancing as a way for the newly unemployed to support themselves, and the practice has gained traction since. Internet exchanges allow companies to reduce labor costs by enlisting freelancers, who give up a reliable salary for discretion over how and when they work.” One freelancer that was interviewed for the article stated, “I’m working from home, setting my own schedule and making decent money.” He followed that statement by saying that he doesn’t plan on moving to California’s Silicon Valley even if he could land higher-paying work there.

 

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Some of my best ideas come when I’m taking a break from work. Many of the other graphic designers I’ve interviewed on this blog agree. We all turn to such activities as biking, visiting a museum or a garden, or just playing with our children for cultivating creativity and to break through creative blocks. As you might expect, recent research reflects this same viewpoint.

 

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Here’s list for leaders who want to cultivate creativity and never want to be known as idea killers:

1. Challenge conventional brainstorming. Read more.

2. Give people time to think independently before an idea meeting. Read more.

3. Ask for quantity and creativity, not perfection. Read more.

4. Diversify your teams. Read more.

5. Banish the “Dragon’s Den.” Read more.

6. Share the big picture to produce better pitchers. Read more.

7. Reward the “givers” on your team and beware the “takers.” Read more.

8. Introduce your staff to the “Empty Chair.” Read more.

9. Make it fun. Read more.

10. Watch out for the four villains of decision-making. Read more.

 

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Contact us by phone at 661-287-0017 or by email. We’ll can help you think through your objectives and propose ideas for the best solution for your needs and budget.

 

 

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We’ve all seen them. Typos in national ads and publications. Sometimes the meaning gets blown by a simple goof up. Jay Leno on the Tonight Show has made fun of them from time-to-time too. Here are 6 tips to help you ensure that you have accurate copy every time.

 

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1. Watch Out For Missing (or Extra) Punctuation.

A missing comma, or one that is placed incorrectly, can completely change the meaning of a phrase. Take for example, “Let’s eat, Grandma!” versus “Let’s eat Grandma!”

2. Don’t Take Headers for Granted! Read Them Again, and Then One More Time.

People often assume headers are correct and speed right past them to get to where they think typos are hiding. Sometimes the errors are there in plain sight…and large. If accurate copy is critical for your success, you won’t want to miss this point.

3. Read Every Letter.

Because of language familiarity, we have a tendency to read what we expect to see instead of what’s actually there. If you force yourself to look at every letter, you will avoid this risky habit. For example, what’s wrong with this phrase?

The flowers that
bloom in the
the Spring.

4. Read the Copy Backwards.

Obviously, context is important, but this different perspective keeps you from getting lost in the narrative of the subject matter and missing a typo. One annual report client offered his secretary $1 for every typo she found in their copy. The way she found the most were by, you guessed it, reading the copy backwards!

5. Double-check Then, Than and That.

The wrong choice between then and than and a that meant to be a than are among the most common mistakes, and of course, your spell-check program is no help. Also, there’s two, too and to.

6. Send Your Copy To A Professional Proof Reader.

Even when doing all of the above, there’s no substitute for using a professional. These folks can simply glance at a page and notice the mistakes. It’s worth it just to be free of the headaches.

Thanks to our friends at bulletproofonline.com (professional proof readers) for the majority of these tips.

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The Internet has grown rapidly and drastically. How can a newborn website compete today? This article includes tips and ideas on how to use the Internet’s ever-changing and growing technology to your advantage for building successful websites.

 

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 A Brief Internet Timeline

1969 – CompuServe corporation developed the first major commercial U.S. Internet service.

1990 – Prodigy, another come-and-gone Internet service provider, became the second largest online service.

1997 – According to “The Brief History of Social Media,” released by writers at University of North Carolina at Pembroke, the Web had expanded to include one million sites. Instant messaging and chat boards were in full swing.

2004 – Facebook began for Harvard College students.

2007 – Microsoft buys stake in Facebook as social networking continued to grow.

2009 – The Internet hosted 27 to 58 billion web pages, according to the University of North Carolina (UNCP.edu).

Resources and Speed

Creating successful websites is time consuming enough without doing it on a slow Internet connection. To avoid the excessive (and costly) delays, many webmasters use local servers for website building, then use FTP to upload the finished product to the live host site.

But times have changed. With the abundance of cloud services, inexpensive online real estate and high-speed Internet providers, there is really no need to set up and manage a local server.

Without dedication to development, financial strength to withstand the time factor and a product that reaps user interest, sites like Facebook could not exist. However, delivery speed is also a major requirement for success. If forced to operate at the 56K max dial-up speed available like CompuServe did in 1969, Facebook would be unusable and worthless.

Know-How Supported By Rapid Response Time

According to an article from Internet Providers on designing websites in a mobile world, essential site building processes include custom applications, responsive design techniques (that automatically resize for different devices like iPads and smartphones) and integration into to the world of social media. You mustn’t ignore the value of rapid response to the ever-changing requirements of Internet shoppers, surfers and researchers.

Building a website pretty much requires a correlation with social media. It might seem like extra work, but utilizing social media can help you connect with customers or viewers of your page. Linking you website to Facebook, Twitter and Google+ will maximize your dialogue

Effective Website Construction

On the front end, a properly designed website integrates attractive and meaningful graphics with unique content and a meaningful user experience. But without the proper behind-the-scenes management, the front end is merely digital static to an already bloated Internet society. Website builders should place attention on five major components:

  1. Appearance
  2. Usefulness
  3. Customer motivation
  4. Speed
  5. Reliability
  6. Responsiveness

Real-Time Website Construction Works

Making your web business work requires heavy-duty Internet access. You need to upload photos, videos and web content. Effective management of the backend site control panel demands real-time interaction, but it only works if the delivery is sufficient to meet the user demands.

Cisco and other major players suggest a user range of 100 to 10,000 hosts per network. Imagine the burden on under-supplied ISP companies. Whether you live in a rural region or a well-populated metropolis, you need a quick, reliable and established Internet service provider. It keeps your visitors happy and cuts your development hours.

 

Guest Author: Michael Faulks

Michael is a tech supervisor for an equipment installation company. When he is not busy troubleshooting, he enjoys writing about digital trends and the tech world.

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Social media of all types can both attract customers to your business and help your business GROW. LinkedIn is no exception. It’s a powerful business resource for professionals, and it’s WAY more than just a profile. This article is intended to help you get more business using LinkedIn.

 

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  1. It goes without saying: to take advantage of everything LinkedIn has to offer, it’s important to have a business page. You can then use this page to sell what your company is about and what you offer. To do that, you need to tell an engaging story about your company and it’s products or services.
  2. Encourage employees and management to get a LinkedIn account and fill out 100% if their profile. Their profiles will help your business climb. Be sure to link your company business page to your website too. This brings potential customers back to your company (and may seal the deal).
  3. Speaking of climbing LinkedIn, encourage workers to connect with as many people as possible. The people with the most connections are seen more frequently than those with fewer connections. The general rule is to connect with people you know, but it doesn’t hurt to connect to other people too. Those folks may have connections that help your employees and management. However, it’s important not to harass or spam them. Also, you’ll want to encourage them to connect their profile and company pages. The company will climb higher and get noticed because of it.
  4. Add a feed and/or blog to your company page. The update will load into the LinkedIn timeline of everyone who follows you. Those same posts will end up in their email updates.
  5. Engage in conversation. Share your expertise in LinkedIn groups. Participate in discussions and respond to blog updates. You can also start a group. This can be a great platform to address customer concerns and have discussions. Just don’t use the groups as an advertising platform. It will turn your audience off and they may filter out your messages.
  6. Optimize your page for Linkedin search and search engines. Make sure your company page has keywords that many people will use in their search. Make sure your business page is original, but not so original that no one will ever think to type it in. An example would be to say “Marketing Sales Expert” instead of the bland “Sales Manager” or the over-the-top “Maven of Marketing.” This is something no one else would have, but also something that someone would never search for.
  7. Contact us for more information on how to use Linkedin to your best advantage.

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No Matter If You’re In A Slump, This Collection Of Creative Concepts Is Sure To Get Your Advertising And Design Inspiration Flowing And Going. . . . Enjoy!

 

Like the other creative concepts that I’ve shared on this blog, this one can help you break out of most any slump, and get your creative juices flowing and are sure to brighten your illustration inspiration. BTW, these also come through artist representative, Richard Solomon, and “No” he didn’t pay me to post these.

Be sure to read the quotes below each illustration. They add a spark of fun and are very appropriate to this topic: “Pick Your Poison.”

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David Palumbo
“Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.”
– G.K. Chesterton

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Bill Sanderson
“I loved when Bush came out and said, ‘We are losing the war against drugs.’ You know what that implies? There’s a war being fought, and the people on drugs are winning it.”
– Bill Hicks

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James Bennett
“Cigarettes are a classy way to commit suiside.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

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David Johnson
“Drinking is the soldier’s pleasure.”
– John Dryden

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Patrick Arrasmith
“Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs.”
– Robin P. Williams

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Tim Bower
“When you don’t hold your pipe with the proper poise, smoking is very hazardous for your image.”
– Bauvard

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Paul Cox
“A woman drove me to drink and I didn’t even have the decency to thank her.”
– W.C. Fields

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Murray Kimber
“It is now proven, beyond a doubt, that smoking is a leading cause of statistics.”
– Fletcher Knebel

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CF Payne
“Now don’t say you can’t swear off drinking; it’s easy. I’ve done it a thousand times.”
– W. C. Fields

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John Mattos
“Eating and sleeping are the only activities that should be allowed to interrupt a man’s enjoyment of his cigar.”
– Mark Twain

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Dongyun Lee
“A lady came up to me one day and said ‘Sir! You are drunk’, to which I replied ‘I am drunk today madam, and tomorrow I shall be sober but you will still be ugly.”
– Winston Churchill

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Rudy Gutierrez
“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”
– W.C. Fields

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“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.”
– Benjamin Franklin

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Gary Kelley
“Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Maria Corte Maidagan
“Perfection is such a nuisance that I often regret having cured myself of using tobacco.”
– Emile Zola

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Mark T Smith
“When I read about the evils of drinking I gave up reading.”
– Henny Youngman

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Ricardo Martinez
“A cigar has “…a fire at one end and a fool at the other.”
– Horace Greely

28-Ted-Wright

Ted Wright
“I like to have a martini, Two at the very most. After three I’m under the table, after four I’m under my host.”
– Dorothy Parker

29-Michal-Dziekan

Michal Dziekan
“Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.”
– Brooke Shields

30-Niklas-Asker

Niklas Asker
“First you take a drink, then the drink takes a drink, then the drink takes you.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Guy Stauber
“Drugs are a bet with your mind.”
– Jim Morrison

32-Goni-Montes

Goni Montes
“Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I’ve done it thousands of times.”
– Mark Twain

33-Tyler-Jacobson

Tyler Jacobson
“There was a young lady named Mae
Who smoked without stopping all day;
As pack followed pack,
Her lungs first turned black,
And eventually rotted away.”
– Edward Gorey, Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey & Peter F. Neumeyer

34-Eric-Drooker

Eric Drooker
“My smoking might be bothering you, but it’s killing me.
– Anonymous

35-Andrew-R-Wright

Andrew R Wright
“I drink to make other people more interesting.”
– Ernest Hemingway

36-mark-summers

Mark Summers
“To smoke or not to smoke: I can make of either a life work.”
– Mignon McLaughlin

37-Jason-Seiler

Jason Seiler
“A good cigar is as great a comfort to a man as a good cry to a woman.”
– E.G. Bulwer Lytton

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