“Stay Contagious and Courageous”

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I believe that we’re all contagious (whether we admit it or not) and we each choose which contagion to spread. (It's in my bio) Having learned so long ago when I was in retail management, (I think I picked it up from Zig Ziglar), I began using the phrase, "Stay Contagious" as a way of complimenting someone. Often, I would follow Stay Contagious with a more specific … [Read more...]

Do What You Like Least First – A Good Habit

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One of the tragedies I experience most often when talking to business owners are the piles of angst-ridden work that sit on to-do lists, desks, and in the back room of their business. Sometimes, I think I might be able to serve a business owner better by offering a "good habits" course so that pile stops growing. Rather, I will point to S.J. Scott's books or Kim Yuhl's new … [Read more...]

Resize Image (APP) Before Posting

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There are two types of sizes when talking about images. There is the dimensional Width * Height, often measured in pixels. There is also the weight of the file, often measured in bytes. Most of the time, if you upload a picture from your mobile device directly onto your computer or even right onto your site, the weight of the file (bytes) is going to be very large. While … [Read more...]

Every SmallBiz Track is Only $79

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We're changing our pricing structure. Instead of "levels" - Every SmallBiz Track is only $79. When SmallBizTracks first launched last fall, our projects were one of three levels of work: Basic, Advanced, and Master. The differences were in levels of complexity or customization for the projects - and cost. The more complex or customized the work of a track, the higher the … [Read more...]

Simple and Easy

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A lot of business owners are looking for easy. Some call easy, simple. Yet, simple can sometimes be hard. Easy is not always lazy. Simple and Easy are not the same, and there can be great value in both. We use an acronym for EASY - though it's more for the decision-making than the work or practice. Christopher Penn writes, "Easy is a minimum amount of effort to produce a … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and Podcasts September 7 – 13, 2014

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Week in Review September 07 – September 13: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations and SmallBiz Tracks Daily Podcasts The repurposing of content to reach new audiences and extend the shelf life of your efforts is something we always coach. One way to do this is by combining your blog posts or other content into a week in review on SlideShare. SmallBiz Tracks Week in … [Read more...]

Sharing Economy: Leave Some Stalk for Others

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In this new era of a sharing economy, there is much to be said and shared for the practice of leaving room for others. The term may be new, but the practice isn't. There was a time where the general practice of farmers was to leave a row of corn stalks standing next to the road. By leaving the stalk, there was a protection from weather and regeneration for the soil. Also, … [Read more...]

Saturday Slides Providing a LIFT to Business Owners

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As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few decks on SlideShare that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN: Business Books From A - Z Business Books from A to Z from Emma Snider IMPROVE: 10 Tips for a Better Blog Post by … [Read more...]

The PAIN of Small Business Owners (LIFT Clips)

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As we approach our customers and the content we publish, we always look for ways to give our people a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. A topic during discovery meetings with business owners is their pain points. While we look at making their work easier and the business … [Read more...]

Best Practices for Your Online Business and E-commerce

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Guest Post by Larry Alton Since businesses first started building websites on the Internet, marketing and optimization practices have changed in order to accommodate the evolution of technology. New methods and developments have modified how these businesses build online profiles as more efficient technology allows improved capabilities. Between providing stunning content … [Read more...]