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Sell More by Seeing Your Store Through Customers' Eyes

Sell More by Seeing Your Store Through Customers' Eyes - http://smallbiztrends.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Customer Service
From http://smallbiztrends.com 3877 days ago
Made Hot by: on April 8, 2009 10:44 pm
How often have you entered a store: 1) And observed two clerks continue to chat instead of turning to smile at you? 2) To find that the order you called in the day before is not at the counter, ready for your quick pick-up and payment, because the clerk said she “got busy with other customers?” 3) And asked the clerk a question about a product and Read More

How to renegotiate with you suppliers

How to renegotiate with you suppliers - http://www.nytimes.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Finance
From http://www.nytimes.com 3878 days ago
Made Hot by: on April 8, 2009 9:42 pm
Maybe your fixed costs are not as fixed you think. With the recession continuing in full force, you may find that everyone — from the company that supplies your office with water to your neighborhood banker — is willing to renegotiate their existing arrangements with you to keep your business. Closely analyze every contract you have and look Read More

Ultra-Simple 3-Step Productivity System for Getting Amazing Things Done

Ultra-Simple 3-Step Productivity System for Getting Amazing Things Done - http://zenhabits.net Avatar Posted by JohnH under Self-Development
From http://zenhabits.net 3878 days ago
Made Hot by: on April 7, 2009 3:48 pm
You've read a bunch of different productivity posts, blogs, books, and magazine articles — admit it — and yet it's always so complicated. You just want to accomplish great things, without all the fuss. And while there are many great systems out there — GTD, Zen To Done, Extreme GTD, The Power of Less, and more — it always takes a lot of work. Y Read More

Give me your dirty, your ugly, your bad news

Give me your dirty, your ugly, your bad news - http://eimr.blogspot.com Avatar Posted by JohnH under Advertising
From http://eimr.blogspot.com 3878 days ago
Made Hot by: on April 8, 2009 9:41 pm
I thought this was an effective idea, "When you're stumped trying to come up with remarkable features to talk about in your marketing -- go the opposite way. Talk about something awful, opposite, or different." Check out this example from TripAdvisor to see how it can be done. Read More

Obama's Lending Plan: D.O.A.

Obama's Lending Plan: D.O.A. - http://bizbox.slate.com Avatar Posted by BizBox under News
From http://bizbox.slate.com 3882 days ago
Made Hot by: on April 3, 2009 10:02 pm
Obama and Geithner proposed a plan last week to use $15 billion from the TARP fund to purchase small-business loans on the secondary market in order to encourage banks to make more of them. This week, that plan blew up in their face. Here's the how and why. Read More
Here are five more inexpensive—yet powerful—ideas that can help you and your business come out on top. Read More

The $250,000 Small Business Tax Question

The $250,000 Small Business Tax Question - http://www.businessweek.com Avatar Posted by luckycharmer under Taxes
From http://www.businessweek.com 3882 days ago
Made Hot by: on April 6, 2009 3:46 pm
In the weeks since President Obama proposed rolling back federal income tax rates on the nation's top two marginal tax rates as part of his federal budget, the term "small business owner" has turned into a political football. Proponents of the budget proposal claim that less than 3% of small business owners have net household income above $ Read More

Marketers and SMBs Disconnect over Online Tactics

Marketers and SMBs Disconnect over Online Tactics - http://www.marketingvox.com Avatar Posted by luckycharmer under Marketing
From http://www.marketingvox.com 3882 days ago
Made Hot by: on April 5, 2009 4:27 pm
Despite a continued preference among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) for receiving marketing information via direct mail and in other traditional ways, major marketers to SMBs are cutting back on these tactics and switching to lower-cost, online marketing to save money. These efforts are at odds with what SMBs say they prefer. As a so Read More

Cash in on Federal Spending

Cash in on Federal Spending - http://www.kiplinger.com Avatar Posted by suzyQ under Strategy
From http://www.kiplinger.com 3882 days ago
Made Hot by: on April 5, 2009 4:27 pm
Businesses of all sorts and sizes will be able to dip into the flood of money pouring out of Washington. Here's how to improve your odds. By now we've all heard one of the newest American complaints -- all this stimulus and bailout money, but where's mine? Like many individuals, most businesses won't get much government help. But many savvy Read More

Catch Customers Before They Leave Your Site

Catch Customers Before They Leave Your Site - http://www.smallbusinessnewz.com Avatar Posted by suzyQ under Online Marketing
From http://www.smallbusinessnewz.com 3882 days ago
Made Hot by: on April 3, 2009 10:02 pm
Have you heard of the conversion funnel? This is the process in which customers get to your site and go through a number of steps that ultimately lead them (hopefully) to the checkout. In a post on the Google Analytics Blog, Alden DeSoto brings up a very good point. In a brick and mortar store, a salesperson can judge in person things that mak Read More
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