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Emerging Tech Leaders: The Best Brands In Mobile

Nation's Restaurant News - Mon, 2014-04-21 17:00
Up-and-coming players prove that mobile tech isn’t limited to big brands.

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Ronald McDonald cashes in on familiar name

Topix - 1 hour 50 min ago

But for 25 Ronald McDonalds from around the country - including one from Oak Ridge - that famous name finally has paid off.

Categories: Today's Food News

Automate Your Business Where Possible and Boost Employee Productivity

Small Business Trends - 5 hours 15 min ago

It’s time again for our Small Business Trends community news and information roundup. Much of the talk lately on small business blogs and communities is about automation and improving productivity. But there’s plenty about branding and content management too. Enjoy.

Should You Automate Your Accounts Payable? (Mineraltree)

Automation might seem a universal good for most businesses, increasing efficiency while in the long run driving down cost. But this isn’t necessarily so. Automation firm Mineraltree suggests automation isn’t for everyone. Here’s what to consider.

Put Your Social Media on Autopilot. (Ace Concierge)

Like other aspects of your business, your social media can be put on autopilot. While this can save you time, watch out, warns Suzie Poirier on her blog. Too much of anything can be a bad idea. Here’s the discussion in the BizSugar community.

Does Your Small Business Belong in the Cloud? (SAP Small Business Innovation)

Small businesses are already recognizing the value of cloud technology as a way to be competitive, according to blogger Lucia Filanti. And they’re not the only ones, it turns out. A new deal between IBM and a major insurance provider shows the future of IT and cloud computing as it applies to business.

Improve Employee Productivity with These Tips. (Tweak Your Biz)

Automation aside, sometimes things come down to the productivity of your human employees. Try these nine simple tips for making that part of your business more efficient too, suggests blogger Jessica Oaks.

Pay Your Employees to Quit if Necessary. (People Management Consulting)

Despite your best efforts, there are times when employees simply don’t work out. Or at least, they do not work out as well as you would like. So what is a  small business person to do? Consultant Cecil Wampler has an extreme suggestion. And he takes time out to explain it in greater detail in the BizSugar community.

In Business, It’s All About the Branding. (Greg Caughill)

But what does branding really mean? Well, it’s more than a logo or advertising campaign. That’s for sure. Greg Caughill is an inbound marketing expert with a few things to say on the subject. Here’s how he describes the branding process.

Start With Some Simple Reputation Management. (Neuromarketing)

This applies not only to your company but to you personally. Let’s face it. People’s impression of you and your company are an important part of what makes them choose to do business with you or not. Marketing expert Roger Dooley suggests starting by finding out what Google has to say about you.

Figure Out Your Content Strategy. (Simplicity)

In an era when products and services are often researched online, blogging and social media are good ways to make sure customers can find you. But doing this effectively requires a content strategy. You’ve no doubt thought about the kind of content strategy that will help you build your brand. But on her blog and in the BizSugar community, Sarah Santacroce discusses more details about what’s involved.

So You’re Loosing Traffic on Your Website. (Search Engine Land)

Of course, great content strategy isn’t the only thing your website needs to be sure consumers are finding your product or service online. Many other issues could also sabotage your online traffic. Janet Driscoll Miller of Marketing Mojo mentions some of the biggies in this post. When organic traffic starts falling off, check for algorithm updates by the search engines that may have hurt your site. Check for these other problems too especially after a site redesign.

Adding SSL Encryption Could Help Your SEO. (The Search Ninjas)
Finally, George Murphy, founder of The Search Ninjas, has this interesting post. Murphy says Google may be considering the possibility of favoring sites with encryption in search results. So the inclusion of an SSL certificate on your site may eventually improve your online visibility. But beware. In some cases it also led to greater vulnerability to the Heartbleed bug.

If you have an idea for next week’s small business community news and information roundup, email us with your suggestions for coverage at [email protected] Or share your news on BizSugar.com. It’s the small business community we visit most often to find the freshest and most authentic small business voices.

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Q&A: Richard Sandoval

Topix - 6 hours 4 min ago

The Mexican-American chef of Elements steakhouse Toro is helping push the trend for pan-Latin American cuisine, writes Andrew Sun How did you and Dining Concepts connect to open Toro? "I met Sandeep Sekhri [Dining Concepts' managing director and founder] through Laurent Tourondel [of BLT Steak and BLT Burger], who is a very good friend.

Categories: Today's Food News

Meme Marketing Hits Mainstream: Grumpy Cat Wins at MTV Movie Awards

Small Business Trends - 8 hours 45 min ago

Internet meme marketing celebrity Grumpy Cat hit the red carpet recently at the MTV Movie Awards. And she even left with her very own award, which we imagine didn’t exactly bring a smile to the feline’s face.

So what award did she win, anyway? Best cat? No. Best Meme? No. Grumpiest face? Well, sort of.

The frowning feline beat out all of the other celebrities and guests to win the ceremony’s “best dressed” award. Check out the award winning getup in the photo above. Grumpy Cat has now made it into the Hollywood elite, but this famous kitty got her start with just a few funny online photos. Here’s a look back at some of the key moments of Grumpy Cat’s rise to fame.

Grumpy Cat’s real name is Tardar Sauce. She first gained online notoriety in 2012 when one of her owners posted a picture of her on Reddit.com titled, “Meet grumpy cat.”

It didn’t take long for the picture of Tardar Sauce to go viral. Seemingly overnight, Grumpy Cat became the subject of countless grumpily captioned photos. Her owners eventually set up a website, secured an agent, and even filed for U.S. Trademark protection. They also began selling Grumpy Cat merchandise, from calendars to clothing, on the website.

In July 2013, Grumpy Cat’s owners expanded her brand with release of her very own book, “Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book.” The book includes photos, activities, and lessons in grumpiness. She also reportedly has a movie deal in the works.

Around this time, people finally started recognizing Grumpy Cat as a serious marketing phenomenon. She graced the cover of Direct Marketing News Magazine’s July issue.

And Grumpy Cat would soon make her first major foray into another industry with  her very own brand of coffee drink. She became the face of Grumpy Cat Grumppuccino in August 2013. Though, despite all this success, Grumpy Cat still never lost her trademark frown.

So what would be the next step for the cat who has done seemingly everything? The ability to control the weather?

Well, not exactly. But she can at least deliver a weather forecast to your smartphone. In September, the Weather Kitty app released an in-app purchase called, “The Grumpiest Forecast Ever.” This version of the app features photos of Grumpy Cat along with a daily forecast and grumpy caption.

Photo: Instagram

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From retailers and restaurants to banks, Allen Industries benefits...

Topix - 10 hours 24 min ago

David Allen, left, is vice president of Allen Industries; John Allen is executive vice president; and Tom Allen is president of the company.

Categories: Today's Food News

Got 2 Hours and a Management Challenge? Read “Managing Your Business”

Small Business Trends - 11 hours 45 min ago

Do you know why your business isn’t growing?  It’s probably because you think you know how to manage it all.  But, if you find yourself thinking you have too much to do, thinking you don’t have enough time and thinking, “I should not have to deal with this,” then guess what – you are in management overwhelm.

Managing Your Business (A Crash Course for Entrepreneurs) is a short and simple step in taking control of your management dilemma.  Written by a team of entrepreneurial veterans; Scott Girard, Michael O’Keefe and Marc Price (@expertbizadvice). Between the three of them, they’ve started and run more than 17 businesses.  They got together to create an entire series of short and sweet books for business owners called A Crash Course for Entrepreneurs.

The purpose of the Crash Course series is to give entrepreneurs overviews on the most important topics that drive business success.  Other installments in the series include:

  • Starting a Business
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Business Finance Basics
  • Business Law Basics

You could say that this is similar to the One-Minute Manager series or the Dummies’ series.  If you like those kinds of books, you will certainly appreciate this one.

I would say that this falls somewhere in between these two examples as far as details are concerned.  I would say it’s a 10,000 foot view of running your business instead of a 30,000 foot view or a 30 foot view.  It’s just big enough to help you get focused without becoming overwhelming.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Managing Your Business

The book is divided up into four chapters:

Chapter 1 - Leadership Basics: Where they summarize decades of tried and true leadership strategies along with the more recent tips on managing effectively.  This includes leadership styles and basic leadership skills

Chapter 2 - Polishing Yourself Up: Don’t be offended by this section of the book, rather take an open-minded look at professional etiquette, a handy section on common writing and speaking mistakes and a great chapter on walking the line between confidence and cockiness.

Chapter 3 - Employee Management: Whether your business has full-time, part time or even virtual employees, you’ll want to take look at this section.  Other than getting customers, this is the next most popular topic for business owners.  There are some terrific tips designed to help owners find and hire great employees as well as how to deal with difficult employees.

Chapter 4 - Strategic Thinking and Acting: Of course, there has to be a section that drives you to work ON your business and not IN your business.  This section is all about how to think and how to put your ideas into action.

It’s Just the Right Amount of Information for Overwhelmed Business Owners

While this book is primarily written for business owners “with infrastructure,” a business with employees and an ongoing concern, it’s actually a great resource for managers inside of a small business or mid-sized business as well.

The authors have done a terrific job of including important, and sometimes heavy, topics without making them seem overwhelming or impossible to accomplish.

The tone of the book is straightforward without being glib or fluffy.  This is definitely a book (and a series) that deserves a place on your office bookshelf.

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Council could decide on KFC proposal next month

Topix - 14 hours 39 min ago

A public consultation has now concluded into KFC's application to open a drive-through restaurant in North Close, off North Lane Neighbours of a proposed fast food takeaway in Aldershot have finished having their say on the impact it could have on their lives.

Categories: Today's Food News

Bill Knight Ford Partners with Jenks High School for Drive 4 UR School

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

Bill Knight Ford in Tulsa and Jenks High School have partnered up once again this year for their annual Drive 4 UR School event, sponsored by Ford. The test drive event will take place April 19 from 9...

(PRWeb April 19, 2014)

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Top Business Opportunities For 2014 – Empowered Ezine Reviews Some Of...

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

A new article form EmpoweredEzine.com takes a look at some of the most promising business opportunities for new entrepreneurs in the year ahead.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Proactive Home Services Franchise Changes Name and Expands Services

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

Home services franchise repositions itself in expectation of growth in LED lighting.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11776904.htm

Certified Business Coaching Seminar Prepares Right at Home to Provide...

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

In-home Senior Care Franchise Trains Home Office Staff With Business Coach Certification

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/rightathome/seniorcarefranchise/prweb11773053.htm

BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain™ Announces New Franchise Consultant

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

BlueFrog Plumbing + Drain™, a new franchise opportunity that focuses on plumbing and drain-cleaning services for both residential and commercial clients across North America, today announced the...

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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CaliforniaOranges.com Introduces the Opening of Valencia Orange Season

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

CaliforniaOranges.com, an online portal for Organic Citrus fruits and honey, has introduced the opening of the Valencia Orange Season.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Archadeck Outdoor Living Opens New Location in Ventura County

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

North America’s leading deck and outdoor living space franchise brings its first California location to Ventura County.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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XBOSoft speaking at the Top Spring 2014 QA and Testing Conferences

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

Software quality consulting and testing company CEO speaks at three popular QA and Testing conferences

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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Kevin Maggiacomo, Sperry Van Ness CEO, Delivers a Diversity Idea Worth...

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

Commercial Real Estate CEO Commits to a Fully Diverse Organization by 2020

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11774232.htm

Mini Golf by Indianapolis' Buffet & Fun Center Included In...

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

This new in-house promotion includes miniature golf as just one option available in the games-only package.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/mini-golf/indianapolis/prweb11743820.htm

Crimson Cup Celebrates Earth Day with Coffee Bag Giveaway, Growler...

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

To celebrate Earth Day, on April 22 Crimson Cup Coffee House will give away burlap coffee sacks and offer a 50 percent discount on refills of cold-brew coffee growlers. Central Ohio residents are...

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

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FRANdata Announces Promotion of Edith Wiseman to President

PR Web - 16 hours 52 min ago

FRANdata, the only independent research company that provides objective information, analysis and consulting about the franchising sector, today named Edith Wiseman President of the company.

(PRWeb April 18, 2014)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/04/prweb11771018.htm