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Think your product idea is crazy? It wouldn’t be the first. But just because a product idea might seem weird or crazy doesn’t mean that it won’t be successful.
From clip-on man buns to protein bars made with crickets, there are actually quite a few seemingly crazy products currently on the market, ten of which are included in the above video. And their craziness could very well be the secret of their success.
When coming up with new product ideas, you could just go the safe route. Find a market where there’s already plenty of demand, identify a need that isn’t yet being filled and hope your product gets noticed. It’s a model that has certainly worked for plenty of businesses in the past. That’s assuming potential customers don’t simply pass over your product lost in a sea of competitors without taking a second look.Crazy Products Stand Out
On the other hand, when you come up with a weird or even crazy product idea, people aren’t going to just walk by without at least taking notice. Those weird qualities can often be what draws people’s attention to a product and ultimately gets them to make the purchase. Even some of the products we all use today were once considered crazy.
So get inspired for your next weird product venture.
Make sure to also check out the full list of the weirdest product ideas on the market today.
UPS (NYSE:UPS) has announced a major expansion of its UPS Worldwide Express that will see the world’s largest package delivery company provide customers with next day shipping to 117 countries across the globe.
Over 50 countries and territories have been added to the UPS Worldwide Express service, which guarantees delivery on the next business day by 10:30 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. depending upon destination.
According to UPS, the service expansion will be particularly crucial for companies that operate in retail, industrial manufacturing and businesses that offer products with a short shelf life. Smaller companies that ship products for special occasions are also expected to benefit from the service’s speed and reliability.
“UPS invests in capabilities to expand our connections to global markets to help our customers. This service offers superior global reach for the most urgent shipments,” UPS International President Jim Barber said in a statement. “With this latest expansion, the coverage area totals 117 countries, which comprise nearly 95 percent of the global gross domestic product, and 96 percent of real imports.”
The UPS Worldwide Express is available in three tiers. UPS Express Plus offers early-morning delivery in 27 countries. UPS Express provides midday delivery to 117 countries and territories. Meanwhile UPS Express Saver carries out end-of-day delivery to 220 countries and territories.
Some of the key 2016 additions to UPS Worldwide Express include the Dominican Republic, which is currently part of a wider free trade agreement the United States maintains with five other Central American nations. Last year, the deal generated $53 billion worth of total trade. The U.S. goods surplus for the agreement came in at $5 billion.
Key Asian additions to the UPS service include Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar. With its unique geographical position and ever-liberalising economy, Myanmar is poised to become one of the region’s key players in terms of non-agricultural economic activity. Last year, an influx of new trading opportunities and foreign direct investment generated a seven percent rise in economic growth.
In Europe, seven more countries including Cyprus, Georgia and Albania have been added to UPS Worldwide Express service. African and Middle Eastern additions include Saudi Arabia, Morocco and Tunisia.
This impending expansion is a part of a wider corporate investment to improve UPS operations in Europe. By 2019, the company expects to spend around $2 billion expanding service destinations, working to cut down transit times and increasing overall capacity.
For reference, here is a full list of the 117 countries and territories you can now ship to using the UPS Worldwide Express service:UPS Worldwide Express Delivery Markets Americas Indian Subcontinent, Middle East, Africa Europe Asia Pacific United States Argentina Bahrain Albania* American Samoa* United States Bahamas* Egypt Andorra* Australia Barbados* India Armenia* Bhutan* Bermuda* Jordan Austria Brunei* Brazil Kazakhstan Belarus* Cambodia* Canada Kuwait Belgium China Chile Kyrgyzstan* Bosnia Fiji* Colombia* Lebanon Bulgaria Hong Kong Costa Rica Maldives* Croatia Indonesia Dominican Republic* Malta* Cyprus* Japan Ecuador* Morocco* Czech Republic Korea, South Guatemala* Nepal* Denmark Laos* Honduras* Oman* Estonia Macau* Jamaica* Pakistan Finland Malaysia Mexico Qatar France Micronesia* Peru Saudi Arabia* Georgia* Myanmar* St. Kitts and Nevis* South Africa Germany New Caledonia* St. Lucia* Sri Lanka* Greece New Zealand Trinidad and Tobago* Tunisia* Guernsey* Papua New Guinea* United Arab Emirates Hungary Saipan* Iceland Singapore Ireland Solomon Islands* Israel Tahiti* Italy Taiwan Jersey* Thailand Kosovo* Vanuatu* Latvia Vietnam* Liechtenstein Wallis and Futuna Islands* Lithuania Samoa* Luxembourg Macedonia Moldova* Monaco Montenegro* Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia* Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine* United Kingdom
* 2016 expansion country
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Data from the Alabama Department of Labor continues to show that truck drivers, registered nurses and retail salespersons are the most sought after workers in the work place. That conclusion is based on the number of online help wanted ads placed by employers across the state.
The number of Latino American entrepreneurs has risen substantially. According to the Kauffman Foundation, the number tripled in just two decades. According to the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative, this will lead to a 1.4 trillion dollar boost to America’s economy.
Cathy Hackl is a Costa Rican-American Emmy-nominated broadcaster turned PR pro, tech innovator, social media and live video consultant and public speaker. TODAY Show co-anchor Al Roker called Cathy “a force of nature”. She’s the organizer of Latin@s in VR, a “virtual community that seeks to empower and connect Latinos in the virtual reality, augmented/mixed reality, 360-degree video, and live video spaces.” She is also a pioneer in the immersive public relations field. Her experience working in the U.S., Latin America and Spain created opportunities with media and brands like Teradata, TNT Latin America, Applebee’s, Telemundo, Mashable, The Huffington Post, FOX News, CNN en Español, Silicon Beat, NTN24, CNN, ABC, FOX5, Discovery Channel, and Social Media Week. Fluent in English and Spanish and proficient in Portuguese, Cathy works with brands to craft 360 degree video and VR content strategies for connecting with Hispanic and mainstream audiences.
Small Business Trends first met Hackl at the September 2015 Periscope Community Summit, and a few weeks ago again via phone to discuss her new partnership with Kim Garst’s Boom! Social marketing agency.
* * * * *Livestreaming Social Media in Spanish
Small Business Trends: Congratulations on working with Kim Garst. She’s great at live streaming engagement. Tell us about your role at her agency.
Cathy Hackl: Kim recently added me to her team to expand live streaming training to the Latino community. We’ll be launching her first digital products in Spanish. She’s rated one of Forbes’ Top 10 Social Media Influencers and I was already very familiar with Boom! Social. It’s exciting and an honor to work with her.
Small Business Trends: What are some of the new trainings people should know about? How do those tie in to your brand?
Cathy Hackl: Product offerings include Periscope 101 en Español, Periscope Growth Domination en Español, Periscope Profit Machine en Español and Periscope Profit Machine en Español VIP. Each of these can be enhanced with strategic guidance. As Boom! Social’s first Hispanic Marketing Evangelist, I have a passion to help other Latino entrepreneurs succeed.
I help Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs and I also work with brands who are trying to reach the Latino community, especially Gen Z and Millennials. I’m on a mission to serve the ever-growing U.S. Latino and Latin American entrepreneurial community by providing them with education, insight and advice on how to use social media tools and technology to grow and get more sales. I also help brands craft an engaging and targeted strategy for reaching the Latino market.
Small Business Trends: Tell us something about yourself that you don’t talk about often.
Cathy Hackl: I worked as communications director for Ellas 2.0, which used to be Women 2.0’s Spanish-language counterpart. Ellas 2.0 is a brand that focuses on providing content, community and conferences for entrepreneurial women innovators in technology.
Small Business Trends: How can cultural knowledge help a small business?
Cathy Hackl: For many small businesses, the value of adding cultural knowledge is huge when planning their marketing strategies. Simply having materials translated into Spanish isn’t enough, especially if you’re posting digital content to social media. And we feel the new trainings will fill a huge gap for Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs, not only in the U.S., but globally. Spanish is the world’s second most utilized language!
Small Business Trends: What are the Spanish and English websites for the new offerings?
Images: Cathy Hackl and Kim Garst
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What if there was a way you could engineer a good day at work? What would it look like? How would you feel? How would it impact your business?
Most of us don’t tend to ask these questions. We tend to believe that “good days at work” just happen. As a result, we let the power slip away from us.
How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life, is a research-backed guide to getting that power back and using it to engineer the best day at work possible.What is How To Have a Good Day About?
The most powerful message the book offers is the importance of focusing on the “brains” behind the work. No matter what work situation we are in, we always carry our brain with us. That brain can lead us to better control of our days or distraction. Our brains can lead us to more intentional communication or even more misunderstandings. It all depends on how we use our brain “at work”.
How to Have a Good Day focuses on the two complementary aspects of the brain (automatic vs. intentional). If we are honest with ourselves, our brains “at work” are most often on autopilot. We take the same route to work, often use the same routines to complete our tasks, and respond to work problems the same way. (Go ahead and ask your fellow coworkers.)
This “automatic brain” is a great feature to have, but it can be disastrous when confronted with reality. Working with our “automatic brain” turned on, we are prone to errors, miscommunication, and a general boredom with work. As a result, we tend to engage in behaviors that detract from our mental and physical energy such as multitasking, checking email or Facebook for the umpteenth time, or boring and redundant meetings that leave workers feeling drained.
The way out of this is to maximize our use of the “intentional brain” by planning for it. Instead of rushing off to do another scrambled to-do list, plan for it with a deeper awareness of your actions and communication. Have you scheduled breaks based on your own energy levels? What one task do you need to focus on? What are you telling yourself about this task? Is your current environment hampering the kind of mental mood that you want to create for the work you’re doing?
How to Have a Good Day is the brainchild of author Caroline Webb. Webb is an economist who combines management consulting, coaching and behavioral science to help individuals and businesses tap into the power of social science to make better decisions and ultimately better lives. She is also owner of SevenShift, a high-performance advisory firm for individuals and advisor to McKinsey & Company, a global business advisory firm.What Was Best About How To Have a Good Day?
The best part of How to Have a Good Day is the amount of curation the book offers. The book combines psychology, economics, and neuroscience in a way that can be a practical resource for anyone wanting to improve some aspect of their personal or professional life. A reader can literally turn to any chapter and find advice that will improve his or her life. The Appendix (Appendix C) at the end of the book is particularly helpful at summarizing the insight the author brilliantly combined from several fields.What Could Have Been Done Differently
How to Have a Good Day isn’t written in the format of a simple “business self-help” book. It has some academic depth to it, as evidenced by the footnotes at the back. This format may be a hindrance to business leaders who just want some quick productivity tips. Each chapter in the book does offer a short bullet-point summary, but this often requires understanding the concepts mentioned in the chapter. Shorter summaries at the end of each chapter along with illustrations in the book might cater to those readers who need more.Why Read How To Have a Good Day?
If you are addicted to productivity for personal or professional growth, but tired of books that lack scientific depth, this book might be great for you. It combines social science research in a very unique way offering some rather unique insights on behavior, especially on the human brain while at work. If you ever wondered “Why do I (or other people) act like this at work?” This book leads to a potential intellectual “rabbit hole” you might want to research along with a few practical suggestions to get started.
With a name like Burger King, it's clear that this fast-food chain was never gunning for the spot of America's healthiest eatery. Though burgers may be their claim to fame, since its inception in 1953 the menu has evolved to include various other options, such as chicken nuggets and breakfast sandwiches.
With its next major release, 1.8.0, RepairQ will launch an innovative feature that seamlessly brings protection plan sales directly into the point-of-sale experience.
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Backed by a Superior Product and Quick Delivery, Tony Ellis Will Guide the Brand into the Next Generation of Technology
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Coffee News® continues to strive to be one of the best franchises possible. Coffee News is also ranked #1 in the Advertising category for franchises in 2016.
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'Dear Kim, we were so flattered to hear we made the list of your fast food favourites,' the letter read. 'Chicken McNuggets and honey is by far one of our best kept secrets, and a clear indication your good taste goes beyond fashion They went on: 'This is a small token of our appreciation and to help you continue sharing the love - enclosed is a wallet for you filled with Arch cards for your parents, siblings, Kanye and of course, yourself.
The 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at a crowded Munich shopping mall and fast-food restaurant, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself, was obsessed with mass shootings, police said Saturday. Investigators searched the unnamed German-Iranian man's home overnight and found a considerable amount of literature about mass killings, including a book titled... MUNICH - -- The 18-year-old gunman who opened fire at a crowded Munich shopping mall and fast-food restaurant, killing nine people and wounding 16 others before killing himself, was obsessed with mass shootings, police said Saturday.
Leadpages’ second annual conference Converted 2016 has just been added to the calendar for October 18 – 19. Star speakers will include comedian and podcaster Marc Maron, star blogger Pat Flynn and Social Triggers founder Derek Halpern.
The event, being held at the Minneapolis landmark Depot Renaissance Hotel, boasts keynotes and panels based around a step-by-step guide to digital marketing for conversion.
Leadpages recently announced acquisition of marketing automation company Drip.
Other items on the featured events calendar for September and October include Content Marketing World 2016, TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016, MozCon and Lead Startup Week. See more details below.
To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar.Featured Events, Contests and Awards
August 4, 2016, Los Angeles, California
Join an exhilarating mix of content creators, social media stars, entrepreneurs, top brands, activists and fans at #BlogHer16! You’ll experience inspiring keynotes, up-to-the-minute educational tracks, and of course, fabulous opportunities to network with YOUR community!
Small Business Market Expo & Job Fair
August 27, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia
Don’t miss the opportunity to connect with small businesses, market your organization and tap into a network of entrepreneurs, service providers, financial organizations, business coaches, and franchises.
VIP (25% off)
Content Marketing World 2016
September 6, 2016, Cleveland, Ohio
Content Marketing World is the one event where you can learn and network with the best and the brightest in the content marketing industry. You will leave with all the materials you need to take a content marketing strategy back to your team – and – to implement a content marketing plan that will grow your business and inspire your audience.
TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016
September 12, 2016, San Francisco, California
TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s leading authority in debuting revolutionary startups, introducing game-changing technologies and discussing what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators. Disrupt gathers the best and brightest entrepreneurs, investors, hackers, and tech fans for on-stage interviews, the Startup Battlefield competition, a 24-hour Hackathon, Startup Alley, Hardware Alley, and After Parties.
September 12, 2016, Seattle, Washington
Three days of forward-thinking, actionable sessions in SEO, social media, community building, content marketing, brand development, CRO, the mobile landscape, analytics, and more. MozCon speakers share next-level advice on everything from building a loyal community to making data-driven decisions in your marketing.
Leadpages’ Converted 2016
October 18, 2016, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Converted 2016 will be an immersive experience taking place over two action-packed days in Minneapolis. We’ll share data-driven, practical tactics that will make a difference in the way you grow your business.
Lean Startup Conference
October 31, 2016, San Francisco, California
A gathering of thousands of thought leaders at Pier 27 for a week of keynote talks, interactive workshops, speed mentoring, industry dinners, bootcamps, and startup tours at the scenic edge of San Francisco. The conference unites intrapreneurs and entrepreneurs from government agencies, international conglomerates, boot-strapped startups, and civic organizations in their mission to create radical change in their industries.More Events
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Want to master online marketing? There’s so much that goes into creating an effective strategy. But members of our small business community have plenty of marketing knowledge to share. Read on for some of their top tips for taking your online marketing to the next level.Solve These CRM Problems
Customer Relationship Management is a key part of communicating with customers online. But every CRM system presents its own challenges too. In this SBA post, Anita Campbell explains some of the biggest problems businesses might run into when implementing a CRM system and how to solve them.Change Your Social Media Mindset
There are some common myths about social media that could be hurting your online marketing efforts. In this post on Strella Social Media, Rachel Strella details what some of these myths are and how to avoid them to make your social media strategies more effective. BizSugar members also share thoughts on the post on the community.Use These Link Building Techniques to Push Traffic and Revenue
Link building isn’t just a cheap way to bring in customers via search anymore. It involves actually building relationships with other bloggers, businesses and site holders and then nurturing those relationships with visitors once they get to your site. Moosa Hemani of SETalks shares some link building tips here.Generate Sales Through Social Media
Making sales doesn’t mean you have to have individual salespeople push your offerings onto different consumers. You can actually use social media to generate sales. Neil Patel outlines some tips for doing so in this post.Pay Attention to Bounce Rate
Your website’s bounce rate is a stat that measures how quickly people leave your website after clicking on one of your pages. To improve your website and this rate, you need to first understand what it is and why it’s important, as Mike Allton of the Social Media Hat details here. You can see further discussion about the post over on BizSugar.Boost Your Ecommerce Sales With Email Marketing
Email marketing can let you communicate and form relationships with lots of different customers. Even if you have an eCommerce business, you can use email marketing to boost sales. This post by Vanhishikha Bhargava of Exit Bee includes tips for doing just that.Create Interactive Content Your Audience Will Love
If you look at content marketing as just a way for you to share a specific message, you might not be getting as much out of it as you could. Instead, creating content that lets your audience interact with you can be more helpful for both your business and your audience, as James Pointon explains in this Right Mix Marketing post.Master the Time Zones for International Marketing
Marketing a business online means having the potential to reach consumers all over the world. But if you want to actually reach those consumers when they are likely to act on your messages, you need to master the time zones. Bettina Specht provides some tips in this Litmus post. And the BizSugar community shares input too.Learn From Abandoned Shopping Carts
Running an eCommerce business means providing a very specific type of customer service. You have to create a positive experience for customers on your site. So when they do things like abandon their carts before completing a purchase, there’s usually something to be learned from that. This post by Leslie Simpson on Carts Guru includes some lessons you can learn from abandoned shopping carts.Send the Most Relevant Emails to Recipients
Perspective customers on your email list don’t want to receive canned emails that look like they could have been sent to anyone. If you want to provide the best online experience for all of your customers, you need to know how to send only the most relevant emails to each of your customers. Scott Heimes explains more in this Marketing Land post.
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