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Saturday, June 30, 2007

 

Simple marketing: Ideas you can use everyday



Marketing is one of those big concept departments. Everyone talks about it, but not all business people are entirely certain who to make their marketing work. Constantly seeking the grand slam marketing idea, they miss the easy to use daily techniques. Some small efforts can reap some huge rewards.

There is unlimited untapped value in adding one customer or client at a time. While many business people think in terms of mass markets, for most entrepreneurs, customers arrive as individuals. The small attractors, that give notice to your products and services, can work wonders. Adding many new buyers together will enhance any company's bottom line.



Some quick, cheap, and mainly free marketing ideas:

* Be sure to include your website link on your email signature line. It costs nothing, and can lead to some clicks to your site or blog.

* Place your website URL, blog URL, and email address on your business cards. It is shocking how many business cards do not contain that vital information.

* When working on a remote job site, be sure to have a sign with your company name, address, phone number, and site URL. You never know who might see the high quality of your service.

* Place a product flyer or small catalogue in every fulfilled order you ship to customers. Make buying more products and services from you as easy as possible.

* Include your website URL on your shipping containers and boxes when you get new ones made for your company. Keep your website URL visible and easy to find at any time.

* Attend networking events and listen to problems that people in your target market might be experiencing on a daily basis. Provide solutions to their problems.

* Be part of local community groups and events. Some of your very best customers and company evangelists may be right in your own back yard.

* Be sure to have lots of good old fashioned business cards with you at every event that you attend. Hand them out freely. If you run out of cards, have more printed with all of your contact information.



* Offer free advice to others on your blog and website. Position yourself as an expert in your industry. People like to buy from others who they consider authorities on an issue.

* Start a blog and build relationships with current and future customers.

* Send press releases for all newsworthy events surrounding your business. If you have no interesting events in your company, it's time to create them.

* Always be accessible to the news media for interviews. There is no better free advertising and endorsement and you are propelled to a thought leadership position in your industry immediately.

* Keep looking for new ideas. Ask your staff, vendors, customers, and non-customers for ideas on products and services. Hold brainstorming sessions with staff members from all areas of the company.

Marketing need not be a mysterious undertaking, peopled by alleged geniuses. It is mainly common sense and helping to solve problems for others.

Add some easy marketing concepts to your company today.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

 

Michael Miller: Maximum Value From YouTube - Blog Business Success Radio

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Best selling writer and blogger Michael Miller, author of
YouTube 4 You shares ideas and techniques for utilizing the expanding power of YouTube, and how video presentations will boost your company's success, as my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on Blog Talk Radio.

The show airs live on Thursday, June 28, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Michael Miller describes how you can search for videos, add videos to your blog or website and even create your own videos for uploading to YouTube. You will learn:

* How to search and find videos on YouTube and how to access them

* How to add video presentations to your blog or website

* How to create your own videos, even easier than you thought possible

* How to use video productions and viral marketing to enhance your business



Michael Miller (photo left) received a Marketing degree from Indiana University in 1980. After graduation, he worked for seven years in his family's retail business, then spent twelve years in various positions at Macmillan Publishing. In his last position as Vice President of Business Strategy, he helped guide the strategic direction for the world's largest reference publisher and influence the shape of today's computer book publishing market. Michael formed The Molehill Group in January 1999, and is now a full-time writer.

As the best-selling writer of more than 75 non-fiction books, Mr. Miller writes about a variety of topics, ranging from computers to consumer electronics to music. From his first book (Ventura Publisher Techniques and Applications, published in 1988) to his latest title (The Complete Idiot's Guide to Arranging and Composition), he has established a reputation for practical advice, technical accuracy, and an unerring empathy for the needs of his readers.

As a musician, Michael Miller has been playing drums since he was in grade school, and he attended the prestigious Jazz Studies Program at the Indiana University School of Music. He is also an arranger and composer, and has applied his musical knowledge and skills to author a series of best-selling music instruction books.



My book review of YouTube 4 You by Michael Miller.

Listen live on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

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If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

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To call in questions for my guest, the number is: (347) 996-5832

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

 

Carnival of the Capitalists at Management Professor Notes II



This week sees a managerial approach to the travelling business show, recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists and if hosted by Sandy Kristin Piderit (photo below left) at Management Professor Notes II.

This week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists highlights some of the best bloggers writing on the internet today, as well as some of the best and most popular entries ever to the Carnival.



Sandy Kristin Piderit (photo left)

Blogging topics presented include entrepreneurship, management, market trading, internet commerce, marketing, the national economy and personal finance.

As you would expect from Carnival of the Capitalists, there are many discussions of economics, marketing, business, and small business.

It's always great to read and discover the many high quality blogs out there in the blogosphere.

We don't always get to them all, and this edition of Carnival of the Capitalists has introduced many of us to some brand new ones; as well as some long time contributors.



I have an entry in this week's Carnvival of the Capitalists as well.

My post is titled "Employee Relations: Separate sets of rules" where I discuss how treating employees fairly is usually a motto of most successful businesses. All too often, however, the reality to employee relations falls short of the ideal standard. Many times, some employees are held to very different standards from other members of the organiztion. The differences may be subtle, or they may be overtly blatant. In almost every case, they are damaging to the company.


If you wish to submit an entry to next week's, or any Carnival of the Capitalists edition, e-mail your entries to the new address:

bizosphere -at- gmail -dot- com

You can always use the handy entry form at Gongol.com where all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Talk about making it easy to be included!



If you are searching for new and exciting ways to expand your blog's readership, you should seriously consider sending an entry to Carnival of the Capitalists.

Merely being included in the company, of the first rate regular Carnival of the Capitalists contributors, will enhance the reputation of your blog.

The extra visitors sent to your blog won't hurt either!

The growth and staying power, of Carnival of the Capitalists, is beginning to catch the attention of people outside the blogging community. Each hosting, brings a fresh assortment of new readers, to the various blogs involved.

The visitors aren't only bloggers anymore.

Readership is expanding to include the mainstream media, various government and private organizations, many businesses, and other interested people from beyond the blogging community.

Many people are introduced to some tremendous blogs that they might otherwise have missed.

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be hosted by long time Carnival supporter Brian Gongol of Gongol.com.

In the meantime, click your mouse over to the Management Professor Notes II hosting of Carnival of the Capitalists.

If the great posted entries don't convince you to click, or the possibility of finding some brand new blogs to read doesn't do it, then visit Carnival of the Capitalists and get into business for yourself.


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Monday, June 25, 2007

 

YouTube 4 You by Michael Miller - Book review



YouTube 4 You

By: Michael Miller

Published: April 26, 2007
ISBN: 9780789736987
Format: Paperback, 197pp
Publisher: Que Publishing



The rapidly growing video site YouTube is the hottest feature of the internet, writes author Michael Miller, in his comprehensive video training book YouTube 4 You. Focussing on how to use the power of video, for gathering and sharing information, the author provides an indepth study of how you can benefit from the new media availability.

Packed with screenshots and photos, the first book written about YouTube is presented in four easy to follow sections. Each segement provides the reader with more tools and information required to take advantage of the viral power of YouTube. For Michael Miller, the phenomenon is much more than one of viewing pre-recorded video, but is one where everyone can add their own productions to the system. For people with a message to share, whether vital to the world or only a small circle of friends and family, YouTube democratizes the video medium as never before.



The first section of the book, Michael Miller (photo left) provides a background and history of YouTube, and why the site is an important one. The second section describes how to find and share the videos currently available. Part three focusses on a step by step process for creating and uploading your own video segments. The fourth part of the book teaches how to use the YouTube community effectively and how to add video power to any blog or website.

For me, the power of YouTube 4 You is in the easy to understand instructions, for using the video medium effectively. The very generous use of screenshots and photographs, leaves the guesswork out of the equation, for even a novice internet user. The step by step instructional section, for creating and using your own video images, is worth the price of the book alone.



Any business person, non-profit organization, or anyone with a message to share can benefit immeasurably from this book. Product demonstrations, seminars, and even video resumes are just a few of the unlimited uses of video to enhance marketing, training, and public relations efforts. The use of the video medium is only limited by your imagination, and YouTube 4 You provides the tools to help YouTube work for you and your audience.

I highly recommend YouTube 4 You by Michael Miller, as a hands on training manual, for adding the power of video sharing to any blog or website. As the YouTube phenomenon continues to expand, the opportunities for video presentation have never been greater.

Read YouTube 4 You by Michael Miller, and get the power of video and the viral potential of YouTube working for you.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

 

Employee relations: Separate sets of rules



Treating employees fairly is usually a motto of most successful businesses. All too often, however, the reality to employee relations falls short of the ideal standard. Many times, some employees are held to very different standards from other members of the organiztion. The differences may be subtle, or they may be overtly blatant. In almost every case, they are damaging to the company.

To most people, any thought of unfair treatment is restricted to the inexcusable and illegal discrimation against women, visible minorities, those holding other religious beliefs, older workers, and the physically challenged. There is little doubt that these blatant discrimination practices must be excised from every organization. There is no excuse or justification for such terrible bigoted behaviour. Such intolerable actions should be dealt with swiftly, and with vigour.



Other different sets of rules exist, that often go unnoticed, within otherwise enlightened companies. These practices include favouritism, old boys networks, and even lower goal targets for certain staff members. Good, hard working employees often discover very quickly that some staffers get preferential treatment that has little to do with any contribution to the company bottom line. Very often, the golden employee will be excused for actions that result in reprimand or dismissal for other workers.

More often, however, the company management simply has different performance requirements for various employees at the same level. A sales total that falls below the deemed requirement, that would get the average sales rep placed on warning or terminated, will be glossed over or even praised for the chosen ones. Other members of the sales team soon discover the biased results. Lower staff morale and falling sales overall are the usual result. The company bottom line suffers.



Since sales is a department where results are quantified readily, abuses are seen very clearly. Other departments, which practice separate rules, are less easy to spot at first glance. The differences, while subtle, are readily apparent to the members of the staff, however.

Special invitations, time off, vacation scheduling, and even lunches with the boss are noticed and filed away by everyone. If a pattern emerges, and the person receiving the benefits is not seen as earning them, staff morale can fall precipitously. Once again, overall productivity and company profits pay the price.

Treating employees fairly, and setting up clearly defined rewards available to all, is a must for any organization. If one selected individual receives the prizes, regardless of the effort or result, the company will reap only resentment. Unfortunately, many managers give undeserved rewards and perks to pet staff members. It is a practice that reduces company morale. Unhappy workers are less productive workers. Discrimination and favouritism cost the business money.

If your organization has slipped into the habit of preferential treatment for certain employees, it is time to stop. Your company's performance and profits depend upon it.

Fairness is good business.

Keep the rules the same, for all employees, and watch your staff morale and business profits soar.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

 

Stephanie Chandler: Cash Online From Information Products - Blog Business Success Radio

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Entrepreneur and speaker Stephanie Chandler, and author of From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money With Books, E-books, And Information Products shares ideas for creating and marketing successful ebooks and informational products that will boost your company's success, as my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on Blog Talk Radio.

The show airs live on Thursday, June 21, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Stephanie Chandler describes how to create, market and make money by providing information products on the internet. You will learn:

* How to find the right information product that is right for your business

* How to write an ebook, tips booklet, or traditional book that will sell

* How to market your informational products easily and successfully

* How to avoid costly mistakes that could sink your online business



Stephanie Chandler (photo left) spent 11 years in the Silicon Valley before leaving in 2003 to pursue her business and writing goals. Her career in corporate America began in technical telephone support for a computer company.

As an instructor, Stephanie wrote training manuals and traveled all over the U.S.A., Canada, England, and Germany delivering training courses to groups as small as ten people and as large as 400.

Stephanie's diverse background and intense interest in business-related subject matter inspired her to turn her focus toward writing business articles and books. In 2003 she opened Book Lovers Bookstore in Sacramento, California. Several months later, Stephanie launched Business Info Guide, a directory of resources for entrepreneurs.

Stephanie Chandler has published dozens of business-related articles in a variety of publications including Entrepreneur Magazine Online, Home Business Magazine, Prosper Business Magazine, Fort Worth Business Press, California Journal, The City Times, Sales Pro Magazine and more.

My book review of From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money With Books, E-books, And Information Products by Stephanie Chandler

Listen live on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

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If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

To call in questions for my guest, the number is: (347) 996-5832

Let's talk with Stephanie Chandler and learn powerful ideas for writing, marketing, and earning some real cash from informational products, that will boost your company's success, on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

 

Blog Business World welcomes Carnival of the Capitalists



Welcome to this edition of the travelling business show, recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists. It is my honour and privilege to be your host once again, for this auspicious business and economics blogging event.

If this is your first visit to Blog Business World, I welcome you and hope you have time to sift through my archived business, bloggig, SEO, marketing, and public relations posts. If you are a returning visitor, welcome back. I not only write here, but I also host a weekly internet radio show on business titled Blog Business Success. It is hosted on the award winning and fast rising Blog Talk Radio.

Sit back with your popcorn and cotton candy and enjoy the entries on offer, from some of the best and most informed bloggers on the internet. Without further adieu, here is this week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists.



Marketing

Chris Denny presents Top 3 Factors to Generate Sales Leads posted at Lead Optimize.

Gracie Passette of Marketing Whore discusses the pros and cons of using outside third party marketing consultants.

Management

Henry Stern at InsureBlog has a personal story of how one phone manufacturer managed to squander a significant amount of goodwill. It's a hard lesson in how not to run a business.

FMF discusses some problems with a leading retailer, and some lessons learned, in Making Sears Pay posted at Free Money Finance.

Amy L. Fontinelle says working at an independent business has some real advantages in Ten Pros of Working for a Small Business posted at SavingAdvice.com Blog.

Jim Logan asks is your business attempting to fix a problem or enable a solution that isn't valued, measured or monitored by your target market? If so, you're wasting your time and your offering will never sell in Anatomy of a worthless business proposition posted at Jim Logan.

Matthew Paulson presents some handy advice on How to Choose an Accountant (And Save Thousands in Taxes) posted at Getting Green.

Mike Harmon says you are probably already using a program like Quickbooks or Microsoft Money to balance your business books. He reveals three reasons why getting a good book-keeper will make a world of difference in your business, in Home Based Business Tips - Three Reasons to Outsource Your Businesses Accounting Needs, posted at Basic Accounting.



Leadership and Productivity

Jim Stroup at Managing Leadership suggests that it's better to hire happy employees in the first place, rather than attempt to instill morale in your staff.

Peter Khoury at InControlCoaching.com goes beyond "The Secret" with his posting about Wealth Attraction on Steroids with NLP.

Edith Yeung provides some philosophical Advice from a Billionaire posted at Stewart Hsu.

CA presents Top 3 things to look for when hiring posted at Atlantic Canada's Small Business Blog.

Jason Rakowski presents a study in the importance of how Cellular Retailers Must Greet Customers within 30 Seconds posted at Learn Good Customer Service.

Pawel Brodzinski describes how uur first long-term job is usually one of the essentials which creates our further career. It forms us as employees and as an entrepreneur in Role of the First Job posted at Software Project Management.

Leon Gettler presents seven questions that companies must ask for creating an ethical culture posted at Sox First.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership Blog shows us how you can learn important lessons from the General Electric Company. They just may not be the ones you think of right away.

Charles Green of Trust Matters talks about how it seems the best leaders are sages, able to hold two contradictory ideas in mind at the same time, believe both, and reconcile them.



Entrepreneurship

Steve Faber presents a discussion of How to Succeed With the Right Home Business posted at Debt Free.

Jimmy Atkinson at Ask The Advisor talks about retirement options for self employed business people.

Stacey Derbinshire of Starting a Home Small Business recommends keeping your day job as you start your own independent business venture.

Tom Stanley presents How to Investigate a Business Franchise Opportunity posted at Tom's Franchise Information Blog.

Bill Sheridan presents some handy tips on Successful Phoning posted at The Freestyle Entrepreneur.

Business Finance

Benjamin Yoskovitz of Instigator Blog goes through some cases where raising venture capital money is helpful, and even a necessity; and other cases where it's less important.

Ruby presents an exhaustive list of 25 Ways to Make Money Quickly and Easily (and Legally) posted at Advice and Rants.

Silicon Valley Blogger presents a challenging discusion about how to Become A Millionaire In 10 Steps Flat posted at The Digerati Life.



Economics and the Economy

Adam Gurri at Sophistpundit suggests why universal government controlled free internet service, provided by taxpayers, is a bad idea.

Vihar Sheth of Green - Rising is not impressed with the economics or reasoning behind the push for increased ethonal usage.

Michelle Cramer discusses the importance of giving back to the community in Using Your Business to Serve the Community posted at GreatFX Business Cards.

James Hamilton of Econbrowser discusses the confusing and conflicting measures of the state of the labor market in Reconciling the BED, CES, and birth/death employment data.

Jason Elder says most people know about Chapters 7 and 11 but he asks if you know about the other four in The 6 Laws Defining Bankruptcy posted at A Bankruptcy Lawyer's Blog.

Thanks to all of the entrants on their interesting and informative posts. Thanks to you for stopping by, and reading as you ate your popcorn and cotton candy.

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be hosted by Sandy Kristin Piderit at Management Professor Notes II.


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Saturday, June 16, 2007

 

From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur by Stephanie Chandler - Book review



From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur

Make Money With Books, E-books, And Information Products


By: Stephanie Chandler

Published: Nov 6, 2006
ISBN: 9780470050866
Format: Paperback, 227pp
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

The market for information products is expanding at a rapid pace, and entrepreneur Stephanie Chandler shows you how to profit from the boom, in her latest book From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money With Books, E-books, And Information Products. Her step by step how manual provides all of the necessary information for creating, marketing, and profiting from selling your own information based products.



Stephanie Chandler (photo left) goes far beyond the standard discussion of the value of selling information based products over the internet. She has marketed her knowledge successfully, and shares the techniques with the readers. Employing a holistic approach from idea creation all the way to completion of the sale, Stephanie leaves no stones unturned. Along with the development and marketing of ebooks and pamphlets, there is also an informative section on writing and marketing self published hard copy books. In every case, the power of the internet is emphasised as the springboard to sales success.

The main emphasis of the book is placed in two important areas. The first half of the book describes the writing of the actual informational materials to be offered for sale. From idea generation to practical techniques for putting words to keyboard, the reader is able to craft a solid product for sale. The second half of the book provides marketing advice, ranging from online methods to offline promotion, for building the product's presence in the marketplace. There is even a hand resource section at the back of the book for finding additional writing and marketing assistance.



For me, the power of From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money With Books, E-books, And Information Products by Stephanie Chandler is in its practicality and step by step methodology. For the novice internet marketer, unsure of what products to offer and how to promote and sell them, the book removes all of the guess work. Instead of simply offering theory, the book provides a powerful blueprint for successful information product marketing.

I recommend From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money With Books, E-books, And Information Products by Stephanie Chandler for anyone seeking additional income from the internet. If you are stumped on what products to offer, the book provides useful advice for idea development. The marketing section is also very strong, and is very helpful for even the most inexperienced internet marketer.

Read From Entrepreneur to Infopreneur: Make Money With Books, E-books, And Information Products by Stephanie Chandler and become the successful internet marketing entrepreneur of your dreams.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

 

Greg Balanko-Dickson: Creating Business Plans That Work - Blog Business Success Radio

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Business plan expert and blogger Greg Balanko-Dickson of Remote Control CEO and author of Tips and Traps when Writing an Effective Business Plan shares ideas for writing powerful and effective business plans that will boost your company's success, as my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on Blog Talk Radio.

The show airs live on Thursday, June 14, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Greg Balanko-Dickson provides the reasons and the techniques for developing a powerful and effective business plan for your company. You will learn:

* Why a business plan is so important and why you need one

* How to get started in writing a strong business plan

* What information is required to make your business plan more effective

* How to avoid the common mistakes many people make when creating a plan



Greg Balanko-Dickson (photo left) is a Licensed Professional Business Coach, author of two books, with clients throughout the Canada, the USA, South Africa, and the UK.

Having worked with 100’s of business owners in more than 32 different industries Greg brings a unique, practical perspective to every project.

He has been profiled in national magazines, newspapers, TV and as a guest on radio shows and as a keynote speaker to public and private companies, seminar facilitator and consultant, his advice and experiences reflect an in-the-trenches, street savvy flavor with a practical edge.

Since 2000, he has been on the Board of Experts at bplans.com where he provides expert advice on business planning and development issues to business owners from around the globe.

In 1998, Greg began sharing his knowledge and experience at Remote Control CEO. Today more than 10,000 people a month from all walks of life, rely on Greg to help them start, buy or expand a business. Employees and managers of Fortune 500 companies read the more than 300 tips, guides and down-to-earth articles.

Married for 31 years, Greg lives in Western Canada with his wife and son.

Listen live on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

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If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

To call in questions for my guest, the number is: (347) 996-5832

Let's talk with Greg Balanko-Dickson and learn powerful ideas for writing powerful and effective business plans that will boost your company's success, on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

 

Carnival of the Capitalists at Scatterbox by Steven Silvers



This week sees a public relations approach to the travelling business show, recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists arrives at Steven Silvers' media and public relations blog known as Scatterbox by Steven Silvers.


This week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists highlights some of the best bloggers writing on the internet today, as well as some of the best and most popular entries ever to the Carnival.

Blogging topics presented include entrepreneurship, management, market trading, internet commerce, marketing, the national economy and personal finance.

As you would expect from Carnival of the Capitalists, there are many discussions of economics, marketing, business, and small business.

It's always great to read and discover the many high quality blogs out there in the blogosphere.

We don't always get to them all, and this edition of Carnival of the Capitalists has introduced many of us to some brand new ones; as well as some long time contributors.



I have an entry in this week's Carnvival of the Capitalists as well.

My post is titled "Attitude change: Declare a positive week" where I discuss how business owners and managers experience much doom and gloom in the course of a working day. Confronted by the news with tragedy of every sort, finding marketing and other business problems of all kinds, and facing the usual employee frustrations, many entrepreneurs and managers want to throw up their hands and surrender. Instead of falling into dismay, it's time to declare a company Positive Week.

If you wish to submit an entry to next week's, or any Carnival of the Capitalists edition, e-mail your entries to the new address:

bizosphere -at- gmail -dot- com

You can always use the handy entry form at Gongol.com where all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Talk about making it easy to be included!



If you are searching for new and exciting ways to expand your blog's readership, you should seriously consider sending an entry to Carnival of the Capitalists.

Merely being included in the company, of the first rate regular Carnival of the Capitalists contributors, will enhance the reputation of your blog.

The extra visitors sent to your blog won't hurt either!

The growth and staying power, of Carnival of the Capitalists, is beginning to catch the attention of people outside the blogging community. Each hosting, brings a fresh assortment of new readers, to the various blogs involved.

The visitors aren't only bloggers anymore.

Readership is expanding to include the mainstream media, various government and private organizations, many businesses, and other interested people from beyond the blogging community.

Many people are introduced to some tremendous blogs that they might otherwise have missed.

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be right here at Blog Business World as I host the Carnival once again.

In the meantime, click your mouse over to the Scatterbox by Steven Silvers hosting of Carnival of the Capitalists.

If the great posted entries don't convince you to click, or the possibility of finding some brand new blogs to read doesn't do it, then visit Carnival of the Capitalists and get into business for yourself.

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Sunday, June 10, 2007

 

Attitude change: Declare a Positive Week



Business owners and managers experience much doom and gloom in the course of a working day. Confronted by the news with tragedy of every sort, finding marketing and other business problems of all kinds, and facing the usual employee frustrations, many entrepreneurs and managers want to throw up their hands and surrender. Instead of falling into dismay, it's time to declare a company Positive Week.

Positive Week would be based on the idea of only saying, doing, and behaving in a positive and happy way. Always greet every customer with a smile, and treat all other employees as friends. The regular water cooler complaint society is declared off limits, and staff gossip is not allowed to happen. Instead of concentrating on work, create cooperative games based on teamwork, and on helping customers solve their problems.

Positive Week is all about focus upon the good things about the company. Problems will only be dealt with in a constructive manner and with creative ideas. It's well known that happy employees are more productive for the organization as they feel their contribution is appreciated and rewarded.



The first step to creating a Positive Week is to get everyone involved in the organization on board with the concept. Make the week a fun event. Announce prizes for the staff members who go the entire week without making a single negative comment. Any bad customer service or derogatory remarks about co-workers or the organization are off limits for the week. Create fun disincentives for anyone breaking the code of Positive Week.

Create badges, t-shirts, posters and other reminders that Positive Week is underway. Encourage the staff to help others keep smiling and behaving in a happy manner. Create a special Happy Party for everyone to attend. It could be potluck or some other fun way to celebrate. Every day, keep a tally of the good deeds done by everyone as a team; as well as fun individual and work group awards and prizes.



The value of Positive Week is many of the good things started under its guidance become regular habits of the employees. Once taken away from the gossip and gripe sessions, staff members have time and energy to apply to helping the organization and its customers. Instead of feeling as unimportant, participants will begin to feel like important members of the company.

A smile worn in Positive Week can easily become part of the new company culture.

Hold a Positive Week in your company and help your business become happier and more profitable.


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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

 

Chris Cree: Success Motivation Made Easy - Blog Business Success Radio

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Business blogging consultant and expert on success and motivation Chris Cree of Success CREEations shares ideas for motivating yourself, yourself, and achieving success in business and in life, as my internet radio show guest on Blog Business Success; hosted live on Blog Talk Radio.

The show airs live on Thursday, June 7, at 8:00 pm Eastern Time; 5:00 pm Pacific Time.

Chris Cree discusses how success is achievable and the motivation for that success follows from following your dreams and your heart. You will learn:

* How to motivate yourself to achieve undreamed of success

* How to lead and motivate your staff and co-workers to even higher levels

* How business blogging can help with reaching your success goals

* How to get things done and to manage your time better



Chris Cree (photo left) wants to be known as just a regular guy. He's a former Naval Officer and has over 10 years experience post Navy in the business world.

Much of his career has been in operations. and most of that has been in the maritime industry. He knows how to get things done, and make things happen. As an operations guy, he understands how important it is for your business to get the most from its resources, and to spend money as efficiently as possible.

Chris started his first blog in September of 2005, which in blogging terms means he's been doing this a while. As a business blogging consultant he sees his job is to help you successfully integrate blogging into your overall business strategy. Blogging is his thing and Chris is passionate about it because he understands how tremendously beneficial it can be to your businesses profitability.

Chris Cree blogs at Success CREEations.

Listen live on Thursday at 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific time.

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If you miss this very informative show, it will be available for download as a podcast for iPod, iTunes, and MP3 players; or play it right on your computer. To download this, or any other of my guest interviews, go to the Blog Business Success host page and click on Archived Segments. Once there, click on the podcast icon at the end of the episode description, to download the show free of charge for your listening enjoyment. You can also subscribe to the show feed.

To call in questions for my guest, the number is: (347) 996-5832

Let's talk with Chris Cree and learn powerful ideas for motivation, getting results, and achieving personal and business success, on Blog Business Success Radio.

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

 

Carnival of the Capitalists at Spooky Action



This week sees an eclectic approach to the travelling business show, recognized by one and all as Carnival of the Capitalists arrives at Mike DeWitt's highly eclectic blog known as Spooky Action.

This week's edition of Carnival of the Capitalists highlights some of the best bloggers writing on the internet today, as well as some of the best and most popular entries ever to the Carnival.

Blogging topics presented include entrepreneurship, management, market trading, internet commerce, marketing, the national economy and personal finance.

As you would expect from Carnival of the Capitalists, there are many discussions of economics, marketing, business, and small business.

It's always great to read and discover the many high quality blogs out there in the blogosphere.

We don't always get to them all, and this edition of Carnival of the Capitalists has introduced many of us to some brand new ones; as well as some long time contributors.



I have an entry in this week's Carnvival of the Capitalists as well.

My post is titled "Marketing gimmicks: Bending spoons and magic" where I discuss how marketers can take a few lessons from the world of magic. Whether the course is in spoon bending, levitation, or simple card tricks, the magician is always using misdirection, the speed of the eye, and the laws of nature to best advantage. A marketer can do the same thing in the business sphere. While nothing as dramatic as making elephants disappear from a stage occurs, the effect of a great marketing campaign can be just as exciting to behold.

If you wish to submit an entry to next week's, or any Carnival of the Capitalists edition, e-mail your entries to the new address:

bizosphere -at- gmail -dot- com

You can always use the handy entry form at Gongol.com where all you have to do is fill in the blanks. Talk about making it easy to be included!



If you are searching for new and exciting ways to expand your blog's readership, you should seriously consider sending an entry to Carnival of the Capitalists.

Merely being included in the company, of the first rate regular Carnival of the Capitalists contributors, will enhance the reputation of your blog.

The extra visitors sent to your blog won't hurt either!

The growth and staying power, of Carnival of the Capitalists, is beginning to catch the attention of people outside the blogging community. Each hosting, brings a fresh assortment of new readers, to the various blogs involved.

The visitors aren't only bloggers anymore.

Readership is expanding to include the mainstream media, various government and private organizations, many businesses, and other interested people from beyond the blogging community.

Many people are introduced to some tremendous blogs that they might otherwise have missed.

Next week's Carnival of the Capitalists will be at Steven Silvers' media and public relations blog known as Scatterbox by Steven Silvers

In the meantime, click your mouse over to the Spooky Action hosting of Carnival of the Capitalists.

If the great posted entries don't convince you to click, or the possibility of finding some brand new blogs to read doesn't do it, then visit Carnival of the Capitalists and get into business for yourself.

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