4 Steps to Getting More Referrals From Everyone You Meet

Network better with these four tips. March 30, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ask any entrepreneur about referrals and most will tell you that they are the lifeblood of any business. And the reason is simple: When you have referrals on a consistent basis, client acquisition is easy. When you don’t …well, let’s just say that generating a steady stream of business becomes much harder. Which is why I like this four-step approach toward getting more referrals: It’s simple and straightforward and can easily fit into your day-to-day networking activities. In other words, these four steps assume that you met the person through a business networking event, and I’ll walk you through how to turn those contacts into potential referral partners! Related: 16 Tips for Becoming a Master Networker 1. Create a visible identity In our book Networking Like a Pro, Dr. Ivan Misner […]

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An Evolving Business: How Consol Glass Is Going Global

Seventy-four years ago Consol was just manufacturing glass in a single plant. Today it has firmly established itself in three other African territories and continues to spread the word: The best things come in glass. Read_more Related posts: A Huge Announcement (& Lessons on Evolving Your Business) Insights About Leadership, Happiness and the Future From Arianna Huffington, Will.i.am and Other Global Thought Leaders 35 Young South African Change-Agents Seek To Solve Global Consumption Challenges People Keep Walking Into Glass at Apple’s Headquarters Dot Com Lunch – Walking Into A Glass Wall Edition Tomorrow’s Gig Economy Marketplaces Are Smarter, Larger and More Global ClickConfirmation and Global Ad Investment Trends and Forecasts for 2018 How One Entrepreneur Is Creating an Alternative Global Ivy League Experience

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Do Your Clients Trust Your Team? 3 Ways to Ensure They Do.

Employees who are treated well will treat customers and clients well, too. That’s just good management 101. March 30, 2018 5 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s 2018, so the importance of company culture should come as no shock. But treating employees well doesn’t just build a healthy, functioning company: It creates a culture of superior service for customers. Look at Richard Branson as a role model. He operates Virgin Airlines with the motto “Look after your staff, and the rest will follow.” Starbucks follows the same path, and in January, the company announced it would use some of its incoming tax savings to increase pay and benefits for its workers. These companies choose to invest in their employees in the hopes that […]

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33 Powerful Women Share Their Hopes and Dreams for the Leaders of the Future

“It may sound cliche, but I hope to see more young people following their dreams. Growing up where I grew up, in the Harlem community, dreams were a luxury that a lot of people couldn’t afford to have. That’s a big reason why it’s so important to me to have Harlem Chocolate Factory represent this thriving community and what can happen when you follow your passions. Everything we make is inspired by Harlem and its history and in return I hope we can inspire the next generation. If you’re lucky enough to have a dream, you should follow it. I think so many young people are afraid to ask for help, and just follow the path that’s been laid out for them, but you can use the resources that are available to you to follow the path you desire. Education is also another essential component. It’s important to arm yourself […]

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Work-Life Balance – High Paying Affiliate Programs

What Is Your Work-Life Balance? My father was the hardest working person I’ve ever known. Thankfully, he’s semi-retired now otherwise he may have just worked himself to death. Believe it or not, death by overworking is a real phenomenon in Japan where it is known as Karoshi, South Korea where it is called Gwarosa, and in China where it known as Guolaosi. A strong work ethic is something that can propel you to great wealth. But it can also come with a great cost too. Overworking can wreck relationships, health and sleep habits in a hurry. What Is Your Own Work-Life Balance? “A recent study by Family Living Today and Now Sourcing uncovered surprising stats about work-life balance across the country. Right now, the United States ranks 30th out of 38 countries who have positive work-life balance. Maybe that’s because, according to the research, more than 11 percent of American […]

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What Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Facial Recognition Technology

The opportunities are intriguing, as long as ethical concerns are managed appropriately. March 30, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As the Fourth Industrial Revolution unfolds with billions of people sharing a wide and deep array of data — texts, tweets, GPS coordinates, all manner of photos, videos, environmental data, clickstreams, status updates, likes and reposts, pumping trillions of real-time signals into the digital universe — what does the future hold? This data is like food for the whale of artificial intelligence. Related: 17 Amazing — and Surprising — Uses of Facial Recognition Technology In terms of a resource, this AI-food-rich data ocean makes the California gold rush, or the Texas oil boom, seem like tiny puddles. Vast amounts of data are flooding the digital space on a global level. AI-based algorithms will be propelling innovation in every sales arena from products to services and the […]

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Did the Staff at Entrepreneur Feel the Vibes of This Kombucha Brand?

Drinkers tout its health benefits, such as improved digestion and arthritis and cancer prevention. But what did we think? March 30, 2018 1 min read Kombucha is one of the latest buzzy health drinks making its rounds. The fermented drink features live cultures (think: yogurt). Drinkers tout its health benefits, such as improved digestion and arthritis and cancer prevention. But what did the staff at Entrepreneur think of the fizzy drink? We put Humm Kombucha to the test in our latest Try-Day Friday video. Related: This Snack Bar Says It Has as Much Caffeine as a Cup of Coffee. Here’s How it Made Us Feel. Read_more Related posts: Did the Staff at Entrepreneur Feel the Vibes of This Kombucha Brand? Did the Staff at Entrepreneur Feel the Vibes of This Kombucha Brand? An Army Scientist Is Working on a Formula for Optimal Caffeine Intake How This Entrepreneur Saved a Damaged Brand (Remember […]

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Did the Staff at Entrepreneur Feel the Vibes of This Kombucha Brand?

Drinkers tout its health benefits, such as improved digestion and arthritis and cancer prevention. But what did we think? March 30, 2018 1 min read Kombucha is one of the latest buzzy health drinks making its rounds. The fermented drink features live cultures (think: yogurt). Drinkers tout its health benefits, such as improved digestion and arthritis and cancer prevention. But what did the staff at Entrepreneur think of the fizzy drink? We put Humm Kombucha to the test in our latest Try-Day Friday video. Related: This Snack Bar Says It Has as Much Caffeine as a Cup of Coffee. Here’s How it Made Us Feel. Read_more Related posts: Did the Staff at Entrepreneur Feel the Vibes of This Kombucha Brand? Did the Staff at Entrepreneur Feel the Vibes of This Kombucha Brand? An Army Scientist Is Working on a Formula for Optimal Caffeine Intake With Schultz Out, Starbucks Must Consider These 5 […]

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Did the Staff at Entrepreneur Feel the Vibes of This Kombucha Brand?

Drinkers tout its health benefits, such as improved digestion and arthritis and cancer prevention. But what did we think? March 30, 2018 1 min read Kombucha is one of the latest buzzy health drinks making its rounds. The fermented drink features live cultures (think: yogurt). Drinkers tout its health benefits, such as improved digestion and arthritis and cancer prevention. But what did the staff at Entrepreneur think of the fizzy drink? We put Humm Kombucha to the test in our latest Try-Day Friday video. Related: This Snack Bar Says It Has as Much Caffeine as a Cup of Coffee. Here’s How it Made Us Feel. Read_more Related posts: Did the Staff at Entrepreneur Feel the Vibes of This Kombucha Brand? Did the Staff at Entrepreneur Feel the Vibes of This Kombucha Brand? An Army Scientist Is Working on a Formula for Optimal Caffeine Intake With Schultz Out, Starbucks Must Consider These 5 […]

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Business Owner Titles that Help You Get Clients

One of the best perks of being a business owner is you get to craft your own job title. You can replace “CEO” with anything else you want and stand out from your competitors. Having read similar advice in Michael Port’s Book Yourself Solid, I created my own job title and description. It’s a simple process but not necessarily easy. Using my experience as a guide, here’s some advice for creating your own job title and description. Finding Your Greatest Strength “Don’t be fungible. Have a distinctive expertise or perspective.” – Larry Summers, former U.S. Secretary of Treasury When crafting your job title, Port recommends starting by figuring out your greatest strength. I knew I possessed many gifts and talents, but I didn’t have a clue which one to use to define myself. In this case, Port suggests turning to friends and family—the people who know you best—and asking them to […]

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The Importance of Using Heatmaps in Blogging

As bloggers, we are trying to find creative ways to influence engagement on our website so we rely on tools to help us out. I read an article several months ago on heat maps and how they help in increasing user engagement. I’m a true believer that we should always invest our time and money into finding what works for our readers. Without high user engagement, it’s very hard to meet our bottom line, whatever the reason we started blogging. With higher traffic comes the opportunity for increased ROI, traffic, engagement, and influence. If you are new to the concept of heat maps, then let’s look at some benefits of using them in your business. Let’s get started… What are Heat Maps? These are representations of how visitors interact with your page. They will be shown in the form of different colors on your page, showing engagement. For example, the […]

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How to Build a Tactical Marketing Plan

In part three of her series, Jessica Abo sits down with the founder of Grayce & Co to learn what businesses need to have a successful marketing strategy. March 30, 2018 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. ICYMI, I had a branding issue when I first met marketing expert Kathleen Griffith. In part one of our special series, I learned about fragmentation. Griffith encouraged me to pick one area of my business to focus on and she gave tips on how you can get do that, too. Then we delved into what I needed to develop a brand strategy and the importance of knowing your company’s core values. In this episode, Griffith walks me through how to build a tactical marketing plan and has homework assignments that may help you as well. Related: Branding Boot Camp: How to Develop Your Brand Strategy Watch more videos from Jessica Abo on her YouTube channel here. Entrepreneur […]

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Stories of Rejection From 8 of the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs and Leaders

These innovators share how they learned from their setbacks. March 30, 2018 7 min read No matter what you do, if you decide to pursue entrepreneurship, you’re going to have to deal with a lot of “no’s.” But it isn’t the setback that defines who you are, but how you handle it. You want to make sure that if you hit a brick wall, you don’t let it deter you from staying the course. Read on for what the most innovative and successful leaders took away from their brushes with rejection. Related: She Was Told ‘No’ 100 Times. Now This 30-Year-Old Female Founder Runs a $1 Billion Business. Steve JobsThere’s no denying that Jobs is a tech icon. But his famously combative leadership style often rubbed people the wrong way, so much so that in 1985, he was fired from the company he founded when Apple’s board of directors removed […]

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How Pinterest, Starbucks and Lyft Grab More User Attention

Ever hear of progressive web apps, or PWAs? They combine the best parts of the web and mobile experiences. March 30, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Americans love their media. As eMarketer noted, U.S. adults spend more than five hours daily on their mobile devices and desktops. And, according to Com Score research, 57 percent of that five hours happens on apps. Not surprisingly, brands want to leverage these impressive statistics. And that’s no surprise since clearly the best place to acquire and engage customers is through their screens. Yet both startups and more established corporations are eschewing traditional web apps in favor of progressive web apps, or PWAs. PWAs are web pages, even whole websites, that look like apps. Their aim is to combine the features that browsers offer with the benefits of a mobile experience. Related: 15 Digital Tools and Apps […]

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A Good and Bad Day for Elon Musk. 3 Things to Know Today.

Stay in the know in 60 seconds. March 30, 2018 1 min read In happy Elon Musk news, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 rocket carrying 10 communications satellites today. In bad Elon Musk news, Tesla announced the recall of 123,000 Model S cars because of a steering bolt that is prone to rust. Under Armour revealed that 150 million MyFitnessPal app accounts were compromised in one of the biggest data breaches in history. Hackers gained access to usernames, email addresses and scrambled passwords.  A judge ruled that Starbucks and other coffee sellers must put a cancer warning on coffee sold in California. We’re going to go full science-denier on this piece of news and just pretend we never heard it. Have a great day! Watch the previous 3 Things to Know video: Apple’s CEO Criticizes Mark Zuckerberg! Read_more Related posts: Elon Musk Says He’ll Sell Lego-Like Bricks Made of Tunnel Rock […]

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Dot Com Lifestyle Vlog – Party People In The House!

The Titanium Mastermind opened last night with a welcome dinner party that feature great food, music, dancing, drums, and fireworks. It was a lot of fun. If you have never been to a Titanium Mastermind, you need to get there! It’s a great way to experience what it’s like to live the Dot Com Lifestyle. How To Live The Ultimate Dot Com Lifestyle I have many internet products and services that makes me money while I’m sleeping. Continuity affiliate programs like Aweber, LeadPages, ClickFunnel, MOBE, and others ensure a steady flow of income no matter what I’m doing or where I am in the world. Of all the programs, MOBE has consistently been one of the highest earners. It’s the program I recommend for new and experienced Internet marketers. The best way to start is by applying for the 21 Step System. This is a step by step system that […]

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Trying Something That’s Never Been Done Before? Top Tips from Entrepreneur Pioneers.

Leadership advice for those brave souls heading into the great unknown. March 30, 2018 5 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “Tech entrepreneurs who start companies in nascent industries face a whole new set of challenges. Think of them as “virtual hurdles” that they need to overcome to be successful. There is no roadmap to follow, no precedent to learn from. Working in an industry that’s just starting out or not even a thing yet, these entrepreneurs not only have to invent brand new ways of thinking and seeing the world, they also need to convince others to buy into their vision.  Below are tips from three CEOs on how they succeeded in an industry that didn’t even exist yet. Image credit: Avi […]

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Internet Trailblazer Jean Case Shares How to Make Your Failures Matter

The Case Foundation CEO reveals why honesty in the face of mistakes will take you far. March 30, 2018 8 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » In this series, Open Every Door, Entrepreneur staff writer Nina Zipkin shares her conversations with leaders about understanding what you have to offer, navigating the obstacles that will block your path, identifying opportunity and creating it for yourself and for others. It’s normal to feel nervous about striking out on your own. But if you start to feel yourself hesitate in pursuit of your goals, take Jean Case’s motto to heart and “Be Fearless.” Case is the CEO and co-founder of the Case Foundation. She has been running the organization with her husband, AOL co-founder Steve Case, since 1997. Through their work, the Cases are […]

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How Blockchain Technology Is Making Other Industries More Efficient

The ways blockchain is transforming business and technology is alarming. March 30, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Due The ways blockchain is transforming business and technology is alarming. It seems like only a year ago only the most committed early adopters of cryptocurrencies and blockchain had heard of the tech. There were fewer who had accepted it. However, the technology is maturing. It’s gone from simple store of value to quickly building value. In fact, it’s making many industries more efficient. This includes startups who create and profit from the technology. Also, blockchain is helping numerous businesses be safer, quicker and more efficient.   Related: The Best Business Credit Card for Every Type of Spender Artificial Intelligence  It’s no secret that data is new the oil when it comes to value. This is one of the main examples of how blockchain is making industries more efficient. Companies like Google and Facebook exchange free […]

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Top 25 Digital Marketing Articles – Week of 03/30/18

This week’s roundup, includes tips to make the most of your Social Media remarketing campaigns, design an attractive website that is responsive, and create evergreen Content. Learn how to perform SEO keyword research for multiple Locations, and increase Conversion rates on your Thank You pages. We’ve covered all of this news and, much more, below! From the UpCity Blog: Clifford Almeida explains how to deliver up front value and close more business as a result. Know when the ‘do it yourself’ plan isn’t the best route for your agency. Grant Effinger walks us through how removing pages from Google can actually help a site rank better. Ashley Minaudo runs through the top trends to follow when marketing in the food and beverage industry. Check in on Ola Moana, our Growth Hacking Giveaway winner, as they work to unlock the time to sell. Content Marketing: Jessica Thiefels discusses how strategies such as […]

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