5 Innovative Ways Artificial Intelligence Is Advancing Technology

Artificial intelligence is moving forward in these five important ways. Are you ready for it? May 24, 2018 5 min read Bots are dominating online communication, and most consumers don’t even realize the number of times they have interacted with a bot while browsing their favorite website or completing an online purchase. Bot technology is far from a new concept, though, as its origins date all the way back to 1966 with the invention of Eliza, a bot that managed to mimic a natural conversation through programmed responses. With no sign of slowing down, here are five innovative ways bot technology is advancing. 1. The implementation of artificial intelligence Artificial intelligence (AI) is a push toward being able to accomplish things that require human intelligence without needing humans. In the world of bots, the implementation of AI is geared toward creating environments where the bot you are speaking to is indistinguishable from […]

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Cryptocurrency and the Allure of a Cashless Cannabis Industry

Marijuana prohibition never stopped marijuana sales. Blocking legal marijuana businesses from the legal banking system isn’t working, either. May 24, 2018 3 min read The legal marijuana industry in the United States is awash in cash. Literally. With reports that cannabis businesses generated almost $61 million in tax revenue for California in just the first quarter of recreational marijuana sales, it’s important to remember that the money moving through the marijuana financial system is almost 100 percent in cash. Why? Most banks won’t touch money from legal marijuana businesses because cannabis remains a Schedule I illegal drug at the federal level, meaning banks in the strictest sense risk committing crime providing the industry ordinary commercial banking services. That leaves marijuana entrepreneurs working in a cash-only world. It’s more than just inconvenient. It makes it more difficult to create a safe environment for both employees and customers. It makes it next-to-impossible […]

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Seven Things That Suck About Being an Entrepreneur and How to Outsource Them

How much is your time worth? People have probably spent more time than it’s worth thinking about this question. If you’re curious, you can spend some of your precious time figuring out how much your time is worth by using an online tool. Or you could just keep reading this article. The truth is, time is priceless. You really only have about 70-80 years to live on average and every moment wasted is a moment you can’t get back (unless you’ve found the fountain of youth and in that case, please PM me immediately!). The idiom “make time” is a false idea. You can not “make” time. As Chuck Wendig once said, “time is not feces. It’s a precious resource. You mine it. You steal it. You carve it out of the schist and bedrock.” How do you carve time out? By giving time sucking things to other people to […]

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You Can Block Critics on Twitter, but the President Can’t

A federal judge has ruled people have a First Amendment right to comment on President Trump’s Twitter feed even if he doesn’t like what they say. May 24, 2018 3 min read A federal judge has ruled that when private citizen Donald Trump was elected President Donald Trump, he lost his power to block critics from his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. The ruling by Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York found that the President’s Twitter feed is the digital equivalent of public forum under government control — no different than an auditorium used for public hearings. Blocking individuals from Trump’s Twitter feed simply because he doesn’t like their opinions is the unconstitutional equivalent of barring entrance to a public meeting, the judge found. She noted in her ruling that the White House “[does] not contest Plaintiffs’ allegation that the Individual Plaintiffs were blocked from […]

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Free Cloud Managed Hosting and Resources from SkySilk

If you want to build a successful blog, brand, or business on the internet today, you need to focus on a lot more than just your content and providing value to your audience. While content and value are always going to be important, let’s be real… we are in a fast-paced world where visual content is everything. With that being said, if you don’t have the right images, illustrations or social media thumbnails and previews to grab the attention of your audience, they will likely skip past your content and move on with their day. It’s also important to note that you no longer need to be a web designer or graphic designer to create great images for your site. This can be as simple as signing up to a royalty-free stock photo website like GLStock.com, grabbing an image and then using a program like Canva to customize it to […]

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6 Questions to Ask Before Naming Your Cannabis Company

Top marketers share how to come up with a winning name plan. May 24, 2018 5 min read What’s in a name? Turns out—a whole lot. Your brand’s name is the message that you broadcast to the world. While companies may come and go, their name lasts forever. But too often entrepreneurs treat the naming process as an afterthought, a fun thing to brainstorm about over bagels or a drink, not a serious step of a brand development strategy. Related: Why Brand Name is Important for Start-Ups ? Because the legal cannabis industry is relatively new and booming and because there are so many niche markets within the industry, there are a ton of new naming possibilities. The key is to find a name that both describes the essence of your brand and differentiates you in the marketplace. Here are some key questions to ask yourself. Related: 10 Questions to Ask Before […]

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4 Things Every Leader Needs to Know Today About Corporate Citizenship

Today’s business leaders need to do more than just make money: They are responsible for serving their communities. May 24, 2018 5 min read Businesses are no longer seen just as organizations designed to make money. After years of hearing about corporate corruption, consumers have come to expect more from the companies they patronize. Related: 4 Steps for Launching Corporate Social Responsibility at Your Business In fact, an April survey from Deloitte, of more than 11,000 global HR and business leaders, found that 77 percent of respondent organizations agreed that corporate citizenship is important. Yet, only 18 percent had strategies that reflected that priority. So, why the disconnect? Part of the reason may be the politically divisive time we live in. Leaders are unsure how to get involved with certain causes without upsetting segments of their customer base. But doing nothing is just as bad, because that ignores that all-important responsibility companies have to […]

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5 Books and Stories To Help Entrepreneurs Focus On What Matters

Gary Vaynerchuk’s Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World is a great representation of the social media expert’s career. Most managers and marketers plan for the “big right hook” — the one punch that will blow everyone away. But, Vaynerchuk has always been about consistent hits, and this book helps teach you his philosophy. Feifer says: “Gary’s central point is that you need to provide lots of value to a consumer before making any kind of pitch. I think about that a lot these days as I build relationships with readers and viewers. We must give first, then receive.” Related: 7 Books Most Millionaires Read Before They Turn 30 Read_more Related posts: How to Focus on What Matters Most in Business Stories of Rejection From 8 of the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs and Leaders Even Through Humble Beginnings, Persistence Wins Over All, […]

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A Community to Give Your Affiliate Marketing a LIFT

Many years ago, I created this blog to be able to provide a way to share my experiences with affiliate marketing and to talk about what I have been doing. Over those years, my articles have been read millions of times. It’s been a humbling and exciting experience to watch my work appreciated by others. The big issue with a blog is that it’s very hard to build a community experience. Sure, many of you comment on the articles and there are some decent discussions going in the comments, but those are easily lost and forgotten. So, a few months ago, I decided I wanted to build a community for everyone I’m able to reach who is interested in affiliate marketing. Not only do I want to build a community, but I want it to be the best community of it’s kind and I want everyone within that community […]

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Here Are the Things People Hate the Most About Your Email Signature

Survey says: It might be time to lose your inspirational quote. May 24, 2018 2 min read Email signatures can be, well, really annoying. We know this because we partnered with the research firm Ipsos, which surveyed 1,006 U.S. adults about what they like and dislike in email signatures. The answer: You might be doing something wrong. Email signatures have become the homegrown marketing tool du jour — and with good reason. Anyone who’s reading your email signature is likely already engaging in a conversation with you, so (hopefully) they’re already invested in what you have to say. Dropping in a link to your latest project or newsletter can drive traffic and engagement. Even linking to your social media accounts can boost time spent with your own personal brand and message. (Quick tip: Color and head shots attract the most visual attention from the human eye, according to a study by […]

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How To Write A Captivating Guest Post

Generating the right traffic to a website or a blog can sometimes be hard and for you to succeed you need people to read you. One of the most effective methods to reach as much traffic as you want for your blog or website is to do guest posting for SEO. What exactly is guest posting? Guest posting is writing or publishing an article or a post on the blog or website of another person. Guest posting can either be with financial benefits or not depending on whether the host website or blog pays for such contributions. Sometimes you may want to do a one-off post to boost your own website or blog. It is important to note that guest posting and contributing to the host website are different things. If you are contributing, you will probably have to post articles on the website or blog for about 3-4 days […]

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The Dot Com Lifestyle Is on FIRE

Perhaps second only to love, money is the subject of so many popular sayings. Money can’t buy happiness, they tell you. Money is the root of all evil, they’ll say. Money makes the world go ’round. At the end of the day, our relationship with money is complicated at best. It can provide us with so much joy, just as concerns about money can cripple us with so much sorrow. But money is just a tool. It’s what you choose to do with it that matters the most. You may have come across an increasingly popular trend, especially among young professionals who are reasonably well educated and have more of an entrepreneurial spirit, even if they work at a more traditional 9-to-5 kind of job. It’s called FIRE and it stands for “financial independence, retire early.” Those four deceptively simple words really do sum up the movement. The goal is […]

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This Company Thinks It Can Help You Get Over Your Smartphone Addiction With Stickers

Imagine a life where you’re not checking your phone constantly. May 23, 2018 2 min read Are you someone that feels like your smartphone is an extension of yourself? You definitely aren’t alone. In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 46 percent of respondents said that their phones were something that they couldn’t live without. But while it might be tough to get through a day without checking it your messages at all hours, there are some solutions you can employ, from blocking software and apps to simply shutting it off or — and this might be a bridge too far for some of us — leaving it at home. An average smartphone owner picks up and touches the device more than 2,000 times a day, so it can be difficult to break that habit. But now, a Danish design and branding firm called Stupid Studios has come […]

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Cultivate Some Skills and Sharpen Your Copywriting Mojo

Reminder: Today at 11:00 a.m. Pacific / 2:00 p.m. Eastern, Rainmaker Digital CEO Brian Clark and Ricardo Bueno from RightMessage are hosting a Free Web Personalization Workshop. You’ll learn how to increase your opt-ins (and sales) by personalizing your landing pages and sales sequences. Get all the details and register here: https://rightmessage.com/w/copyblogger-may24/?fp_ref=copyblogger31 We love subtle tactics and cutting-edge strategies on Copyblogger. But we’re also very conscious of the fact that 90 percent of copywriting and content marketing success comes from executing fundamental skills really well. Just like Napoleon Dynamite, this week we’re rolling up our sleeves and working on cultivating some great skills. On Monday, Stefanie Flaxman explored the multidimensional nature of what we call “high quality” writing, and why it can be so challenging to create. (The solution? A serious commitment to your writing practice!) On Tuesday, conversational copywriter Nick Usborne swung by to share five common mistakes we […]

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Apple Will Let All Users Download Their Collected Personal Data

European users can do it right now thanks to GDPR. May 23, 2018 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget By Jon Fingas Virtually every tech company is bending over backwards to comply with Europe’s impending GDPR rules, and Apple is no exception to the rule. It just opened a Data and Privacy site that lets people with accounts in the European Union (plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland) download everything the company knows about them. While it is only available for European users right now, Apple will make it available globally in the future. This mostly revolves around your Apple ID account and device info as well as data you’ve synced through iCloud, although it also includes your activity on services like Apple Music and the App Store, your AppleCare support history and your online shopping habits. Related: Apple Now Has More Than 50 Self-Driving Cars on the Road Don’t expect everything right away. […]

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You Have $10,000 In Your Pocket. Now, Find Out How to Invest It.

If you are able to do your research and nail down a strategy, you could see more money very soon. May 23, 2018 2 min read If you are able to save up and accrue at least $10,000 dollars, you may seriously be considering putting that money into some sort of investment.  In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Jeff Rose explains some of his top strategies for investing $10,000, from putting the funds into your own business to carefully considering real estate investments. He cautions that in order to pursue these particular ideas, it is best to always go in debt-free. Even better, if you can be debt-free as well as have a “freedom fund” — or a cash savings that you’ve put aside for emergencies — you will make more measured investment decisions.  Rose lays out a variety of techniques, like starting your own franchise and the prevailing habit to invest in the stock market. For investing in the […]

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How Women Can Rebound From a Huge Work Mistake

You’re human — mistakes happen. May 23, 2018 5 min read This story originally appeared on Career Contessa Made a mistake at work? Don’t freak. Follow this strategy to fix it. I still remember the first mistake I made in my professional career. I was a White House intern and I was asked to edit an Excel document filled with addresses for the president’s Christmas cards. There must have been thousands of addresses on the sheet, and I was supposed to edit the informal phrases — like “St.” and “P.O. Box” — to their formal equivalent (“Street” and “Post Office Box”). I wanted to find a quick solution, so I used the “Find and Replace” feature to quickly find and replace all informal words with the formal ones. It might have been a great solution, but I made a mistake — I didn’t realize that many names would also be […]

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Watching YouTube Tutorials Probably Won’t Make You an Expert — But Doing This Might

Research finds we overestimate our own abilities after watching how-to videos. May 23, 2018 2 min read The ready availability of online video tutorials means anyone can learn how to do anything. Right? Actually, maybe not. According to new research described in Harvard Business Review, merely watching someone do something can lead to an overinflated sense of one’s abilities to match that skill. Related: The Ultimate Guide to Learning Anything Faster In a series of experiments, the researchers tasked participants with watching videos of experts performing different skills — from moonwalking to completing a computer game — then asked how well the participants thought they could do the skill. The participants all greatly overestimated their own abilities to perform, especially when they watched the video multiple times. When starting your business, you’re likely doing a lot of the heavy lifting yourself, and may not be able to hire an expert to […]

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A GDPR Email That I Love!

We’ve all been getting a bunch of messages from the companies we do business with alerting us to the new privacy policy they’ve implemented as a result of the General Data Protection Regulation that goes into effect across the European Union on May 25. Related posts: GDPR Compliance – High Paying Affiliate Programs 10 Email Productivity Tools That Will Make You Fall in Love Again With Your Inbox GDPR: What it Means for Google Analytics & Online Marketing What Google’s GDPR Compliance Efforts Mean for Your Data: Two Urgent Actions Optimizing Email Capture: 9-point checklist to grow your email marketing list by minimizing the perceived cost of opting in Email Open Rates: 9-point checklist to get more opens for your email marketing by reducing perceived cost Email Clickthrough Rate: 9-point checklist to get more clicks for your email marketing by reducing perceived cost Email Testing: 7 tips from your peers […]

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Does That Smart New Software Developer of Yours Also Have ‘Soft’ Skills?

Forget the technical skills for a moment. Does that developer know how to communicate? May 23, 2018 7 min read With our ever-increasing technological dependence, modern society has placed a major premium on STEM careers and other technical backgrounds. This has been true especially in the context of the current talent shortage of programmers, data scientists and engineers. Related: The 10 Unique Soft Skills Employers Desire in New Hires However, in focusing on software development and the technical skills it requires, many companies, recruiters and tech organizations have failed to recognize the lingering importance of soft skills, as well. As it turns out, according to research from Google, whose hiring philosophy long favored individuals with technical backgrounds, STEM expertise is actually the least important indicator of employee success. The reason is that, by keeping their eyes glued exclusively to  their screens, many of these smart new developers have either neglected or missed the opportunity to […]

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