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Social Media For A New Startup

When you launch a new website for a new business or a startup you might have a lot of questions, and it can be overwhelming when you’re getting involved with social media.  There is so much information out there, some good, some bad and some just downright stupid; it’s often hard to determine what will actually …

Would You Cut Up Your Credit Cards?

So I’m very fortunate in that I’m about to pay off all of my credit card debt. This will leave me with student loans and a mortgage (possibly a car payment in the future but that’s another post). There are a lot of frugalistas who shout cut up your credit cards, but it’s a debate …

New Year, New You

There is always a big push around the New Year to make resolutions. Resolutions can be a wonderful thing, but they shouldn’t be based around a complete life change or overhaul, they should be based around smaller changes that often have a bigger impact. Making too big of a goal often causes the goal to …

Schools can’t make up for poor parenting. Period.

The public-relations deck sure is stacked against the public schools. Whenever the subject of poor academic achievement is discussed, nine times out of ten the discussion assumes that the root of the problem is the schools—the teachers, schools administrators, district administrators, or state officials. Some kids take to school work and homework like second nature. …

It’s Sad That You Need a Sign Like This

  We went camping this weekend, which was lots of fun – it was the first time in my life we ever went camping WITHOUT mosquitoes! We didn’t miss them at all! I was at the beach and playground with some kids by the lake when I noticed this sign here: It made me laugh, …

Blogging as a Business Tool

Blogging has become a business tool for communicating and sharing knowledge and expertise with customers or employees. It is also a great way to get the word out to consumers about your product or service and it can even be useful for inspiring employee loyalty. Think about blogging as a way of unlocking knowledge that’s …

Is Your Personal Brand All About You?

Ah, the day of love and frillyness is upon us but before you run out of the office, or underground lair in my case, to make those dinner reservations I want to take a second and reflect on your business, particularly if you’re building a brand around yourself. Are you giving your customers enough love, …

How to Build a Long Term Relationship with Clients

Businesses can take several different approaches to marketing. The most traditional models involve communications and branding focused exclusively on direct sales. These companies use promotions, aggressive advertising and constant merchandising or product development to maintain a high level of sales. A more modern approach attempts to build long-term relationships with customers in an effort to …

Quit Smoking with the WordPress Support Group

Today is the first day of the rest of my life–as a non-smoker. Last week, I was puttering around in the WordPress forums and came across the thread, “Who wants to quit smoking with me.” I hovered my mouse arrow over the title, contemplating the question. Do I want to quit? Yes. Do I need …