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31 Mar
2012
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Dealing with Negative People in Your Life

” When someone treats you like you’re not good enough, ignore them. If you meet someone who says your idea will never work or that your efforts are being wasted, run in the opposite direction. Accept that these people will never understand your passion or your dreams and move on from them and do not look back. Never let their negativity affect you or your positive thought process. When I hear the words “no” I know that I am only speaking with the wrong person and you should remember the same the next time a door closes. You have the desire to succeed and deserve to be surrounded by others with the same drive; a commitment to your goals is something to be proud of. You are the better person for living in possibility, for living with the hope and knowledge that one day you will achieve something great.”

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28 Mar
2012
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Coping With Twitter’s Unfollow Bug | TechCrunch

” If you’re like me, you may have noticed that Twitter may be arbitrarily, randomly, and haphazardly, unfollowing people you fully intended to follow. Similarly, if you’ve ever noticed your friends and contacts unfollowed you, it may have caused a sense of confusion, dread, or self-insecurity. Before one spirals into a series of apologies or deep-depression, it’s likely not your fault, whew!.What’s causing this? I’m not sure, so I asked my proper contacts at Twitter who responded “This is a bug, and our team is working to fix it.” They also sent me a link to their support FAQ, which indicates the known issue. I’ll leave it to the team at Twitter to get this resolved, but in the meantime, let’s discuss how we can cope with this industry phenomenon. …”

read more … source/via Coping With Twitter’s Unfollow Bug | TechCrunch.

 

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27 Mar
2012
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5 Really Useful Responsive Web Design Patterns | Design Shack

” Responsive web design requires a very different way of thinking about layout that is both challenging and exciting. The art of layout was already complex enough for the centuries that it was defined by fixed elements, now things are becoming exponentially more complicated as layouts become increasingly adaptive.

To help reprogram your brain to consider layouts in new ways, we’re going to take a look at some interesting responsive design patterns that are being implemented by talented designers all over the web. ..”

read more (source) via 5 Really Useful Responsive Web Design Patterns | Design Shack.

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27 Mar
2012
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Great Reasons for Why Businesses Should Use Twitter » Pimp My Brand Name

” You might be sitting in front of your computer asking yourself: how exactly can twitter help my business?

For starters Twitter is quick, easy, and above all else, it is instantaneous. Twitter is the SMS of the World Wide Web. Yet, instead of sending a message to just a handful of people it can reach thousands in a matter of seconds. Reach out to your existing customers by being a resource; or bring in new customers by providing relevant information. The more adamant you are about keeping up with what your customers are saying, the more followers you will have! One of the golden rules to Twitter is: Follow in order to be followed. However, that doesn’t mean you should go out and follow just anyone for the sake of gaining followers. You need to be selective with who you follow and ultimately keep in mind that you want to be followed by your customers.

You can use Twitter to do the following:

  • Tweet to the masses
  • Send direct messages to your customers
  • @mention specific customers to get their attention
  • Link content (i.e. your website, pictures, interesting articles, etc.)
  • Advertising new products or services to help keep your customers up-to-date
  • Offer special discounts or coupons for Twitter followers
  • Gain customer feedback
  • Help retain customers
  • Keep an eye on your competitors

Twitter is limitless! (Aside from the 140 character limit of course)

The only thing holding you back from reaching out to a wider customer base is you. So do yourself a favor and jump on the Twitter train to success!”

source/via Great Reasons for Why Businesses Should Use Twitter » Pimp My Brand Name.

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27 Mar
2012
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Social Media Marketing Strategy Mini Course, Prt 1 of 5: Be Mindful Of Your Marketing Objectives « Social Media Hive: Social Media Marketing Tuition – Online, Live & Interactive.

” “Why are you using social media to market your business? Don’t you have something better to do with all those hours you’re spending on it?”Sometimes, when I see what some businesses are doing with their social media marketing, that’s what crosses my mind. Generally, I can tell by looking at a Facebook business page or a Twitter account, if the business owner has a strategy or not. The big give away is when the social media doesn’t reflect what the business does, sells or is about.

via Social Media Marketing Strategy Mini Course, Prt 1 of 5: Be Mindful Of Your Marketing Objectives « Social Media Hive: Social Media Marketing Tuition – Online, Live & Interactive..

 

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Simple, it keeps you focussed, it stops you from wasting time and ultimately will save you money, therefore boosting your profits.

It’s a reference of  what you want to achieve (objectives), what you are going to do to get there (strategy) and what it will look like when you are there (monitoring /KPI’s).

Be Mindful Of Your Marketing Ojectives

Get clear about what you want to achieve with your social media marketing.

  • Do you want to drive traffic to: your website / sales page / blog.
  • Are you promoting a: product / service / event.
  • Are you trying to: sell something /get a job / manage your reputation
  • Are you highlighting a: cause / gathering interest / drumming up support
  • Are you establishing: yourself as an expert / your business online / your idea
  • Using it to: connect with customers / investors / influences

Everything that you do with your social media marketing should be built on this foundation. If you are not clear about this, if you are not mindful of this when you make decisions about what you are going to post on your Facebook page; tweet to your Twitter following. You are going to be like a candle in the wind and no one is gong to know what you are about.

 

Your social media marketing should be specific and objective orientated.”

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26 Mar
2012
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23 Mar
2012
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Inspire Magazine: April 2012 – What are web standards and why should I care?

by Brian Rinaldi
” The growing ubiquity of web-enabled devices has led to a mainstream proliferation of terminology that was once limited to the confines of technical journals for web developers and designers. Terms like HTML5, JavaScript, and web standards, for instance, have entered into the average technology user’s lexicon, and many technology debates previously limited to the geek crowd now regularly enter the national news media discussion.

Nonetheless, the meaning and importance of these terms is rarely explained, which can often lead to misunderstandings. For example, oftentimes the term HTML5 is used to mean the set of technology and tools beyond the updated HTML5 specification, including JavaScript, CSS3, and related frameworks. Other times, it is simply used to refer to the new — and not yet finalized — HTML standard. The goal of this article is to help you make sense of the buzzwords and truly understand why web standards are important and how they are changing the world of web design and development as we know it. Specifically, I discuss some of the history of these terms as well as the current state of HTML5 and CSS3, and I explore how Adobe is contributing to and creating tools for these standards.” …

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22 Mar
2012
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Blog Guidebook: Its Pinterest, Not Brain Surgery – Part 1

” Its Pinterest, Not Brain Surgery – Part 1
About three years ago I think I invented Pinterest. Of course, that was in my mind…it never actually came out and became anything, but I thought of the actual idea that it would be great to save all the photos and links in one place and call it something cute. Pinterest is a great name for this fun, organizational tool – but I would have called it something else, like: PinIt, DoggyBagIt, iLikeIt, MySaves etc…Pinterest seems to confuse some people, I think its the name of the site and all the pretty colors everywhere. {smile} Ive had friends and comments that say “I just dont get it!” Why do you think that is? Today Ill begin a short series on understanding and using Pinterest for your blog. ..” read more

source/ via Blog Guidebook: Its Pinterest, Not Brain Surgery – Part 1.

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21 Mar
2012
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What Small Businesses Can Learn from Goliath | Entrepreneur.com

What Small Businesses Can Learn from Goliath

BY PETER S. COHAN| Yesterday|

It’s commonly assumed that all small businesses are clever and agile and all big ones are slow, plodding and unable to adapt to change. But neither of those commonly held beliefs are true.

Let’s consider the big-business exceptions. The following discussion includes case studies from Procter & Gamble, Intuit and Google, as well as lessons for small businesses in need of a jolt of creativity.

P&G launched an employee-driven design consulting unit in 2004 called Clay Street, which the consumer-products giant used to help turnaround a shrinking brand. That year, Clay Street — using a revolving cast of employees from all over the company, including interns — helped revive a then-tired brand of shampoo, Herbal Essences. The cross-functional team that spent 10 to 12 weeks at Clay Street came up with ideas that almost doubled Herbal Essences’ sales growth relative to a year earlier.

The team discovered a different idea of what the word “organic” means for today’s consumer, versus the meaning it held for older generations. When asked to shop for items they considered organic, the P&G team selected “below the ground” products like herbal tea, health food and granola. By contrast, the Gen Y consumer’s theme was “all possibilities” — including items such as smoothies and brightly colored blouses. As a result, the company rehabbed the product’s branding.

via What Small Businesses Can Learn from Goliath | Entrepreneur.com.

 

Lesson: Take all opinions into consideration. Asking employees to chip in on projects and lend their ideas can help fuel innovation.

Meanwhile, TurboTax-maker Intuit is creating what it calls a culture of “frugal experimentation,” which among other things spawned the idea for offering debit cards to people without bank accounts. An Intuit finance employee — not a “product person” — noticed that the people who need tax refund checks the most are often ones who don’t have bank accounts.

Related: Five Tips to Inspire Innovation at Your Small Business

She suggested routing people’s tax refunds to debit cards provided by the company. With just a rudimentary website, which Intuit founder Scott Cook wasn’t initially keen on, the employee was able to test her idea. She expected 100 takers but got 1,000. Surprisingly, half of those beta testers did in fact have bank accounts — meaning that the market need was much greater than Intuit expected.

Lesson: Let go of the reins sometimes. Even though Cook had reservations about the project — he let his employee go for it.

Then, of course, there’s Google. The search giant is well known for letting workers spend 20 percent of their time brainstorming — dreaming up products or services that interest them. This massive decentralization of innovation — called Time Off — helps keep Google ahead of competitors like Yahoo and Microsoft.

Related: Finding Success by Putting Company Culture First

An example of how this strategy has paid off: In 2005, Yahoo started the Panama initiative, a project designed to catch up with Google’s advertising system, AdWords. Though the initiative involved 300 people over 20 months, Google has maintained roughly 60 percent lead over Yahoo in the search-engine marketing realm thanks in large part to Google employees who’ve used their Time Off to help strengthen the company’s ad prowess.

Lesson: Let your employees dream. In addition to advertising model improvements, Google’s employees have come up with countless innovations from gmail to Orkut, which is a social networking site that’s really popular outside the U.S.

 

source: http://www.entrepreneur.com/blog/223182


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20 Mar
2012
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“Having time is, however, very important to the design process.”

Explaining Creativity To Clients

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18 Mar
2012
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How to Set Up Your Freelance Business for the Long Haul

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By Steven Snell | Published May 4th, 2010 in Business/Freelance – source: http://designm.ag/freelance/long-haul/

” When starting a freelance design business the natural primary concern is how to find clients and to start getting paying work. While this is necessary in order to achieve success as a freelancer, there are a lot of other details that need to be considered as well. How quickly you’re able to get those first paying clients will actually have less impact on your long-term success than the amount of time and attention you dedicate to setting up your business on a proper foundation.

In this post we’ll look at the early stages of a freelance design business and what aspects can have a significant long-term impact. Focusing on these important issues from the start will help you to save time and headaches down the road, and your business will be more solid because of it…”

1. Know Your Goals and Priorities

2. Have Savings Set Aside to Fall Back On

3. Register Your Business

4. Hire an Accountant

5. Open a Business Bank Account

6. Have Legal Documents Prepared

7. Start Working on Items for Your Portfolio

8. Establish Policies and Procedures

9. Take the Time to Design a Quality Portfolio Site

10. Focus on Creating Success for Your Clients

11. Start to Build a Professional Network

12. Set Up Social Networking Profiles

13. Ask Clients for Feedback on the Experience

14. Re-Invest in Your Business

15. Set Aside Time for Learning on a Continual Basis

Please read the whole article under: http://designm.ag/freelance/long-haul/ (source)

 

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18 Mar
2012
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18 Mar
2012
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Get Your Blog’s Social Sharing On Track | Who Design Today

” Keyword placement, page rank, traffic, you’ve agonized over all of it. Which is all the more reason to make sure people are reading and interacting with your blog every day. Without your readers, your blog is a blip in the over-populated blogosphere. Once you’ve written your post, it’s up to you and your readers to get it out to the masses. Social sharing is your best path to success. …”

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18 Mar
2012
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QR Code Design is an other idea to get attention on your “product packaging”

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“…..  What can be done?Check out the raw QR. Simple, boring and, as mentioned previously, it looks like a crossword puzzle. You can generate one of these via a QR generator found on many web sites. The next step is up to you. Here are a few examples of QR design. …” read more and source: http://bit.ly/oWuffo

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… and please watch this video

 

Link to the website: http://goqr.me/

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17 Mar
2012
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Packaging design

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Package design has the goal to attract customers attention. For the perfection you have to find constantly new ideas. Here is one, use the barcode  for improvement of  attractive package design.

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17 Mar
2012
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time for new colors – spring 2012

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16 Mar
2012
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How Great Bosses Motivate Employees | Inc.com

“Remarkable bosses aren’t great on paper. Great bosses are remarkable based on their actions.

Results are everything—but not the results you might think.

Consistently do these five things and everything else follows. You and your business benefit greatly.

More importantly, so do your employees.

1. Develop every employee. Sure, you can put your primary focus on reaching targets, achieving results, and accomplishing concrete goals—but do that and you put your leadership cart before your achievement horse.

Without great employees, no amount of focus on goals and targets will ever pay off. Employees can only achieve what they are capable of achieving, so it’s your job to help all your employees be more capable so they—and your business—can achieve more.

It’s your job to provide the training, mentoring, and opportunities your employees need and deserve. When you do, you transform the relatively boring process of reviewing results and tracking performance into something a lot more meaningful for your employees: Progress, improvement, and personal achievement. …”

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16 Mar
2012
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8 Steps to Handle Customer Complaints | Inc.com

“Customer complaints are inevitable.  If you run a business that sells to the public no matter how great your goods or services are the old adage will eventually be proven true: You cannot please 100% of the people 100% of the time.

Most customer concerns can be dealt with simply by complying with the person’s reasonable requests. From time-to-time, however, you will come across those customers who will demand something that simply is unwarranted or impossible to deliver. No matter the issue at the heart of the complaint it is important to remember these rules when resolving your customer service issues:

1.  Listen

Whenever you set out to handle a customer complaint the first thing that you must do is listen. Listen to the customer to figure out why they are upset. Listen to the customer to determine whether any of your policies were not abided by or if this is something outside or not contemplated by your systems. Listen to what they want from you to resolve the issue. A refund? A replacement? Someone else to replace their current service representative at your company? … ”

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16 Mar
2012
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My wish for today to all of you: Have a wonderful weekend with happiness and joy

Red Door in the Cotswolds

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16 Mar
2012
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Pinterest Scams on the Rise: Protect Yourself [PICS]

“The popularity of picture-based service Pinterest also makes it an increased target for scams, according to one online security expert who spoke to Mashable.

Pinterest’s simple, intuitive interface — fueling its popularity — also makes it an easier target for scammers than other social networks, says Catalin Cosoi, chief security researcher at the antivirus software provider BitDefender. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, where clever sentences and closed networks add obstacles for would-be scammers, a simple eye-catching photo can entrap imprudent Pinterest users and spread quickly.

“It’s very tricky because, so far, for Facebook and Twitter it’s quite easy to spot a scam — you have to install an app or follow a certain link,” Cosoi says. “With Pinterest, on the other hand, it’s only a picture you have to click on or re-pin.”

Most Pinterest scams so far involve surveys, and are the most common plots across all social media sites, according to Cosoi. A seemingly great offer for a discounted service or product will first ask users for personal information.”

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