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Amazon’s Price Check App Stirs Small Business Outcry

Amazon’s Price Check App Stirs Small Business Outcry | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

A furor has erupted over Amazon’s Price Check shopping app that allows users to compare prices with “brick-and-mortar” retailers – the post-Internet jargon for your local store.

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Create, Customize, and Publish Your Own Online Magazine with Flockler

Create, Customize, and Publish Your Own Online Magazine with Flockler | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Have you ever wanted to be the Editor-in-Chief of your own online magazine or just need an easy way to share related content on the Web? Well, now you can with Flockler. This simple content curation tool lets you create, customize, and publish content in as little as 10 minutes. Your main responsibility is finding the content to add to your magazine and Flockler will handle the rest. Best of all, your magazine will not only display on Web browsers, but it will also look great on smartphones and tablets.


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A solution to the free v paid crisis for the music industry?

A solution to the free v paid crisis for the music industry? | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

James Kirby (aka The Caretaker)  appears in Wire magazine to argues the case of  why bulk giveaways of music online make it impossible for listeners to make any sense of an artist’s work. And yes, it just might be a commercially sound model. 

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The Internet Is Full!

The Internet Is Full! | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Check out this amazing infographic of the Internet!

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Twitter revamp focuses on brands

Twitter revamp focuses on brands | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Micro-blogging site Twitter is joining the ranks of Facebook and Google+ as it launches 'brand' pages as part of a service-wide redesign.

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Why Chocolate Thrives in Economic Gloom

Why Chocolate Thrives in Economic Gloom | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Chocolate-makers around the world are reporting buoyant sales despite the economic climate. One UK company has reported a 25% surge in profits. In Syria, one of the largest producers has increased sales over the past six years from 150 packs a day to more than a million.

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Seven Ways to Make a Personal Connection with Customers that Lead to More Sales

Seven Ways to Make a Personal Connection with Customers that Lead to More Sales | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Common sense stuff that you can apply to ANY online or offline business. 

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US Online Sales Reached A Record $6 Billion Last Week

US Online Sales Reached A Record $6 Billion Last Week | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

U.S. shoppers are still spending heavily online after a record-busting "Cyber Monday. According to comScore. shoppers spent nearly $6 billion online on Monday through Friday last week — a record.On Cyber Monday itself, sales reached $1.25 billion, the biggest online shopping day in history. Online sales on Tuesday and Wednesday also broke $1 billion.

Cyber Monday sales topped $1 billion for the first time last year.

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10 Boston start-ups worth watching (could you adapt any of these ideas?)

10 Boston start-ups worth watching (could you adapt any of these ideas?) | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Ten companies to watch. One of the perks of my job is getting a chance to talk to entrepreneurs who are just getting companies off the ground. They tend to brim with enthusiasm about tackling opportunities that others can’t see.

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Small Business Benefits of Using Infographics

Small Business Benefits of Using Infographics | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

You should be using infographics in your small business blog, if you aren’t already. To some, it may seem as though this is just another new trend to keep up with. While it certainly is a trend right now, it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. With the introduction of the infographic resume, we predict that infographics are here to stay.

- Infographics save time, for both you and the reader.

- Infographics drive a huge amount of traffic.

- While popular, Infographics are something new and different.

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Whitley Bay trading robot fraudster ordered to repay £986,000

Whitley Bay trading robot fraudster ordered to repay £986,000 | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

A FRAUDSTER who attracted investors and companies using a “robot-powered” investment website has been ordered to pay back nearly £1m.

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5 Great Resources for Starting a Bed and Breakfast

5 Great Resources for Starting a Bed and Breakfast | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Setting up a bed and breakfast is a daunting task that shouldn't be taken lightly. Use these top resources to find out how to start a bed and breakfast business.

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eBay goes offline! In-store Internet Shopping With QR Codes

eBay goes offline! In-store Internet Shopping With QR Codes | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Starting tomorrow for five days 34/35 Dean Street, just off London’s Oxford Street, will be home to eBay’s UK version of the pop-up store. There are no tills in eBay’s Christmas Boutique (image below) but with over 350 items on display shoppers simply scan an associated QR Code that resolves to the item’s page on eBay and then complete their purchase in the normal way. In addition to Christmas best sellers there are donated charity items and clothing from the Fashion Outlet.

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Special delivery: making a packet from Parcel2Go - Telegraph

Special delivery: making a packet from Parcel2Go - Telegraph | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

The millionaire Parcel2Go founder Fil Adams-Mercer left school at 15 with no qualifications: proof, he says, that anyone can make it in business...

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(Video) Female Entrepreneurs Cash In On Emerging Trend For Thrift In The Economic Downturn

(Video) Female Entrepreneurs Cash In On Emerging Trend For Thrift In The Economic Downturn | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

More women started up new businesses in the last 12 months than in the previous year - with beauty, cleaning and cake-making among the most popular choices, according to a survey. Research for online insurance broker Simply Business found a 12% increase in female-run start-ups this year, with women now accounting for 37% of all start-up businesses, up from 33% last year.

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West End shop takings fall by 10% (would be interesting to see if there has been an equivalent rise in online sales)

West End shop takings fall by 10% (would be interesting to see if there has been an equivalent rise in online sales) | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Shoppers spend an estimated 10% less than last year on the first day of a traffic-free weekend in central London, figures suggest.

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A Pop-Up Shop Benefits Start-ups and their Neighborhood

A Pop-Up Shop Benefits Start-ups and their Neighborhood | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Refurbishing and reoccupying vacant residential premises is a hot subject on UK TV... but entrepreneurs have been onto the opportunity for some time ...

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How do you buy a website or online business?

How do you buy a website or online business? | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

If you are thinking of buying an internet or online based business for the first time, here are a few pointers which I hope you find useful.

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The success story of a home-made cereal with a very unusual name - 'HOLY CRAP'

The success story of a home-made cereal with a very unusual name - 'HOLY CRAP' | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Just goes to show how a quirky and unique name can make a whole lot of difference to sales. I mean, wouldn't you be at least a little intirgued with a cereal called 'Holy Crap'!? But watch out, being too clever-clever can backfire. 

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Revealed: The truth about supermarket 'bargains'

Revealed: The truth about supermarket 'bargains' | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Sly pricing tactics! BBC Panorama looks at the tactics employed by Britain's four biggest supermarkets to convince shoppers that they are getting a bargain.

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Tough Times Home Business Ideas: Marijuana grow houses popping up like weeds in Palm Beach suburbs

Tough Times Home Business Ideas: Marijuana grow houses popping up like weeds in Palm Beach suburbs | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Andrew Sheikowitz could be your neighbor. The 49-year-old father of two just wanted to make a buck in a bad economy. So the suburban West Palm Beach resident decided to start a different kind of home business. He revamped the family garage to grow marijuana.

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The Curse of Groupon: Few firms realise the huge risks

The Curse of Groupon: Few firms realise the huge risks | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

Pub owner Chris Harman makes just £5.50 per head for the privilege of serving his award-winning food after nightmare deal with the popular voucher company.

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Superman comic sells for $2.16m!

Superman comic sells for $2.16m! | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

A copy of the first issue of Action Comics, featuring Superman's debut, becomes the world's most expensive comic, fetching $2.16m (£1.4m). It’s the first time a comic book has broken the $2 million barrier. The issue was published in 1938 and cost just 10 cents. Connoisseurs of the comic world say this type of investment has become popular during troubled economic times because rare collectibles hold their value more reliably than property or shares.

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Meet Britain's queen of 'extreme couponing'

Meet Britain's queen of 'extreme couponing' | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

For Judith Wenban, from Gravesend, a trip to the supermarket is a military operation. But being armed with discount vouchers and knowing the latest multibuys and 'bogof' deals inside out can pay incredible dividends.

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Darwin’s 12 Rules of Blogging Survival

Darwin’s 12 Rules of Blogging Survival | Great Business Ideas | Scoop.it

This guest post is by Tom Treanor of the Business Blogging Telesummit. Blog readers have a myriad of reading options ...

Here are 12 ways for your blog to survive and thrive.

1. Be the best teacher in your niche

2. Be more personal than the others

3. Be funnier than the others

4. Say what everyone else thinks

5. Be the expert on a specific sub-niche

6. Have a bigger vision

7. Be more extreme than the others

8. Be more creative than the rest

9. Cross-pollinate better than the others

10. Be the best curator of meaningful content

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