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Best Countries for Business 2014: The Top 20

Best Countries for Business 2014: The Top 20 | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
For the third year in a row, Bloomberg Rankings presents its exclusive analysis of the world's most attractive countries for business according to 2013 data. ...

FINLAND NR 8. 

Finland

Overall Rank: 14

2012 Rank: 15

Total Score: 75.2

Economic Integration: 81.6

Business Startup Cost: 70.9

Labor/Material Cost: 61.7

Transport Cost: 79.8

Less Tangible Costs: 88.3

Local Consumer Base: 68.7


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Tips for Entrepreneurs To Reach Global and Local Markets via Social Media

How can social media be used as a marketing tool to help you expand your business? Whether you are a business owner with products sold globally or an entrepr...

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Finland's Newest Hit Maker: Supercell

Finland's Newest Hit Maker: Supercell | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
One of the newest hit-makers in the mobile-game industry once again hails from Finland, but Supercell is making money with cows and dragons instead of Angry Birds.

 

Supercell Oy says it is profitable and grossing more than $500,000 a day in revenue from its two games, the medieval-strategy title "Clash of Clans" and the farming app "Hay Day."

Amid the success, the two-year-old startup in November moved its 80 employees into a massive office complex abandoned by struggling phone maker Nokia Corp. a sign of the times in Helsinki. The city's buzzing startup scene has hatched numerous big-game developers in recent years, including "Angry Birds" maker Rovio Entertainment Ltd.


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GregoryT's comment, May 1, 2013 10:53 AM
The game is fun but 6 days to level up your town hall to level 7?!?
Bradey's comment, May 8, 2013 10:23 AM
I am working on that too and it's absolutely ridiculous!
Gord Holden's curator insight, January 8, 2:38 PM

$500,000 per DAY in revenue! Think these game-building skills might be more worthwhile than teaching geometry, or a second language that could never be used? Just saying.... 

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Lucky For Some: 13 Tips For Enterprise Social Networking Success In 2013 | Business Computing World

Lucky For Some: 13 Tips For Enterprise Social Networking Success In 2013 | Business Computing World | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Lucky For Some: 13 Tips For Enterprise Social Networking Success In 2013

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Martin Gysler's curator insight, December 12, 2012 4:53 PM

An interesting approach from social network. This post makes the point on the various possibiities to improve team work through social media, and gives some useful advices. >>>
 

2013 maybe an unlucky year for those with a superstitious nature. But for anyone planning an enterprise social network (ESN) project to get their employees working together more effectively, there’s no reason to leave your chances of success to luck. Follow these 13 tips to ensure social business success in 2013. >>>
 

Read more: http://www.businesscomputingworld.co.uk/lucky-for-some-13-tips-for-enterprise-social-networking-success-in-2013/

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Content Marketing Beginners Suggestions for Businesses: Where to Start

Content Marketing Beginners Suggestions for Businesses: Where to Start | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Did you know there is a lot of work that has to happen before one begins creating a content marketing strategy? There is and I am going to give you some strategies that will help you begin and also explain some important “non-negotiables”, as I call them.


First, Create a Team


Your business will need at the least a team of two people. This is especially true when your are writing/rewriting the content for the main pages of a website. They need to work together to create the content you need. There should be brainstorming and as they say, two brains are better than one. Seriously, this task is a two person job at a minimum.


There is Work to Be Done Before Your Team Begins:


There are no short cuts for effective and organized content marketing. The non-negotiables below have to be completed before writing begins. They apply to the writing of main content pages of a website and all other forms of content marketing.


Read more: http://bit.ly/M0gEc7


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John van den Brink's comment, June 14, 2012 9:52 AM
Great posts Martin, thanks!
Martin Gysler's comment, June 14, 2012 3:43 PM
You're welcome John, great you like it!
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Supercell's CEO reveals the culture he built to produce a £2.5 billion company in 2 years (Wired UK)

Supercell's CEO reveals the culture he built to produce a £2.5 billion company in 2 years (Wired UK) | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

"The best people make the best games," says Ilkka Paananen, founder of Finnish gaming startup Supercell. "It sounds simple and perhaps naive, but if you truly believe it then the only thing that matters is getting those people and creating the best possible environment so they stay."

It does sound simple and a little naive, but Supercell'sincredible success hangs over Slush 2013 and is emphasised by the company's opening address to journalists the day before theHelsinki-based startup conference begins. It also doesn't hurt that Supercell is sponsoring Slush's big party and, having earned €1.5 billion (£1.2 billion) for a 51 percent sale in June, the two-year-old company is unlikely to let the bar run dry."


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11 great Content Curation Tools to help you grow your Business Online

11 great Content Curation Tools to help you grow your Business Online | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Content is the Lifeblood of the Internet.
With millions of people and organizations making and
sharing vast amounts of content using social media daily
it presents opportunities for your Busin

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Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream

Instead of Making Resolutions, Dream | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Forget the small stuff, for now. What's your big objective?

 

As January approaches, and we bid another year adieu, our thoughts turn to making resolutions: this year I will lose that extra weight, drink less alcohol, give up sugar, get out of debt. All worthy goals, but why do we perennially return to resolutions that seem based on the idea of fixing all the things we're doing "wrong?"

 

You can't know what resolution you need until you know what your objective is. In photography, the resolution of the image is entirely dependent on the output you want. If you're looking at an image on your computer monitor, 72 dpi (dots per inch) is fine, but if you want to print that image, you'll need a much higher resolution, say 240 dpi. If you then want to make that image into a billboard, you actually need a relatively lower dpi, because the further away you are from it, the more your eyes will blend the colors for you (think of a Georges Seurat painting).


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Martin Gysler's curator insight, January 7, 2013 8:31 AM

It’s so true. I think that we should consider this advice. If you’re not a dreamer, and if you can’t respect your commitments, this post will give you few interesting tracks.

PebbleInTheStillWaters's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:54 AM

It’s so true. I think that we should consider this advice. If you’re not a dreamer, and if you can’t respect your commitments, this post will give you few interesting tracks.

Letitia Owens's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:09 PM

It’s so true. I think that we should consider this advice. If you’re not a dreamer, and if you can’t respect your commitments, this post will give you few interesting tracks.

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LinkedIn’s one-click endorsements are crazy popular

LinkedIn’s one-click endorsements are crazy popular | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it

Sometimes a little thing change the face of the world, on LinkedIn it's the one-click endorsement. I think it's really a great idea from LinkedIn to introduce this possibility. [note Martin Gysler]

 

It took LinkedIn nine years to reach 187 million members. It took the professional social network about one month to pass 200 million endorsements.


Endorsements are LinkedIn’s lightweight version of recommendations. The one-click, vote-of-approval option was released in late September; it offers members a quick and easy way to tell the world that a friend or co-worker is skilled in any area imaginable, say journalism, social media, or even kettlebells. Received endorsements are listed on member profiles in the skills and expertise section.

 

Read more at http://venturebeat.com/2012/11/01/linkedin-endorsements/#hgb7DwQLFpFzxZwU.99


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Six ways to create great content in just 15 minutes a day

Six ways to create great content in just 15 minutes a day | Leadership Think Tank | Scoop.it
Content marketing can be an extremely complicated, time-consuming, and expensive proposition! So I came up with content options for the time-starved!


Let’s face it. Content development can be a complicated, time-consuming, and expensive proposition! So I started thinking about this in the context of my friends and small business customers who simply can’t afford that kind of effort. It led to this idea: micro-content, or creating small bits of marketing content when you don’t have time to blog, create videos or spend all day on Facebook.


Let’s examine ideas about using micro-content for your social media strategy, assuming you are testing the water and only have 15 minutes a day to devote to this activity. Hey, I’m up for a challenge!


Preparation

Like any marketing initiative, you must have a firm idea of your strategy, selling points, and target audience...


Read more: http://bit.ly/LEiFKi


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