Small Business Co...
Follow
Find
30 views | +0 today
 
Rescooped by GreatBusinessContent from Innovative Marketing and Crowdfunding
onto Small Business Competition
Scoop.it!

A Storytelling Guide for Those Who Stink at Storytelling

A Storytelling Guide for Those Who Stink at Storytelling | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Not a natural storyteller? This simple structure can help everyone shape a compelling personal or business narrative.

Via Marty Koenig
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Is your writing not telling the story about your business?  Here's a great article about story telling about you or your company.  

more...
Efrain Teran Kaisler's curator insight, August 22, 2013 6:38 PM

Mejorar es escuchar,...  una historia deberás escuchar, para mejorar tu vida o tu negocio. Las historias hoy en día son juntas la mejor manera de llegar a las personas y se unan a tu negocio, o quieran hacer lo mismo que hiciste en tu vida para que ellos logren lo mismo. Este link es una guia tremenda para aprender. SÍGUELO!!!!

PhillyOST's curator insight, August 24, 2013 8:07 PM

Tells stories and do not read slides.

Pavlos Nomikos's curator insight, October 8, 2013 1:57 AM

Check out the complete post where Crabb spins a short, simple story about a career transition from Goldman Sachs employee to professional illustrator.

Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Learn How Small Businesses Compete and Win in the Cutthroat ...

Learn How Small Businesses Compete and Win in the Cutthroat ... | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Small Business SEO: learn the tips and insider secrets to competing with the top businesses in your industry. ...
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

As you know I believe small business owners are their worst competition, if we just got out of our own way and stop making stupid mistakes we would all be in the black!

 

This article is about marketing through the cracks that your competition leaves open for you to capitalize on.  Once you stop making the stupid mistakes this information is next on your plate.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Are Your Windows Clean? Business Run Down? | J. T. Pedersen

Are Your Windows Clean? Business Run Down? | J. T. Pedersen | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Day-by-day we go to work, business proceeds as normal, and we go home. Tomorrow, we repeat. The day after, we repeat. Doing what is required but not the ‘extra’ little bit. We tend to ignore the fact that every little bit counts.
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Forget about your competition.  See, you as a small buisness owner do a better job of being your own WORST competition!  No shit Sherlock, until you get out of your own way just stop worrying about what the other guy is doing.  

 

Here's the main take away from the article as far as I'm concerned;

"The biggest enemy of our own success is often complacency. Day-by-day we go to work, business proceeds as normal, and we go home. Tomorrow, we repeat. The day after, we repeat. Doing what is required but not the ‘extra’ little bit. For some, that may be taking continuing education; getting out to actively practice our trade; or, simply cleaning the windows. We tend to ignore the fact that every little bit counts. Why? Because it builds up over time."

Just read the article okay.....

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Competitor Research - Using Your Competitors Weaknesses!

Competitor Research - Using Your Competitors Weaknesses! | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Competitor research done right will expose their weaknesses. Building your marketing plan around those weaknesses saves you time and money!
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Marketing is exspensive.  By looking at what your competition is doing, and not doing, you focus those dollars to be more effective.  

 

Have you taken the time to look around and see what's going on with the competition??

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

3 big reasons why you should think small - Charlotte Observer

3 big reasons why you should think small - Charlotte Observer | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
3 big reasons why you should think small Charlotte Observer His approach (which makes even cleaning out a single desk drawer seem big) requires you do your new tiny habit after a well-established habit, and to always “celebrate” and emotionally...
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Does big thinking keep you from focusing on what needs to be done NOW!?  

 

This is a great article to help you get over yourself and start focusing on what matters.  No baby ever jumped up and ran a marathon for thier first baby step.  Is you business any different?  

 

Check it out and see what you think.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Please Hold the Line

Please Hold the Line | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Have you ever been on the phone, and as soon as the person picks up they say, “Can you hold the line, please?”  This happened to me recently, and while on hold, I thought of a metaphor to life.  So...
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Iris writes about what we all feel from time to time....on hold.

 

Feelling stuck, just no get up and go?  I like this article because is makes you think.  

 

This is in "competition" because we usually shoot ourselves in the foot and we are our own worst competition.  Jeez, just read it, it'll do ya some good.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Business Advice | STARPIC LTD

Business Advice | STARPIC LTD | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Posts about Business Advice written by starpicltd
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

I've been to national conventions where the speaker does not give out handouts.  His comment was if you really love what I have to say, and you are going to use this material, then email me when you get home.  That's it just email him for all his secrets.  

 

Then he said, I have less than 5% of people actually do that.  

 

This is a competitor willing to give it all away for free.  Why don't people take him up on it?  Because they want to do it their own damn way.  

 

So why NOT share with competitors?  Check this article out and see what you think.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Closing the talent gap at small businesses - Vancouver Sun

Closing the talent gap at small businesses - Vancouver Sun | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Vancouver Sun
Closing the talent gap at small businesses
Vancouver Sun
"It took us a couple of months to find the right person," she said. Even amid a ...
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Small business owners compete with larger companies for qualified, motivated employees.  

 

If your firm needs to hire be aware that same potential employee is looking for larger, known companies that supply benefits.  It's tough to compete when the additional hire represents a significant portion of your cash flow!   

 

The article goes to great depths explaining the issue.  What can you do that could attract a qualified and motivated employee?  Maybe the idea of faster advancement?  What else??

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Business Beats: Scariest things about small business need to be faced - Press of Atlantic City

Business Beats: Scariest things about small business need to be faced - Press of Atlantic City | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Business Beats: Scariest things about small business need to be faced
Press of Atlantic City
A small retailer going up against a giant retailer or even a new product or service competing with a well-established one could be a real concern.
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

The 7 deadly fears for small buisness owners.  This article is in competition because many of us small business owners are our own worst enemy when it comes to profit.

 

The worst we can do, and often do, is NOTHING.  This article points out the 7 sticking points many of us face and talks about how to overcome them.  Good read!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Think The Customer Is Always Right? Think Again.

Think The Customer Is Always Right? Think Again. | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
The customer is always right is an old idea that’s being challenged by new technology. Don’t make these 3 mistakes that can get you blacklisted.
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

For the 3 of you who don't know Marie Forleo she is someone you have got to start following.  Each week she does a video blog post that will blow your socks off!  

 

Her target market are small business owners, just like my target market.  I don't see her as competition though, her message really hits you in the gut!

 

This video pertains to customer service.  She is not talking about how to provide it, but what happens when you have an asshole of a customer and how do YOU deal with it.  

 

Prepared to get additicted to Marie.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

BTC Small Business - Tips for Small Business from BTC

BTC Small Business - Tips for Small Business from BTC | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Come here often for quick tips that are easy to implement to help your small business.
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

This post is from Ken Bator, he is in my "Small Business Articles to Grow By" Linkedin group.  This is a story about a small business that are getting into the habit of not being their own competition.  They go above and beyond customer service.

 

Just think, in an age where everyone expects to NOT communicate or even be able to reach a human, this company is actually reaching out to thier customers.  WOW.  If it was this easy everyone would do it....hey wait, it is easy, yet they don't..

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Business Competition Evolving into a Social and Mobile Battlefield - Business 2 Community

Business Competition Evolving into a Social and Mobile Battlefield - Business 2 Community | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Business Competition Evolving into a Social and Mobile Battlefield Business 2 Community The evolution of social and mobile technologies has created a seismic shift in the amount of time people spend online and in the way they interact with brands...
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

As a small business owner should you worry about what the big brands are doing.  Personally, I don't think so.  The question you could ask yourself is "if this is working for them, is it something I can do cheaply"?

 

Any marketing you do involves time and money.  For a small business owner the smartest investment is face to face with those you meet.  Brands get two benefits from their marketing efforts, sales, but most importantly; name recogniztion.  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

St. Paul furniture store trades on 'Mad Men' style - Pioneer Press

St. Paul furniture store trades on 'Mad Men' style - Pioneer Press | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
St. Paul furniture store trades on 'Mad Men' style
Pioneer Press
We learn a lot from our competitors. It will be a ... On finding a home for his business: "Finding commercial real estate as a really small business is very difficult.
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

This is a wonderful story of how one small business owner and his partners grew their business by working with their competitors. 

 

 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by GreatBusinessContent from Environment & Sustainability
Scoop.it!

Carbon-Free, Biologically-Grown Bricks Win Green Business Competition

Carbon-Free, Biologically-Grown Bricks Win Green Business Competition | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it

A British competition has awarded $669,000 to an American start-up that’s developed an organic, carbon-free process to make bricks. Through a process similar to the way marine life constructs coral or sea shells, bioMASON uses bacteria to form sand into a crystalline structure that can serve as bricks or a cement-like construction material. The process occurs in a setting similar to a greenhouse, and its only inputs are the bacteria and its food, sand, nitrogen, calcium and water. As a bonus, the irrigation system for the bacteria is even recycled in a closed-loop set-up, meaning bioMASON’s business model wastes little water.


Via youthrage
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Here is a business process that won a huge competition for the most innovative green startup business.  

 

If I was a biochemical engineer I'm sure I would have thought of this first. A process that could change the building industry.   

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Afraid Amazon Will Crush Your Small Business ... - AllThingsD

Afraid Amazon Will Crush Your Small Business ... - AllThingsD | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Afraid Amazon Will Crush Your Small Business? ... Following a line of questioning about Amazon's thin or nonexistent margins and long-term view on investments, Rose approached the subject of competition.
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

I normally don't comment about competition from the big boys, but I happen to watch this 60 minutes segment.  Jeff Bezos talks about crushing his competition.  He sees small business owners as his competition.   Uh, that would be YOU.  

 

Don't worry about reading this because it will go away if you don't think about it.  Simply stick your head back in the sand and close your grainy little eyes and take a snooze.  

 

There, all gone.  Oops, no, I guess it's not gone, well...read the damn article.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Small businesses compete for a Super Bowl commercial - Fox Business

Small businesses compete for a Super Bowl commercial
Fox Business
Entrepreneur Bill Rancic and Turkel Brands' Bruce Turkel on the small businesses competing to win a commercial during the Super Bowl.
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Okay, a little disclaimer on this one, I hate Fox news.  The are generally biased in some of thier commentary, but this video is good.

 

I'm sure you've heard of this.  4 companies are vying for the chance to have a 30 second tv commercial during the superbowl.  Wow, each of these companies are very small businesses with one really big chance!

 

Actually all four of these companies have already won.  Think about this, they have already had a 4 MINUTE spot on Fox news.  

 

Think of who else wins with this.....Intuit the sponsor of the contest.  They have gotten press from all over the world by doing this.

 

Okay, so watch the video and tell my how you can achieve something like this in the market you're in.....ready......GO.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

How To Use Frustration To Beat Your Competition | M4B Marketing

How To Use Frustration To Beat Your Competition | M4B Marketing | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Do you want to win customers from your competitors? If you do, one way is to identify your competitors' frustrations with customers. Here is how....
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Here is a great way to spy on your competition and then use it in you interaction with clients.

 

What if you could listen in on how your competitors talk about their clients do you think you could use that?  Well, you can...check it out.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by GreatBusinessContent from Innovative Marketing and Crowdfunding
Scoop.it!

A New Way to Look at Competitors

A New Way to Look at Competitors | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it

Every startup I see invariably puts up a competitive analysis slide that plots performance on a X/Y graph with their company in the top right. The slide is a holdover from when existing companies l...


Via Marty Koenig
more...
Sunil Malhotra's curator insight, November 15, 2013 9:38 PM

Absolutely brilliant visualisation and post! Cut & Keep for any startup/

Joanne Brooks's curator insight, November 16, 2013 7:17 PM
Today most startups are trying to ressegment existing markets or create new markets. How do you diagram that? What if the basis of competition in market creation is really the intersection of multiple existing markets? Or what if the markets may not exist and you are creating one? Today it's all about being visual.
Hanin Abu Al Rub's curator insight, November 17, 2013 11:55 PM

If you care to look...

Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Survivor cuts it on his own as Tenderloin barber - San Francisco Chronicle

Survivor cuts it on his own as Tenderloin barber - San Francisco Chronicle | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
San Francisco Chronicle Survivor cuts it on his own as Tenderloin barber San Francisco Chronicle He had just quit City College, where he'd intended to study accounting but found that his "side hustle" of cutting friends' hair for $5 a head was what...
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Just when I get whiny and feel sorry for myself I come across an article like this.  

 

This guy was burned over 90% of his body and yet opened a barbershop that is now busy night and day.  

 

This is all about overcoming your (my) silly little problems and replace that whining noise with action, now put the thing in drive and move on down the road.  

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

5 Simple Ways to Stand Out Among Your Business Competitors - Entrepreneur

5 Simple Ways to Stand Out Among Your Business Competitors - Entrepreneur | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Entrepreneur 5 Simple Ways to Stand Out Among Your Business Competitors Entrepreneur Whether you're starting a business, launching an app or looking to meet someone special, here are five strategies gleaned from the world of dating that can also...
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

He is right, these five ways are simple.  So simple in fact that I tend to gloss over them and think..."yeah, I got this covered".  Problem is we only think we got it covered.  

 

Have you sat down lately and really looked at how well you connect with others?  Check out the article and let me know if you agree.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Don't Be Such a Scaredy Cat…Of Yourself

Don't Be Such a Scaredy Cat…Of Yourself | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
When you look in the mirror, does it scare you?  When you say something that is a gut reaction, are you frightened?  Are you honestly scared of yourself? There are many reasons why you might be afr...
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

In this article Iris talks about being bold and removing the mask you hide behind.

 

If, as a small business owner, you are trying like hell trying to be who you THINK your customers want to see, you're probably wrong.  Plus our masks are pretty thin veils anyway.   It is so much easier being who you really are.  If you happen to be an SOB maybe don't go into a small business. But for the rest of us, be who you are and you will attract the type of customers you want to work with!

 

Wow, did I just say that?

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

It's Not My Fault I Never Learned to Accept Responsibility

It's Not My Fault I Never Learned to Accept Responsibility | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
You really do have the power to control the direction your life. You're not helpless. It’s just a matter of taking responsibility (and credit) for your own decisions.
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Again, this is posted here because, for most people, they are their own worst competition.

 

This is a post worth reading!  Are you not taking responsibility for where you are in your life?  Very good article!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Are you over-complicating your business? |

Are you over-complicating your business? | | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Melissa Gold shares secrets, okay they're not secrets exactly, but really great tips for staying on track.

 

Regardless of the type of businsess you have if you have a website, and who doesn't, you need to know if it is working as hard as you.  

 

Just today I spent several hours going over Google anaylitics and realized my visitors to exactly where I want them to go.  Since I don't know where that is they usually bounce right away.  

 

This post interested me because if you don't have a click plan that flows on a website you are, just like me, losing visitors - which means losing money.  My Bad, damn!

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

The Secret to Personal Change

The Secret to Personal Change | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Most people want to change something about themselves. In this country we have an optimistic tradition about "getting somewhere" and "reaching higher," which includes getting somewhere with the self.
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Why is this posted in Competition?  Because small business owners need to understand that you must first keep from making dumb mistakes BEFORE worrying about what the competition is doing, really, jeez.

 

This article was posted by Andi Fiveash from the Linkedin Group "Small Business Articles to Grow By"  Thank you Andi for posting this.

 

Deepak Chorpa goes in depth talking about changing in the face of an already learned habit;

"The problem with personal change is that if you attack your old habits directly, the task is quite difficult. The mind that desires change confronts the mind that is bound by old conditioning. The result is inner conflict, with one side pushing and the other side resisting. Countless people feel trapped inside this war, whether their goal is to stop overeating, manage their anger, become more assertive, or stop being fearful - the desire to change isn't enough, and keeping up the motivation to change soon wears out."

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Are You Always Punctual Or Running Late? - Your Friend 4 Life

Are You Always Punctual Or Running Late? - Your Friend 4 Life | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
Are you a punctual salesperson, insurance agent or are you always running late? Do you know how important being punctual actually is?
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

This is posted here because many of us shoot ourselves in the foot by not allowing enough time for the important things.  Like arriving to appointments on time.

 

Tim looks at it from an insurance salespersons point of view but this could be your client, your wife, or your child.  Does it matter who it is, if you're late you've broken a promise.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by GreatBusinessContent
Scoop.it!

Social Visibility Consulting - Words Matter Blog - Save the Internet, Hire a Writer

Social Visibility Consulting - Words Matter Blog - Save the Internet, Hire a Writer | Small Business Competition | Scoop.it
I’m serious — if you’re launching a business website, hire a writer ...
GreatBusinessContent's insight:

Most small business owners shoot themselves in the foot time and again.  I am a huge proponent of getting rid of your competition.  Let's start with you!  

Think of a tennis player serving to an opponent.  Each serve hits the net, the entire game, set, and match.  This is what many owners do ALL THE TIME!   

This article is a very good example of an owner being their worst competition.  

 

The moral of the story is there are times that you should spend money, and times that you can save by doing it yourself.  Learn to know the difference!

 

more...
No comment yet.