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10 Executive Tips on How to Make a Lasting First Impression

10 Executive Tips on How to Make a Lasting First Impression | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Like it or not, people make snap judgements about you all the time. Here's how to make sure they're positive ones.

Whether it's a sales call, an interview, or chance meeting with someone you may want to know better, there are things you can do to leave a positive and lasting impression. Check out these quotes from executives who give their advice on how to do it. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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First impression is very important, in business and in life.

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Why Should A Startup Have A Social Media Presence?

Why Should A Startup Have A Social Media Presence? | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Social media is extremely essential for a business to expand. The role of social media has become paramount for a business to grow and reach a wider customer base.


There are sectors a business needs to look after – the profile of the company, the products, and the target customers. Social media platforms, like Facebook and Twitter, have made this humongous job a lot easier. Nowadays, a business even with a little exposure on social media has a great chance of making it big, and increasing its rate of conversion.

Following are the reasons why social media is important for a business:

I. Advertising: A social media platform is the best place where a business can highlight its products and services. The social networking sites can become a free brochure – a storefront – where the business can make its profile look attractive, and post photos and videos of important events to attract potential customers.

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DMA Central's comment, September 19, 2013 10:01 PM
Thanks for sharing! very informative!
Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, October 28, 2013 10:15 AM

It's very obvious that every company needs a social media presence, not just startups. However, if you can build a following for your company before it gets launched, the more chance for success you will have.

Haley Evans's curator insight, November 14, 2013 11:34 AM

Social media is one of the main forms of communications in today’s society. Whether it is between publics, consumers, or businesses, social media is an essential way of communicating with one another.  Business are able to use social media in many different ways to help there company and to expand the company to different publics.  By using social media companies are able to not only reach more publics, but have a better chance at becoming a well-known and successful company in the business and consumer world.  One reason why social media is important for a business is advertising.  In Adventure in Public relations, Guth and Marsh explain how much advertising can be done on social media and how affective it is in comparison to other Medias.  Advertisement on social media can be run twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.  It also shows the best of all types of media. The advertisement can show pictures, video, sound, and text. By using social media to advertise, your business has potential to reach consumers worldwide.  When you are reaching consumers worldwide the chances of your company making it big increase significantly. 

On top of the advertisement being able to reach so many people, it is extremely cost-effective as well.  Using cost-effecting is another important reason why social media is so important.  It can be extremely expensive to print off thousands of flyers and brochures, or to place ads in a newspaper.  A company can launch a new product on a social media site for free!  To add to this by using social media the company is also able to be time efficient.  When advertising or simply working to reach target consumers and publics, it is made easy with social media.  On social media sites a company can advertise their products and launch dates on the screen, if a user likes a link or an add on their page they are able to follow the company and receive more promotions and ads to that company on their other social media sites.  These platforms help to target the business’ audience and consumers more easily and efficiently. Lastly a huge perk of using social media for your company is that you are able to get timely feedback from consumers.  Guth and Marsh explain that it is important to keep and a close following on the feedback that is given from consumers and when the company receives feedback, make sure to respond quickly and efficiently.

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3 Startup Hiring Lessons from 'Duck Dynasty'

3 Startup Hiring Lessons from 'Duck Dynasty' | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Behind those bushy beards lie quite a bit of business savvy. So what startup hiring lessons can you learn from tuning into a Duck Dynasty marathon?


"Duck Dynasty, a reality show on A&E, might seem like an odd place to acquire tips to hire a great startup team. The reality program focuses on the backwater Robertson clan as they juggle a multi-million dollar duck-call-making business with their own natural inclination to just spend all day hunting."

Last season, the finale of Duck Dynasty drew 9.6 million viewers, putting it on the charts as the third most-watched show on television — even the broadcast networks. More impressively, in viewers ages 18 to 49, the little reality show could beat out Fox’s American Idol. The Robertsons have arrived in a major way.

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Some good Startup tips from these hairy guys. Take a look.



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Courting bank funding

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How do you make your business simply irresistible to a bank manager?
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Excellent article to learn what banks want to hear from their clients.

Of course, the business plan is central again. Start with a good business plan template.

Free Business Plan Template:    https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/freebptemplate/gt4045/

If you have a little more time, check this presentation from Dave Lavinsky, president of Growthink, the company that offers many tools for startups, this one is specifically aimed at succeeding in obtaining a loan from the bank: https://growthink.infusionsoft.com/go/loanguide/gt4045/

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12 of the Hardest Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask You - AlleyWatch

12 of the Hardest Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask You - AlleyWatch | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Fundraising?  Make sure you know how to answer some of the toughest questions VCs will throw at you..
 




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How Smart Angels Will Leverage Crowdfunding - Forbes

How Smart Angels Will Leverage Crowdfunding - Forbes | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Equity crowdfunding has a large and growing base of global supporters and advocates.
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Great article with great insights and analysis of where crowdfunding is headed.


Looking for funding? When using equity crowdfunding, you're still going to have to produce a business plan, especially dealing with Angel Investors, every single one of them will want to know what 'the plan' is.


Consider working with a Growthink Business Plan Template, it creates results. This is what Andy Kessler, Founder of Turning Earth (http://turningearthllc.com/), says about it:


"I was able to pick up a template that I could actually figure out how to use, had all the key components in it, and basically just drop in my idea... We, in fact, were able to raise money."


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Real Business - Crowdfunding: what it's really all about

Real Business - Crowdfunding: what it's really all about | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Crowdfunding has the potential to become a valuable source of business funding. Can the model break into mainstream finance?
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Some interesting comments in this article. Making it real!


Basics for Crowdfunding: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding-startups.html

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Strategies: Tired of emails? Print is making a big comeback - Denver Business Journal

Strategies: Tired of emails? Print is making a big comeback - Denver Business Journal | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Mark Twain once said, “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” This...
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After Facebook's retreat, this is more interesting news. The digital age has not completely taken over.


Want to get a real book about building your business, for free?

It's excellent, the title is 'Start at the End', by Dave Lavinsky from Growthink.

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Here are a few endorsements for the book:


"As a business owner, I wish I had read this earlier in my career. Starting at the End makes so much sense, yet it’s difficult to do tactically without this book. This book makes your business plan and dream come to life. Read it, then do it." by Adam Shaivitz, Founder of 'Accelerate Performance Sales Consulting', and Author of 'Selling is Everyone's Business'.


"Absolutely AMAZING!!!!!!!! Book. This is about as good or rather as great as it gets in terms of business education in a book. I love the writing style and the info is quite practical and easy to transfer into your everyday management as a business owner. Don't usually take the time out to comment on products - but for this one I really had to give it full props. BTW - For all those reading - this is a voluntary comment that honestly would have been against my conscience if I did not give feedback. Especially as the book was free... Great Job!!!! by Erica S. (spontaneous post on Start at the End's timeline).


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20 words and phrases that will doom your pitch

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Use these 'cursed words,' and many reporters and bloggers will delete your email. So will your employees. Plus, civilization might end.
Marc Kneepkens's insight:

The same in business plans and investor presentations of any kind.


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Content Marketing Shares For Startups - Trending on Curtti

Content Marketing Shares For Startups - Trending on Curtti | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

Content Marketing For Startups
Content marketing authority is something everyone wants yet few realize the fastest way to achieve what they want is to share, share, share. The 4 Sharing Tips:

* Give Expertise Away, but not 100% (find a way to create ROI too).

* Following Is Currency, So SPEND IT.
* Presence Makes you REAL.
* Trust in KARMA of the SHARE.

Post is trending on Curatti after going live on Tuesday. This "bean stalk" is an important content marketing one for startups to climb. Being a startup is solipsistic and self referential when it needs to be open kimono authentic and all about sharing. Share EVERYTHING.

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Some universal truths here: the more you share, the more you gain.

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Philippines needs angel investors – Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph

Philippines needs angel investors – Tina Amper of TechTalks.ph | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

What do startups need to grow? A conducive and supportive environment where one can learn and flourish – an ecosystem as we call it. The major hue and cry revolves around the immature startup ecosystem, especially when it countries or regions where startups have just started to bloom. Philippines, is one such region and the capital city – Manila – is taking the center stage of all the startup action happening in the country.

Next up in line catching up with the startup action and starting to bloom is the city of Cebu. While Manila is already a home to two main incubators – Ideaspace and Kickstart which are making some decent noise in the startup ecosystem, Cebu is embracing startups and gearing up too. Many startups get started in Cebu but it becomes hard for the entrepreneurs to pursue their passion because of no formal support structure. One woman who believes in and is trying to help and nurture Cebu’s entrepreneurial potential in her full capacity is Tina Amper...

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This article gives a good picture of Startup activity in the Philippines.

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Physical And Mental Tips For Top Business Form

Physical And Mental Tips For Top Business Form | Pitch it! | Scoop.it

A lot of people are counting on you. The decisions you make affect the quality of lives of tens, hundreds, or maybe thousands of families, from the employees in your company to the stakeholders that are counting on your products or services.


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Excellent article, it touches on every important aspect in your life, the wording is very balanced, and it brings it all back to yourself and the decisions you make. Highly recommended.



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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:56 AM


Far too many business owners and managers struggle with the concept of finding balance in their lives, but if they were more aware of why balance is so important, they would be more inclined to make changes that would be very beneficial for their businesses.


Businesses survive and thrive when quality decisions are consistently made, however where business owners and managers do not have good balance, their decision making ability can be severely compromised.


This excellent article, explains the importance of having a balanced life if you need to consistently make quality decisions, and in the dimensions of physical, mental and spiritual elements it offers nine tips to help anyone struggling to find the necessary balance.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, July 18, 2013 10:42 AM

Excellent article, it touches on every important aspect in your life, the wording is very balanced, and it brings it all back to yourself and the decisions you make. Highly recommended.



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Why investors don't respond: the real reasons

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How to find investors: why investors don't respond to your messages!
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9 key things to mention when pitching your software startup

9 key things to mention when pitching your software startup | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
When it comes to pitching investors on something like software, the presentation is often more pivotal than the product itself. It's not something that can sit atop a conference table; ...
Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Excellent Points. Even if you're not pitching a software startup, take a look, very intelligent answers from succesful startup entrepreneurs.


Study the way investors think and the questions they ask. What is it that they want to know?


This article complements this other one:

http://www.business-funding-insider.com/business-plan.html



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JOBS Act green light unlikely until fall

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Signed into law in April of 2012, the JOBS Act has created much buzz within the start-up industry. The act lays out provisions meant to help businesses raise money directly through ordinary investo...


On the SEC's timing, and the aspect of FRAUD in Crowdfunding!

Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Excellent information!


New to Crowdfunding:? Here is an article with some of the basics: http://www.business-funding-insider.com/crowdfunding.html

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5 Hot Opportunities for Start-ups

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Fresh numbers from Intuit shine a light on where consumers are spending the most--and where you might want to look for new business ideas.
Marc Kneepkens's insight:

Very interesting article, every Start Up should be aware of these trends and take advantage of them.


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10 Myths about Startups

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There are some prevalent myths and preconceived notions about startups that are simply not true. Here's 10 of them.
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Great article, every startup should read this, it will at least make you think.


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Growthink Products for Capital Raising and Business Planning

Growthink Products for Capital Raising and Business Planning | Pitch it! | Scoop.it
Introduction and Review of Growthink Products to help you raise all the capital you need, and plan your business to grow into 8 figures, and exit profitably!
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Reviewed and recommended by Business Funding Insisder

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