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The Motivation Secrets of 8 Successful Business Leaders

The Motivation Secrets of 8 Successful Business Leaders | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
Learn strategies on motivating and retaining employees. Our articles, tips and advice will show you how to keep your employees in top form.

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The Power Of Customer Loyalty

The Power Of Customer Loyalty | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
Which customers are most profitable for you and what marketing tactics work best to attract them and encourage customer loyalty? In a recent survey,  Huzzah Media  found there’s a big gap between...

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Bill Cosgrove's curator insight, May 27, 2014 6:51 AM

There is no more transparent or economical way of connecting with your customers and employees than having an onsite social network. An onsite social network allows you to partner with your customers and employees to bolster your marketing initiatives and project your customer and employee centric culture across all your social channels.

By building your own brand community of fans and followers you will have a central location with an organic reach of 100 percent on your real estate with which to form lasting relationships and a community of fans and followers who can help you broadcast your message across the digital spectrum.

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The Ultimate Beginner's Guide To Reddit - infographic

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide To Reddit - infographic | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
If you're struggling with Reddit or want to know more about how to use it successfully in your social media marketing mix, then check out this infographic.

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Jeffrey Lapin's curator insight, May 27, 2014 3:25 PM

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Reddit [Infographic]

 

Article key takeaways:

* Read each subreddit's FAQ before getting sucked in. The FAQ will outline what's allowed and what's not.
* Focus on subreddits that you are knowledgeable about. Jump in and comments on things.
* Find and share articles photos and videos you think are interesting or would be valuable to the members of subreddits.

 

Article by: Irfan Ahmad
Infographic by: Whoishostingthis

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Engage Hispanics: A Quick Review Of What You Need To Know About Marketing To Millenials

Engage Hispanics: A Quick Review Of What You Need To Know About Marketing To Millenials | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
As a whole, Millennials are quickly stealing the spotlight from its predecessors, Gen X and Baby Boomers. Why? Because there are over 80 million of them now coming of age and moving into the...

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Bill Cosgrove's curator insight, May 23, 2014 9:55 AM

The Hispanic Segment of the population in this country represents the 13th Largest Economy in the World and is the youngest, fastest growing segment of the US population representing 60 % of overall population growth with a per cap income of $39,730 with 25% of this segment at $75,000.

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The Top Occupations for People Seeking Flexible Work - Indeed Blog

The Top Occupations for People Seeking Flexible Work - Indeed Blog | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
As an alternative to full-time work, part-time jobs offer flexibility for students, caregivers and others. Here are the ten occupations with the most part-time jobs available on Indeed.

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Anne-Marie Rolfe's curator insight, May 22, 2014 8:29 AM

This blog post highlights the opportunities for those looking for part-time, flexible work. 

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LinkedIn Now Shows How Your Profile Ranks In Your Network

LinkedIn Now Shows How Your Profile Ranks In Your Network | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
The most addictive feature on LinkedIn is about to get even more addictive, or helpful, depending on how you look at it.

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More than 30 great tips and tricks every iOS 7 user should know

More than 30 great tips and tricks every iOS 7 user should know | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
Apple’s iOS mobile platform is easily among the most user-friendly operating systems we have ever seen. But even still, there are so many features and settings that it’s practically impossible to remember them all. While it may never be possible to remember all of iOS’s features, there are some tips and tricks in particular that can dramatically improve your experience while using an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. We regularly share tips and tricks for smartphone and tablet users that we come across, and sometimes we come across useful collections of tips and tricks on other websites. One such example was brought to our attention over the weekend by an email from a reader. Macworld recently put together a collection of

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The Psychology of Color in Marketing and Branding

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A comprehensive look at the role color plays in marketing and how it impacts customer engagement.
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Seven Ways to Make a Great First Impression.

Seven Ways to Make a Great First Impression. | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it

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Alain Theriault MBA's curator insight, May 15, 2014 11:33 AM

Yes it's back to basics but, if you think you are not making a good impression as you would like, take a good hard look at each of these and ask yourself, which one you should improve on!

Chuck Devers's curator insight, May 19, 2014 8:09 AM

First impressions are critical- Remember, you can't "Un-ring the bell"

Joy Moore's curator insight, May 22, 2014 7:46 PM

Great tips for both interviews and networking

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4 Fundamentals To Elevate Employee Engagement

4 Fundamentals To Elevate Employee Engagement | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, May 12, 2014 11:48 PM


Far more often than not, when an employee resigns and moves on, they do so because of the nature of their relationship with their boss.


Productivity, passion and profits, are benefits that flow to those business owners, who can build trust and earn the loyalty of their employees.


This excellent article, suggests that building of trust and gaining loyalty is the best way of preventing your employees from becoming someone else's talent, and it offers four good tips to assist business owners in this regard.

Cathy Matthews's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:21 AM

Engaged employees pass on their enthusiasm to customers thus encouraging customers to become more engaged. This interesting article provides guidance on how to ensure your employees continue to feel engaged/part of the process and appreciated.

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:37 PM

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Working at home: An update

Working at home: An update. Canadian Social Trends Volume 90.

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Anne-Marie Rolfe's curator insight, May 1, 2014 8:20 AM
Summary

Between 2000 and 2008, the proportion of employees working at home rose one percentage point to 11.2%. However, there was considerable variation in the incidence of working at home by level of education, occupation, industry and number of hours worked. The employees most likely to work at home were university graduates, managers (especially in the health care and social assistance sector) and professionals. Participation was highest in the professional, scientific and technical services sector.

Even though about 15% of all workers in Canada are self-employed, they account for about one-half of those who work at home. In 2008, 60% of self-employed workers did paid work at home: 67% for women and 56% for men.

The three most common reasons given by employees for working at home were work requirements (25%), better working conditions (23%) and home being their usual place of work (18%).

The data also show that, in urban areas, workers who lived farther from their workplaces were more likely to work at home than those who lived closer. Those living outside urban areas were less likely to work at home.

Martin Turcotte is a senior analyst with Canadian Social Trends, Social and Aboriginal Statistics Division, Statistics Canada.

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Technical Sales: Legitimate Opportunities to Work from Home

Technical Sales: Legitimate Opportunities to Work from Home | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
Over the past several months I have noticed a sharp increase in the job posting for Technical Sales Representatives that are managing a territory out of their home office. What kind of work is it? ...

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4 Simple Metrics That'll Help You Assess Your Facebook Marketing Performance

4 Simple Metrics That'll Help You Assess Your Facebook Marketing Performance | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
As an industry, we’re quite rightly under pressure to report and measure the impact of our activity in order to justify our campaigns and headcount. Calculating return on investment (ROI) on social media activity, in particular, is an extremely...

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Ed Burghard's curator insight, May 8, 2014 1:36 PM

4 Facebook Metrics

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Three Quick Ways to Improve Your Strategy-Making

Three Quick Ways to Improve Your Strategy-Making | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it

The standard strategy processes at most companies share three common characteristics:

 

1) you wait until the annual strategy review to revisit your strategy

2) you put together a SWOT analysis as input to the start of the strategy process

3) you start the strategy process with a long and arduous exercise to wordsmith a mission/vision statement or organizational aspiration.

 

These activities are, no doubt, reassuring and familiar. They are also almost completely useless.


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3 Brands That Are Driving The Future of Social-Mobile Shopping

3 Brands That Are Driving The Future of Social-Mobile Shopping | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
Our mobile phones are the center of our social and digital lives. If brands can reach us there, they can turn us all into social media brand evangelists.

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The Power of Social Networks to Change Health Behavior

Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler, co-authors of Connected: How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything You Think, Feel and Do, have been studying the power and influence of social networks for a large portion of their careers. The concept of ‘six degrees of separation’ took on a whole new meaning thanks to Kevin Bacon, but Christakis and Fowler turned this party game into a science and have shown through peer-reviewed research that social networks can also influence the health status and behavior of the group.

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Answer All of Your Hashtag Questions With These 7 Incredible Tools

Answer All of Your Hashtag Questions With These 7 Incredible Tools | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it

...Ok, great, so hashtags are important, but the question that you, as a business owner, need to be asking yourself is, with so many people using hashtags for so many different purposes, how can you get the most out of hashtags in your social media strategy? This is an excellent question.

 

After all, how do you know which hashtag to use? Which hashtag will get you the most exposure? How do you register a hashtag for your business?

 

This post will explore seven different hashtag tools that you can use to answer these questions and more....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 20, 2014 12:36 PM

Practical tips for better research using hashtags.

Stephen Dale's curator insight, May 22, 2014 5:05 AM

For those who know how to use hashtags - and recognise their importance, some useful tools for tracking and analysis:

 

Tagboard - for what is being said under a specific hashtag

Topsy - to see what's trending

Tweetreach - to see the reach (number of unique accounts and total impressions for a give hashtag).

Hashatgify - for seeing what other hashtags correlate for a given hashtag

Ritetag - for optimizing your use of hashtags.

Tweet Binder - to see who is using a specific hashtag

Twubs - to register a hashtag and create a branded page around it

 

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6 Research-Backed Ways to Get More Followers on Twitter and Facebook

6 Research-Backed Ways to Get More Followers on Twitter and Facebook | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it

...Follower count is one of the metrics we keep a close eye on with our social media reports andaudits. There is a lot of great advice on how to grow your followers on social media (much of which I’ll relay below), and at Buffer we’ve always been interested in the research behind the advice.

 

How, specifically, can you increase your followers? Which actionable tactics can you take today to grow your follower numbers? I went looking for data—and I think I found a few good answers and10 tried-and-true bits of advice on follower growth....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 22, 2014 10:15 AM

All the best research on how to get more followers on social media. Twitter tips, Facebook tips, and much more from Kevan Lee @Buffer.

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15 Resources to Create Images for Social Media |

15 Resources to Create Images for Social Media | | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
Use these tips and tools to create and edit quality, attractive photos, graphics and images for social media marketing.

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malek's curator insight, May 21, 2014 12:30 PM

The Visual world is buzzing.  Even a quote won't tell the same without a pic.

Joseph Ruiz's curator insight, May 21, 2014 4:33 PM

Bookmarked

Randy Bauer's curator insight, May 21, 2014 5:48 PM

Here in lies 15 Trusted and Effective Social Media Image Creation Tools.

It is nice to find what works for you and your brand. Try them out to maximize your social message and engagement.

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Whoever Gets Closest To Their Customer Wins | The Story of Telling

Whoever Gets Closest To Their Customer Wins | The Story of Telling | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it
How are you getting closer to your customers?

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David Hain's curator insight, May 19, 2014 4:28 PM

14 brands illustrate a clear shift in brand success - and a clear shift in thinking.

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CORE Education's Ten Trends 2014

CORE Education's Ten Trends 2014 | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it

http://www.core-ed.org/thought-leadership/ten-trend


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Ilkka Olander's curator insight, May 16, 2014 10:10 AM

Each year, CORE Education’s experienced staff of researchers, education trainers, and technology experts pool their knowledge and expertise, and through a thorough process put together and publish CORE’s prognosis on what are the coming ten major trends in eLearning and education generally that will make an impact upon education in New Zealand (and other parts of the world) in the coming year.

Alan Ovens's curator insight, May 17, 2014 5:33 PM

Interesting while not attending to the fact that the education is becoming a market place where business principles and ethics will dominate and constrain education.

Steve Bavister's curator insight, May 20, 2014 2:57 AM

Neat graphic. Cool insight.

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67 Tools That Will Help You Grow Your Email List

67 Tools That Will Help You Grow Your Email List | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it

Excerpt from the article on KISSmetrics:
"Your email list is the heart of your marketing strategy. When you write a blog post, the people on your email list will be the first to read it. When you have a webinar, the people on your list will be the first to sign up. And, when you offer a new product, the people on your list will be the first to try it.

 

This article will show you 67 tools you can use to start growing your email list today.

[Here just are the main sections and list of tools].


Popups
Here are 10 popups that will help you collect emails.
1. PopUp Domination - 2. OptinMonster - 3. Hybrid-Connect - 4. Bounce Exchange - 5. Pippity - 6. Ninja Popups - 7. Viral Optins - 8. List Builder - 9. Pop Over Plugin - 10. WordPress Popup.

 

Unobtrusive Popups
Let’s say you’re still completely against popups.
There are tools that appear in front of your readers without obstructing their view of your content.
11. Unpop - 12. Drip - 13. Slide In - 14. Interrupt - 15. Optin Footer - 16. Hello Bar - 17. Viper Bar - 18. Foobar - 19. Dreamgrow Scroll Triggered Box - 20. Welcome Gate App - 21. Feature Box Plugin.

 

Additional Apps and Plugins
Besides popups, there are several additional apps and plugins you can use to collect emails from your visitors and grow your list.
22. upPrev - 23. Subscribe to Download for WordPress - 24. Subscribe by Email: A wordPress plugin - 25. Thesis Theme Feature Box - 26. LeadBoxes - 27. Scrolling Side Bar - 28. Subscribers Magnet - 29. Gravity Forms - 30. Comment Redirect - 31. WP-Leads - 32. AWeber Webform Widget - 33. OptinSkin.

 

Online Contests and Giveaways
Due to their viral nature, having a contest or give away is one of the fastest ways to grow your list and your brand. Here are 4 tools that will allow you to quickly set one up.
34. Rafflecopter - 35. Splurgy - 36. PromoSimple - 37. Giveaway Tools.

 

Facebook
Email and Facebook go together like peanut butter and chocolate. They’re the perfect match.
Below are a few Facebook tools that will help you grow your email list right from your fan page.
38. ShortStack - 39. Heyo - 40. PageModo - 41. Thunderpenny - 42. WooBox - 43. Vocus - 44. Clickappy - 45. OfferPop - 46. TabSite - 47. Social App Tool - 48. ActionSprout.

 

Landing Pages and Coming Soon Pages
Landing pages are the backbone of any email marketing effort. The tools listed below will help you create professional-looking landing pages without having to write code.
49. OptimizePress - 50. LeadPages - 51. Unbounce - 52. Instapage - 53. Launchrock - 54. Clickthroo - 55. PageWiz - 56. KickoffLabs.

 

WordPress Landing Page and Coming Soon Plugins
Many of the WordPress plugins mentioned below are free. However, they offer fewer customization options than their stand-alone software cousins.
57. Launcher Theme - 58. My Blue Construction - 59. WPLauncher - 60. Felice Theme - 61. Under Construction - 62. WPChimp Countdown - 63. Launchpad - 64. Ultimate Coming Soon Page - 65. ThemeFuse - 66. WordPress Landing Pages.

 

And Finally...
67. Newsletter Signup : This plugin allows you to add various ways for your visitors to subscribe to your email list..."

 

Each tool is analyzed with some information, images and external link of official website.
Read full original article:
http://blog.kissmetrics.com/67-tools-email-list/


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Social Media Battle Stats 2014

Social Media Battle Stats 2014 | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it

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Tomas Trejbal's curator insight, May 14, 2014 4:59 PM

another few numbers around demography and social media market position...

Alexandre Saint-Jean's curator insight, May 14, 2014 5:09 PM

A global overview of the social media world in one infographic!

Le Brame du Cerf's curator insight, May 22, 2014 6:30 AM

une synthèse de l'utilisation des médias sociaux et du profil des utilisateurs. Si vous voulez vous aussi synthétiser des informations sous cette forme, le collectif "le brame du cerf" peut le faire pour vous.

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How to Overcome Being Overwhelmed

How to Overcome Being Overwhelmed | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, May 8, 2014 9:00 AM


Business is tough at the best of times, and business owners are at the centre of the daily pressures, leaving them vulnerable to becoming overwhelmed.


Avoiding becoming overwhelmed, as tasks mount up and external pressures increase,  requires a business owner to develop a certain skill set.


This excellent article, makes it clear that becoming overwhelmed in business does not have to be a permanent condition, and it offers a four step process to follow to prevent becoming overwhelmed in future.

Progressive training's curator insight, May 9, 2014 9:19 AM

How to Overcome Being Overwhelmed

 

#business #training  www.progressivetraining.ie

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Local Search Buzz - Google+ Local SEO News Digest

Local Search Buzz - Google+ Local SEO News Digest | Virtual Offices | Scoop.it

Here is the latest roundup of Local Search news, Google+ Local issues, as well as PRO advice from the Local Search Forum and from around the web.

This one is just a small sampling of hand picked posts over just 2 days - not even a full weekly roundup. So it gives you some idea of how much info you are missing, if you are not subscribed to RSS, getting our daily email digest or reading the forum daily.


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