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So many seem to expect continued failure these days; stuck in fear, focused on the negative. The economy is our scapegoat, and Eeyore's "Woe is Me" echoes resoundingly. Yet some businesses and people are thriving - in the middle of the same 'crisis'. So what's different for them? What do these thriving people and businesses see and do that everyone else can't seem to see or do? A lot of it comes down to attitude and beliefs. Yes, touchy feely stuff. But I do believe that how we perceive our world impacts our experience. My own life is enough proof for me. If we look around, we'll see lots of evidence. Find a growing business and you'll see a passion for creating the next opportunity. These teams consciously look for an upside, while everyone else focuses on sliding down the slippery slope. Find a successful person and you'll often meet a positive, focused individual ... (more)

What is Vine? 6 Ways Twitter’s New Tool Changes Your Career

Twitter. New feature: Vine. 6-second videos. Can also share on FB and blogs. I’m guessing that line took you about six seconds to read, which is perfect because six seconds is all I had. Mark down January 24, 2013 as the day our attention span shrank once again — as if we hadn’t already hit rock bottom. On that day, Twitter unveiled its new micro-video tool called Vine. What is Vine? Its a tool that lets you capture and share looping, 6-second videos. Vine is available now in the iTunes store. What is Vine? See more examples here. In the work world, the 6-second rule just made our lives that much tougher. Now we have an even narrower window to catch someone’s attention with a resume, email, blog post, article, etc. With Vine in mind, here’s the question we’ll always need to ask: What am I doing with the first six seconds? To help us with that challenge, here are: 6 W... (more)

B2B Companies Struggle to Deliver B2C E-commerce Experience Their Customers Expect

2013 E-commerce Report from Intershop reveals that smartphone usage, social media and the consumerisation of IT are driving up B2B customer expectations Half of 400 B2B organisations surveyed say it is difficult to provide intuitive and user-friendly interfaces Multiple factors driving change adds complexity Yet half (49%) agree that bringing customers from offline to online could result in a higher bottom line Jena, Germany, 16 September, 2013 - When it comes to selling online, B2B organisations have to adapt to changing customer expectations, driven by trends such as smartphone usage, social media and the consumerisation of IT, according to the 2013 E-commerce Report from Intershop. Across the board, respondents in a survey of 400 B2B companies agreed that the world of B2B commerce is undergoing a radical transformation, and B2C trends are reflected in the B2B env... (more)

Reputation Management With Digital And Social Media

As major brands get better at their digital and social media marketing, they risk alienating consumers, even when such enterprises understand that social media marketing depends upon conducting sincere conversations with customers. After all, we consumers don’t always appreciate a conversation with a big company, even a sincere one. For a brand like pharmaceutical giant Pfizer who doesn’t sell directly to consumers, not only is the hard sell out of the question, but even the soft sell is an inappropriate topic for social media conversations. Managing their reputation, however, is one area where digital and social media drive value. “Reputation is based on what you do and how you talk about it,” explains Brenna Robinson, Director of Global Reputation, Media Relations and Digital Strategy at Pfizer. “We focus on proactive activities that communicate with people, for e... (more)

Three Business Lessons from “The Herd” and Colin Cowherd

If you’ve followed me on social media, you’ve probably seen that I am a loyal listener of ESPN Radio’s program “The Herd,” hosted by Colin Cowherd. This past week, Vince Kates – producer of the program – extended the invitation for me to drop by their set as they broadcast the show from Las Vegas, in advance of Saturday’s Mayweather vs. Pacquaio fight.  I had the chance to meet Colin and Vince and hang out with them at little bit after the show. As I was reflecting on meeting them — and the extraordinary kindness that Vince and Colin extended to me — I realized that there were many lessons that the show teaches…and three we should all learn and execute immediately. Lesson #1: To have raving fans, you must be willing to have raving enemies Ken Blanchard’s book, “Raving Fans” encourages every business to develop a core group of customers so dedicated and loyal that t... (more)

eOn Communications Reports Profitable Third Quarter Results and Announces James W. Hopper New CEO, David Lee to Remain Chairman

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- eOn Communications Corporation(TM) (Nasdaq: EONC) (the "Company"), a leading provider of telecommunications solutions, today reported third quarter fiscal 2009 results. Net income for the quarter was $60,000, or $0.02 per common share, compared to a net loss of $376,000 or ($.14) per common share in the second quarter of fiscal year 2009 and compared to a net loss of 1,204,000, or ($0.44) per common share in the third quarter ended April 30, 2008. Revenue of $2,465,000 (with no related party revenue) for the quarter ended April 30, 2009 increased 89% compared to the previous quarter's revenue of $1,307,000, and increased 63% or $951,000, from the $1,514,000 (including related party revenue of $127,000) reported in the third quarter of fiscal year 2008. Net loss for the nine months ended April 30, 2009 was $450,00... (more)

UPDATE: Internet Evolution Launches IE Radio with craigslist's Founder Craig Newmark

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Internet Evolution has unveiled the lineup for its new IE Radio program, kicking off Thursday, Aug. 13, at 4 p.m. ET with craigslist founder Craig Newmark. Future IE Radio guests in subsequent weeks include venture capitalist Esther Dyson; political consultant Joe Trippi; author Andrew Keen; blogger Cory Doctorow; and Ford's social networking director Scott Monty. "We're excited to add live audio streaming to our content. Combining IE Radio with 'live chat' during and after the show allows listeners and guests to engage in ways that no other B2B Website is doing right now," says Internet Evolution Editor in Chief Terry Sweeney "We think the Internet's the perfect medium for these kinds of multimedia conversations to occur." You can see the full IE Radio lineup here, as well as listen to archived shows: http://www.internetevo... (more)

Apptology Delivers Affordable “ReadyBuilt” Mobile Applications to the Masses

Apptology, a Northern California leading mobile application developer, announced today the launch of a new low cost line of ReadyBuilt mobile applications customized specifically for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB) including real estate professionals, the dental and medical field, restaurants and bars, salons, spas, non-profit and professional organizations, retail and grocery and many other business types. These ReadyBuilt applications are developed for iPhone, iPad and Android devices and cost $550 to publish on all three platforms with a $49.95 monthly hosting and service fee. Apptology is a start-up technology company that has been developing custom mobile applications for over two years and has over 100 applications in its portfolio which includes apps for businesses, games, entertainment, pizza ordering, calculators, directories, training, tourism and... (more)

USANA Health Sciences Opens France and Belgium Markets

SALT LAKE CITY, March 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (NYSE: USNA), a global nutritional supplements company, today announced the official opening of its France and Belgium markets. Bringing the company's international expansion to 18 countries worldwide, USANA's newest office will reside on the Champs-Elysees in Paris and will initially offer seven nutritional supplements and eight skin-care products. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110110/LA27593LOGO) The new office will be equipped with a staff to meet the needs of its Independent Distributors, provide customer service and support market development, compliance, accounting, commissions, and logistics, among others. The state-of-the-art facility will also include a will-call center and conference space. "European expansion has been a top priority for us," said USANA's Chief Executi... (more)

Embedded Vision Alliance Expands Membership and Increases Platinum Members

SANTA CRUZ, Calif., April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Globalpress Electronics Summit 2012 -- The Embedded Vision Alliance (www.Embedded-Vision.com) today announced that eyeSight Mobile Technologies (www.eyesight-tech.com) has joined the Alliance as a Technology Member.  eyeSight is a provider of vision-based gesture control software for digital devices.  Just a few weeks ago, CogniMem Technologies (www.cognimem.com) also joined the Alliance, swelling the ranks of companies that have united in an industry partnership dedicated to inspiring and empowering engineers to design systems that see and understand.  CogniMem is a fabless semiconductor company designing components for high speed and parallel pattern recognition. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110531/SF10710LOGO) Additionally, two Founding Members of the Alliance, Texas Instruments and Analog Devices, ... (more)

Huffington Hits App Store Newsstand

The Huffington Post Media Group (HPMG), a leading source of news, opinion, entertainment, community and digital information, announces today the launch of Huffington, a new, weekly magazine app for a slower, more in-depth Huffington Post experience. Huffington hits the App Store Newsstand today and incorporates Huffington Post’s unmatched live commenting and other social engagement tools to allow for greater reader participation in richly detailed and probing narratives -- while also showcasing HuffPost’s brand of Pulitzer Prize-winning feature writing. Huffington’s elegant design takes full advantage of the iPad's signature Retina display, offering our audience a crisp reading experience, vibrant photography, and stunning graphics. "I’m delighted to introduce you to our new iPad magazine," said Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-in-Chief of the Huffington Post... (more)