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How To Get Out Of Startup Mode And Grow Your Business

April 20, 20140 Comments

How To Get Out Of Startup Mode And Grow Your Business

One of the biggest mistakes an aspiring entrepreneur can make is to stay in a startup mentality for far too long. It’s imperative to identify how to get out of startup mode and grow your business, otherwise you are killing the opportunity to achieve real growth and progress.

A great article on this very subject by Grant Cardone, an international sales expert, New York Times best-selling author, and radio show host of The Cardone Zone was recently published in Entrepreneur Magazine Here is a summary of his key tips:

1. Delegate. When you’re in startup phase, you are handling everything. To become a going concern you have to start investing in people to do tasks you can no longer do.

2. Pick your battles. Don’t get wrapped up for a week deciding on a logo when it ultimately doesn’t matter. Your brand will evolve as your business evolves.

3. Get attention. The single biggest problem every startup has is becoming known. Your most important task is to get attention for you and your company. It’s the gateway to every dollar you raise.

4. Change your pitch. Instead of saying “I own a small web design company,” say “I own a web design company like none other that guarantees your company increased sales.”

5. Create urgency. If you start a business venture without setting specific timelines for action and achievements, you will be stuck forever with excuses.

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Grant Cardone has successfully founded three thriving companies: Cardone Enterprises, Cardone Real Estate Holdings, and the Cardone Group so he can certainly speaks with “hands-on” on the subject of how to get out of startup mode and grow your own business.

If you’ve struggled to get your business out of startup mode, I hope each of these easily implemented tips proves useful. Do use the comments box if you have any questions, observations or relevant insights of your own to make. It’s always great to hear from our readers.

Amazon: Now Serving 137 Million People Every Week

April 18, 20140 Comments

In 1994, Jeff Bezos set up from a tiny garage in Washington…

What happened next? Check out this cool infographic from

Amazon now serves 137 million people a week

Building Your LinkedIn Profile

April 16, 20140 Comments

building your LinkedIn profile

8 Steps to consolidating your team’s LinkedIn presence with your business development goals by building your LinkedIn Profile. Click Here To Read More

LinkedIn is a powerful tool to generate new business, but only if you know how to use it.

For smart marketers, mastering their organisation’s presence on social media is key to increasing overall market interest and business development.

You’ve got to know where it counts, and on LinkedIn, the gold standard of professional online networking, it becomes imperative to optimise your professional profile in order to effectively broadcast your proposition to your connections.

My good friend and valued LinkedIn connection Tim Bond has put together an essential list of 8 ways you can dramatically strengthen your LinkedIn personal profile, helping you to boost your search ranking on LinkedIn and give people a clear idea of who you and your organisation are – an indispensable tool for any successful business development strategy

To get them you need to go to the following post on

Your comments and questions about the article are very welcome in our comments box below.

LinkedIn – Who’s Viewed Your Profile

March 28, 20140 Comments

Did you know that LinkedIn has it’s own YouTube channel? It’s latest video takes a look at LinkedIn’s enhancements to their “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” feature:

This means LinkedIn users can now see a lot more information about who is viewing their profile. If they so wish, users can now even block other members from viewing their LinkedIn profile. Apparently this has been a highly requested feature though why anyone would want to be secretive after choosing to join a platform intended for networking might seem a bit of a contradiction.

If you have any questions or comments about these changes, please make use of the comments section below.

21 Rules For Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies

March 22, 20140 Comments

21 Rules For Effective Social Media Marketing Strategies

Thanks to for this great infographic about effective Social Media marketing strategies.

How To Build A Successful Business Plan

March 9, 20140 Comments

How To Build A Successful Business Plan

This infographic which recently appeared in highlights 10 keys to a successful business plan. It details the fundamental questions for any business owner about how to build a successful business plan, such as what problem is my business going to solve, what is my business’s mission, and what does it do better than anyone else in the market.

For the full accompanying article, please visit

Building Your Email List With Facebook Offers

February 28, 20140 Comments

How To Build Your Email List With Facebook Offers

Building your email list with Facebook offers is a key element for any serious marketer with a Facebook Page. The reasons speak for themselves; you have control of your email list and have full control over who to post to and when to do so. If you want your Facebook “fans” to see your posts then you have to keep paying Facebook for that privilege as a quick check of your Facebook Page stats will show that most unpaid posts will only reach a minuscule number of followers, no matter how engaging and informative those posts are. In addition, you are also dependent on all the vagaries of future policy changes by Facebook.

Not making the conversion of Facebook fans to email subscribers the top priority for your Facebook Page therefore leaves you naked. It also fails to put to the test how much those fans are committed to your products and services. Many of them will be little more than transcient followers with a casual interest in your Page. That’s not intended as a criticism of them, it’s just the reality.

People liking a Facebook page are often doing no more than that. Hardly any interaction takes place after that “Like” icon has been clicked. They’ve just done it as they assume your Page posts will automatically pop up on their news feed and don’t realise only a very small proportion of those posts actually show up there. They might like to be associated with your brand or share an interest in your pursuit but they have very little interest in engaging with you. As Facebook is a multi-platform brand, users are spending their time there doing a variety of things. Looking at your business page regularly will usually be well down their list of reasons for being on Facebook.

Marketers therefore face three critical marketing challenges on Facebook:

1) Converting Facebook fans into sales leads;
2) Getting more of those fans seeing posts in their newsfeed;
3) Spreading the net by getting more followers to keep the process expanding.

The most effective way of doing this is creating an offer and an article which recently came to my attention on this is “How to Build Your Email List with Facebook offers by Denise Wakeman, an online marketing strategist and founder of The Blog Squad

She created create an offer (which is considered an ad) on Facebook without having to pay for it. Here’s her video on how she did this:

She reports the following results for her offer:

The offer has been shared 12 times
101 people have claimed the offer
4 comments on the offer

13,848 saw the post in the newsfeed
51 people actually opted in to get the free tips in the first 5 days the offer was live
50% conversion from offer claims to eCourse optins
32 new Likes on my Page

While these numbers may not be earth shattering, they do bear mention because my experiment has introduced 51 new people into my world. Over time, some of these new people may become customers…….

The full article with all the technical details appears here:

If you want to ask any questions on the subject of building your email list with Facebook offers or want to share your observations and experiences of doing so, then feel free to make use of the Comments Box below. We’re always pleased to publish comments provided they are relevant to the subject in question.

Is Your Company Moving Premises? Here’s How to Manage It

February 26, 20140 Comments

As your business grows and expands, you may well find that you outgrow the premises that you currently inhabit. Sooner or later it will be time to start thinking about either expanding your existing premises or relocating to a bigger site. Relocation is the best decision for your business if you need more space and it will help you make more money and be even more efficient in the long run. However, relocation is also chaotic and disruptive and it needs to be managed very carefully in order to make sure that it has minimal impact on your long term success. In this article we are going to tell you how to go about your relocation in the best possible way – read on to find out more.

Find the Premises

Your first job is to find your new premises, and this means making a list of all of the things that you simply cannot compromise on. Have a separate list for things that you would like if at all possible and bear all of these things in mind when viewing new premises. Organize site visits of any premises that look appealing and take a couple of your senior management with you to get a clear idea of whether it could be right for you. Take plenty of pictures and make notes along the way, and then organize a meeting with your management afterwards to discuss the pros and cons of each one. When you have found one that you are all happy with then it is time to instruct your solicitors and get the ball moving.



Your Old Premises

It may be that you are keeping your old premises on in order to have two bases, but if not then you will need to think about what to do with the old premises. Most of the time the site is leased so it is just a matter of terminating the contract, but this can come with complications so it’s best to speak to your legal team about how best to do this.


Plan the Move

The move itself will take careful planning if you want it to cause the minimum amount of disruption to your business. Have a task team that are in charge of plotting every detail, and employ the services of a removals company and also a machinery moving service so that you have all the professionals booked a long time before the move itself. Make sure that the business can still operate in the interim by relocating the office first – that way the paperwork and legalities can still be worked on as the bigger items are being moved.

Moving to bigger premises is a very exciting step in your business’s progress and it is vital that it is managed in the best possible way. It will feel slightly chaotic for a while but once you are settled you will find that productivity and staff morale go through the roof. Then it’s time to start thinking about the next big step that you want to take!


Author Bio

This post is authored by Jenny Wadlow, who is a freelance writer and works with a host of clients from various industries. She is currently working with Halbert Brothers Inc. and is helping them reach out to online audiences via blogging.

Google Author Rank and Authorship

February 26, 20141 Comment

The Benefits For You And Your Business Of Google Author Rank And Authorship

The Benefits for You and Your Business of Google Author Rank and Authorship

As this infographic, appearing courtesy of illustrates, the key points are:

1) AuthorRank allows Google to remember the authority and credibility you have built as an author.

2) Engagement on Google+ (the number of circles, shares, pluses and comments) may impact your AuthorRank.

3) Google Authorship can increase click-through rates by 30% – 150%

The full accompanying article to this infographic can be seen by visiting

Don’t forget to use our Comments Box below if you have any questions or want to share your wisdom and experiences regarding the benefits, or otherwise, of Google Author Rank and Authorship.

How To Get Business From LinkedIn

February 21, 20140 Comments

19 Steps To Social Selling On LinkedIn

How To Get Business From LinkedIn

Think of “Social Selling” and you’ll probably think of all those terrible spammy tweets and Facebook status updates churned out by serial spammers on social media networks but done properly, “Social Selling” is perfectly possible. Let’s look at how to get business from LinkedIn.

LinkedIn has already proven to be at least 277% more effective for lead generation than Twitter or Facebook (as reported in a study commissioned by Hubspot in 2012, plus its well known that LinkedIn members have a higher disposable income than members of other leading Social Media Networks and to be more highly educated and more likely to be decision makers in their professional lives.

This infographic which recently was published on, titled 19 steps to social selling on LinkedIn, gives an excellent breakdown of how to get business from LinkedIn.

19 Steps To Social Selling On LinkedIn

For the in-depth text version of this infographic, simply visit

If you’re still not active on LinkedIn, you’re missing out on the most effective lead generation Social Media platform. If you want to change that now, there’s more information on my LinkedIn Profile Service Page

Feel free to post your comments or questions about this article in the comments box. I’d be pleased to have your opinion or to help you in any way I can.

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