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Can Your People Do it the Same Way You Do?

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by Bill Stack (Jul 25, 2010)

Can Your People Do it the Same Way You Do?

-- Systems are your way of empowering your team to do large parts of your job just as if you were doing it personally. They can reduce your hours and stress by getting average people to do a great job…sound fantastic? Well, it is easy once you know a couple of tricks…

Three ‘Tricks of the Trade’ for Creating Systems

1. Work until it becomes simple

Community Announcement: Volunteering made easy! Check out PhoenixVolunteers.org

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Jul 22, 2010)

Phoenix Volunteers supports various non-profit organizations in the Valley by organizing local volunteer opportunities, making iteasy for busy people in the community to volunteer their time.

Through an easy-to-use website, Phoenix Volunteers helpsArizonans find local charities that need their help. We offer avariety of events and organizations to choose from and make itsimple for people to sign up and make a difference in theircommunity

Creating a Viral Marketing Campaign

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by Justin McGill (Jul 21, 2010)

The term viral marketing, though sometimes negatively viewed as cousin to the evil computer virus, has created its own niche on the online marketing world. At its core, viral marketing simply means creating a marketing idea that viewers will pass along to their friends and contacts, creating far-reaching potential for exposure. By taking advantage of social networks and media, businesses can spread their message using word of mouth with the goal of reaching far more viewers than possible otherwise.

Creating a Viral Message

Writing a great cover letter

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by Amanda Collins (Jul 21, 2010)

What are the components needed in a cover letter? Wait, before we get that far, do you even NEED a cover letter? So many people have heard that hiring authorities never even read the cover letter, so they think that they needn’t bother to spend the time to write one. I beg to differ. Would you just walk up to someone and start telling them about yourself without an introduction? If you think of your cover letter as a handshake, it may make more sense to always include one.

Job Opportunity: Chief Executive - Business Coach

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Jul 20, 2010)

Senior Business Executives (CEOs, COOs, Presidents, and Founders)

Are you ready to be “a leader of leaders?”  If so, you may have found your calling.

Job Opportunity: Information Technology Sales

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Jul 20, 2010)

This Information Technology Sales position is an excellent opportunity for career growth. We offer short commute times, spectacular commissions, a positive work atmosphere, and special incentives, gifts, and other rewards for your excellent performance. We are a growing company with lots of energy, a niche market, one of the best reputations in our field, and customers around the globe. This is a full time opportunity in Information Technology software sales and service. Our company is located in Chandler Arizona, and the position requires physical presence in the office.

What Can You Get Done In 10 Minutes?

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by Ely Delaney (Jul 19, 2010)

Do you ever get stuck between meetings and only have a few minutes before your next meeting? What about while you are waiting in the doctor's office or waiting for your coffee at Starbuck's. Every feel like those minutes are wasted just waiting for others?

Well they don't have to be a complete waste.

Here's a few quick and easy things you can do to take advantage of that time and get and be more productive.

Maintaining Your Business Plan

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by Amanda Collins (Jul 19, 2010)

It seems that most business owners and entrepreneurs don't have a written business plan. I know I don't. But that doesn't mean I don't have a plan for the business and goals I want to achieve. A legitimate business plan is needed to secure financing for the business, but most résumé writers have such low overhead that they don't have to worry about that. However, even if you never commit a real plan to paper, you should have a bit of an outline of your direction in your head.

Create goals

What Do Women Want

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by Sally Liddicoat (Jul 19, 2010)

While this question has stumped many men for years, it’s something that as a business owner you need to know. Although women may represent half of the total consumer market, they do make or influence the majority of all purchasing decisions.

Community Announcement: Support the Valley Fever Walk - Bring your dog and walk for the cure!

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Jul 19, 2010)

Support the Valley Fever Walk on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at the University of Arizona Medical School, 550 E. Van Buren,Phoenix.

The next empires will be the empires of the mind. Winston Churchill

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by Bill Stack (Jul 18, 2010)

Speaking in a university setting following the end of World War II, Churchill, somewhat prophetically, predicted that with the collapse of some of the world’s military and political empires, the world was entering a new phase.  This new phase, he foretold, would be one where creativity, innovation, ingenuity and personal initiative would rule the day.

 

If your meeting is before 9 am...

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by Amanda Collins (Jul 15, 2010)

If you're an avid networker in the Phoenix Valley, you know that many events occur early in the morning. I think the earliest I've been expected to be anywhere has been 7 am, which is pretty early. I'm always UP by then, but getting out and TO somewhere so early in the morning can be a bit of a challenge.

More Customer Sales - Mid-Summer's Dream

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by Norma Huibregtse (Jul 15, 2010)

I've heard from several small business owners about the lack of customer sales recently.  Many of them just want a magic bullet to get them through the rest of the summer.  I thought about it and wanted to share 4 take-action-now tactics to get customer sales by reaching out to your customers and to people who can lead you to more.

1) Contact your Customers

Productivity Tools: Never Miss Another Word Again

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by Ely Delaney (Jul 14, 2010)

It doesn't matter if it's a prospect meeting, company brainstorming session or a conference with your one of your biggest mentors, we never can remember everything that is said.

I have one tool that will keep your notes not only up to date but also backed up with audio in case you missed something.

Its called the Livescribe Pulse and I have to say this thing is one of the best must have productivity tools I have ever seen.

Job Opportunity: Account Manager Position in Phoenix

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Jul 14, 2010)

National leader in the electronic payments industry is currently looking for qualified Account Managers to join a progressive organization selling merchant processing services in multiple markets across the US. A successful track record selling in a B2B environment required. In this outside sales position, you will assist businesses with their merchant services needs, focusing on cold calling, partner customers and other prospects. You will conduct lead-generating activities through partner building, memberships in civic organizations and business groups.

Why Your Business Needs a Social Media Strategy

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by Justin McGill (Jul 14, 2010)

Social media has become the new bandwagon for businesses hoping to generate new sales leads. If you don’t have a Facebook page and a Twitter account, you may as well not exist in the minds of a large portion of your intended audience. For many, it’s just not worth the trouble of having to visit individual sites to check out sales promotions and blog posts. Instead, they want to hop on Facebook and see all the latest news collected neatly for them in their inboxes. But social media isn’t just convenient for consumers.

Simple Appreciation Goes A Long Way

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by Sally Liddicoat (Jul 14, 2010)

Surely you have received the same lesson that everyone is taught early in life. Mom is close by. Somebody gives you a treat or does something nice and you hear the ever familiar words, “What do we say?”. Although mom’s voice and tone most likely changed a bit as you grew from two to twelve and beyond, the message is still the same “Don’t forget to say thank you”.

Community Announcement: Be sure to sign up for the Pop Warner Golf Tournament Fundraiser

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Jul 13, 2010)

Attention Golf Enthusiasts! Join us for a Golf Tournament benefiting The Northeast Association of Pop Warner Competitive Cheer Squad! This is a group of hard working, dedicated girls ages 11 to 15 who are working to attain their highest goal of National Champions!!

Location:
Seville Golf & Country Club; 6683 S Clubhouse Drive; Gilbert AZ 85298

Date:
August 6, 2010

It's easy!

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by Bill Stack (Jul 12, 2010)

Or at least it's easier, in the long run, than what you are currently doing IN your business.

Job Posting: FT Payroll Benefits Administrator in Phoenix

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by Wendy Kenney (Jul 11, 2010)

Payroll & Benefits Administrator

Location:  North Central Phoenix

Salary Range:  $50,000.00 to $60,000.00

Contact:  Krisanne Elsner, Southwest Recruiting Services (480) 657-8638

Summary of responsibilities:  Administration of all payroll and benefits.

Qualifications:

What Google's New Change Means for Your Business

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by Wendy Kenney (Jul 11, 2010)

Just last month Google announced the completion of their new web indexing system called Caffeine.

According to Google,

Maximize your networking

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by Amanda Collins (Jul 9, 2010)

Did you happen to read Liz Ryan’s article this week in The Huffington Post, “That’s Definitely Not Networking”?

Making Money Through Social Media

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by David Cooke (Jul 9, 2010)

Whenever I make a presentation on social media, the inevitable question is "how can I make money through my social media activities?"  Unless you are directly selling an on-line product in an e-commerce model, the direct and honest answer is "you can't."

Social media is a tool and a resource that provides you an opportunity to:

Online Reputation Management and Monitoring

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by Justin McGill (Jul 7, 2010)

In today’s business world, it can be very easy to ruin a company’s reputation. Sometimes all it takes is one scandal, but sometimes all it takes is one slanderous comment. That is why it is even more important than ever that companies focus on online reputation management.

Boost Business By Giving Stuff Away

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by Sally Liddicoat (Jul 7, 2010)

Have you heard the story about the two guys selling watermelons?

An Action Approach to Team Building

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by Bill Stack (Jul 6, 2010)

Putting together the “dream team” for your business can be as easy as taking an “action” rather than “information approach.” With a plethora of training options open to employers, it can often be puzzling to find the strategies that are going to achieve results.

 

Don't Streamline, Service Your Customers

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by Norma Huibregtse (Jul 6, 2010)

Do you Streamline or Service your Customers?

What’s happened to the way we treat customers today? Are we streamlining them or servicing them? Sometimes I think I’m being streamlined through the purchase process. The businesses that understand how important it is to build relationships at all steps of the purchase process, the more successful they will be.

Get the RIGHT Players on your Team

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by Gelie Akhenblit (Jul 6, 2010)

Last week I shared a some thoughts on teamwork and networking in Who’s on YOUR Team?  (Link to post one).  After reading the post, a friend asked, HOW I pick the right players for my team.

Fill your key positions with people you like and trust

The first step is to know what positions you are looking to fill and what skill sets those players should have.  As I network, I look for people to recruit on my team.

Drive traffic and SEO through blog comments

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by Amanda Collins (Jul 2, 2010)

Sometimes we forget that not everyone knows the same things we do - or maybe that's just me. Recently, while sitting down for a one-on-one with a web designer, we were talking about the benefits of great content in boosting SEO. I was telling him about how he should be blogging on a regular basis to add more content to his site, and that he should follow up with notices on social media about his blogs.

"Can I just lift blogs from other people if I give them credit?"

Selling Products? Use Product Reviews to Increase Conversions!

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by Justin McGill (Jul 1, 2010)

Favorable product reviews are very important in order to have a successful business. Today’s consumers are not stupid, and they are tired of wasting money on useless products. They realize that businesses often do not live up to their advertising claims. So instead of listening to the ads that they see around them, more and more consumers are turning to product and service reviews on the internet to help them decide what they will buy.

Community Announcement: Spread the Word, Start a Team, Participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Jun 30, 2010)

Take this chance to participate in the 2010 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Event scheduled November 6th. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of survivorship, an occasion to express hope, and a team fundraising walk with the goal to end a disease that threatens the lives of so many people we love. When you participate in the Making Strides event, you’re helping create a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays - where breast cancer never steals another year from anyone’s life.

Here are a few details of our 2010 event for you!

Drop The Live Meetings And Use Online Tools Instead

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by Ely Delaney (Jun 30, 2010)

Want to really speed up your productivity? Stop the meetings!

It's one thing to have meetings with potential or existing clients. They need that face time and you need to keep a better relationship with them.

But what about co-workers, partners, employees, etc?

One tool that is great for keeping communication lines open with your team is Skype. If you haven't tried it yet, you really need to take a look. Skype is a free (yes free) online phone and video communication tool.

Building Great Business Relationships in Ten Easy Steps

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by David Cooke (Jun 29, 2010)

The only type of productive business relationship is a mutually beneficial one.  If it is not mutually beneficial, then the relationship cannot and will not work over time.  People eventually drop out of relationships when they discover there is no value for them to maintain it.  Here is your big challenge: You cannot go into a business relationship expecting that you will obtain, receive, or be accorded instant gratification.  Great business relationships evolve over time and require you to c

Job Opportunity: Web Developer

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Jun 28, 2010)

Metro Studios is seeking an individual who will be instrumental in the growth and success of our Phoenix, Arizona web operations.

This opportunity is aimed at the person who takes pride in a quality product by providing intense problem solving skills and thrives when working closely with great clients.

As a full-time position in our Phoenix, Arizona office, we seek the candidate with 3+ years of experience in Web Development, with advanced knowledge of PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS and XHTML.

Who's on YOUR Team?

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by Gelie Akhenblit (Jun 28, 2010)

Summer is a great time to get caught up on the latest hot books.  Sharing what you are reading and why it has helped you and your business makes great conversation when meeting old friends and new connections.  I’ve been reading a great new book, The Recipe: A fable for leaders and teams. In it, six brothers learn how by working together as a team they accomplish more than they each can do alone.  Hey, that’s just like networking – together you go farther!

Business is Booming for the Flexible and the Disciplined

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by Bill Stack (Jun 28, 2010)

NetworkingPhoenix.com recently sponsored a very successful ActionCOACH Business is Booming Tour seminar last Tuesday and it was a great night of learning from Brad Sugars, the founder of the global franchise that I belong to. Due in no small part to NetworkingPhoenix.com, over four hundred business owners and key managers learned that night the 28 different principles for growing a business, even in the “Down Economy”.

And The Winner Is...

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by Sally Liddicoat (Jun 28, 2010)

Whether you are looking to create a bigger list of prospects or generate an increase in your company sales, contests are a great catalyst to accomplishing your goals.

Contests come in many forms and can be done both online and off. The possibilities are endless. Below are just a few ideas to get you started:

Drawings – entrance requires a form to be filled out that just includes a name and email address. You can always ask for more later, but asking for alot of personal information up front will reduce your entries.

Gelie Recieves NAWBO's 2010 Emerging Visionary Award

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by Gelie Akhenblit (Jun 27, 2010)

Excited, nervous, thankful, shocked are all words that describe how I felt on Wednesday evening, June 23rd when I received the Emerging Visionary Award at 25th anniversary of the National Association of Women Business Owners – Phoenix Metro Chapter (NAWBO) at the 2010 Desert Diamonds Awards Gala. I mean wow – seriously what an honor!

No Strings Attached

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by Sally Liddicoat (Jun 25, 2010)

Imagine...  Your name was just called, you are the lucky winner of the raffle, you rush to the front of the room to claim your prize.  It's an envelope and you wonder what's inside as you excitedly walk back to your seat.  You can't wait to open it to see what you won.  Is it a gift certificate to a restaurant, a gift card to a local store???  Guess again - it's a discount on products or services...

Gelie's top 5 networking tips

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by Gelie Akhenblit (Jun 21, 2010)

Building your business through networking can be a tricky thing. Attending events can be time consuming, following up can fall through the cracks and no one wants to get sold to when meeting others for the first time. However, when done properly, your network could be one of your best referral sources. Nothing beats a third party referral and word-of-mouth advertising. But simply attending events and handing out your business card to people is not the way to build a network.

Job Opportunity: Trade Association representing Assisted Living providers in Arizona now hiring!

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Jun 21, 2010)

This position is an integral part of a small, but growing trade association representing assisted living providers in Arizona. Primary responsibilities include coordinating all elements of 1 small and 2 medium-sized (with trade show) conference per year, 8 half-day workshops, membership recruitment and database management.

Specific responsibilities include:

Conferences: Established, implement and maintain efficient systems for overall planning of conferences including.

Need Simple Project Management For Small Projects? Check Out Drop.io!

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by Ely Delaney (Jun 21, 2010)

If you have any number of projects going on in your business as a time, changes are you are using some form of project management software to help keep everything organized. If you aren't, changes are you're on your way to becoming bald pretty quick!

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But what is you have a couple of small basic projects you need to collaborate on and a full blown project management system is like bringing a tank to kill an ant?

 

Team Building, Team Challenges

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by Bill Stack (Jun 20, 2010)

Today, quality initiatives, superior service, cost of doing business and succeeding at doing business are commonly shared ownership issues. Reliance on individual experience and competencies and even greater reliance on fragmented cross-organizational work units can actually prove prohibitive to achieving these.

 

50 of the Best Twitter Applications and Resources For Business Owners Ever!

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by Wendy Kenney (Jun 20, 2010)

I didn't like Twitter at first.  I thought it was random, and stupid, and a waste of time, and so right after I originally signed up I deleted my account.

But after a while I kept hearing the testimonials from people who loved Twitter and so I thought I would give it another shot.  I’m glad I did, because I have become a Twitter believer.

Now Twitter is an integral part of of the social media marketing strategy that we implement for our clients here at 23 Kazoos.  Here are some reasons why I like to use it now.

 

Community Announcement: Help St. Mary's Raise Money With the Click of a Mouse!

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Jun 17, 2010)

St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance has the opportunity to snag unclaimed dollars in “The Biggest Loser” Pound for Pound Challenge – but we need to move fast.

Help us by forwarding this information to anyone you know who would like to take just a few minutes and help us bring in some much-needed dollars just before the close of the fiscal year. Feeding America let it be known today that there is a strong desire to see this money given away to food banks – so why shouldn’t it go to us?

Google Caffeine Review: The Future of Search

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by Justin McGill (Jun 17, 2010)

Google first noticed that it had a speed problem back in 2001, when immediate news about the September 11th attacks could not be found on the search engine. In those days Google updated its index only once every 30 days, making it impossible for searchers to find current news. The realization of the magnitude of this problem spurred the creation first of Google News (which quickly became a household name), and now Google Caffeine, an application that updates the Google index every few seconds.

Productivity Tip: Time Block Your Similar Tasks

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by Ely Delaney (Jun 15, 2010)

Ever feel like you have 101 things to do each and every day? Did you know that you lose almost 15 minutes every time you switch tasks or get interrupted?

Here's one thing that I have found makes a huge difference to get a ton more done.

I block out time for similar tasks.

Here is an example. I write for this blog, my own personal blog and also for our company blog along with a few other things.

Prospecting: The 15 Big Questions to Ask First

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by David Cooke (Jun 15, 2010)

Prospecting is not simply going out and connecting with people with the hopes that some of these meetings will result in customer opportunities.  Prospecting is a carefully planned out strategy and process.  It is a systematic and targeted effort.  This effort is based on your clearly defined vision of your customer and your value as it relates to those customers.

I am not the help desk

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by Amanda Collins (Jun 14, 2010)

If you're a writer like I am (or produce work on a computer), I know you've all been there: you have a client who calls to ask random IT-related questions like, "How do I open this attachment?" "How do I change the font size?" "I can't get this to print on two pages." I even had one client tell me if she couldn't figure it out, I would need to go over to her house and fix the issue because, as she put it, she was paying me a lot of money for the résumé I was writing. (Apparently, that also meant she thought she was paying me to teach her how to work her computer.)

Testing and Measuring is the way to eliminate wasted marketing dollars...

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by Bill Stack (Jun 14, 2010)

I use the term testing and measuring frequently. This practice forms an essential part of our ongoing mentoring programs with clients. What are we talking about anyway? It’s quite simple…read on.

 

Extraordinary is not an accident

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by Gelie Akhenblit (Jun 13, 2010)

One of the questions people always ask me is how I got started doing what I do. To be honest, it was a combination of different things, and I most certainly had help. One of the very first people I met on my journey was Kandi Lee.

The One Business Marketing Strategy That Will Cause Customers To Buy More, Refer More and Keep Coming Back for More!

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by Wendy Kenney (Jun 13, 2010)

My husband and I love baseball and we’ve always wanted to have season tickets. So during the Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Fan Fest we decided to take the plunge and buy a weekend ticket package.

We were excited about our purchase, until the season got under way. As of this writing the Diamondbacks have had a poor run, so far losing more games than they have won, placing them at the bottom of their division.

We are having serious buyer’s remorse.

What Makes a Call to Action Effective?

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by Justin McGill (Jun 9, 2010)

One of the most common mistakes made by web designers is the failure to present a clear call to action to viewers. A call to action asks the viewer to act on what he has seen or read and shows him how to do so. Your website may have excellent design, content, and graphics and it may be SEO optimized to draw in the greatest number of viewers, but without a clear call to action, your hard work will not produce the results you’re looking for. Pay attention to these aspects when creating your call to action:

What Are You Building? (An important question with a valuable lesson)

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by David Cooke (Jun 9, 2010)

Just about everyone reading this post either owns their own business or is certainly thinking about it.  When I look back at starting my business in 2002, it happened as much by accident as anything.  One day I went into the owner's office for a meeting to talk about improving our relationship; next thing you know, I am out the door. (There is more to that story--not important here.) At that moment, I made the commitment that I would not work for anyone again.  And, I have stayed true to my commitment.

How To Get more Sales From Your Customers

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by Ely Delaney (Jun 7, 2010)

I work with a lot of business owners and entrepreneurs that struggle with getting more sales in their business. They try all the latest and greatest advertising scam that they were told would be their golden ticket to get more sales.

How to Stop Order Taking & Satisfy Customers by Selling What They Need

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by Bill Stack (Jun 6, 2010)

How  to Stop Order Taking & Satisfy Customers by Selling What They Need

By ActionCOACH Business Coach Bill Stack

– Most sales trainers agree there are a certain number of steps that need to be taken towards making a sale; typically the steps are something like this:

 

 

 

 

Online Video Marketing for Businesses

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by Justin McGill (Jun 2, 2010)

Online video marketing is one of the most effective and efficient ways to distribute your message to a wide audience without breaking your advertising budget. As the average web user’s attention span gets shorter and shorter, fewer people take the time to read long articles or pages full of text. Those same users, however, will easily spend one to two minutes watching a video that discusses the topic that interests them.

Is Effective Relationship Development a Noun or a Verb?

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by David Cooke (Jun 1, 2010)

"Networking is a verb.  Your network is a noun." ~ Lori Silverman, Say "No" to Networking

Mastering your time

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by Amanda Collins (Jun 1, 2010)

I don’t know about you, but I’m a horrible procrastinator. I have a daily to-do list, but I usually find myself surfing Facebook or Twitter, checking e-mail, or basically wasting time until I realize I’m falling behind on my to-do list and have to scramble to catch up. However, I recently discovered that a little planning and a simple cooking timer can do wonders for even the most obstinate procrastinator.

Mid Year's Resolutions, Ending 2010 Strong!

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by Ely Delaney (May 31, 2010)

So, we are officially half way through the year. Talk about a fast ride. I cant believe it's gone by so quick. It seems that they days keep getting faster and faster. Many people like to say that goal setting is like a plane ride across the country. 90% of the time the plane is off course. That's why the auto-pilot kicks in and helps correct course.

 

A Book Report

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by David Cooke (May 29, 2010)

Last year I released my first book, Cooked Up Sales.  I didn't go through too much fanfare in releasing it, as it was simply a book I wrote.  Yes, it was a book focused on my passion around effective relationship building, solution oriented selling behaviors. Whether it sold a lot of copies was not the yardstick I was measuring the success of the book by.   I simply knew it was a very concise informative book.  And, I was pleased with the feedback I received from those who read it.

Here it is one year later and I am wondering out loud

Use Assessments to Determine Job Fit

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by Bill Stack (May 29, 2010)

Business owners or managers - Have you ever hired someone that disappointed you?  I’m sure the overwhelming majority answer is a resounding “Yes.”  Now, certainly it wasn’t your intention to make a bad hiring decision.  The frank reality is that you just didn’t have enough information (or the right information) to make a good hiring decision!  And once the decision is made it’s unfortunately very costly and difficult to train your way out of it.

Handling Refunds Gracefully

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by Amanda Collins (May 28, 2010)

When I first started my business - I'm sure like many other new business owners - I guarded my money closely and was hesitant to offer a money-back guarantee on my services. Then, a few years ago, while attending a networking event, the topic came up in discussion. As the facilitator of the event pointed out, if you believe that your product or service is of the highest quality, why wouldn't you offer a guarantee?

Community Announcement: Valley Beauty Queen and Brother Give Back, Start Foundation to Help Others Kings & Queens of Hearts Prov

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by Mitra Khamedoost (May 27, 2010)

Former Miss Jr. Teen Arizona- United States, Alexandra Winski, volunteered for over 70 charity events in 2009 as part of her reigning duties and realized the need and importance of volunteers for foundations, charities and non profits. Ally Winski, an Ambassador for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in 2009 became certain she wanted to do more. Miss Winski formed and created Kings & Queens of Heart, along with her twin brother, Brandon, as a Volunteer Charity for her friends, family and Arizona residents to be able to sign up for various charitable events and donate their time.

iSearchDecor Is the First of Its Kind Online "Matching" Service for Home Furnishings

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by Mitra Khamedoost (May 27, 2010)

iSearchDecor announces the launch of an innovative, free online matching service that unites consumers with locally-owned home décor stores and service professionals. With the launch of iSearchDecor, there is no need for consumers to go out aimlessly driving around town. Instead, consumers are one click away from finding the perfect match to a local "hidden gem" store that has exactly what they are searching for. "It is much easier to search online before venturing out of the house," says CEO and Founder, Alicia Guerrieri.

Location Based Services: The Future of Online Marketing

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by Justin McGill (May 25, 2010)

Location based searches have changed the playing field for social media marketing and mobile marketing. The ability to tailor ads and search results to a user’s current location vastly increases response rates, meaning that companies receive greater ROI and that they can better understand their customer base, providing services that cater to the target audience’s needs and wants.

Quickly And Easily Back Up And Share Files

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by Ely Delaney (May 24, 2010)
Ever have the situation where you need to get large files over to a co-worker or client and email just can't handle it?

Well I've tried a ton of services to get over that situation and found one that I have to say just rocks. It's called Drop Box and the best part is you can get an account for free.

Increase Sales with a Sales System

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by Bill Stack (May 23, 2010)

By Bill Stack, MBA

I get plenty of requests from business owners asking for "a way to get more leads".  But after a good honest look at a business during coaching, it becomes clear that there is a healthy amount of leads, but those leads are landing in an unhealthy sales system that produces a low conversion rate (sales made compared to leads contacted in a given time frame).

Your Marketing Budget; How Much Should You Spend

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by Wendy Kenney (May 23, 2010)

I get asked this question a lot;  "How much should I spend on marketing?"  To which I always answer, "It depends."

I wish I had some rule of thumb reply... "Well experts say that you should spend 10% of your gross revenue on marketing."

But that's just a myth.

I've known successful businesses who have spent 10% 25% and more on their marketing (especially to start up)..

I've known successful businesses who have spent next to nothing..

It really just depends..

Customers, Clients, or Guests: Which Do You Serve?

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by Amanda Collins (May 22, 2010)

As a successful business owner, you should have a clear understanding of the differences between the terms customers, clients, and guests. In fact, your view of these words should define your business model.

Job Opportunity: Client Services Consultant

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by Mitra Khamedoost (May 20, 2010)

In Regional offices throughout the U.S, our CSC’s play a key role in our sales organization. CSC’s help our Internet Marketing Consultants (sales reps) to better understand our proprietary software and how it interfaces with Google, Yahoo, MSN, and other advertising technologies.

To Improve Your Business, Listen To Your Customers

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by Bill Stack (May 19, 2010)

To Improve Your Business, Listen To Your Customers

As a business owner, it’s easy to get swept up in the day to day activities of running a business. The demands on your time seem endless and it feels as if everyone and everything needs your attention now!

Community Announcement: First Annual AZ Kids Expo presented by 98.7 The Peak and KKT Event Management

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by Mitra Khamedoost (May 19, 2010)

KKT Event Management, LLC is proud to announce the first annual AZ Kids Expo to be held this September 18-19, 2010 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

Happiness: Is it live or is it Memorex?

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by Amanda Collins (May 19, 2010)

This weekend, a friend and I were talking about the elusiveness of happiness. He has been searching for it, and his belief is that most people who say they’re happy really aren’t. Of course, my next question was, “Do you think I’m really happy?” He said that, yes, he sees me as one of the truly happy people.

Believe It or Not, You Are in Control!

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by David Cooke (May 18, 2010)“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” ~Brian Tracy

In a previous blog, I referenced the quote, "there are only two things you can control in your life, your attitude and your effort." Taking control over the things tha

Community Announcement: the penny pinchers unveils new web site dedicated to saving Arizona residents money!

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by Mitra Khamedoost (May 18, 2010)

As American’s continue to search for ways to combat an uncertain economy, the Gilbert based penny pinchers have launched their own war on savings, offering Arizona residents their own stately website for saving money.

“The depressed economic conditions over the past few months have had a dramatic effect on spending in Arizona,” said Braden Andreas, founder and CEO of the penny pinchers. “We thought we’d pitch-in and develop the most current and convenient source for savings on the internet.”

Productivity Tips: What's Your Top 3

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by Ely Delaney (May 17, 2010)

There are days when we're running a thousand different directions and have a ton of different projects pulling at us at any given moment.

Networking, follow up calls, emails, new projects, etc.

Sound familiar?

Here's a tip that I found that makes a world of difference in not feeling overwhelmed and actually getting things done.

Community Announcement: FREE Seminar for Parents with Daughters in Sports

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by Mitra Khamedoost (May 17, 2010)

Efficient Movement invites you to this FREE Educational Seminar! No Sales Pitches!

Girls get injured 8x more than boys. Come learn 7 Simple Tips that you can do in your own home this summer to prevent a knee injury from occurring in the future!

Seating is limited! To reserve your spot contact Marilyn at (602) 358-8862 or Marilyn@EfficientMovement.com

Thursday, May 20th 7pm-8pm
Highlands Church - Rockhouse Room
9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Overcoming your fear of success

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by Amanda Collins (May 16, 2010)

About a year after I started my company, when I hadn't put a lot of energy into it and was frustrated with myself and its lack of forward motion, something strange and random happened to me that really got me thinking. At a dinner party, a friend did a handwriting analysis on me and said that I feared success. At first I thought that was just silly; who fears success? After I sat with it a while, though, I started to realize that my friend might be on to something.

OSHA... Are You Compliant?

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by Kerri Lawrey-Jones (May 14, 2010)

OSHA, a federal program, stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  The purpose of this program is to reduce the risk of on the job injury or death.  Unfortunately, many small business owners are unaware of their responsibility to be OSHA compliant and this comes at a great cost to employers and employees alike.

Beyond eBay: 50 Niche Sites to Sell Your Stuff Online

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by Justin McGill (May 14, 2010)

This post is re-posted with permission from one of my readers, Suzanne Smith, but felt it was relevant and something most people here at NetworkingPhoenix.com could find useful.

Spring cleaning haunts pack-rats, neat freaks, moms and kids alike. After cleaning out all of your unwanted junk, what do you do with it? Make a couple of bucks by reselling your unwanted goods on online auction sites or marketplaces.

In one word, what is your purpose?

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by David Cooke (May 10, 2010)

This was a question I responded to on LinkedIn.  I found the question, and the answers, interesting.  Of course, I enjoyed the people who could not, or would not, answer the question in one word.  In one word, what is your purpose?

Speed Up Your Follow Ups

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by Ely Delaney (May 10, 2010)

One of the biggest things I see as an issue with most networking is the follow up after the event.

Most of the time, it just doesn't happen.

Why not?

Because we all get busy and don't stop to take the time to do it.

Well, here's one thing that will save you a ton of time when following up with the contacts you make at any networking event.

Signature Event Recap - May 4th, 2010

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by Gelie Akhenblit (May 9, 2010)

A BIG thank you to everyone that made it out to our 2nd Signature Event of the year! As expected, we had approximately 1,000 Phoenix networkers in attendance who were there to shake hands and build business relationships! The buzz and energy in the room were contagious and many valuable connections were made!

New Contest for Leading Moms in Business

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by Wendy Kenney (May 8, 2010)

Recently I wrote about creative contest ideas that you could run.  Here's another idea; enter contests and win.  Winning a contest can be a huge publicity opportunity for your business, resulting in tons of visibility and credibility.  (And credibility is the key to profits!)

Here's a new contest for Leading Moms in Business, sponsored by StartupNation.

 

http://www.startupnation.com/leading-moms-2010

How To Strategically Plan

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by Kerri Lawrey-Jones (May 7, 2010)

When writing your strategic plan, it is imperative that your financials are analysis ready.  Bookkeepers and accountants often code items under an umbrella such as “commission income” and “dues and subscriptions”, which is fine for tax purposes, but not for budget and planning purposes. 

Incorporating Social Media into Email Marketing

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by Justin McGill (May 4, 2010)

Email marketing has long been a staple of the online marketing landscape, and now with the advent of social media marketing, businesses can take advantage of those email subscriber lists to build a fan base for Facebook and Twitter pages that might otherwise take some time to create. Integrating both realms into a single marketing strategy can consolidate your marketing efforts and provide results that might be unattainable using only one or the other. Here are some tips to get you started.

Using Video To Automate Repeat Questions

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by Ely Delaney (May 3, 2010)

Do you ever get the same question asked over and over by an employee, co-worker or client? I know I do. There are times where I'll get the same question form the same person 4 or 5 times. And they aren't the only one asking.

Even writing it out for them can take time and most people are visual so writing out the steps doesn't help them remember it any better.

So what's the best solution to help save you that time of repeating yourself again... and again... and again? Make a video!

Being Positively Engaged on Your Journey

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by David Cooke (May 3, 2010)

"Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results." ~ Wille Nelson

When Crisis Happens

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by Kerri Lawrey-Jones (Apr 29, 2010)

My family was faced with some difficult realities a couple of weeks ago that took me from my responsibilities. I was constantly worried about how I would maintain the needs of my business while being there for my family to handle the issues that had suddenly become a priority.  I realized something had to give, and it was not going to be my family, so it became obvious that my business would have to wait.

Automation Tools: Saving Just A Few Minutes Here And There Will Get You Hours

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by Ely Delaney (Apr 26, 2010)

As business owners, entrepreneurs and professionals we always find ourselves wishing we had more time to get things done. The biggest excuse I find from just about everyone is “I just don't have enough time.”

Think about this, if you just saved just a few minutes each and every day by automating your basic tasks, you'll gain several hours of time over the year to work on your primary goals and get more done.

Financial freedom does not mean a fat wallet

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by Amanda Collins (Apr 23, 2010)

Wednesday I attended the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) annual conference, which was chock-full of impressive and inspiring presentations. One in particular was about building a positive relationship with money and overcoming a feeling of lack and scarcity. Although the focus was a bit more spiritual than I would have preferred, the principles were sound.

Job Opening: Social Media Consultant

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Apr 22, 2010)

Responsibilities:
Regularly contributes to the development of new communication concepts, technologies, and standards, working directly with executives, leaders and other internal clients to develop and implement strategic communications plans. Responsibilities include writing and editing strategic communications. Work is performed with minimal direction and within the context of a strong team philosophy. Areas of specialty may include the following:

What Really Defines You!

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by David Cooke (Apr 22, 2010)

"Your value and your unique ability to be awesome lies within you and is not defined by your job, your title, or your business." ~ Sales Cooke

Community Announcement: Writing Guru Ken Rotcop to Lead New Conference in Scottsdale May 15th & 16th!

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Apr 19, 2010)

The Arizona screenwriting community is gaining more influence and getting one step closer to Hollywood with the introduction of the Scottsdale Screenwriting Conference, the Valley’s premiere resource for educating, inspiring and connecting all local screenwriters with “the Biz”. The conference will take place on May 15 and 16 at the Scottsdale Hilton. This conference is for aspiring writers as well as established screenwriters interested in either film or television.

What if the US Regulated Internet Marketing?

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by Justin McGill (Apr 19, 2010)

Internet marketing has become an essential component of the overall marketing strategy for many businesses. Possible marketing venues have mushroomed as social network sites and search engines provide new opportunities to reach broad audiences. Online advertisers in the U.K., however, will soon find themselves under the same regulations that TV, print, and paid online advertising already operate under. As the U.S. considers following suit and even going a step further by restricting the ability to collect data, companies must ask how the new policies might affect them in the long term.

Job Opening: Staff Accountant

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by Mitra Khamedoost (Apr 19, 2010)

We have 2 Staff Accountant positions available with a very profitable Phoenix company with an international reach. Salary available from 30 - 50k DOE. We are seeking candidates with a Bachelors' in Accounting plus 1-4 years of corporate experience. These positions will involve working with revenue accounting, general ledger, and inventory. The ideal candidate will have a stable work history, excellent references, and the ability to start a position right away.

How to Use Controversy to Market Your Business

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by Wendy Kenney (Apr 18, 2010)

Note:  I went to Chef Du Moo at Superstition Farm last night and got to meet Chef Payton Curry from Cafe Boa in Tempe.  I knew his name sounded familiar, and then I remembered that his name was recently all over in the media because he had decided to put rabbit on the menu for Easter dinner at the restaurant.

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