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Truer words have never been spoken when it comes to #ContentMarketing. Thanks to #BusinessOnTapp for sharing this video, "Tell Your Story, Don't Sell": https://goo.gl/HxzLFr

Business On Tapp is a new, fast-growing community of small businesses and startups, offering insights, advice and connections right to your phone.

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Christian Litimco

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Hi, my name is christian litimco from phillippines can l join in your community this is my first time that l will join can you accept me?
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Thanks for joining, +Christian Litimco, we're glad to have you. I hope you'll enjoy our community and learn a lot to help your business succeed. You have your own t-shirt printing shop?
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Madison Jones

Getting Found Online  - 
 
7 Steps to Define Your Personal Brand: http://bit.ly/1Asei25

"Just for a moment, think of yourself as a product. What are your features, benefits and attributes? What is your brand strategy?"  A strong personal brand will gain attention from the right individuals to boost your business and build solid connections. +William Tincup offers sound advice on how to make it happen!
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Entrepreneurs In Training

Running Your Business  - 
 
Do a PreMortem on Your Business

Instead of waiting for your business or project to fail and ask why, look into the future and assume it failed. Ask why now.

That's the premise behind +Gary Klein 's PreMortem technique. We describe it on the show and perform one as an example.

I'd love to hear if you've done one of these, and the results. If you haven't, good luck with your own!

http://www.entrepreneursintraining.net/premortem-technique/
Gary Klein developed the PreMortem technique to improve the odds your business or project won't fail- by projecting ahead and assuming it already has.
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Michael Heiligenstein

Running Your Business  - 
 
Is the cloud safe for small businesses? What are the top cybersecurity threats small businesses face, and what are the best ways businesses can protect themselves from these threats? Andrey Pozhogin from Kaspersky Lab answers these and other questions.

What cybersecurity threats has your business faced? And how do you protect from attacks?
I asked Andrey Pozhogin of Kaspersky Lab wether the cloud is safe for small business. Here's what every small business owner should know.
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We had one of our sites hacked and held hostage by a hacker once and used Sucuri.com to get it back for us. Luckily they were able to without issue but it was very scary!
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ZC Sandwiches

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Hi All of you out there
I am starting up a Sandwich Company that would sell prepackaged Sandwiches to food retailers. Has anyone got any ideas or insights that would help me out?
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Welcome to the community, +ZC Sandwiches. Where is your business located? You'll have to check out any local requirements for starting a food business. I found a brief but interesting article that discusses some basics of getting started: http://www.oprah.com/food/How-to-Start-a-Food-Business
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SurveyCrest

Working Smarter  - 
 
What Makes You Out-Standing In The Market?

Understanding and maintaining competitive advantage is the main thing that any business would want to have. This is what makes them unique from the rest of the businesses in the market.

Every business has its own unique selling proposition. What is yours? What differentiates your business and the products and services you offer from the others in the market? Share you views…

#BizWhiz #BizTalk #SmallBiz #Smallbusinesstips  
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Suzanne York

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Hi my name is Suzanne, I run a charity called Highbury Estate Youth Scheme for disadvantaged children, ages  5 - 18 years, please visit the website to find out more.
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Andrew Akinyede

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Hi, I'm a freelance graphic designer and marketing consultant and wanted to find out what your opinions are about reading books in your field vs online blog posts. 

I've found that books are amazing for getting outside of your own head and gaining new perspectives on things that will benefit you not only in business, but in your personal life too. 

What books have helped you most in your entrepreneurial journey?
What books have inspired you and made your a better person?
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+Entrepreneurs In Training I agree and I will definitely check out your podcast! I'm a fan of the medium and since I'm launching my own podcast next month I'm sure  I can learn a lot from you too. 
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Welcome to the Google Small Business Community—a place where businesses can get the help they need to succeed on the web by connecting with experts and each other. We provide ongoing trainings, compelling discussions and insider tips. In addition, our certified community advisors offer their expertise to answer your toughest questions about business and the web.
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Mary Jurek Design Online

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Anyone know where I can find some good transactional email templates online? I hate sending out boring old emails that reflect poorly on my website!
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Devan Perine

Running Your Business  - 
 
What has made the most significant impact on you as a leader?

Is there a book or author that you look up to? (if so, who?) Or maybe a blog? Or someone in your life? Love to hear your responses!
One of the best characteristics of a great leader is they lead in a way that is best for their team and company to move them forward. Here's how to be a leader that your team needs.
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Kiran Chettri

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Hi,

My name is Kiran Chettri. I am from a small country called Bhutan which is located in the Himalayas. I have recently started a tourism company and to tell you the truth business hasn't been good. Any sorts of advice, suggestions and ideas are appreciated. Looking forward to making new connections and learning new ideas along the way from everyone in the community.

Thanks,
Kiran C
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I am also new here and i am sure we both will learn a great deal from everyone in the community.
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Scott Ross

Running Your Business  - 
 
The official start of hurricane season is just a few days away.

Hurricanes are the most costly type of natural disaster, but on the positive side, forecasters are predicting a milder than usual season this year.

Are hurricanes something your business has to worry about? If so are you taking steps to prepare?
A major hurricane hasn't made landfall in the United States in nine years, and early forecasts of the 2015 season show that there won't be many hurricanes rushing towards the finish lines of the Atlantic or Gulf coasts to break the streak.
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Felix Ezue

Getting Found Online  - 
 
Hello everyone, I am new on this community. I always search for a way to maximize income on the internet. Well I am a programmer, and I speak PHP, java and android. I am very experienced in OOP and I can use UML tools. I need advise on how to get my target audience
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Welcome to the community, +Felix Ezue. You mention that you're looking to reach a target audience. Are you planning to create your own business?
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Hi we are a children's charity that run soley on donations and fundraising. We welcome donations of children's clothes, shoes, toys, books, cd's and dvds, check out our website for more details
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Welcome, +Highbury Estate Youth Scheme, we're very happy that you've joined our community. What do you do with the donations you receive?
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GMD Technologies

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Hi All,

Garry here, Owner of GMD Technologies. I am a specialist in Remote Access PC Assistance and configuration.

As a very new company I am looking to move forward and any help or advice would be of a huge help.

Thanks
Garry Dryden
GMD Tech
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Welcome to the community, +GMD Technologies. As a tech business, you should definitely make sure to have a good online presence. Be sure to fill out your Google My Business profile by visiting http://www.google.com/business. Do you have a website?
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IMS Cloud

Running Your Business  - 
 
The Small Business advantages to playing golf...
IMS Cloud originally shared:
 
Small Business Lesson: Playing Golf©

Have I told you before that my partner is teaching me to play golf?  I don’t have any lofty expectations of joining the LPGA tour but perhaps it would provide exercise and even a business opportunity.

Forbes even has advice for business conducted on the golf course.  Entitled: “19 Tips for Closing a Deal on the Golf Course”.  By my way of thinking, the best include:
1. Show up at the course alone and pair up with three strangers.  This makes sense.  If you are on the look out to make business contacts, you will have eighteen holes (nineteen holes when you include drinks in the clubhouse) and hours to learn about your golfing partners and them to learn about you. 
2. If you excel at your game or not, don’t be uber-competitive.  Just be yourself and play well. And if you are good at playing golf, then do so. Nothing starts conversations faster than having your foursome admire a great shot when you make it. 
3. Remember that compliments count. Do the same for them by complimenting them when they make a great shot. I have seen many a great business friendship develop between golfers by their exchanging suggestions on how to better one’s game. 
4. Do you bet?  This is almost de rigueur in golf.   If so, keep the bets low and friendly.
5. Always remember to bring business cards when you play, even when you are least expecting to use them. You’d be surprised by how often golfers ask for contact information for future rounds. 

I am still practicing on the driving range.  My partner very wisely said he doesn’t want the added stress to myself or others by trying to go onto a golf course to learn how to play. It’s embarrassing when you’re causing the foursome behind you (and the foursome behind them, etc.) to wait for you to hit your twentieth shot on the first hole before allowing the following groups to play through.  

In preparation for our first day on the driving range I bought four clubs, chosen carefully (to get me started). We went to the driving range, purchased a bucket of balls and, carefully following my partner’s instruction, I artfully drove “worm-burners” that, after many drives, eventually went about one hundred yards.  After about 30 minutes of this I told my partner that I had enough and it was his turn.  He took a club out of his bag and hit the ball.  It went 250 yards, another 250 yards, 300 yards, 350 yards… He went through every driver in his bag and the results were always the same. (Some shots actually hit the far wall of the driving range which was perhaps 400 yards away from the tee.) 

Certain that I had been sold “baby clubs” by the mean folks at the golf store, I asked my partner if he would like to try my clubs and (while I was mentally thinking about the “what for” I would tell the sales manager at the store when I returned these clubs) my partner started hitting balls with them.  Two hundred-fifty yards, three hundred yards, three hundred yards, three hundred-fifty and not a “worm burner” in the bunch.

Our next visit to the driving range was to the indoor range at the golf store.  This is where the balls you hit strike a mat on the opposing wall that show the trajectory and distance of your hit along with data to the side.  I was a little better at it this time around.  I still hit quite a few “worm burners” but I improved my distance a bit and I found I hit very few slices while managing to stay pretty much in the center of the fairway.  My partner however, hit his customary 250 and 300 yard drives and actually broke a golf ball in half on one drive.  In amazement, I pointed this out and he shrugged and said “This happens with used balls on a driving range.”  Well I’ve asked around, no one I asked had ever heard of it happening. 

But the main takeaway from my golf lessons has been that it is better to practice your golf shots in private before taking them out onto the fairways. And I believe that this also serves as a cautionary tale in business as well. You’ve got to feel comfortable with yourself before you take your show public. And if you haven’t already discovered this, you’ll find that this suggestion also goes a long way in business as well. The more practiced you are, the more comfortable you are with the world around you. The more comfortable you are, the more others can appreciate what you do. 

Business relationships on the golf course can become a source of shared happiness for all parties. And that’s a good thing. You should also be cautious about being overly eager to discuss business and avoid sales pitches at all cost.  Those can come later. Remember, people play golf to enjoy themselves and not to be part of a moving sales convention.

Remember too that people invest in people and the care you give the course (e.g. replacing divots, raking sand traps) will go a long way towards proving yourself a considerate individual and thoughtful golfer.  How you play the game translates into how you conduct your business. If you anger or get frustrated easily on the course, you will probably do so in business. If you are pleasant on the course and courteous to everyone you meet, then it will become much easier for others to see that this is how you conduct yourself in your work. This, in turn, may result in future business deals for you with golfing partners who can quickly become your friends and business associates.

For more information on small businesses, click here to subscribe to our series or contact us directly at info@imscloud.com.

IMS Cloud- 2015©
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Expoall.com

Running Your Business  - 
 
What Do You Think?  Exhibitions help business to grow?

Yes!  They do…always.

How??

Be it any time period, the barter system in medieval, pre digital time or the digital time, exhibitions always facilitates commerce.

 Exhibitions provide businesses with unique advantages to — Meet, Greet, Show and Sell.



Virtual expo, and virtual trade shows are the perfect platform for meeting key people in your industry — market your business face to face. Exchange ideas to as many people as possible, learn about others business and exchange business card. This kind of virtual event can also be used as research tool. Ask visitors’ opinions on your brand, products and efforts.

Get surprised…how much you could learn from a single virtual exhibition!

Here's how exhibitions benefit most…


- Exhibition builds relationships.
- Exhibition maximises brand exposure and awareness.
- Exhibition allows to exhibit resource and potential.
- Exhibition generates leads and ultimately sales.

Did you say that you are a small business for trade shows? Virtual exhibition is your place to be! 

Grow your thought….Grow your business. Visit expoall.com and help yourself.
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Hamish O'Brien

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Hello guys and lovely ladies, I am currently wanting to start up an affiliates marketing scheme in order to make another source of income every month for myself. I am thinking setting up a blog or a vlog, does anyone have any knowledge on this type of area? If so your advice would be very appreciated.
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Welcome, +Hamish O'Brien. Blogging is one of the best ways to succeed in affiliate marketing. What sort of products are you thinking of selling?
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