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9 Easy Ways to Boost Revenue Using Yelp

Richard Lorenzen | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business
Richard Lorenzen

Every small business has heard of the power of Yelp. It continues to be one of the major online customer review sites. What does its influence really translate into in terms of dollars and cents? If Yelp is so important, what can you do to get your money's worth out of it?

"Revenue Insecurity" and the Freemium Death Spiral

Brian de Haaff | Posted 09.16.2015 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

A funny thing happens on the way to building a successful business. At a certain point you actually need customers who can pay you for the product or service that you offer.

Navigating Risk and Design in Startups

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Soren Petersen

Startups still remain one of the best vehicles for future progress, however it is important not to be blind to the market, technology and execution risk and to establish the most important connections between capabilities and user needs (job yet to be done.)

These Internal Documents Prove Uber Is A Money Loser

Gawker | Jenny Che | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business

Uber, Silicon Valley’s prized amoral unicorn, is presumed to be a financial titan and a sure-thing IPO in the near future. Which may be true. Bu...

Past, Present... Future

Amanda Spencer | Posted 07.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amanda Spencer

I recently stumbled upon a past incarnation of myself. How? Since last year, I've been a volunteer and advocate for a neuro charity. It's given me, si...

From a Shelter Worker: Reflections on Doing Good and Earning Profit

Liz Powers | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Liz Powers

I have worked with non-profits for 8 years and with homeless individuals for the past 9. During that time, I did a lot of reflecting. I thought about how frustrating it was to feel stifled - how I wanted to make an enormous impact. And move fast.

As Communication Improves, Culture Improves, as Does the Bottom Line -- 4 Tools That Make a Difference

Amy Rees Anderson | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Amy Rees Anderson

In order to be a successful company you must create an environment that encourages the contribution and open sharing of information.

By 2 Key Metrics, Big Private Firms Outpace Public Companies

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 05.29.2015 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Large privately held companies are more profitable and are growing revenues faster than publicly traded companies in the United States, according to Sageworks, a financial information company.

Warning Spa Managers: Mother's Day Ahead

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 05.08.2015 | Money
Linda Harding-Bond

Clearly many people turn to the spa industry in hopes of providing their loved ones with a memorable experience. But in the past several years many high-end spas have been plagued with reports of service that is less than stellar.

Why Aren't Spas on TripAdvisor?

Linda Harding-Bond | Posted 05.31.2015 | Travel
Linda Harding-Bond

If TripAdvisor had a spa category, it would allow the public to zoom in on which spas provide the type of service they need. Specialists could be identified for resolving targeted beauty issues for fast growing market segments including ethnic women and men.

"Be Different" for Increased Performance, Productivity, and Profitability

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

I'm asked regularly by companies to help them find ways to increase their individual and organizational performance, productivity, and profitability. In these situations, two old adages come to mind.

Sales Goals Will Help Boost Your Small Business to the Next Level

Melinda Emerson | Posted 01.03.2015 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

You can't expect to see your sales improve if you're not prioritizing your time in the right areas of your business. The core of your organization's g...

3 Ways You're Losing Money From Your Mobile E-Commerce

Allen Burt | Posted 12.29.2014 | Small Business
Allen Burt

It's undeniable that mobile is where people are. They're posting, commenting, sharing, and buying. If you don't think this affects you, please take a look into your website's analytics and get an idea of how many visits you're receiving from mobile.

Are You Losing a Full Day of Revenue With Your Mobile Site?

Allen Burt | Posted 12.20.2014 | Small Business
Allen Burt

Not optimizing your site for mobile is the equivalent of having your physical store closed one day a week.

How to Avoid the Ups and Downs of Unsteady Sales

Stacy Rust | Posted 12.15.2014 | Small Business
Stacy Rust

One of the most frustrating problems of running a business is uneven customer flow. One month, traffic is booming, sales are great, and income soars. The next month, your staff is bored to tears and your office has tumbleweeds rolling around​.

Top 4 Questions to Improve Reliability of Your Sales Pipeline

Ian Altman | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Ian Altman

Here are four questions managers should ask salespeople, and answers salespeople should know for each of their customers. Do this, and you'll have a clear sense of which pursuits are real, and which ones are a waste of time.

The Mobile Boom Is Here: Deliver the Best Experience, No Matter the Device

Jim Yu | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Jim Yu

With mobile set to become the dominant conduit for online traffic in the next few years, it's time for all marketers to get seriously strategic when it comes to configuring mobile sites.

8 Ways to Build an Epic Business Idea

Bobby Umar | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Bobby Umar

Before you quit your day job, invest tons of cash and try desperately to get on Shark Tank, only to be embarrassed by them, you may want to engage in a few gut-checks.

Here Are The Biggest Companies By Revenue In Each State

The Huffington Post | Kevin Short | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business

What's the biggest corporation that calls your state home? A new map created by the telecommunications company Broadview Networks allows us to visu...

What to Do When Cash Flow Problems Threaten to Stall Growth

Gary Groff | Posted 06.25.2014 | Business
Gary Groff

A key retailer in your space wants more of your product, and others are competing for it. But you're also sinking capital into making your product up to eight months before you'll get paid for it. How do you get the funds right now?

How an Alliance Can Fight Climate Change, Make Housing Affordable, Create Good Jobs and Fund Social Needs for All New Yorkers

Nathan Newman | Posted 04.26.2014 | New York
Nathan Newman

New York City needs even more ambitious and far-ranging changes in direction to reverse the yawning gap between the elite and struggling working families in the rest of the City.

Top 10 Revenue-Driving Tips Salespeople Can Learn from the Winter Games

Penny Herscher | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Penny Herscher

What traits do athletes have that can translate to sales? Quite a few, actually. They know that they have to put in the work at practice to see results in the games. Salespeople have to show the same attention to detail in their accounts.

Why Should Illinois Thank Johnny Depp and Christian Bale?

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 03.26.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Christian Bale is a nominee for an Oscar for his role in American Hustle, but Illinois may want to appreciate him more for his roles in Public Enemies and The Dark Knight.

Be Specific to Increase Your Revenue

Ian Altman | Posted 02.26.2014 | Business
Ian Altman

You do not need to limit your scope to one area. However, you will find that if you identify three areas of specific challenges you solve, you can attract a large segment of the market with your "unique" offering.

It's Time for a Fair Tax in Illinois

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Illinois is a state that prides itself on hard work and fairness; we just need a tax system that reflects those values.