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Shane Paul Neil
Shane Paul Neil is a freelance writer, sometime podcaster, and director of partnerships for TWiB Media.

Entries by Shane Paul Neil

Tis the Season for Multi-Channel Commerce

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2015 | 4:22 PM

Online Sales Will Dominate

Statistic Brain's compilation of data from the U.S. Commerce Department, Internet Retail, ComScore, Inc. and Forrester Research revealed that 87 percent of online users have made purchases online, which could explain projected figures that have U.S. online purchases moving from nearly $350 billion in...

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Could This Be Hip-Hop's New Marketplace?

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2015 | 7:53 PM

Full Disclosure: I have no financial interests with Wix

Anything that tries to shake the music industry by either lowering barriers to entry, or delivering a more equitable share of profit to the artist is appreciated in this tumultuous space. As we've learned, accomplishing either is trickier...

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Apple's 3D Touch Is Advanced but Won't Hold Your Hand

(2) Comments | Posted October 15, 2015 | 5:09 PM

Co-authored by Mylea Charvat, Ph.D.

Connection. Closeness. Intimacy. Things we need, things we crave. That moment of calm when your partner wraps their arms around you in a hug. The security you feel when you reach out and grasp their hand.

As humans, we need touch....

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10 Tips for Raising Your First Million

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 10:20 AM

So you have a great idea, some early customers on your new app, and what you think is "product-market fit." Good for you! Now, your goal should be scale your company as fast as possible, acquire as many customers, own your category, exit, and buy a beach home.


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6 Tricks to Design the Perfect Logo

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 12:34 PM

Your logo is one of the most important pieces of your brand. It can bring to mind not only your company name, but also your entire brand personality with just one small picture. Your logo fits where words cannot, so creating one that is recognizable is key for...

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Happy 25th Birthday to the Chief Learning Officer (CLO)

(1) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 5:10 PM


Organizational titles have changed over the years and new ones have emerged like that of Chief Learning Officer (CLO) in response to the challenges and opportunities within the global business environment. With the understanding that learning and professional development is no...

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How a City's Business Culture Helps Mold Its Startup Scene

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2015 | 3:25 AM

By all accounts, 2015 is a strong year for startup companies; I know this first hand, having worked with more than a few. When consumer confidence rises, companies seeking funding to meet those consumer needs rise as well. B2B and B2C web technology startups are claiming 13.7 percent...

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Sales Acceleration: 2015's Dreamforce Buzzword?

(2) Comments | Posted August 21, 2015 | 11:25 AM

Just as Moneyball changed baseball through science, new advances in predictive analytics are changing how companies approach sales. So much, in fact, this year's Dreamforce features some great sales acceleration case study sessions from big name companies.

HR processing disruptor and $4.5 billion valuated Zenefits...

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5 Startups Disrupting the Wedding Industry

(2) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 11:09 AM

According to a recent study, the American wedding industry is worth well over $55 billion. That is nearly one-fifth of the global wedding market that is valued at around $300 billion. Considering that an average wedding in the United States costs a whopping $30,000, this is...

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Idle Invocation: God Has a Biker Church and You're Invited

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2015 | 11:56 PM

I'm not what you'd consider a "motorcycle guy," but I've been known to ride a Vespa or two. But none of that really matters in the eyes of God.

Particularly in the town of Yucaipa, California. This quaint, dry but tree-laden, bucolic town is home to one of the...

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Selecting Between Native Advertising and Content Marketing in 3 Steps

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2015 | 10:41 PM

Co-authored by Lindsey Groepper, President, BLASTmedia

A fight is brewing in the world of marketing when it comes to brand budget dollars; how do you choose between native advertising and content marketing?


It's not an easy question to answer, brands must wade...

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More Than Half of Americans Have Social Media Regrets

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 6:01 PM

Oops, I Did It Again

Just last month the fashion world learned of yet another social media casualty as J.Crew's Alejandro Rhett, the vice president of men's merchandising, posed for Instagram photos after staff layoffs. Hashtagged #hungergames and #maytheoddsbeeverinyourfavor, the insensitive photos were quickly deleted, but

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4 Social Media Tools That Can Help Your Sales Team Close Deals

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 11:50 AM

Businesses of all sizes, across all industries, now use social media to reach out to customers. The flexibility and affordability of social media marketing makes it a natural choice, especially since customers are more likely to see a message on social media than on traditional advertising sources like...

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Stan & Deliver: Why Hip-Hop Fans Hate Talking Nas

(9) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 5:22 PM

I have been a Knicks fan since I was 11 or 12 years old.  Even with the misery of sitting through a season of inept play and intentional tanking, there remains a place in my heart for a team that played with grit and determination and, if it not for...

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Talking Net Neutrality & The Internet Of Things With Jason Hope

(1) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 1:19 PM

Tom Wheeler, the F.C.C. chairman, is expected to propose new FCC regulations that would make the internet a regulated utility, a move that would ultimately ensure net neutrality. The initiative, which has been supported by President Obama would eliminate the likelihood of providers blocking content and "pay to play" internet...

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Big Data and Bigger Breaches With Alex Pentland of Monument Capital Group

(1) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 5:21 PM

We now live in a world where data is its own form of currency. From email addresses to social security numbers and medical histories we are, in the grand scheme, a collection of data points. In order to function in the modern world we as individuals are now largely required...

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Thinking of Investing Through Crowdfunding?

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Caveat emptor...

Crowdfunding is not all it appears to be...

With the passage of the JOBS Act in 2012, Congress and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") sought to bring the "wisdom of the crowd" to the sale of equity securities by companies. Today, dozens of platforms have...

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Rented Teslas, and Other Methods for a Greener Commute

(0) Comments | Posted October 13, 2014 | 8:02 PM

I live in New York City and have come to endure my daily commute. Now, with clients in Silicon Valley, I'm frequently flying, and it's got me thinking: What kind of global footprint am I leaving? So I did some digging.

According to the EPA, almost every...

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5 Ways Hiring a Freelance Developer Can Help Your Company

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 8:38 PM

Any employer in the technology field knows the importance of finding top-tier engineering and development talent. The shortage of high-quality engineers and developers means the cost of hiring full-time talent is skyrocketing. Rather than being bound to geographic restrictions (local talent) and paying full-time costs when you may not have...

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4 Ways Student Loan Holders Can Master Their Debt

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 6:43 PM

Nearly 40 percent of younger Americans are carrying some amount of student debt and the Pew Research Center's research shows that an inability to manage and pay off that debt can impact future earning potential. The center's 2014 Young Adults, Student Debt and Economic Well-being Study released earlier this...

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