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2/24/2017

Building brand equity in e-commerce requires advertising not just onsite, but also through social media, third-party apps and in brick-and-mortar locations. Being active on the platforms that matter the most to brand audiences will drive the most engagement.

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2/24/2017

Snap's founders were reportedly dissatisfied with the terms they got from Lightspeed Venture Partners after accepting a $485,000 initial investment. Their frustration with the deal, which granted Lightspeed the right of first refusal in the next funding round, may explain why Snap's founders later created preferred shares that carry outsize voting rights.

2/24/2017

Schedule your emails to go out a day or two after you've composed them to slow the pace of your inbox and free yourself up for larger projects, writes author Kabir Sehgal. You can also try cutting down on your media consumption and changing your phone's display to black and white to make it less addicting.

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your media
2/24/2017

Prescheduling cold sales calls helps sales representatives become more disciplined and ultimately more successful writes Pat Morrissey. By setting a time and sticking to it, salespeople are more organized and in a better mindset for making the sale.

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DestinationCRM.com
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Pat Morrissey
2/24/2017

Structuring a sales team for success includes creating a team-selling environment where targeted expertise can be leveraged. Avenues include segmenting teams into groups who find and those who cultivate leads, as well as offering subject-matter experts in the industry.

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WhatTheyThink.com
2/24/2017

The proposed border-adjusted tax will have a detrimental impact on a macroeconomic level, writes John Mauldin. "[O]ur whole economy depends on imports," he writes.

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Forbes
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John Mauldin
2/24/2017

The use of big data in conjunction with artificial intelligence is helping businesses to locate sales patterns and better target customers. Using this data correctly is equally important, says Don Schuerman, chief technology officer for Pegasystems.

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Small Business Trends
2/24/2017

Mobile messaging can be a valuable tool in marketing as messaging apps tend to have higher engagement than branded apps. These apps create better customer connections, improved communications and persistent contact.

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DestinationCRM.com
2/24/2017

The example of Clearpath Robotics illustrates the techniques innovators may have to use to help customers understand their technological breakthroughs. Clearpath, which makes robots that can navigate industrial facilities, borrowed design elements from the automotive industry to highlight the unique capabilities of its products.

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ClearPath
2/24/2017

The Google Shopping platform can be a lucrative option for small businesses with limited resources, writes Andreas Reiffen. He shares seven tips for success, beginning with focusing on your niche and segmenting your campaigns for better results.

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Search Engine Land
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