Search engine optimization should be not an afterthought but rather a prime consideration in a website's design, writes consultant Marcus Miller. He reviews considerations such as picking a domain name, structuring your website and optimizing the speed of your pages for mobile devices.
Pension plans may have higher administration fees than other types of retirement programs, and many businesses have moved away from them. However, pension plans also provide benefits in terms of employee recruitment and retention and higher contribution limits, writes Winnie Sun of Sun Group Wealth Partners.
Outdated contact information or missing essential information such as business hours are major sources of frustration for customers when visiting business websites, Vistaprint Digital research indicates. Nearly 60% of respondents said a negative online experience would make them less likely to make a purchase.
Some limited-service franchise restaurants are embracing a "mindful" approach to dining that focuses on wholesome ingredients as well as other factors. At Saladworks, for example, mindfulness is about developing "awareness of your impact on life, from the atmosphere of your restaurant to all of the little things that make the eating experience not just a fulfillment," said CEO Patrick Sugrue.
BoConcept, a furniture franchise based in Denmark, has announced plans to re-enter the Houston market. The company intends to open up to three locations in the area in the coming years as part of an overall US expansion plan that involves adding 40 stores nationwide.
Complying with a new calorie-labeling regulation could be costly for franchisees, says Chris Reisch, who owns 10 Domino's locations. An industry group known as the American Pizza Community is pushing for a legislative alternative to the regulation, which is set to take effect May 5.
Taxa Biotechnologies started with an ambitious goal to develop a glowing plant that could be used as a light source. Despite a successful Kickstarter campaign, however, developing the plants was more difficult than anticipated, and a side project to create scented moss also encountered difficulties.
Startups may not be able to compete on salary, but they can offer challenging assignments, flexible hours and strong company culture, according to a survey by Coding Sans. Work experience and cultural fit are among the most important criteria when startups evaluate job candidates, the survey found.
Plastc is shutting down and won't deliver on pre-orders for its smart card after a planned $6.75 million investment round fell through. The move is the latest blow to the idea of smart cards, writes Brian Heater.
Markets are at risk due to the US economy's lackluster growth and "warning signs that are getting darker," said BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink. Slowdowns in vehicle sales and company acquisitions also indicate rising uncertainty in the US, Fink said.