Reasons Why You Might Consider Buying Instagram Likes

Appealing visuals (images and videos) are among the most effective ways to increase user engagement, market a business, or increase sales. That’s why social media sites are extensively used by businesses and brands in digital marketing strategies. As far as images and videos go, Instagram tends to be a more effective marketing tool for a good reason. It is one of the best visual-based social media … [Read more...]

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Takes Over Cars & Coffee

The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ is a super rare supercar. Seeing one live is an event. But seeing three of them at the same time? Well, that can only mean you’re at South OC Cars and Coffee. South OC Cars and Coffee is the biggest Cars and Coffee in the world. The weekly event attracts over 1000 cars and up to 10K people. If you’re into cars, you will love this Cars and Coffee. In … [Read more...]

Complex money issues? Make it easy with Iban Wallet

No one is a stranger to financial challenges and problems. They tend to happen with people in different degrees and at separate points in time for that matter. We can unanimously agree that we need money to achieve many of our goals but also for financial independence at the same time. When we refer to financial independence, it means that a person reaches a phase in life where money can work for … [Read more...]

Six Tips for Financing Investment Property

Investing in rental properties can be both profitable and worthwhile when done right. In today’s market, a rental property can provide a consistent cash flow now and serve as a valuable long-term investment down the road.  However, deciding to take the leap and buy a rental property is just the beginning. Novice real estate investors may be surprised to learn that many mortgage programs they are … [Read more...]

Wrestling the Alligator…and Winning

(Erica’s note: I’m back and committed to blogging for 2017!) I recently started a new diet–low-carb, or ketogenic. (I’m more “low carb” than ketogenic right now, the difference being that I try to keep myself under 50-60g net carbs per day, whereas ketogenic takes it to an even larger extreme. I started the diet after gaining 25 pounds having my daughter, … [Read more...]

“Hustle Porn” Is Making Us Sad and Suicidal

Kevin O’Leary of “Shark Tank” recently told CNBC’s “Make It”: “If I have to give one piece of advice to someone who’s thinking about starting a business, I tell them this: Forget about balance. You’re going to work 25 hours a day, seven days a week, forever. That’s what it takes to be successful.” Excuse me while my eyes roll all … [Read more...]

Covid-19 and Your Business: Here’s What You Haven’t Thought About

John and I have been busy running a chain of cell phone repair shops for the last 5+ years. During that time, we’ve developed relationships with companies and people in China who supply us with many of our parts and accessories for our stores. Coming out of Chinese New Year, it was clear from every message we were getting from China that things weren’t normal over there. Factories … [Read more...]

Global Control And Censorship. A quick tour of the RIXC festival exhibition

After last week’s Notes from the RIXC Open Fields conference, it’s time to have a quick look at the accompanying exhibition of this year’s edition of the RIXC Art Science Festival. The theme of the exhibition, curated by Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás and Bernhard Serexhe, is encapsulated in its title: Global Control And Censorship. Ruben Pater, Drone Survival Guide, 2013. Photo: RIXC The … [Read more...]

The free internet makes us the product — we need to stop it

The bad headlines continue to stack up for Facebook this year: from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, to the New York Times report that Facebook gave Apple, Samsung, and other mobile device makers access to its users personal data without permission, to the revelation that the firm routinely gives user information and preferences to several Chinese telecommunications firms, to last week’s security … [Read more...]

New Year, New Business

You may have wondered why I haven’t blogged in so long–until this week! The answer is pretty simple: 1Up Repairs exceeded all our expectations in terms of revenue and growth, and between that and learning how to be Mackenzie’s mom, I didn’t have time to really type out a blog post. We were running full-speed ahead just trying to keep up with unprecedented growth. To give … [Read more...]

QuickBooks Webinar to Cover Key Features of the Software for Managing Small Businesses

Do you want to keep track of the cost of jobs for your business more efficiently? QuickBooks expert Scott Gregory is going hold a webinar so you can learn how to use jobs and job costing in QuickBooks Pro/Premier or Enterprise. The webinar will be held on Nov. 6, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST). Gregory will be covering a range of topics which will conclude with a Q&A. Gregory will bring … [Read more...]

Gloom (and doom)

Doom is inevitable. Gloom is optional. Gloom has no positive effects on ameliorating doom. Doom happens. Gloom is a choice. ; ; ; ; ; ; Article by Seth Godin's Blog on marketing, tribes and respect. Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Just Because You Can Do It Yourself…

If you want your car to last as long as possible and run at its best, you should be investing in regular maintenance. At certain mileage milestones, you can expect to replace certain parts. But while you may take it in to a certified mechanic for a coolant flush or to replace your brakes, it might be an unnecessary waste of money to pay for someone to change your wiper blades. That’s simple … [Read more...]

Global control, macho technology and the Krampus. Notes from the RIXC Open Fields conference

The RIXC Open Fields conference took place a couple of weeks ago in Riga, Latvia. Like each year, the event spurred conversations addressing the current and upcoming challenges of a society that is increasingly shaped by technology and science. This year’s edition specifically looked at ubiquitous surveillance and data privacy. One of Dan Perjovschi’s drawings which is part of the … [Read more...]

AR’s success depends on perfecting input methods

How will augmented reality (AR) glasses work for consumers? Specifically, what will be the user interface (UI) and/or user experience (UX) for the eyewear that will bring AR to the masses? The user experience will be very important since we are talking about a change to the fundamental human and machine interface. Up until now, the interaction has been between humans and computers, personal … [Read more...]

How Chris Guillebeau Built A “Cult of Personality”

Recently, an up-and-coming fitness coach and friend of mine asked me how to get more visibility online. I’ve built successful marketing funnels for web hosting companies, this blog, a software-as-a-service company, and now a chain of retail stores. All of those marketing funnels are different, but the one a coach or a consultant follows I would call a “cult of personality.” … [Read more...]

Small Business Events Abound – Share Yours!

From a lead generating conference on Boston to a customer service summit in New York City, a variety of events geared toward small businesses dot the calendar over the next week — and several weeks. Other upcoming events include a brand partnership forum in Nashville, a Gartner sales and marketing conference in Las Vegas and a workshop in Chicago about listening to the voice of the customer. … [Read more...]

“Zeige Deine Wunde” (show me your wound)

Joseph Beuys didn't make pretty art. When I was 12, I saw an exhibit he had at the Guggenheim in NY. As its centerpiece was a 3,000 pound block of lard, wrapped in felt. It was bizarre, it smelled a bit and forty or more years later, I haven't forgotten it. Beuys was transformed by near-death experiences he had as a youth. And that wound informed the art that he made. He shared his pain … [Read more...]

No Man’s Land. Natural Spaces, Testing Grounds

Final notes from my visit of the exhibition No Man’s Land. Natural Spaces, Testing Grounds at MUDAM in Luxembourg: Martha Atienza, Our Islands 11°16’58.4_N 123°45’07.0_E, 2017 Martha Atienza, Our Islands 11°16’58.4_N 123°45’07.0_E, 2017 Hayoun Kwon, 489 Years, 2016 National parks, reserves and other forms of sanctuarization of ecosystems are often used as a measure to protect natural … [Read more...]

To my tech colleagues: Let’s stop blaming the public for our problems

People, process, technology. It’s the reigning mantra in high tech, swiping “move fast and break things” and “data is the new oil” right off the menu of things to say when you aren’t paying attention. Attend any conference and you will hear people talk about how new strategic initiatives are stuck because employees don’t want to learn new skills, or because they feel that new processes or … [Read more...]

How To Create a Simple, FREE Weekly To-Do List with Trello

Many people make to-do lists or apps into a complicated slog. They write long blog posts or videos with detailed guides on setting up to-dos. This isn’t that. I find I end up not using complicated to-do lists or apps. I need to keep it simple–the simpler, the better. I also needed a weekly to-do list that was accessible anywhere I go. I always have my phone with me, so I wanted … [Read more...]

Zoom & Skype call tips (the secrets of video conferences)

If you’ve ever joined more than three people on a Skype or Zoom conference call, I hope you’ll appreciate these tips, and perhaps share them: Sit close to the screen. Your face should fill most of it. Use an external microphone or headset. When you’re not talking, hit mute. Don’t eat during the meeting. When you’re on mute during an audio call, you can do whatever you … [Read more...]

Get Inspired by Global CEOs at this Upcoming Event

If you want to get inspired by CEOs of global companies, thought leaders, entertainers and authors, Dreamforce is the place to be. Staring on September 25 and ending on Sept. 28, the four day event will have over 2,700 sessions for hands-on training and certifications. Dreamforce is known for providing the latest Salesforce product innovations for users across all industries. These include … [Read more...]

Is Content the Only Thing Needed to Increase Traffic?

A common question asked by many bloggers and many will have their own opinion. However, I currently have close to 4 blogs, and am in the process of starting my 5th so I wanted to shed some light on what I learned over the years. We often think writing great content is the only element needed to grow our blog and generate traffic, however, you’ll be surprised to know that this is rarely the case. … [Read more...]