Archive | July, 2011

Less than a shoestring budget…we launched on a bandaid budget!

Less than a shoestring budget…we launched on a bandaid budget!

The Next Big Zing dot com was launched in 2008 with zero dollars. I am very resourceful and decided to “trade” services with my web designer, I was to give him marketing help for the design of the site. It worked for awhile until I realized the functionality of my site wasn’t working-lesson #1. You [...]

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The Exact Tools and Resources to Support Aspiring Authors in Bringing their Books to Life!

The Exact Tools and Resources to Support Aspiring Authors in Bringing their Books to Life!

Author’s Bio: Andrea Costantine & Lisa Shultz are the co-creators of Speaking Your Truth: Courageous Stories from Inspiring Women and How to Bring Your Book to Life This Year: An Exploratory Guidebook on Writing and Self-Publishing. Together, they formed Self-Publishing Experts, LLC. to support and educate aspiring authors and writers in sharing their message and [...]

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Finally, a Clothing Subscription for Guys

Finally, a Clothing Subscription for Guys

Name of your company and URL? Bombfell (http://www.bombfell.com) Date started? February 2011 What is your product or service? Bombfell’s the clothing subscription for guys that’s like having a fashion-savvy girlfriend send you stylish clothes every month. Subscribers get one clothing item – a collared shirt, a pair of jeans or a polo shirt to name [...]

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DejaOffice Redefines Business Productivity for Smartphones & Tablets

DejaOffice Redefines Business Productivity for Smartphones & Tablets

Not all that long ago, Apple revolutionized the smartphone industry. They took what we knew as the smartphone and transformed it into something more, something much better in many ways. It didn’t take long for others to follow suit, creating devices that piggybacked on Apple’s success. From many perspectives, this new class of smartphones was [...]

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VoxOx Call iPhone App Helps You Save on Calls, Texts and Faxes

VoxOx Call iPhone App Helps You Save on Calls, Texts and Faxes

In a world of hundreds of thousands of mobile apps, what are the good ones that actually save you money? VoxOx recently launched an app (titled “VoxOx Call”) that allows users to save on calling, texting and faxes… not bad when you’re a startup on a shoestring! Below is an interview with Natasha Grach, PR [...]

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Marketing Gets Karmic

Marketing Gets Karmic

A short authors bio:Amy Foxwell is the owner of Foxwell Associates and creator of the Win Win Marketing System series. She is a recognized expert in the field of Customer Marketing. For over 15 years she has worked throughout the world with both Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Disney, AOL, Vivendi and Channel 4, [...]

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Coming Clean with ‘The Babe Shop’

Coming Clean with ‘The Babe Shop’

Maria and Bryan Williamson are the creators of The Babe Shop, a fun and flirty online bath and body shop. They offer unique fragrances in many of their triple scented candles and soaps. Date started? The website was opened some time before this, but this is when it found its focus and came together 11/2010 [...]

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A Green Plan for the Future Helps One Stop Green Save the World One Customer at a Time…

A Green Plan for the Future Helps One Stop Green Save the World One Customer at a Time…

The evolution of the CleanTech industry has only recently gained popularity, but Sohail Hassan has always been looking ahead and taking advantage of the progressive tracks laid out in front of him. Taking a page from contemporary leaders in a sector he felt they could improve upon, Sohail founded One Stop Green based on the [...]

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A Revolution Has Begun

A Revolution Has Begun

Name of Social Enterprise and URL? WWW.Jaspud.com Jaspud.com What is your product or service? Date officially launched? July 6, 2011 Why was this social venture created? We began with the idealistic notion of creating real social change. The concept was born out of the recent events in Egypt and other places. We saw real people [...]

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Promote your business where your customers’ eyes are; on their cell phone!”

Promote your business where your customers’ eyes are; on their cell phone!

What is the name of your business and URL of you APP? Our business is; Call 2 action Mobile, our website is www.call2actionmobile.com. A brief synopsis of the smart phone app : We provide a mobile communications platform, optimized for all small to medium size businesses and non-profits that enables real-time communications with your customers, [...]

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The Virtual Startup

The Virtual Startup

Imagine you wake up and decided to start your dream company. You begin to go through the checklist: Taxpayer ID number State registration Open the bank account See the lawyer and accountant about how to get it set up right Get your business phone number Create your business cards Start your marketing and networking. Notice [...]

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Notify™ -- The Free Web-based Application for Joint Use Businesses

Notify™ — The Free Web-based Application for Joint Use Businesses

Notify™ (http://www.notifyweb.com) is a web-based application (available in Free & Pro versions) designed to bring the joint use industry together into a single online community. The Notify™ web application centralizes communication between public and private entities concerned with the construction, installation and maintenance of utility poles and pole attachments. What is Joint Use, Who is [...]

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GreenRope Offers Business Owners a Bundle of Marketing Tools

GreenRope Offers Business Owners a Bundle of Marketing Tools

By Lars Helgeson, Founder & CEO of GreenRope Two of the most frustrating things I see when business owners, CMOs or IT managers look to implement a new CRM program are 1) the time and money that gets wasted on setting up a system which many of their employees will never learn how to use; [...]

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Bloom Where You Have Been Planted

Bloom Where You Have Been Planted

Mine is truly a story of learning to bloom where you have been planted. I’m just beginning to become comfortable calling myself a designer. I never had aspirations as a child to delve into the fashion world and I certainly never saw myself cutting patterns and painstakingly sewing buttons and cuffs and collars onto tiny [...]

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Building a Better Brand: It’s all about the People

Building a Better Brand: It’s all about the People

Name of your company and URL? School House, http://www.shopschoolhouse.com Date started? I first had the idea for School House in the Spring of 2007 while I was a Senior at Duke University. I developed the concept while living in Sri Lanka as a Fulbright Scholar from 2007-2008. I was a Women’s Studies major researching fashion [...]

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Conversation with Polly, the Parrot for Businesses on Twitter

Conversation with Polly, the Parrot for Businesses on Twitter

What is the name of your business and URL? Polly.IM (http://polly.im) A brief synopsis of the website / application: Polly.IM is for local businesses to categorize customer tweets and suggest responses. Polly can understand if a tweet is a positive comment, negative feedback, check-in, or a question. It can then pick a customized response to [...]

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Freemake - Free Tool to Inspire New Ideas for Your Business Promotion

Freemake – Free Tool to Inspire New Ideas for Your Business Promotion

What is the name of your business and URL of your APP? Let me introduce our online project Freemake.com, the official website is http://www.freemake.com. For today the project features two main apps for working with video, audio and photos. Since your blog is focused on useful apps for businesses I’d like to highlight our product [...]

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Contact Management that is actually EASY!

Contact Management that is actually EASY!

Sean Harrington, Partner – EASY Software Solutions What is the name of your business and URL? Our company is called EASY Software Solutions and ContactChamp is the product (www.contactchamp.com) A brief synopsis of the website / application: ContactChamp is a Web-based Contact Management solution that helps you focus on your key daily activity. ContactChamp [...]

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Got Sales? If Not, Here’s How!

Got Sales? If Not, Here’s How!

Everybody sells. Most people aren’t good at it. And to make matters worse, we THINK we know what selling is, because we’ve seen it in the movies, on TV, and in real life. The problem is that the in-your-face, never-take-no-for-an-answer stereotype of salespeople is dead! People today won’t put up with that sort of behavior. [...]

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Q&A Platform Connects Business Owners with Tax Pros & More

Q&A Platform Connects Business Owners with Tax Pros & More

A brief synopsis of the website / application: BIDaWIZ (http://www.bidawiz.com/) is an online marketplace where small businesses, entrepreneurs and solo practitioners can obtain trusted, professional tax and financial advice via a question and answer platform. The service is provided nation-wide by a network of pre-screened CPAs, EAs, CFPs, CFAs & Tax Attorneys. We also provide [...]

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