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Why iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox Can’t Truly Protect Your Data

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

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Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Interesting article. It should be obvious that technology always informs digital marketing but I think it's something forgotten. What would you speculate is going to change next? Is there anything akin to the iPhone now in terms of changing up the game?
Human resources

Virtual reality: how to build culture when your team are a bunch of avatars

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Jennifer Lancaster at I Want That CRM
I think you should mention that it is very risky hiring freelancers who come and go just for out-tasking, and a long term staffing solution with one of the managed VA teams could be a better proposition. There is a lot of ripping off on these sites, charging employer fees that are way too high and giving little to the actual freelancer.
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Love this article! The idea of creating a culture when there is no real world interaction probably seems impossible to a lot of people, but I think it's clear that it's necessary to start as freelancing/working out of office becomes more and more common.
Social media

Not on Snapchat? Snap to it.

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Lisa OrmenyessyOwner at Straight Talk Group
Thanks Matt, I heard something similar the other day and was surprised it is now being used for business - it was good to hear it from another source too.
Running your business

Learning From China's Entrepreneurs

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How to Fairly Divide Equity Between a Co-Founder and Investor

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Sales and marketing

Struggling to Market Your Small Business? Do What Hollywood Does.

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Customer acquisition and retention

How to Earn and Keep a Customer's Trust

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If You Need Better Leaders, Who You Gonna Call? HR.

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Understanding your role as the director of a company

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Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Interesting article. What I wonder though is how this is enforced? obviously there might be whistleblowers and such, but is there another "watch dog" for corporate behaviour in the top tier?
Sales and marketing

Gmail rolls out preview function for email newsletters: How this will affect your business

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Ecommerce strategy

E-commerce giant Alibaba is opening an Australian office: Why that’s good news for SMEs

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Search engine marketing

SEO Is Now 'Search Experience Optimization'

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Running your business

Why CEOs Shouldn't Try to be Rock Stars

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Hardware and software

Securing data in a moderate budget

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Career planning and job search

Effective Recruiting Strategies To Hire Best Talent

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Jef LippiattOwner at Startup Chucktown
Definitely an interesting article. However, I tend to agree with Lina on the flattery tactic. It seems like it could backfire with a small miscalculation. Also, group interviewing may seem like a "time-saver" but you are putting candidates into an awkward position. Applicants that are more introverted may be less inclined to speak up or embellish putting them at a disadvantage to those that are more outspoken or don't mind stretching the truth to catch your attention. Group interviews can create a hostile environment where every candidate that answers successively tries to out do the previous candidate answers regardless of truth. One of the largest problems I've faced working with recruiters personally is that they have their own agenda. Meaning, they could care less what position I'm interested or the opportunities I'm seeking. Most recruiters would rather try to fit a square peg into a round hole than try to find the right position for a great candidate. Also, something I think the recruiter industry as a whole needs to work on is building legitimate and long-term relationships with potential candidates. If you throw jobs I'm uninterested (either role or location) or constantly send me every job req you get. I'll tune you out after 1 or 2 emails. In fact recruiters I'm dealing with lately have me wondering if I need to start an email list that sends them sarcastic pictures of cats with snarky retorts (and yes I would lump all of the recruiters into the "To:" line without blind copying them, because they deserve to know how many of them aren't approaching the job the correct way. Don't focus on "flourish" focus on personal connections and actually adding value. Applicants don't like to feel like they are being gamed for some secondary purpose.
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Interesting article, although the tactic of hand-picking and flattering seems like it could be quite problematic, unless you hire all those you "flatter". There might be some potential for bad blood there?
Lifestyle and health

4 Small Changes That Will Make You More Productive

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A CFO's Perspective on Scaling Startup Growth

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Supercharge Your Local Listings and SEO with These 5 Tools

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Managing employees

The 5 Biggest Teamwork Problems

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Running your business

Innovative thinking saves struggling country businesses

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4 Ways Mobile Payments Can Help Your Business Grow

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Lifestyle and health

Sydney startup Now VR creates virtual reality relaxation experiences

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Graphic design

How to Create a Logo for Your Startup When You're Bootstrapped

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Leadership

Which of the 6 Leadership Styles Defines You?

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Fearlessness, Courage and Capital: What's Needed to Fuel the Next Stage of Growth for Women Entrepreneurs

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Training and development

Intrapreneur To Exitpreneur

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Great questions Lina, Creativity may be something that many companies "aspire" to, however, they put little to know effort behind their words. Without action nothing will change.One great way is to create incentives for getting employees to submit ideas (could be small recognition, a $5 gift card or something much larger depending on the submitted idea and the money available). Also you could make idea submission a larger part of the company. On the company's intranet create a space that shows submitted ideas, the ability to comment on them and vote on them. The top voted ideas could then be reviewed for further business value (obviously, limit voting so employees cannot game the system to ensure fairness). Another approach would be to have an internal board that reviews ideas (think like an internal Shark Tank or Dragon's Den). This panel could then weigh the ideas and select which should move on. The ideas that are approved could be given a pot of money (perhaps $1000 or $5000 to further develop the idea). This would be a perfect point for the person working on the idea to have access to internal (and maybe even external) mentors such as C-level or VPs guide them to the next phase. Even though I could continue elaborating on this process, I'll end with, regardless of the project or idea being a success reward and recognize the individual who put in the effort to try to better the company. Ensure that the entire company knows that this recognition will happen regardless of success or failure. Why? You don't want your employees to have ideas but be too scared of failing to even submit the idea. Keep moving forward and curiosity and creativity will combine to reveal small and large innovations to approach.
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Foster creativity is a very tricky one, don't you think? It something so many companies aspires to but it seems very hard to actually make it happen. What would you recommend to liven up a workplace/situation/person where creativity is dwindling?
Social media

Facebook opens Instant Article feature to all publishers and launches chatbot messenger

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Top 7 Things You Don't Know About SEO

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4 Investments Every Startup Owner Should Make This Year

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Server, networking and security

BYOD – Creating a Balance Between Flexibility and Safety

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Nice Article. http://www.localwebdesignconsultant.com.au/
Lina BarfootEditor at SavvySME
Very interesting article. So it seems that even BYOD might work well for many businesses it might also create a fair bit of pressure on employees? That is, if a work policy also relates to your own device.
Social media

3 Social Media Trends You Can’t Afford to Miss Out On

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Import and Export

Largest ever trade delegation to seek out opportunities for Australian startups in China

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Customer acquisition and retention

Customer Loyalty 3.0 Is Never About Transactions. It's About Getting to Know Your Customers.

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Search engine marketing

4 Key Findings from AdWords Audits

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Online businesses

How to Make Money Online: The Basics

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