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15 New Social-Media Templates to Save You Even More Time With Your Marketing. Imagine having a quick and fast way to get up to speed with social media or to get your work done in less time (and with more confidence).

15 New Social-Media Templates to Save You Even More Time With Your Marketing

When I’m in a pinch or into something new, one of the first places I turn is toward a template. I’ve built a stash of headline formulas, social media updates, and more to help organize my mind when it comes to working fast and learning something new. Templates can be a lifesaver and a time-saver. I have my favorite go-to templates, and I was also able to dig up a huge number of others, created by some really amazing folks who are generous to help us all work smarter. I’ve collected them here below. 15 Time-Saving Social Media Templates The list below is full of a variety of different templates, some helpful in a high-level way of organizing your marketing efforts and others in a specific area of social media marketing and sharing. 1.

We built this social media report to be easy to fill with just a simple Buffer data export. Instructions: 2. 7 Sources of Free High Quality Stock Images. Finding a high quality stock photo for free used to be quite the chore -- there were very few options available, and the inventory that was available was marginal quality at best.

7 Sources of Free High Quality Stock Images

Oh, how the times have changed. Now, there are so many free stock image websites that it can be overwhelming, to a degree. Here are seven of my favorite websites for free high quality stock images. 1. 11 Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs. From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books.

11 Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs

I read about history, physics, science, health, world travel, space exploration, the ocean, fitness and mathematics. I read bestsellers, classics and unknown authors. However, the underlying foundation of my reading was rooted in startups and entrepreneurship (not simply because I build startups, but because I have a sincere passion for it). Here are 11 books I recommend for all first-time entrepreneurs (and really any entrepreneur for that matter), not in any order. 1. This book is still a must read, even though the Lean Startup movement is not as radiant as it was from 2011 to 2013. 4 Ways to Generate Leads Using Marketing Automation (Infographic) As businesses gain access to greater amounts of customer data, and consumers themselves have more options for services and products, marketing strategies have become more complex.

4 Ways to Generate Leads Using Marketing Automation (Infographic)

The number of specialties within marketing has expanded, and now includes positions dedicated to social media, search engine optimization, content creation, conversion rate optimization, email marketing and more. For most organizations, these positions all have the same ultimate goal: producing revenue for your organization. This means they need to produce a steady stream of leads, and one of the best ways to accomplish that goal is by using marketing automation to amplify their existing efforts. Related: 4 Steps to Choosing Marketing-Automation Software That Actually Works. 14 Amazingly Free Stock Photo Websites. If you've ever tried searching for free stock photos on the Internet, you probably know what a ridiculous hassle it can be.

14 Amazingly Free Stock Photo Websites

As a general rule, free stock photos are extremely difficult to find. A huge portion of the stock photo market is owned by professional companies like Shutterstock and 123RF, who charge $20 or more for a single photo. 50+ darmowych narzędzi dla twojego biznesu. Ta kompilacja jest inspirowana podobnymi zestawieniami, które podbijają anglojęzyczne zakątki internetu.

50+ darmowych narzędzi dla twojego biznesu

To Investors, Startups Without Business Plans Are Expensive Hobbies. If you sold your last startup for $800 million, you probably already know how to build a business, and even conservative investors won’t worry about the quality of your next business plan.

To Investors, Startups Without Business Plans Are Expensive Hobbies

But for the rest of us, don’t believe the Silicon Valley myth that all you have to do is sketch your million-dollar idea on the back of a napkin and investors will line up to give you money. Why SEO Is Much Easier Than You Think. Search-engine optimization (SEO) has gone through a series of evolutions over the years.

Why SEO Is Much Easier Than You Think

Older tactics, which focused on keyword-based optimization and black-hat practices, have become obsolete, and modern strategies, which focus on user experience, have come to replace them. Throughout its history, SEO has been a cost-efficient and incredibly valuable strategy for business owners of all industries. But despite the strategy’s simplified development, many business owners are still too intimidated by the perceived difficulty of SEO to follow through with it.

Make More Money Right Now by Avoiding These 13 Revenue Sinkholes. Here’s some good news for entrepreneurs: You are wealthier than you think.

Make More Money Right Now by Avoiding These 13 Revenue Sinkholes

Indeed, even if your top line revenues were to stay flat for the next few years, there are ways to make significant advances to your bottom line growth with some simple, if not occasionally controversial, concrete steps. Think about it for a moment. You can make yourself wealthier , beginning today, without working any harder, taking any additional risks, trimming any lifestyle expenditures or learning any new systems of investing.

Here's the best part: It's your money. 11 Unexpected Things to Include With Your Business Plan. In their book Write Your Business Plan, the staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture, and what it takes to ensure success.

11 Unexpected Things to Include With Your Business Plan

In this edited excerpt, the authors offer a list of some non-standard items you may want to include with your business plan. A business plan is a story, the narrative of your enterprise, and you want to maintain a certain amount of flow as you lead readers from concept to management, through marketing, and on to financials. Some material that you’d probably like to fit into your plan just doesn’t fit well into any of those sections. Tour.

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Your Elevator Pitch Needs an Elevator Pitch. Ah, the elevator pitch. A favorite tool of the networking masses. A rite of passage of sorts. You’ve heard the scenario: you step into an elevator and go up one floor. The elevator doors open and in walks the client of your dreams. Starting a Business? 4 Ways to Research Your Potential Customer. In their book, Start Your Own Business, the staff of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. guides you through the critical steps to starting a business, then supports you in surviving the first three years as a business owner.

16 Productivity Tools Useful for Every Entrepreneur. Productivity is the name of the game for entrepreneurs. The good news is that there are thousands of amazing software applications out there, designed to make your life easier. The bad news is that you don’t have time to try thousands of software applications. Which ones are worth your time? In this post, we’ll take a look at 16 software applications that I use almost every day -- and discuss why you should too. Project management. 1. How to Create a Business Plan Investors Will Love. In the book, Write Your Business Plan, the staff of Entrepreneur Media offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture and what it takes to ensure success. In this edited excerpt, the authors offer tips on creating a business plan you can use when seeking financing for your business.

A business plan is almost essential for entrepreneurs who are seeking to raise money to help fund their companies. In fact, business plans are so closely tied to fundraising that many entrepreneurs look at them as suited only for presenting to investors and overlook the management benefits of planning. But for those entrepreneurs who are seeking funding, a business plan accomplishes several things. First, it helps convince potential sources of funding that the entrepreneur has thought the idea through. What to Include in Your Business Plan. In their book Write Your Business Plan, the staff of Entrepreneur Media offer an in-depth understanding of what’s essential to any business plan, what’s appropriate for your venture, and what it takes to ensure success. In this edited excerpt, the authors briefly describe just what your business plan should contain, how long it should be and how to know if it's time to write it.

A business plan is a written description of the future of your business. It's a document that tells the story of what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you’ve written a plan, or at least the germ of a plan. But there are some generally accepted conventions about what a full-blown business plan should include and how it should be presented. 1. 2. 3.

6 Easy Ways on How to Make Money Online. A staggering $2.1 billion in affiliate marketing fees were paid to blog and website owners in 2008. This finding in a recent study by Jupiter Research confirms what many savvy Internet marketers have known for a while: Affiliate marketing has become one of the top business opportunities online because the startup costs are so low and the income you generate can be mind-blowing. Affiliate marketing involves having your own site and sending your traffic to someone else's site to buy their products or services. For every sale initiated by a link from your site, you earn a percentage--an affiliate sales commission. Affiliate marketing can be done on a part-time basis, and many are so successful that they've made it their full-time job. Equally exciting, you can get in the game in just a few hours. 1.

The Navy SEAL's 10-Step Approach for Creating the Ultimate Business Plan. Planning a mission in special operations can take anywhere from five minutes to five days depending on the target’s complexity. Decision-making criteria span a broad scope of considerations, ranging from the weather and terrain, enemy situation, the personnel used and the timeline set. Similar to mission planning in special operations, there are myriad unknown factors that entrepreneurs must consider before they unleash a new product or service. Your Business, Only Leaner: Are You Over or Underspending? How to Tell.

17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter. 17 Websites That Will Make You Smarter. The 23 Best Business Tools Built By Startups. You might not realize it, but some of the best new tools available for business owners today are being made by startups. Here are 23 tools and apps I love and use that could make your business better: 1. Coschedule This is a lightweight Wordpress plugin that provides a one-stop solution for managing editorial calendars for blogs or websites that regularly publish content. It also automates social-media promotion when posts are published. 2. This service bills itself as “A/B testing you’ll actually use” and focuses on making testing as easy as possible. 3.

UserTesting records actual users as they view your app, website or other digital product. Forget Time Management. Do This Instead and Be More Productive. 8 Steps to Building Your Business According to the Lifestyle You Want. Like this article? Find more great tips by subscribing to my blog here. Thinking of Going Solo? 7 Reasons You Need a Co-Founder.

There are few decisions in business that are more important than deciding whether you'll "go it alone" or team up with someone that you may, or may not, already know. Although there are a couple of reasons that going alone might sound appealing -- like owning more of the company and being completely in control of decision-making -- there are considerably more that should direct you otherwise. Learn How to Deadlift with the Most Detailed Deadlift Technique Video Available...FREE. 21 Ways to Achieve Wealth and Success. 12 Things Successful People Do Before Breakfast. 5 Hacks That Will Cut Your Workweek in Half. Two years ago, I moved from Ohio to Arizona when my business was acquired. I immediately became consumed by work, doing the same thing day after day. One morning about five months after I moved, I noticed a park a few blocks from my house.

The sight of it confused me. I couldn’t recall ever having seen it before. As I racked my brain, I realized the park was unfamiliar not because it had sprung up overnight but because I’d never driven by it in daylight. Work was consuming my life. How to Become a Millionaire by Age 30. Getting rich and becoming a millionaire is a taboo topic. Saying it can be done by the age of 30 seems like a fantasy. It shouldn’t be taboo and it is possible. What Leaders Really Do. The article reprinted here stands on its own, of course, but it can also be seen as a crucial contribution to a debate that began in 1977, when Harvard Business School professor Abraham Zaleznik published an HBR article with the deceptively mild title “Managers and Leaders: Are They Different?”

The piece caused an uproar in business schools. It argued that the theoreticians of scientific management, with their organizational diagrams and time-and-motion studies, were missing half the picture—the half filled with inspiration, vision, and the full spectrum of human drives and desires. The study of leadership hasn’t been the same since. Consider These 10 Strategies When Preparing to Grow Your Company. Startups go through three distinct phases early in their lifecycle: building the product, selling the product and growing into a sustainable company. Preparing a company for growth requires taking concrete actions in evolving product and service offerings, modifying the pre- and post-sales organization, addressing human resource challenges, streamlining operations and more. Here are 10 suggestions for companies preparing to cross the growth chasm:

4 Hacks for Writing an Article That Sounds Genius (And Actually Is) 50 Tips for Starting Your Own Company. What Leaders Really Do. Consider These 10 Strategies When Preparing to Grow Your Company.