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10 More Links You May Have Missed, But Shouldn’t!

1. # Did you know that if you’re not blogging you are now in the minority? HubSpot‘s ‘State of Inbound Marketing’ study was recently released with some interesting stats.

2. # Congratulations to Alan O’Rourke of Toddle on making it into the BizSugar Top 10, with his very first Bloggertone post ‘8 Components Of A Successful Email Newsletter’.

3. # The Sunday Times in the UK have launched a new list that tracks the worth of people online based on their social networking connections, here’s the lowdown from Simply Zesty.

4. # Lorna Sixsmith of Garrendenny Lane Interiors on ‘Reviews: The Value Of Letting Customers Have Their Say’

5. # Are you guilty on any of these? Lisa Barone of Outspoken Media on 4 Ways NOT to promote your Blog at Small Business Trends.

6. # Cool video! 10 Twitter Tips In 60 Seconds from Bill at Net4wiseowls Social Media

7. # Social media contests can produce great results but they are also a bit of a minefield – particularly on Facebook! Here’s how-to from Social Media Examiner.

8. # Speaking of contests, read how an innovative Facebook campaign helped Glenisk increase Sales by 35% and get Є200K of Free PR.

9.# Iain MacDonald, CEO of Irish social network SkillPages talks about social networking.

10. # Have your say! Are Groupon type sites good for businesses?

Digital expert, top 10% influencer with over 10 years’ senior management experience - including managing projects and teams, and growing companies in the Irish, international and online marketplaces. Co-founded one of the largest B2B blogs in the world, helped grow a B2B social media to over 1,000,000 members, created the strategy for one of the most effective SME Facebook pages in the world and have grown 3 business websites (, & to in excess of a 100,000 unique visitors per month. Have consulted and worked with both corporate and SME clients on leveraging digital to drive business KPIs. Speaker at industry events, have authored several industry reports on the Digital Economy and appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Business Insider and other leading online and offline business publications. Specialities include: Entrepreneurship Business Development, Start-ups, Business Planning, Management, Training, Leadership, Sales Management, Sales, Sales Process, Coaching, Online Advertising, Blogging, Online Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Digital Marketing, Content Marketing, SEO, Social Media Strategist, Digital Strategy, Social Media ROI, User Generated Content, Social Customer Care.

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  • Lisa always is worth reading – a good additionu00a0 list Niall.

  • Hi Ben, as someone who has been there and done that, I really like this post. I really agree with your point on “Always be training” – I found role-play a great training tool, once people get over their awkwardness.

  • Empowering for me was a critical point. itsone thing to set targets etc.. and train someone to the hilt – but the other side of the coin is to facilitate them when they are able to make the next step forward in the process.

  • Thanks Niall!, The key is to push hard for answers and for performance but not in a way that will humiliate anyone or trivialise the process. Once people understand the power of learning from their peers in an open environment, then great strides are possible

  • Yup! There is nothing worse than micromanaging. It kills responsibility and creative thinking, wastes everyone’s time, and displays a total lack of faith in the team. Total waste of time

  • Harry

    Kelly – Very impressive and comprehensive list of resources. Of course, the best option to fund your business is from the existing cash flow, but that may not be possible in all situations especially when the business is just starting or growing rapidly.

    I would also add friends and family as another resource for funding. In many situations that may be your only option. Other option is to look at crowd funding sites such as Prosper.


    Kelly- Businesses may tend to look at banks for their primary source of
    debt capital. They should also consider non-bank entities like credit
    unions and Community Development Financial Institutions (“CDFIs”) as
    well. Both provide financing with credit standards that are less
    stringent then your traditional bank. They are located throughout the
    country and in urban and rural communities. This link to the CDFI fund site can help businesses find one in their area.

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