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This post originally appeared on Niall Devitt’s blog, Niall is a regular contributor to Tweak Your Biz.  Quantifying an ROI from social media is only possible after you’ve developed a strategic plan that will make measurement both clear and easy. When it comes to social media “80% of marketers begin with tactics instead of goals” – eMarketer Report. Here’s how to build a strategic social media plan to ensure that you don’t waste time or money on tactics…

Small business owners come in many different shapes and sizes, including some who choose to have a say in every decision that is made. With that being said, how do you as the owner of a company handle your payroll needs? Do you have someone in your office who oversees the dispensing of paychecks and other compensation needs, or do you have an outside agency handling such matters? Either way, your focus towards payroll should be one of your top missions the day you began running a business and…

For anyone following the small business news in Ireland, it seems like the deck is stacked against them. But there are beacons of support throughout the country. One of the brightest beacons is the Small Business Advice Programme. In this interview, John McSweeney, project manager, tells us about the programme and how Irish small business owners can take advantage of mentoring, advice and support.  Who founded the Small Business Advice Programme and what inspired them? SmallBusinessAdvice.ie…

John Hennessy, the President of Stanford University, made quite a splash recently when he publicly predicted the death of the lecture hall as university education takes advantage of online capabilities.  In his acceptance speech for the 2012 IEEE Medal of Honor, he went on to explain that you certainly can’t fully automate all of teaching but parts of it are an excellent match to current technologies; such as the lectures themselves. To drive his point home, he cited one faculty colleague…

For most managers, having to fire people is a low point of their position.  Truth be told, the situation promises to be slightly awkward and uncomfortable for each party involved, even more so for the employee.  Those in the hot seat can react to being let go in a variety of different ways; read-on to learn how to handle each curved counteraction. # 1. The Confrontational Employee When someone receives the news of their termination they very well may become irritated and argumentative.  For…

So, I’m reckoning many of you are utterly fed-up of posts concerned with New Year, New You (I am one of the many culprits behind those types of blogs, I know!) or similar themes? Thought so. With this in mind, I thought I’d take a different ‘spin’ on why the beginning of the year is a good time to dust down your business and give its strategy a good, honest workout. Like our physical selves, post-Christmas indulgence, this time of the year provides a great opportunity to…

It is  a new year and you have undoubtedly been thinking about all the tasks that await you over the next 12 months. So, have you taken a moment or two to think about the importance of your online reputation and more specifically, is it really what it should be? If the answer is no on both ends, then you definitely have some work to do moving forward. In a day and age when many more consumers turn to the Internet to browse and buy goods and services, your online reputation needs to be as clean…

This post originally appeared on Elli St.George Godfrey’s blog, Elli is a regular contributor to Tweak Your Biz.  In 1988 in the North Sea, an Occidental Oil rig exploded killing 167 men. This disaster is possibly the worst offshore oil rig accidents in history (see more of the story here). Those that survived the inferno did so by jumping into the ocean waters despite the great height and frigid waters below. One survivor, Andy Mochan was quoted, “It was either fry or jump, so I…

What would it be like to devote time to the things that are higher on your priority list such as business development or marketing. Or take a real holiday while your business hums along? Put your time, skills and energy to better use to grow a thriving business! Use your CEO Mindset to design your small business so it runs without you. It sounds a little strange to design your business so it runs without you. However, never fear…your business still needs you.  It needs you, the…

So here are a few questions for you to consider as we end 2012.  Have you bought your parachute yet and are you getting ready to dive off the fiscal cliff?  Are you concerned that the European Union will crumble and cause the whole European economy to fail? Notice I left out the Mayan Doomsday prediction.  Yep, it’s past December 21st and we are still here and prospering.  But if you’re worried about 2013 you still might have some of that “glass is half empty” pessimism and it might…