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I have been the Managing Editor of Tweak Your Biz for nearly four years. Previous to that I was involved from the beginning (remember Bloggertone) writing for the site. As Tweak Your Biz is a guest blogging site I obviously deal with a lot of blog posts from guest writers. I roughly worked out that I’ve proofed, formatted and edited over 3,000 posts in that time. And that’s just for Tweak Your Biz.

I’m also the Content Editor for Egg Marketing and have been for just over a year. So with that and some other proofreading gigs I get you can probably add another 500 posts. That’s a lot of reading … and editing. Lucky I like my work. In this post, I’m only talking from my experience with guest posts on Tweak Your Biz – the others have staff writers and that’s a completely different (and much easier) story.

Here are my suggestions for becoming successful, and likeable, with your guest blogging and I have also included some quotes from friends and colleagues in the business too. So you don’t have to just take my word for it.

Why should you keep the editor happy if you are guest blogging?

So with all this experience I feel qualified to write this post about guest blogging and how to keep the editor happy. A lot of people don’t realise the importance of this but think about it. The editor is the person who has the final hands on your post. They are the people who make it look good for you. The editor will actually decide when to publish your post, or not as the case may be. Editors are the ones in control of what happens after you’ve written your piece (your baby) and it is handed over. So it makes sense you want to keep this person happy, doesn’t it?

Shawn Hessinger, is the Executive Editor of Small Business Trends and has some great insights, “When writing for another website, try to think of them as your client — even if you’re not being paid. By agreeing to publish your post, a website editor is, after all, giving you the opportunity to gain additional exposure in front of a unique audience you might not have reached otherwise. For this reason, try hard to think about a post that benefits the editor and his or her website, not just your own short-term business interests. After all, writing posts that truly serve another site and its audience is the best way to create successful content and to be invited to do it again, two things that will benefit you in the end as well.” 

Look for the Guest Blogging Link

Before you hunt out an email to contact the site about writing for them why not check out the link “write for this site” or similar on other sites? Makes sense to check that first as it may actually lead you to apply to write for the site … fancy that! I think I reply to at least 4 emails daily from people asking if they can write for us. I always send back a template email with the link to write for us. Approximately 1 out of the 4 will still keep emailing me, ignoring the link and instructions I have sent. This then makes me wonder if they have enough common sense to actually be involved writing for us!

Susan Payton of Egg Marketing & Communications says, “My pet peeve is when people don’t bother to read our blog and send pitches that have absolutely nothing to do with our topic: Marketing. If you want to not waste your time, only pitch blogs that target our audience. Google won’t give you a boost if you get a link on a site unrelated to your industry anyway.”

Read the Guidelines – Makes Sense, Yes?

You can imagine that I see all sorts of posts coming through TYB. I’m afraid a lot don’t make it to publication and that’s mainly due to people not following the guidelines we set out on sign up. I get quite frustrated sometimes as people are eager to write for us but then don’t read the Welcome Email which explains all they need to know about writing a post for us – style, content, profiles, do’s and dont’s – I’ve even had people reply to the Welcome Email asking simple questions which are answered in it. This happens at least once every couple of weeks and does worry me about the “possible” guest writer.

So without reading the guidelines people plunge in and write something that we just can’t accept. I’m hoping this post – which will be highlighted to newbie writers – will help our guest writers and ultimately myself and other editors when faced with guest posts they feel they have to tackle, rather than coax, to publication.

Adam Connell, of Blogging Wizard, has lots of sage advice about blogging and you’ll see more from him later in this post too. He says, “Knowing the rules is critical. Sure, there are rules that might be thought of more as guidelines (e.g. post length), but some rules are hard and fast rules that shouldn’t be broken.”

Check Before You Ask … Doh!

Make sure you read the information provided to you before asking questions – consider you aren’t the first one not to read the instructions and asking the questions … daily. For our site, a TYB Welcome Email is sent out on sign up which explains everything you need to know about creating your profile, what type of posts we require and the minimum number of words, plus how to actually add a post. It’s all explained with pictures … simple. You’d think!

Understandably due to firewalls not all the automated Welcome Emails are received, however, it is all mentioned on the sign-up page too. So you can imagine how I feel about that writer when I’m asked the same questions, over and over, that are answered already. If the writer would just take the time to read what has been presented to them already they wouldn’t need to ask.

Guest Blogging: How to Keep the Editor Happy & Get Published

Follow the Style and Get With the In Crowd

Each and every guest blogging platform has a different style:-

  • Number of words – 1,000+ for us
  • Subheadings – H2’s, H3’s etc,
  • Picture placement
  • Numbering – we use #1.
  • The type of links allowed
  • Bullet points to break up a block of text
  • Bold for highlighting, but not too much

Most guest blogging sites will provide a style sheet. Previously ours was dealt with in the sign-up process but we now have this Tweak Your Biz style sheet for writers to refer to. However, the best way to get a feel for what is required just take a look at the posts published already. They will all follow a certain layout which the editor puts into place. Just think that if the editor didn’t have to put a lot of work into doing that because you’d done it already then that may give you a gold star and push you up in publication. Result!

I’m currently setting myself a rule where if I have to work on a post more than 15 minutes then I’m afraid it’s put back to draft for the writer to sort themselves. For new writers, I’m happy to spend some time hoping they will learn from what I have done with their post when they see it published. For established writers, they should have learned by now. You’d think!

Guest bloggers, take this suggestion on board wisely. Compare the draft copy you submitted to what is actually published – better yes? Remember the simple tweaks and changes that are done for future reference. You won’t believe how much more kudos you will get from the editor when they see that you have made that effort.

Amanda Webb, of Spiderworking.com, has this advice, “I find it harder to write guest posts than posts for my own site. Although it’s still important to have your voice and your style you need to create something that fits the publication you are writing for. Take a look at other posts on the site, do they have a format? A style of language? Make notes and ask the editor if there is a style guide they need you to follow. This saves the editor time and means they’ll be happy to take posts from you in future.”

Spelling and Grammar. Oh My!

I have the unfortunate habit of seeing poor spelling and bad grammar jump out at me when I am reading something. I’m not saying I don’t make mistakes myself, mostly when my mind is working faster than my fingers on the keyboard – and, of course, social media updates made in the spur of the moment. They say that the best proofreaders will only spot 85% of mistakes (and I’m sticking to that). When I am proofreading as my job (I’m not talking about TYB work) then I will read something three times at least. I can guarantee you that I will find something on the third read-through that I have missed before.

When I write something myself I will read through it at least ten times; this blog post probably more, as I’m trying to make a point about good writing.

Use Spellcheck on Word and apps like Grammarly, but don’t just rely on them. We all know that words can be written that aren’t correct for the context but they are correctly spelled. So sometimes these auto checks won’t pick up on them. Every post needs a human eye on them to check everything – more than once. My dog-eared Oxford Dictionary and Thesaurus lives within reach of my laptop at all times.

If you class yourself as a writer good enough to guest post for sites like Tweak Your Biz then your grammar and spelling must be top notch. Which brings me to …

Ghost Writers. Beware!

We are all aware that ghost blogging is highly prevalent, especially with countries that don’t have English as their first language. If the site you want to guest blog on is written in English and you hire a ghost writer then make sure the English is pitch perfect as it can be spotted a mile off if it isn’t.

Too many adjectives and superlatives give the game away and it doesn’t make for easy reading. Tell-tale signs – using the word “surely” a lot, missing out generic words like, “the”, “at”, “on” etc. The minute I see these I start backing away from the post as I know it will take some work changing words and sentence structure to make it read well. This is the writer’s job, not mine. More importantly, it is in the best interest of the person who has his name as the author to make sure it is written well.

I have nothing against ghost writers, I proofread staff writers that ghost-write after all. In this day and age where blogging is a necessity for most in the public eye, it cannot always be expected that everyone can write, or actually has the time to do it. However, if you are hiring a ghost writer, then make sure they represent you correctly.

Kimberley Crossland explains, “Maintaining the integrity of a person or company’s voice is the top priority for a ghost writer. To do this, I imagine myself sitting across the table from the author having a conversation. This gets me in tune with their communication style so I write in a way that honors their natural voice and the one their reader is most likely to hear if they too sat at the table with my client.”

Guest Blogging: How to Keep the Editor Happy & Get Published

Lorna Sixsmith, of We Teach Social, explains her approach to ghost blogging, “One of the critical aspects of ghostwriting for a client is being able to write their web content and blog posts in an appropriate tone for their “brand voice”. Proofreading, using targeted keywords and good imagery are also highly important of course. Establish with the client if the tone is to be formal or conversational, if the aim is to provide information, give help or/and be humorous, and if it is what your target customer really wants to read. Not only should the brand’s tone of voice be appropriate but it should be recognisable to readers so it stands out. Therefore, it should be consistent.” 

SEO … or no!

If you are an online writer these days you have to know a bit about SEO. Now, I am certainly not an expert but I have learned some simple tips along the way which I can share with you here.

  • Choose your keywords and use them – they don’t just have to be one word as longtail keywords work better too
  • Consider trying link diversity as this can really help with your SEO
  • Use Google Adwords Keyword Planner
  • Use the keyword in your title
  • Use the keyword in your first paragraph and scattered throughout the post – don’t overstuff though
  • Use the keyword in one of your subheadings
  • If you are adding a picture, copy and paste the title of the post (including keyword) as the Title and Description too
  • Don’t overstuff your tags and use ones that have been used before on that site

I know there is a lot more to SEO so I’d appreciate some comments from SEO experts here: Help! This post – 5 Things Content Writers Should Know About SEO – will help too.

On Tweak Your Biz we actually provide a very useful tool – Yoast SEO (see snapshot below) – which, if you fill in properly, will point out what is missing and give you a hint to what you need to improve on with SEO on the post. You want your post to be seen don’t you? You want it to rank on Google? Then why wouldn’t you do your best to make this happen? I do wonder sometimes!

If you are struggling with a good title we also provide a really handy Tweak Your Biz Title Generator which has been praised in many publications.

Guest Blogging How to Keep Your Editor Happy and Get Published

Don’t Copy Other’s Words. Very Bad!

It is a huge no no to plagiarise other people’s words and posts. Unless there is a good reason for it with us then the writer won’t be accepted to write for us again. It’s not only a poor representation of the person writing but it is also very bad for the site and SEO if the content is copied. This is another reason why we request our posts aren’t published elsewhere unless done according to Google’s guidelines about duplicate content and only by a request to us.

Every post submitted to TYB is checked via Copyscape Premium for plagiarism. You’d be surprised how much is copied sometimes. A recent post submitted was put together via four different posts – I wouldn’t have spotted it without Copyscape so I rely on it hugely. If you can’t write your own words then you’re not a writer in my eyes – and a lot of others.

Links. Just Stop With Them Please!

Yes, we know you want to get a link in for your company or whoever you are writing for. However, if a site allows this then they will possibly be penalised by Google and probably not worth writing for anyway. If you don’t believe me then maybe you’ll listen to Matt Cutts in his article on Guest Blogging and SEO.

Most sites like TYB allow a bio and profile which you can include your web link in. We specify many times on sign up that these links won’t be allowed in the posts so when a guest writer adds a dodgy link then it will be taken out. They haven’t followed the guidelines after all. I’m sure other guest posting sites follow the same rules, or they aren’t worth their salt if they don’t. Watch this video from Matt Cutts to understand more.

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Links to reputable sites providing extra information, like to another blog post, are fine. Links to a site providing advice on all they can help you with are a no no. Us editors aren’t stupid, we can spot these links a mile off and will delete so don’t bother even trying. At TYB we point out on sign up – NB. If you are just after links then please don’t bother signing up – they will be taken out – but it still doesn’t stop people trying. Every post is humanly edited (by me). If a site doesn’t do this then it’s not worth writing for.

And I’d like to think you guest writers aren’t stupid either. You know the links you’re trying to add in which shouldn’t be. And the minute you argue with the editor on email about them then you can be guaranteed they won’t be allowed. If a link is so important you need to argue about it on email then it’s obviously an affiliate or advertorial link and I know I’ve done my job in taking it out.

Don’t Bug the Editor. So Annoying!

Bear in mind you are not the only person contributing to the guest blogging site. There are hundreds at any one time for most high ranking sites like TYB. Don’t expect your post to be published immediately or within one or two weeks even, because there are many posts queuing up to be published. Therefore, don’t keep emailing the editor asking when your post will be published. You have it queued up, it is there to be edited, it won’t be published overnight, it won’t be missed. And the more you keep emailing the editor asking, the more annoying you get and no gold stars for you.

Most of us editors don’t work full-time on a site and spend only a couple of hours a day working on the editing. An editor’s job is to edit – not deal with constant emails. Leave them to do their job, check the guidelines and posts like these and stay calm. Your post will be published and if it doesn’t you will be told why.

BIG HINT FOR GUEST BLOGGERS (hence the bold capitals) – if you have read the guidelines and submitted a post according to them you will get published quicker as there is less work for the editor to do when scheduling a post. Simples!

Add a Call To Action. You Want a Response Don’t You?

You’ve written something and want some reaction to it, yes? Nearly every post I see lately doesn’t have a call to action at the end and therefore there are no comments. Comments mean traction to your post people – you must understand that?  I comment on every post published on TYB and I rarely get a reply from the author. Shame on you as it will only help your post with the more interaction on it. Unless you don’t want anyone to see what you have written???

Sharing is Caring … Right?

So you have your post written and your editor has worked on it to make it pretty for publishing. It’s time for sharing on social media once it is published. I don’t get how some people write a post then forget about it. You’ve written something you want seen, yes?

We have social media links on TYB for guest writers to fill in so they can be connected and contacted, plus so that we can link to the writer when we share the posts. We share every post on social media – Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn and if we can link to the writer all the better. It helps the writer expand their network which is what TYB was originally set up to do and we have helped a lot of bloggers. Help us to help yourselves – add your social media links plus share posts! Don’t just share your own post either, share other people’s posts and you’ll find this will be reciprocated more often than not.

Comment … Why Not?

The best way to network online as a blogger is to comment on others posts and ensure you reply to comments on yours. You’ve written the post and should expect comments, which also helps traction, so bloody answer them!

I wrote something for a medical site a few years ago about a private procedure and whenever a comment pops up in my email, to this day, I reply to it. I feel like it’s rude and I’m ignoring someone speaking to me if I don’t, The hoster of that blog still lets me know how much she appreciates my responses, plus how it keeps the post “alive”.

You’ve written something so why not react to comments, good or bad?

Adam Connell, of Blogging Wizard, says, “When it comes to blog comments, I aim to reply to them all. What if the blog owner doesn’t? I don’t have to either right?! Wrong! That’s even more reason to reply to them – it creates an even better impression and the blog’s readers will appreciate it.”

Thank You

If you’re still with me then thank you for reading all of this post. I’ve been thinking about it and making notes for almost six months now. As I spend so much of my time proofreading and editing I don’t get to write much anymore. Probably because I’m such a perfectionist it takes me ages to write – this post has taken me almost three days to write and approximately thirty previews and revisions to get it how I want it. I’d also like to thank the experts who have given me comments and their tips to use too. I really hope this post provides help to writers and also makes an editor’s job easier.

So, you’ve guessed it, this is my turn for a CTA. Please leave your comments and advice on being a guest writer, hosting a guest blogging site or being an editor. There is a lot to cover here. All points of view and advice will be much appreciated.

Thanks

Sian

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How To Get Your First 500 Blog Comments [INFOGRAPHIC] – Here are some great data-driven tips that will help you get more comments on your blog. Blogging Wizard

5 Things Content Writers Should Know About SEO – Content writers who are interested in making a career in SEO need to keep several aspects in mind before they jump on board. Shubhi Gupta on Tweak Your Biz

The Ultimate Link Building Guide for 2016 and Beyond – If you’re seeking high rankings and more traffic to your business in this day and age, you must focus on implementing link building strategies for your website. On Blast Blog

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The Ultimate Guide On How To Use Pinterest For Marketing – Who are the 100 million people who use Pinterest, with more Pinners coming in every day to make it the fastest growing website by overall member growth?  CoSchedule

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19 Link Building / Outreach Strategies that WORK – There are endless link opportunities for your site. These are the ones that matter. WEBRIS

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Technology

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Marketing

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Confessions From a (Former) Content Marketing Curmudgeon – What was it with content marketing? Why did I have this blind spot that caused me to dismiss the content marketing trend for so many years? Upon reflection, I came up with a few answers. Content Marketing Institute

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7 Great Analytics Tools For Bloggers (Most Are Free) – These tools will give you the means to grow your blog to a professional level. Blogging Wizard

The Ultimate Guide to Content Marketing For SaaS Business – Businesses that have adopted a proper content marketing strategy have seen a significant growth in their website conversion rate compared to those who are yet to leverage the power of content. E2M Solutions

Why Experience Doesn’t Sell (and Why Marketing Writing Matters Way More Than You Might Think) – My professional background consists of digital marketing first, customer service second, sales third, management fourth, and finally – finally my home in writing. Fifth time’s a charm! The Savvy Copywriter

Brian Solis: Businesses Should Create Experiences, Not Just Products or Services – Brian shares with us a few key themes covered in the book, including why it is imperative to go beyond focusing on building products and services if you’re looking to create the most valuable relationships with customers you possibly can.  Small Business Trends

Growth

7 Tips to Become an Influencer in Your Industry – As an influencer, people want to be like you, eat like you, read like you and work like you. Wouldn’t you love to be one of these influencers in your industry? JeffBullas.com

Management

How to Interview Millennials: Trophies for Everyone? – Get a better insight on how to interview millennials by learning their upsides and downsides, as well as the right questions to ask. Christopher Jan Benitez on Tweak Your Biz

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Marketing

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The Role and Influence of Social Media on the Modern PR Industry – It’s not just Facebook and Twitter where brands strive to make their presence felt. Platforms such as LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, and Google+ cannot be overlooked if modern PR practitioners want to convey their story successfully. PR Mention

Finance

Small Business Accounting Grows Up … And Other 2016 Trends – The year 2016 will be the year that small business owners no longer need to hear “move to the cloud.” Why? It’s because small businesses are already deep into the cloud. Anita Campbell on Small Business Trends

Management

13 Productivity Hacks That Worked For Real People – Here are a variety of tweaks that helped other people accomplish more in their lives—and that could revolutionize your life as well. Forbes

Five Ways Solopreneurs Can Put Stress In Its Place In 2016 – All small business owners, self-employed solo professionals in particular, need to work smarter not harder every day to avoid feeling overwhelmed. CorpNet

Technology

5 Things Your SEO Strategy Needs in 2016 – SEO strategies in 2016 have changed due to recent and upcoming algorithm updates. Find out how to improve your SEO strategy now. Tudor Stanescu on Tweak Your Biz

Growth

Want to be happier? Stay in the moment. Matt Killingsworth [Video] – When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. TED Talk

Beating Procrastination: 72 Successful People Reveal their Most Powerful Tips –  Procrastination: a universal troublemaker and the single biggest productivity killer. Something which can severely impact your professional success, future income and even your health and happiness. Huffington Post

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#TYBCommunity Round-Up: SEO Checks, SEO Tools, Killer Content Ideas & More

Marketing

SEO Checks: Your 17 Point Pre-Publish Content Checklist – Before you publish that next piece of content, run it by our helpful 17 point pre-publish checklist. In doing so you’ll ensure your content is the best it can be. SEO-Hacker

10 Killer Content Ideas for your Blog – Most businesses know they should blog. Many started to blog and failed. So what goes wrong? When talking to clients I hear two common excuses: 1. We don’t have the time. 2. We ran out of content ideas. Content Plan

Is Long the New Short (When it Comes to Content)? – Some content marketers tout the value of content pillars — long comprehensive pieces. Other gurus suggest that shorter is better when it comes to blog posts, video and other content marketing. Which is correct? Anita Campbell on Inc.com

18 Of The Best Free SEO Tools For Your Website – I’ve put together this list of the best free SEO tools out there right now to help you instantly improve your online marketing.  Marie Ennis-O’Connor

Lead Generation: 10 Proven Strategies To Generate Leads in Crucial Times – At first glance, lead generation can seem to be an overwhelming task, mainly because the reason that no cookie-cutter method for creating and cultivating leads exists. Ahmad Raza on Tweak Your Biz

Social Media Profits: An Advanced Guide – Here are the steps, solutions and goals to help you maximize your social media profits. Alex Houg on Infusionsoft

Sharing is Caring: How to Get Your Content Moving! – While they can’t provide you with all the answers for your unique business, there are various studies that can help you understand what makes content more shareable. So, let’s shine a light on the most recent findings. Constant Content

13 Experts Talk about Why Content Marketing Will Continue to Matter in the Years to Come – As content marketing continued to make waves in 2015, we asked a few noted industry experts about everything that mattered and will continue to make a difference in that sphere, and compiled their responses. Right Mix Marketing

Technology

How IoT (The Internet of Things) Will Change the Way Customers Interact With Your Business – It’s time to sit up and notice the way these mobile devices are going to change the way customers look at your business through the use of IoT (The Internet of Things). Patricia Vaz on Tweak Your Biz

The Evolution of Enterprise Mobility [Infographic] – The Evolution of Enterprise Mobility Infographic breaks down the world of Enterprise Mobility. From what it is to which industries are taking advantage of it to what the future holds – this infographic gives the lowdown on trends, challenges and know-how to get you started with mobility in your organization. Growmap

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#TYBCommunity Round-Up: Twitter Removing Share Counts & Lots More https://tweakyourbiz.com/global/2016/01/26/tybcommunity-round-up-twitter-removing-share-counts-lots-more https://tweakyourbiz.com/global/2016/01/26/tybcommunity-round-up-twitter-removing-share-counts-lots-more#comments Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:00:11 +0000 https://tweakyourbiz.com/global/?p=7278 In this #TYBCommunity round-up we include posts about Twitter removing share counts, who controls your Facebook feed, digital marketing jargon, publishing calendar for your content marketing, tools to increase your blog's performance, write killer meta descriptions, reach your sales goals, lead generation lessons from Kindergarten, lessons from Wolf of Wall Sreet, and how to prevent your online business from bleeding money.

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#TYBCommunity Round-Up: Twitter Removing Share Counts & Lots More

Marketing

Is Twitter Seriously Removing Share Counts? Why Would They Do This? – The big announcement surprised some, angered others, and led many to conclude that the little bird isn’t bringing in enough cash. Warfare Plugins

Who Controls Your Facebook Feed – A small team of engineers in Menlo Park. A panel of anonymous power users around the world. And, increasingly, you. Slate

50 Digital Marketing Jargon Busters To Know – Every industry has its own jargon, and digital marketing is no different. The jargon can be confusing. Here’s a list of some common digital marketing terms alongside a simple explanation of what they mean. Marie Ennis-O’Connor via LinkedIn

Should You Use a Publishing Calendar for Your Content Marketing? – When you don’t prioritize your content marketing, it’s your fault. You can find the time to write. And you can find topics to write about. Here’s how I do it. The Savvy Copywriter

26 Tools to Help You Increase Your Blog’s Performance – I’ve put together a list of 26 great tools—divided into 4 main categories—that you can immediately use to improve your blog. Quicksprout

Technology

Tips to Write Killer Meta Descriptions to Ensure Higher CTR – The Meta Descriptions tag is a 160 character snippet used to summarize a web page content. It allows the visitors to know about a page before they click. Adam Frankel on Tweak Your Biz

Sales

Start the Sales Year Off Right: How to Reach Your Sales Goals – Maybe your last year was a great one–or maybe you’re glad to see it go. Start the year with new strategies to reach your sales goals, and to make the new year a success. AllBusiness

5 Lead Generation Lessons You Learned in Kindergarten – Demand generation marketers spend their careers building out complex lead acquisition and engagement engines, but sometimes it’s good to take it back to the basics—way back–as in, back to the things we learned in kindergarten that still hold true in today’s marketing landscape. Marketo Blog

Finance

10 lessons to learn from The Wolf of Wall Street’s Jordan Belfort – Every time you watch this Martin Scorsese film you find a teacher in Jordan Belfort and Stratton Oakmont. Day to Day Finance

How to Prevent your Online Business from Bleeding Money – Translating your website into different languages allows you to increase traffic and drive more conversions, among other benefits. Christopher Jan Benitez on Tweak Your Biz

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Content Marketing

Why Content and not Display Ads Will Win the Battle for Mums’ Hearts – Here at Mykidstime we keep a keen eye on our stats and what our audience is up to. As the digital advertising landscape continues to shift so quickly businesses and brands who wish to target Mothers, the key decision makers in most households, need to understand what works to engage Mums.  MyKidsTime

5 Ways to Get More Traffic with Content Marketing – Here’s how to use content to get the attention of those all-important prospects — the men and women who are in the market to buy what you have to sell. Copyblogger

6 Easy Tips to Create Viral Content – Viral content is surely going to be the future of online marketing. So, it is essential to embrace the ways that will help you create such content. Dipanjan Mukherjee on Tweak Your Biz

Your Handy Dandy Marketing Calendar for 2016 – I find that breaking down your marketing activities helps small business owners actually expand what they do, rather than throw a list of “you should be doing this!” at them. So, here’s a suggested calendar of things to add (or improve upon) to your marketing mix in 2016. The Marketing Eggspert Blog

Five Blog KPIs You Need to Track – Tracking a few key performance indicators (KPIs) can help you get a better idea of your blog’s current return on investment. Here are five KPIs you need to be tracking and a few suggested tweaks that can make a big difference in your blog’s performance. Constant Content

26 Tools to Help You Increase Your Blog’s Performance – I’ve put together a list of 25 great tools—divided into 4 main categories—that you can immediately use to improve your blog. QuickSprout

What You Get When You Produce the Right Content – As a retailer, how important is your content? It’s everything, because it’s all you have. It’s all you have to “get” to a customer and to get that customer to buy your product or service. Ron Sela

Content Marketing Lessons from ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – The most recent Star Wars film can teach content marketers a lesson or two about how to make content successful, including reusing good material, answering and encouraging questions, and making content easy and fun to share. PracticalEcommerce

7 Stolen Content Marketing Ideas You Can Use Today – Each of these things has changed my thinking, directly attributed to better content, or is expected to be implemented in 2016. Content Marketing Institute

14 Extremely Useful Tools For Content Marketing Success – All of this may seem rather overwhelming, but you are not alone in this struggle. For people like us, fortunately, numerous extremely helpful services have been created to faciltate content marketing. Nicole Stansley on Tweak Your Biz

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In this special, monster #TYBCommunity round-up for the New Year we have 88 posts predicting business trends to expect in 2016 plus advice to follow in the year ahead. These include Marketing Trends, Finance Trends, Technology Trends and much more.

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General Business Trends in 2016

New Year’s Resolution Checklist for Small Businesses – This year, resolve to minimize stress and make your life that much easier. Get started with this handy New Year’s Resolutions checklist for small businesses. Small Business Trends

[VIDEO] The 3 Nonprofit Digital Trends to Watch in 2016 – Recently, we took a break from reflecting on an exciting year here at EveryAction to look ahead to 2016 and the trends that will shape the nonprofit sector. Everyaction

Top 16 Trends For 2016: Augmented Reality Goes Mainstream, The Dragon Stumbles And Everything Is ‘Uberized’ – Each year my team of futurists puts together a list of big trends for the coming year. We analyze how right we were with our “15 for 2015” and compile our “16 for 2016”  Forbes

Five trends to watch in 2016 – Here are five trends to watch, based on insights drawn from Dun & Bradstreet’s commercial database of over 240 million company records, and our daily monitoring of regional events. CNBC

Five Business Trends to Watch in 2016 – No Matter How or Where You Work – Here’s a look at some of the business trends that seem most likely to impact professionals of all stripes in the year ahead. Fast Company

10 Workplace Trends You’ll See In 2016 – While these might be challenges, there are also great opportunities for companies to automate, modernize and lead in 2016. Forbes

10 New Leadership Books You Must Read in 2016 – When it comes to leadership, the leadership books on this list reveal a couple of things I think you should know and be aware of if you want to reach your goals in 2016. Small Business Trends

The one thing these six entrepreneurs plan to change about their business in 2016 – The start of a new year can be a time to take stock and reflect on where your business has come from and where you want it to go. It can be a time of renewal and change; a time to work on your business, not just in it. With this in mind, SmartCompany asked six entrepreneurs to tell us one thing they plan to change about their business in 2016. Smart Company

10 New Year’s Resolutions To Be A Happy Entrepreneur – Whether you choose the entrepreneurial route, or any other approach, I suggest you try the following top ten recommendations from experts around the world on how to stay happier at work. Startup Professsionals Inc

How to Make Customers Love You in 2016 – As we round the corner to 2016, everyone’s looking for ways to build upon 2015’s successes or overcome its failures. What everyone really wants is an advantage — an unfair advantage — something that sets us apart from the crowd and gives us an inside track. Inc.com

5 Employee Benefit Trends to Watch in 2016 – Here’s a look at what to expect on this front heading into 2016 – and what it means for your wallet. US News Money

4 New Year’s Resolutions for SMB Owners – Here are four relatively simple resolutions that any business owner can implement for a less stressful and more profitable 2016. Noobpreneur

New Year Brings New Events and New Opportunities – Hopefully, the end of the year brought you a chance to recharge and you are now ready to launch into 2016 with a fresh perspective. Get out there and mix it up, meet new business connections and soak up new ideas. Small Business Trends

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Marketing Trends in 2016

4 Trends That Will Shape Marketing in 2016 – Are experts predicting any major shifts in the industry over the next 12 months? Here are four changes marketers will encounter in 2016. Entrepreneur

15 Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 That Could Destroy Your Business – So what are the digital marketing trends that could destroy your business if you don’t start now? You can be sure that your savvy competitors will be getting in on the digital action! So it’s time to beat them to the punch.
Jeff Bullas

The Top B2B Marketing Trends For 2016 – In this post, I explore B2B marketers’ progress towards these highly effective habits, and offer a few tips to help you stay ahead of the pack in 2016. Business2Community

2016 Marketing Predictions for Small Businesses – Is your small business prepared for the New Year? Here are the 12 emerging trends in marketing (as I see them) and what you can do to keep your business current and innovative in 2016. The Savvy Copywriter

Marketing Trends for 2016 – Will we be in a post-digital era? – Our annual look at the latest trends in digital media and technology and how they will impact marketing. Smart Insights

Biggest Email Marketing Mistakes You Need to Correct in 2016 – To become efficient with your marketing dollars this 2016, you should check if you are guilty of the biggest email marketing mistakes that could endanger your business. Christopher Jan Benitez on Tweak Your Biz

Why Mobile Marketing Should Be The Focus For 2016 – It’s apparent that the trend is shifting towards mobile marketing. Here are the reasons why this should be your focus in 2016. Mass Planner

9 Content Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2016 –  If content marketing is your game, 2016 would be the year it gets crazy competitive, and a lot more exciting!  DigitalDefynd

Five Social Trends Marketers Won’t Be Able to Ignore in 2016 – Here are five social trends for 2016 that marketers can’t ignore from how SnapChat is now tv to the rise of messaging networks over broadcast social. Ad Age

2016 Social Media Marketing Predictions From the Experts – To get you ready for what’s coming next, we asked 14 social media marketing experts what to watch for in the new year. Social Media Examiner

Top Marketing Trends in 2016 and What They Mean for Your Small Business – As you’re preparing your 2016 marketing plan, here are some predictions for what the top trends will be in the New Year — and what these trends could mean for your small business. Vertical Response

The 5 Most Undercovered Marketing Trends For 2016 – CMOs, bloggers, and influencers highlight marketing trends that didn’t get nearly enough attention heading into 2016. Forbes

Toss the Social Media Predictions – I do not have any grandiose predictions, because the only thing we know for sure is that social media will change. The trending channels will change and the technology will change. Strella Social Media

Will 2016 Be the Year for Social Commerce? – While social commerce may still only drive a small fraction of retail sales, small businesses can’t ignore its impact. Small Business Trends

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Why Strong Writing Is a Skill to Prioritize in 2016 (And How to Hire Great Writers) – Writing is a discipline that needs to be prioritized and practiced. Read on to get some practical ideas from our B2B roundtable on how to do that. Content Marketing Institute

Digital Marketing Strategies You Can Still Depend on in 2016 – There will still be marketing strategies that you used in 2015—or even earlier—that will continue to produce results here in 2016. Let’s take a look at what they are. Social Media Today

10 B2B Lead Generation Strategies for 2016 – Lead generation is any company’s lifeblood, and coming up with a strategy to increase and sustain leads is important. In helping you generate new lead ideas, here are strategies to fill in the lead gaps for 2016. Pure B2B

Digital marketing in 2016: Trends, tips and the new role of content – Content marketng and more – check out these tips for digital marketing trends in 2016. Brafton

A Complete Guide To 2016 Content Marketing Trends – #infographic – It’s time to get creative in the realm of tech. With smartphone users set to top 2 billion in 2016 (eMarketer) and over 90 percent of marketers learning on interactive content to educate buyers (Ion Interactive), optimization for mobile devices in one of the many keys to a successful strategy through next year. Digital Information World

The Top 5 Digital PR Trends to Watch in 2016 – In order to get in front of those cherished eyeballs you must understand the digital landscape. As our public service announcement to you, here are the top digital PR trends to watch in 2016. PR Newser

4 Key Social Media Marketing Trends To Lead The Game in 2016 – In 2016 we should expect to see new exciting trends and changes in the social scene and here are the top 4. Huffington Post

2 Key Ways to Assure Your Business is Found Online in 2016 – Granted, trying to predict what new social media avenue will appear or exactly where your audience will be can be a fruitless and futile endeavor; however, there are a couple of things we see as trending and soon-to-be a necessity for you and your business. i7 Marketing

7 Digital Marketing Trends to Watch Out for 2016 – As the 2015 comes to an end, it’s important that your company is primed to take advantage of the seven trends gearing up to take online marketing to the next level in 2016. Entrepreneur

Your Handy Dandy Marketing Calendar for 2016 –  find that breaking down your marketing activities helps small business owners actually expand what they do, rather than throw a list of “you should be doing this!” at them. So, here’s a suggested calendar of things to add (or improve upon) to your marketing mix in 2016. The Marketing Eggspert Blog

Top 3 Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 – 2015 may be only a couple of weeks old, but staying ahead of the curve is of utmost importance in the marketing world. Here are three strategies to make sure you’re ready for the challenges of 2016 ahead of time. Impress1

7 Game-Changing Marketing Trends To Tackle in 2016 – Here, we’ll discuss those trends that are changing the face of marketing (yet again) and give you an eye-opening look at what marketers should be leveraging in 2016. Hubspot Blogs

10 Digital Trends every Digital Marketer should know about in 2016 – Looking at the trends for 2016, and you’ll see them in a moment, it takes creativity and an analytical approach to execute these trends, but it is totally worth it. Conversion Advantage

Advertising trends for 2016 show no digital slowdown (infographic) – The question of what will be your advertising budget in 2016 is beginning to creep upon many companies, and, based off new findings, there appears to be no slowdown in online rewards. Silicon Republic

The Top Digital Marketing Trends To Expect In 2016 – Change can be difficult, but it’s important to under the main trends that will shape the digital marketing landscape for the year. Here are the top digital marketing trends to keep you ahead of the curve. New Media Digital

88 Posts of Business Trends to Expect in 2016: Monster #TYBCommunity Round-Up

Top Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 – From content and relationship marketing to the Internet of Things, let’s look at some of the top digital marketing trends for 2016. Zest

5 Online Marketing Trends to Watch for in 2016 – What digital marketing trends should you be watching out for in 2016? Inc.com

10 digital branding and marketing trends to watch for in 2016 – Tried-and-true marketing strategies will never go out of style, but savvy marketers also keep up with current trends. Here are 10 things to watch for in 2016. Ragan’s PR Daily

7 SEO Trends That May Dominate the Web in 2016 – While businesses continue to make huge investments in digital marketing and create diverse digital content, search engines are shifting their focus away from content and concentrating more on usability across devices. It is no longer enough for an organization to simply rely on its web presence to offer deals and promote sales. SEMRush

Content Marketing Trends for 2016 – Content marketing is an essential element of marketing for the digital world. Now, when we are entering a New Year – planning and moving in a focused, strategic manner is very important.  IV Technologies

5 Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 – As we head into 2016, let’s take a look at the top digital marketing trends and tactics that your company should implement to stay ahead of the competition. CommCreative

How Companies Find You Online is Changing in 2016! Find Out How to Assure Your Company is Easily Found – We’re reading between the lines, looking at what Google changed this year, and taking in the bits of information Google has given us in order to make predictions that will guide our work in January and beyond. Business2Community

11 Marketing Tools Worth Trying in 2016 – Small businesses owners- start your New Year’s resolutions early with a list of 11 marketing tools to help make 2016 your most productive year yet. From tracking important press mentions to helping automate social media- these are the tools that can jumpstart your marketing plan. Entrepreneur

10 Stunning Marketing Predictions For 2016: Digital Continues To Drive Marketing Trends – These trends are in no particular order, but they all should provide food for thought and be just a little less-than-obvious, if we did our job well. CMO by Adobe

10 Words We All Need to Stop Using in 2016 – As we put the final touches on our content marketing playbooks for 2016, can we all agree to send these played-out words to the showers? Resonance Content Marketing

5 Ways To Grow Your Following On Instagram In 2016 – Grow your following on Instagram with these 5 ways. Learn and master these tips and you’re sure to hit a gold mine with Instagram. Massplanner

The Top 8 Social Media Trends to Watch Out For in 2016 (Infographic) – tay ahead of the social media marketing game by familiarizing yourself now with the following trends and new features that will be hitting it big next year – and beyond. CJG Digital Marketing

10 Trends for 2016: Digital Strategy & Marketing – As key technologies mature and as user behavior follows, these are the trends you should keep in mind for 2016 and beyond.  Wolfgang Gruener via LinkedIn

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4 Ways to Reach Your Small Business Customers in 2016 – Search engine marketing is only small part of internet marketing, and there are more ways to reach your audience than you may realize, especially in 2016. i7 Marketing

The top 5 digital marketing trends to prioritize for 2016 – Smart technology, wearable tech, Big Data and the ‘Internet of Things’ all vie for center stage when it comes to identifying the biggest influences shaping the next year and even the next decade. adestra

In 2016 No One Will Read Your Content… – In 2016 no one will read your content… Think again. Do you also believe that no one will use Google anymore? Read this post to see that content will remain king in 2016.  Simplicity

Predictions: 16 Digital Marketing Trends for 2016 – We’ve spoken to a raft of marketing leaders, analysts and industry commentators about what the digital marketing mix will look like in the New Year and whether 2016 is shaping up to be even more competitive, complex and evolutionary. OpenTopic

10 Stunning Marketing Predictions for 2016: Digital Continues to Drive Marketing Trends – We took the time to review and rate Anvil’s 2015 marketing predictions as well as share a few of our 2016 marketing trends. We hope you enjoy our predictions and share your thoughts in the comment section. iMedia Connection

3 Digital Marketing Trends of 2016 – Below are three digital marketing trends of 2016 that you need to know in order to keep you and your business ahead of the game. RSO Consulting

Marketing Trends to Watch Out For in 2016 – If you thought marketing and commerce were migrating online, you were right. In 2016, it’s even more of the same. Daphne Stanford on Tweak Your Biz

Technology Trends in 2016

10 Social and Content Marketing Technology Trends to Watch Out For in 2016 – Social and content technology is transforming, and will continue to transform the ways in which we engage with people online. Ian Cleary, Razor Social

Digital Trends for 2016 – here is one of the many lists I’ve written in anticipation of 2016. This one is for when a client asks me, “what’s going to happen in digital?” Huffington Post

2016 channel trends: Digital transformation to alter relationships – A look ahead: Digital transformation trends will persist into 2016, impacting channel shops, their vendor partners and end clients. Notable techs will include cloud, security and IoT. Search IT Channel

Business Technology Trends for 2016 – What new trends can companies look forward to in 2016, and how can these innovations help the business? Corpnet

9 Travel Tech Trends That Will Make 2016 a Great Year to Get Out of Town – From virtual-reality tours to drone photography, new technology is continuing to reshape the way we move around, stay, and play where we’re on vacation. Here’s a look at some of the trends coming to us in 2016 and beyond. Digital Trends

5 Digital Design Trends and Predictions for 2016 – Here are the most significant trends in digital design that we need to keep our eyes on in 2016. 3Q Digital

Five trends in digital marketing to success in 2016 – It’s really important to know which marketing trends will set the tone next year: some of them are known but they will end to consolidate and some of them are true novelties which certainly will come to stay. Bubblegum Health

88 Posts of Business Trends to Expect in 2016: Monster #TYBCommunity Round-Up

8 Latest WordPress Development Trends To Look Up In 2016 – Here are a few invaluable web design techniques that anyone can find useful when designing their website. Learn these tricks to understand what contributes to the making of a great web design and apply them in your current web development project. Sudeep Banerjee on Tweak Your Biz

5 mobile marketing trends that will rule in 2016 – Based on the results of a recent marketing trends poll conducted by Smartinsights (which asked users to share their views on marketing techniques that will have maximum commercial impact in 2016), here is a list of five of the top marketing trends as they relate to mobile marketing. Smart Insights

5 Robot Trends to Watch for in 2016 – We saw significant advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence in 2015. Here’s what we’re watching closely in 2016. MIT Tehnology Review

Design trends 2016: 20 leading designers, artists and creatives tell us what’s inspiring them for next year – Discover 2016’s most important trends across graphic, digital and immersive design, illustration, creative direction, advertising, photography and VFX. Digital Arts

Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2016 – Click through for the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016, as identified by Gartner. IT Business Edge

Tech Trends ot Look Forward to in 2016 – As 2015 winds down, let’s take a look forward at the technology trends we can expect to see in 2016. IGN

3 Digital Security Predictions for 2016 – Let’s take a look at the coming year ahead and predict what security is going to look like in 2016. Small Business Trends

Tech trends that will make waves in 2016 – We asked some experts for their insights into some of the tech innovations likely to make waves in 2016. CBS News

The Top 4 Business Technology Trends for 2016 – When it comes to staying ahead of the game, keeping up with the latest business technology trends is crucial. Here are some of the main business technology trends to keep on your radar for 2016. Business2Community

2016 predictions: The six tech trends that will rule – 2016 will be filled with incremental tech developments that will serve as a foundation for a much smarter future. MarketWatch

Virtual Reality and Palm-Sized PCs will Conquer Computing at CES 2016 – If all you have time for is a crash course of what you might expect to see lining the demo counters and media suites, there are a few key trends to keep an eye out for when the show officially opens on the 6th. Digital Trends

Best Apps and Tools Every Entrepreneur Would Require in 2016 – Check these different best apps and tools for businesses to manage their teams, marketing, productivity, outsourcing and communication etc. Manish Bhalla on Tweak Your Biz

Finance Trends in 2016

2016: Preparing for the Year Ahead – The business environment is changing rapidly in the digital age, so your company must be ready to react at a moment’s notice to whatever opportunities or threats arise. Preparation is key to success in 2016, but what trends can you expect from the next calendar year? Intuit QuickBooks

16 Money Trends We’ll See in 2016 – Here’s our list of the top 16 money predictions that could affect you in 2016. If these don’t motivate you to take control of your cash, get out of debt, and save for your goals, we don’t know what will! Dave Ramsey

Top Trends In Finance 2016 – The CFO is overseeing a sea change. New digital technologies are putting paid to the way that finance departments have traditionally operated, enabling greater productivity, and a new role within organizations. Innovation Enterprise

5 Steps to a Healthier Cash Flow in 2016: Invest in New Digital Tools – Let’s take a look at three technological investments small businesses can make that will assuredly make their cash flow healthier. Fundbox

4 Steps to Take NOW to be Ready to Buy a Franchise in 2016 – The end of the year inevitably means resolutions and goals for the new year. If buying a franchise is one of yours, check out these 4 steps to be ready to buy in 2016! Franchise Direct

Top 10 Retail Banking Trends and Predictions for 2016 – For the fifth consecutive year, we have surveyed a panel of close to 100 global financial services leaders for their thoughts around upcoming retail banking and credit union trends and predictions. The crowdsource panel including bankers, credit union executives, industry analysts, advisors, authors and fintech followers from Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. The Financial Brand

Want to Start 2016 with a New Corporation or LLC? Here’s the Secret to When You Should Incorporate – You’ve got a business filing conundrum. You want to change your business structure to a corporation or a Limited Liability Company, but you’d rather have a clean start and have your structure kick off on January 1. Corpnet

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#TYBCommunity Round-Up: Visual Storytelling, Star Wars & Content Marketing & More https://tweakyourbiz.com/global/2015/12/24/tybcommunity-round-up-visual-storytelling-star-wars-content-marketing-more https://tweakyourbiz.com/global/2015/12/24/tybcommunity-round-up-visual-storytelling-star-wars-content-marketing-more#respond Thu, 24 Dec 2015 19:00:53 +0000 https://tweakyourbiz.com/global/?p=7246 In this #TYBCommunity round-up we include blogs aboout visual storytelling, what Star Wars can teach you about content marketing, interesting topics for your blog, having a broad marketing strategy, camaraderie in the workplace to boost productivity, 360 peer reviews, how to get up earlier, unbreakable business partnerships and more.

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#TYBCommunity Round-Up: Visual Storytelling, Star Wars & Content Marketing & More

Marketing

How To Master Visual Storytelling with Emotional Pictures – Let’s take a look at how you can take the same subject and completely transform it by using images that include a human element that really connects with the viewer and tells a story at a glance. Twenty20

What Star Wars Can Teach You About Content Marketing – As Content Marketing Jedis, I thought I’d share some thoughts about what Star Wars can teach us all about content marketing. The Marketing Eggspert Blog

How to Find Interesting Topics to Write About for Your Company Blog – Having to come up with a steady supply of blog topics week after week can be a real drag. It’s not just a question of finding something to write about. The challenge is to find interesting topics to write about. And to be able to do it consistently. Lim Writer

Do You Have A Broad Marketing Strategy? – Determining what has attracted the prospect to your business can be a nightmare. Two Feet Marketing

Management

How Camaraderie in the Workplace Can Boost Productivity – Of the many jobs I have worked over the years, there have been only a handful in which I actually didn’t mind going to work and my productivity was great. Alex Vanover on Tweak Your Biz

Are 360 Peer Reviews Right for Your Business? – Many company owners and employees have mixed opinions on the Peer Performance Review, also known as the 360 Review. Small Business Trends

5 Realistic Expectations for a Money-Making Blog – No matter what your initial goals are, the thought of actually earning money from your blog is usually always a welcomed idea. The Work at Home Woman

Technology

12 Simple and Often-ignored UI Elements That Improve Usability – These are UI elements that you should always consider when developing a website and designing digital experiences. The reason: they greatly improve usability and not using them is just plain laziness. Propelrr

Growth

Why You Should Get Up Earlier and How to Actually Do It – 7 benefits of getting up earlier and how to actually do it. In my case, earlier wake-ups literally changed my life and I have accomplished a lot because of that. Smart Productive Work

6 Key Traits of Unbreakable Business Partnerships – While many business partnerships in history have been formed on a whim, few stay together if all parties aren’t completely invested in the company and in each other’s ultimate success. Ivan Widjaya on Tweak Your Biz

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