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Business article with fasination for us all. Who knew?

By BusinessLife, published on Dec 31, 2010

After submitting my first article in this 6-part series, it became clear that business owner or not, the unique to strange ways people are attracting people to purchase products can be fascinating to check out. Instead of rehashing every article in the series, links are provided should you want to find out what's going on worldwide when it comes to tracking trends in attracting you and I to open our purse strings.

I hope you find some of these as interesting and shocking as I did. Enjoy.

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The Countdown of 2010

By BusinessLife, published on Dec 31, 2010

New Year's Resolutions

Some people make new year's resolutions. I don't think I have met someone who has admitted to doing this. Me? I make a resolution of faith, but the traditional resolution to give up or limit chocolate, lose five pounds or read 25 books before the year or actually try to keep up with housework while both boys are in the home (9 & 12)...well, let's just say, it isn't going to happen, it wouldn't be prudent and I'm not gonna do it. I'm an adult now and I don't have to if I don't wanto to. So, Nah! Besides, I have other things I can count on to occupy my time,... (more)

Tags: tiger woods, gillean smith, countdown, counting on, counting, top ten list, top ten of 2010, ten things i loved, ten things i hated, stan mccrystal, arlington cemetery

The Value of Life (cont.)

By BusinessLife, published on Dec 23, 2010

Dara was with the social services agent for more than an hour. She sat in a plastic, orange chair in a tiny office. There was enough room for a small book shelf against the wall, a chair and desk and two chairs on the other side of the desk.

The agent's office door was open and Dara looked out the door and across the narrow hall at another woman with another agent. The other woman looked right at Dara. Apparently, she was as uncomfortable and bored as she was.

"How many children do you have," the agent asked Dara.

"I have two children...a girl and a boy," she answered.... (more)

Tags: social services, creative writing, gillean smith, u.s. unemployment, living with nothing, from riches to rags

The Value of Life

By BusinessLife, published on Dec 21, 2010

"Guess I won't be taking my lunch break anytime soon," the woman behind the desk said, loud enough for all in line to hear.

39 year-old Dara Mullerton, single mother of two, wished that were her only problem.

Having lunch or not depended on the balance in her bank account. And as of late, she did her best to keep a balance of $20 as often as she possibly could. For now, worrying about when to take a lunch hour during work would mean having a job.

"Help you," the woman mumbled.

Dara walked up to the desk and said, "I am here to find out about what financial assistance... (more)

Tags: creative writing, gillean smith, living without, unemployment stories

How brand history can grow your business success

By BusinessLife, published on Dec 15, 2010

Traditionally, consumers like what they know and understand. The more a potential customer can relate to a product and service, the more likely they are going to see its value in their lives. With so many small businesses looking for a way to stand out among the competition, one idea is to maximize the history of your product or service.

If you are a second or third generation owner of a business and you are looking to rejuvenate your sales, consider sharing the details of how your company began.

For instance, Moravian cookies are not only loved but are well-known by the... (more)

Tags: business success, business ideas, brand ambassadors, brand awareness, customers, products and services, business tips. gillean smith, small business success, target markets

Classroom polls via student phones

By BusinessLife, published on Dec 9, 2010

It's not uncommon for educators to use student response systems (SRS) to engage their students and assess learning through polls, quizzes and other interactive tools.

Most such systems rely on specialized devices known as “clickers,” however, and they're also typically expensive and difficult to use without training.

Now, news from Springwise.com says Top Hat Monocle, a Canadian company that has developed a system in which students can use the portable devices they already have, including cell phones, laptops and iPods.

Teachers begin with Top Hat's monocleCAT by registering... (more)

Tags: classrooms. polls, student polls, quizzes, interactive tools, top hat, cad, mobile apps

shrtn lets consumers earn money while sharing links

By BusinessLife, published on Dec 9, 2010

Twitter and Facebook users are familiar with URL shorteners, the web tools that turn long and unwieldy links into short, shareable ones. Now, Springwise.com reports that Bristol-based shrtn is adding to that concept by helping social media users earn some extra cash while sharing product links.

Like other shorteners, shrtn has a simple interface that lets users enter long URLs, which are then shortened to something like http://shrtn.co/hb (linking, in this case, to Steven Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From). The big difference with other services is that shrtn has signed up with... (more)

Tags: facebook, twitter, consumers, network connections, online, internet access, share links, online application

Commuter travel just got a lot more social

By BusinessLife, published on Dec 9, 2010

There is a 'social' way to help commuters meet others on the go. Bumped.in, is an online community for people on the go.

Springwise.com reports that users of Bumped.in begin by signing up with the free service and creating a profile or signing in through Facebook Connect.

They can then enter any upcoming travel plans — whether it's the daily commute or a longer trip — and Bumped.in will automatically tell them which other users are travelling in close proximity.

From there, users can browse the profiles of those fellow travellers, send messages and connect in person; they... (more)

Tags: gillean smith, local transportation, commuter travel, travel plans, carpool, commute, transportation services

Salvation Army takes credit and debt thanks to NC company

By BusinessLife, published on Dec 8, 2010

The Salvation Army has become a traditional part of the holidays as it's organization's volunteers ring the bell outside businesses all across the country to solicit funds for charity. But it took a company in Reidsville, N.C. to create the organization's ability to accept both credit and debt cards.

Don Brock, the President of Secure Pointe Technologies was featured on CBS affiliate WFMY News 2 in Greensboro, N.C. and said that his company tested the concept in Dallas and Atlanta first.

"The net result was, the average cash gift was $2, and the average donation with debit... (more)

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iPhone app scans and compares food nutrition labels

By BusinessLife, published on Dec 8, 2010

UK consumers can already turn to mySupermarket for grocery store price comparisons as they shop online. But now springwise.com reports that access to food nutrition is in the palm of US consumer's hands.

With the use of an iPhone app, Fooducate allows American shoppers to find the healthiest foods through information available on nutrition labels.

Supermarket shoppers must typically make countless product comparisons and decisions as they navigate the aisles of their favourite grocery store, and nutrition information labels only help so much; still lurking unaccounted for in... (more)

Tags: gillean smith, iphone app, nutrition labels, health food, grocery stores, supermarkets, new technology, u.s. consumers, comparison shopping

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