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Thursday, July 18, 2013
- You can't make something go viral. We had no intention of it getting picked up. We put no effort into making it to viral. It was just a crazy idea we came up over a ping pong game that happened to generate a lot of attention.
- Always expect the unexpected. We created this idea with zero expectation that anything would happen and missed a PR opportunity. We've created other content, spent less time on this and it went further than any other idea we've had. Be prepared if something does happen.
- Own it. Since our name wasn't attached, we are still going back to our original idea to get media interested in sharing those Top 10 Finalist videos and show exactly what people would do for tickets (To date: Yardbarker.com picked it up) to generate some PR.
- Put your money where your mouth is. We had no tickets. We had no intention of giving them away, but we realized that the integrity of our company and website were at stake. We didn't want people putting out negative messages, so we ponied up, bought the tickets and selected a very deserving winner.
- Put a positive spin on a light-hearted situation. It was completely worth it to give away the tickets. Our mission is to help people achieve their dreams through the love of sports, and we did that. We chose the right winner and were thrilled to give her an awesome experience, which she shared on social media, and we got to share with her.
Friday, July 06, 2012
The number one rule of social media success is engagement. You can have a huge list of connections but if you aren’t engaging in conversation with them the effort is wasted. The key to making your social media efforts work is to build relationships with people … there’s more to it then just being social … you need to be engaging with your target market and building meaningful relationships of trust. In today’s market “Trust” builds businesses and creating an effective social media strategy using engagement with your customers and clients is the first step!Here are 12 great ways to encourage your Fans and Followers to respond and engage with your posts. Use these ideas to start the conversation and start building relationships that will grow your business!
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011
SpikeTV -- which just launched its Sunday night series "Bar Rescue" -- and SCORE the non-profit small business mentoring association, have customized a toolkit called "Serve Up Success" available free of charge at http://www.score.org/restaurants/spike-tv-serve-up-success in order to help aspiring entrepreneurs and struggling businesses find success despite this challenging economic climate. The toolkit is particularly timely as unemployment figures continue to rise. The goal: to help entrepreneurs succeed in the food service industry! Whether you're deciding if opening your own bar or restaurant is right for you or if you're a food service veteran, use this great toolkit filled with SCORE resources to help you succeed.
Worth reading: "Bar Rescue: and food industry expert Jon Taffer's interview on his mission to help fix struggling bars and small business owners get back on their feet.
Note: Some good overall advice for all small business owners whether you're in food or not!
Friday, July 01, 2011
Bloomberg Businessweek is seeking your suggestions for America’s best young entrepreneurs roundup for 2011. For the seventh year, we’re asking readers to scour the startup world for the most promising companies run by entrepreneurs 25 or younger. Suggest companies for us to look into using the form below through July 31. Then our reporters and editors will choose 25 to profile, and ask readers to vote for the ones they think hold the most promise. We’ll announce the five companies that got the most votes in the fall.
To qualify, companies must:
1) be based in the United States.
2) have no co-founders older than 25 on July 31, 2011. (That means if any one of a company’s founders was born before July 31, 1985, the company doesn’t qualify.)
3) disclose revenue for 2010 and projected revenue for 2011 (we won’t consider companies without this).Suggest companies using the form below through July 31, and watch for our roundup in the fall.
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
A great article from the Forbes blog. It may just change your the way you, as an entrepreneur, think about your business.Things Entrepreneurs Know That Are Dead Wrong
Martin Zwilling, Startup Professional's Musings
June 26, 2011
In a new book by Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie from the Columbia Business School, “Designing for Growth,” the authors encourage managers to think more like designers. I assert that designers have a lot in common with entrepreneurs, since both must innovate and start a deep understanding of what their customer really wants (“customer-centered”).
In most other respects, design thinking is the opposite of business thinking. For example, businesses must deal with reality as fixed and quantifiable, whereas design deals with subjective experience and a social constructs. Entrepreneurs need to bridge both these worlds, and the authors outline key business management myths that usually limit startup thinking:
- Myth: Think big. There are always pressures to be sure an opportunity is big enough, but most really big solutions began small and built momentum. To seize really new opportunities, it is better to start small and find a deep, underlying human need to connect with. A better maxim for entrepreneurs is: Focus on meeting genuine human needs.