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January 7, 2013
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  • A burger company's post-bankruptcy rebound
    Fatburger CEO Andy Wiederhorn has been able to get his hamburger business back on track after resorting to bankruptcy filings for two of its subsidiaries. The restaurant company has been able to reduce its debt and move to a franchise model. It has also become active in overseas markets, where more capital is currently available. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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  • 5 marketing trends to follow this year
    Inbound marketing is likely to become increasingly important in 2013, Lisa Barone writes. "Businesses can no longer expect to earn an audience by shouting at them or 'interrupting' their daily activities." In addition, companies will analyze the data available to them and take a smarter approach to social media marketing, she writes. Small Business Trends (1/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • 3 steps to developing your company's content-marketing plan
    If you're looking for a way to organize your content-creation efforts, you can get started by planning out which themes you want to address this year, John Jantsch writes. Then, use this information to plan out how you are going to use delivery platforms such as your newsletter or your blog. This approach "changes the lens you use to view all the information that comes at you all day long," he writes. Duct Tape Marketing (1/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
A Buyer's Guide to Web CMS
A Web CMS (Content Management System) makes it easier for you to create, manage and maintain your website content, and choosing a Web CMS is a big decision for your company. It's critical to look for and understand the essential features that will address your business needs now and in the future. This guide will help you make a more informed Web CMS selection.

  • How to become a better leader
    As a leader, you need to work with others to identify the company's goals and strategies to achieve them, writes Douglas Conant, former CEO of the Campbell Soup Company. "By seeking and valuing their perceptions, you increase their commitment, confidence, and the likelihood of getting traction when it is time to execute." It's important to give your employees some degree of autonomy when it comes to execution, he writes. Harvard Business Review online/HBR Blog Network (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Why you should give charity requests a deliberate "yes" or "no"
    In general, it's a good idea for businesses to reply to donation requests from charities, even the reply is a "no," writes Michael Hess. You can do so by sending a short form letter or by directing them to information on your businesses charitable giving practices on your website, he explains. "The courtesy of any reply ... makes your business stand out as a caring and responsive corporate citizen." CBS MoneyWatch (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
Tips & Tools 
  • Have your skills reached a plateau?
    After a certain amount of training, workers tend to reach a plateau where they continue gaining experience without getting any better at their jobs, experts say. Advancing past this plateau is how super-talented professionals separate themselves from everyone else. The key to doing this is to dedicate time each week to practicing a task that expands your skills. The Wall Street Journal/At Work blog (12/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
  • Key tech projects for the New Year
    Several technological projects might help you to improve your company's operations in 2013. It's a good idea to back up your files, encrypt critical data and focus on improving the security of your small business, Paul Mah writes. Small Business Computing (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterGoogle+Email this Story
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Businesses that get more serious about content will see great gains, both from the searchers who consume it and the search engines who can’t help but rank it."
--Lisa Barone, vice president of strategy at Overit, writing at Small Business Trends
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