Monthly Archives: August 2008

Key Tricks to Keep Your Business Productive During Vacation

Summer and Year-End are always a slow time for business and many people take off from work.  It creates more problem for small business owners since they have a small team and they primarily rely on people support to move their business ahead.  It’s a great challenge to manage a lot of things.  For them, it’s like moving ahead with a handicapped leg.

So, let’s look at some ideas that you can use to overcome these obstacles / challenges during these summer.

  • Biggest challenge is working around other people’s vacation schedules to get things done
  • Work with web designer for improvement and keep update the contents
  • Need to be very persistent and methodical in following up with people in order to keep projects moving along and meet deadlines
  • Keeping the blog alive during this summer
  • Adding a podcast features or add more podcasts on the site
  • Incorporating RSS or widget capability to your website
  • Summer is a great time for innovation due to the larger blocks of uninterrupted time!
  • You can also do some marketing activities since it will give some leads once you end the summer
  • Plan ahead for the coming months
  • Summer is a great time to network – you can talk to others about how they are incorporating new technologies
  • Summer is a great time to attend an industry trade show and see how technology advances are changing your industry
  • Summer is a good time to implement changes that affect limited number of individuals in your company (e.g. – a new electronic filing system for business cards that only an Administrative Assistant would use).
  • Hold off on implementing changes that involve training everyone in your company (e.g. – new computer system, new video e-mail software) until everyone’s back from vacation => minimizes potential confusion/disruption
  • Also, you can work on new product development

Scott Swaney
CEO
Swaney Sports Consulting

Scott Swanay – A biography

Scott Swanay
is a fully qualified statistical wizard and sports guru. He graduated from Harvard in 1987 with a degree in Applied Math & Computer Science, and worked as an actuary for the next 17 years, holding a series of positions with increasing levels of responsibility. He completed a series of ten rigorous exams to become a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS) in 1998.

In 2004, Scott decided to combine his great knowledge of sports with his statistical and analytical expertise, leaving his previous field to pursue his dream full-time.  He spent the next two years developing the database that led to the creation of Fantasy Baseball Sherpa, a sports projecting web-site that stands out in the many, because Scott, the statistical expert, has figured out how to include unique elements into the player predictions.

About Swaney Sports Consulting:

Swanay Sports Consulting, located in New York, NY.  Swanay Sports Consulting’s line of business is business consulting services.

Fantasy Baseball Sherpa offers customized baseball player rankings for fantasy baseball team owners.   New Fantasy Baseball Sherpa product forecasts players’ performance for the rest of the season – it’s the first product of its kind!  He is also developing a Fantasy Football Sherpa website – will be launched later this summer.

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Enhance Business Productivity by Linking to Investors and Other Businesspeople

BizTrader was built by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs to bring a new approach to small business on the Internet: you can sell your business, invest in a business, find a lender or even barter services!   Here are some their services:

  • Find a Pro – this service helps small businesses outsource specific parts of their business operations and activities.  Small business owners can be more productive by outsourcing specific tasks, which are mundane or regular in nature to someone and focus on what they love to do. Try Find a Pro service.
  • Selling a Business – More business sellers are choosing BizTrader.com because it is the most effective and affordable business selling solution in the world.  BizTrader.com’s massive distribution service lets sellers place one ad that gets distributed to dozens of other websites, keeping your time short (in just 5 mins) and reach wide for marketing a business for sale.

Implement a summer schedule allowing employees to leave early on Fridays to spend time with family or to start the weekend early.   Having a few extra hours to commute to weekend destinations will encourage employees to get some much needed R&R and will contribute to their overall well-being – and keep them more productive in the long run.

Hire a summer intern — Many college students are looking for summer experience to boost their resume and to test out different fields.  This is a great opportunity for your business to hire someone eager to work who can help out with extra tasks, especially the administrative ones, which may often be placed on back burner during vacation season.

You can also offer on-site child care services or discounts so employees do not have to spend as much time and money on summer day-care.

Take advantage of available technology and offer solutions to allow employees to telecommute on days when office presence is not imperative.

On the flip side – make sure employees ARE unplugging as much as possible during vacation time so they can relax and come back to work relaxed and recharged.

Make sure working environment is comfortable for employees, especially if you’re in a hot climate.  Be sure to keep air conditioning in working order and encourage employees to take frequent breaks and to drink plenty of water when outdoors during high heat.

Colby Sambrotto
President and CEO
BizTrader.com

Colby Sambrotto – A biography

Colby Sambrotto founded BizTrader.com in 2007 and is directly responsible for leading the company’s growth and operation.

With a track record of founding, growing, managing and selling a series of successful web-based businesses including ForSaleByOwner.com, the internet’s leading resource for buying and selling real estate without a commission, Colby was inspired to start BizTrader.com to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and investors.

BizTrader.com is a global business resource – it is designed to connect business owners and operators with prospective buyers, lenders and investors.  BizTrader.com is a multilingual one-stop-shop for the small business owner who is looking to expand internationally, get a loan or be acquired.

Since BizTrader.com’s beta launch in 2008, the site has listed tens of thousands of businesses for sale and Colby has successfully brokered business partnerships with companies including Experian, and Microsoft subsidiary Franchise Gator to give the small business owners or investors the tools and resources needed to conduct business in today’s a global marketplace.

Prior to founding BizTrader.com, Colby was chief operating officer of ForSaleByOwner.com for seven years, where he directed the day-to-day operations of the company and was responsible for overseeing all operational aspects of the company including business development, web development, strategic planning and human resources.  Under his strategic leadership, ForSaleByOwner.com was acquired by Tribune Company in 2006.

Colby has provided his views and commentary on a range of business topics in hundreds of media outlets including The Today Show, Wall Street Journal, 20/20 and Businessweek.

Filled with unique tools for both buyers and sellers and led by a seasoned, successful management team, BizTrader is compiling an extensive network of business owners, brokers, and lenders to make this the most comprehensive site for buying and selling a business.

All content on BizTrader.com, including customer postings, articles and software programs, is available in English, Spanish and Mandarin.

If you are business owner and would like to:

  • Sell a business, asset, or commercial property
  • Value a business
  • Coordinate a barter arrangement
  • Find a lender, investor or potential buyer
  • Multi-lingual translation
  • Find a professional – from lawyers and insurance carriers to painters and computer repair

If you are an investor and buyer and would like to :

  • Multi-lingual translation
  • Check a company’s credit
  • Buy a business
  • Value a business
  • Find a franchise
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The Marketing Technologist’s Role in Business — R Craig Peterson

The role of Marketing Technologist isn’t even defined in Wikipedia, but it’s fundamental to any business that wants to build a relationship with potential customers and ultimately provide them with its products.  Traditional Marketing and PR firms are doing their customers a huge dis-service by taking graphics-based advertising campaigns and pushing them into the online world.

I’ve been arguing for a stronger role to be played by technology in the marketing function.  One of the big difficulties has been that there are few people who are great technologists who have “crossed-over” to the marketing side and even fewer who have moved from marketing into a strong technology role.

To toot my own horn, I’ve been doing this for the past 15 years, and have been providing consulting services doing just that for the entire time.

If you’re tired of marketing programs that aren’t working in the online world, or have technology to support marketing efforts that just isn’t working, you’ve come to the right place.  My clients range from Fortune-50 companies through small, private start-ups and from well-established companies in the technology business through newbies in the manufacturing space.

If you’d like more information, drop me a line.  Just send a note to Craig at CraigPeterson.  Of course, it’s a dot com.  I’d be glad to hear from you.

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Amazon Electronics – Not Just a Book Store – The Place For Electronics Online

Amazon’s Electronics store offers hundreds of thousands of consumer electronics products from the latest must-have gadgets to hard-to-find items.   Can provide product examples.  You can have Audio TV and Home Theatre, Camera, Photos, Videos, Computers, GPS, MP3 and Media Players, Networking Storage, Office Electronics, Video games, Cell Phones and services.

All the above products are ideal gifts on Father’s Day.  You will have detailed information on each product and can have specific product examples too.

You can have big brands and multiple products of same brands with stunning features.  All the brands have been arranged alphabetically, so that users can find them easily.  You can also browse the products category-wise.

Amazon also provides Electronics blog, where you can read reviews, views, opinions of latest products by End users.

At Amazon, we’ve found that our consistent bestsellers, and those that really generate customer excitement, are the products that are incredibly easy to use.  They represent a leap forward and offer a full solution for enjoying media and entertainment, communicating, downloading and sharing, in exciting new ways.

Customers can refer to Amazon’s Bestsellers list  (the most popular items by category updated hourly) or Most Gifted lists (the most popular items ordered as gifts) to get a sense of what other Amazon customers are buying, watching, listening to and reading.  You can also check today’s deals which throws information on hot deals on daily basis.

Amazon’s robust editorial and customer reviews, buying guides, the ability to upload customer images and videos, and our click-to-call feature helps customers find and discover the perfect gift for all Dads.

Amazon.com’s “Most Wished For” Consumer Electronics for May ’08.  Below is product wise ranks

  1. B000Q3043Y  Canon PowerShot Pro Series S5 IS 8.0MP Digital Camera with 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
  2. B000H49LXQ  Garmin nüvi 660 4.3-Inch Widescreen Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator
  3. B000NK8EWI  Canon PowerShot SD1000 7.1MP Digital Elph Camera with 3x Optical Zoom (Silver)
  4. B000JLKIHA  Apple iPod classic 80 GB Black (6th Generation)
  5. B000V1PXMI  Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder
  6. B000JO7PIM  Apple iPod nano 4 GB Silver (3rd Generation)
  7. B000M2GYF6  Kingston DTI 4 GB USB Flash Drive
  8. B0007QKN22  Canon Digital Rebel XT 8MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)
  9. B0012YA85A  Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black)
  10. B000NP3DJW  Canon Speedlite 580EX II Flash for Canon EOS Digital SLR Cameras
  11. B000I1ZWRC  Canon Digital Rebel XTi 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens (Black)
  12. B000LRMS66  Garmin Portable Friction Dashboard Mount for Nüvi Series and StreetPilot I Series
  13. B0012JCYPC  Apple iPod touch 8 GB with Software Upgrade (not the iPhone)
  14. B00007E7JU  Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
  15. B0012JNQYK  Apple iPod touch 32 GB
  16. B000AO3L84  Canon 430EX Speedlite Flash for Canon Pro1
  17. B000EOMXM0  Kingston 2GB Secure Digital Memory Card (SD/2GB
  18. B000EXS1BS  Garmin nüvi 360 3.5-Inch Bluetooth Portable GPS Navigator
  19. B000BKJZ9Q  Garmin nüvi 350 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Navigator
  20. B000Q30420  Canon PowerShot SD850 IS 8.0 MP Digital Elph Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom
  21. B00006JN3G  Nikon Lens Pen Cleaning System
  22. B000U9WVW6  TomTom ONE 3rd Edition 3.5-Inch Portable GPS Vehicle Navigator
  23. B001413D94  Samsung LN46A650 46-inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV with RED Touch of Color
  24. B001413DF8  Samsung LN52A650 52-inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV with RED Touch of Color
  25. B000BY52NU  Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens

The Movers & Shakers index identifies, by category, the biggest gainers in sales rank at Amazon.com in the past 24 hours. For example, suppose a music item has a sales rank of 10 today, but was ranked as low as 30 yesterday, its Movers & Shakers increase would be 200 percent.

The most popular items ordered as gifts in Electronics.  This is updated daily.  The product changes day by day.  Hence, keep watch this space very often.

Paul Ryder
VP Consumer Electronics
Amazon

Paul Ryder -  A biography

Paul Ryder is the Vice President,  Consumer Electronics, Amazon.com

Paul Ryder was appointed vice president of Amazon.com Consumer Electronics and Wireless businesses in August of 2006. He is responsible for Amazon.com’s merchandising, marketing, and customer service for all Consumer Electronics categories.

Prior to working at Amazon.com, Ryder was a vice president at Honeywell International, leading portions of their aerospace business.  In addition, Ryder held various positions at General Electric Company in general management and marketing positions, as well as developing digitization strategies and productivity initiatives.

Ryder holds an MBA from the Krannert School of Management, Purdue University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Amazon is an American electronic commerce (e-commerce) company in Seattle, Washington. Amazon was one of the first major companies to sell goods by Internet, and was an iconic “stock in which to invest” of the late 1990s dot-com bubble. After the collapse, the public became skeptical about Amazon’s business model, yet, it turned an annual profit in 2003.

Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com, Inc. in 1994, and launched it online in 1995. Amazon.com started as an on-line bookstore, but soon diversified to product lines of VHS, DVD, music CDs, MP3 format, computer software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, etc. Amazon has established separate websites in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, China, and Japan. It also provides global shipping to certain countries for some of its products.

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