26Jun

Just Lost a Big Sale? Ask These 5 Questions to Find Out Why

EXPLOSIVE GROWTH | Tom Searcy Jun 26, 2013 Your company just lost out on a big deal. Now what? Don’t waste your time complaining. Here are five questions to ask to help you come out on top next time. shutterstock images I recently spoke with a CEO who participated in a very […]

26Jun

Age Old Marketing Strategy That Always Works

Age Old Marketing Strategy That Always Works | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Topics >  Sales and Marketing >  Online Marketing >  Internet Marketing Strategies >  One of Twitter’s co-founders will launch a new start-up called Jelly…but has yet to tell us exactly what the company will […]

26Jun

Surprise! You Can Be All Things To All People

THE PERSPIRATION PRINCIPLES | Howard A. Tullman Jun 26, 2013 Mass customization turns a marketing fantasy into an operating reality. Here’s how. shutterstock images Even though we’re still a few light years away from flying jetpacks, we have officially entered the age of mass customization. Thanks to powerful new technology, what has […]

26Jun

No. 1 Way Customers Find Your Website

TECHTOWN | Erik Sherman Jun 26, 2013 Social media may get loads of attention from marketers–but it’s not the biggest bang for your buck. Here’s where you should be putting your money. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fshutterstock_107635607_pop_20537.jpg" class="lightbox" title="shutterstock images “> shutterstock images Effective marketing starts with knowing how customers find you, whether in […]

26Jun

The Crock Pot Approach to Creativity

START IT UP | Jessica Stillman Jun 26, 2013 Your business may keep you racing like a frantic short order cook, but truly great ideas require a slow simmer, advises the founder of Behance. Save a little time to stir these pots. You’ve no doubt heard of Google’s famous 20 percent time, […]

26Jun

Coolest Conference Room Names

5 Companies With the Coolest Conference Room Names | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Topics >  Company Culture >  Kasey Wehrum | Inc. magazine Jun 26, 2013 Shake up those boring old conference room names. Here is some inspiration. Corbis If you can’t avoid long, drawn-out meetings, […]

26Jun

Tested: 3 Chromebooks for the Office

TECH REPORT | John Brandon Jun 26, 2013 Do most of your work in a Web browser? A Chromebook might be for you. Inc.com reviews three models to find the best value. Alex Washburn, Wired/Creative Commons For the past two years, Google has touted the merits of the Chromebook. These “OS-light” notebooks, […]

26Jun

Leadership Without Presumption: Lessons From Eisenhower

PRAGMATIC LEADERSHIP | Samuel Bacharach Jun 26, 2013 Intellectuals scoffed at Eisenhower during his time in office. Now his leadership style seems like genius. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division/Wikimedia Commons General Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses American paratroopers During World War II, Dwight D. Eisenhower took a cruise around the Isle […]

25Jun

Ouya Creator: I'm Not Doing a Victory Lap

Christine Lagorio | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 Her Android-platform gaming console sold out in its first few hours on Amazon. But Julie Uhrman isn’t pausing to celebrate. She’s plowing ahead. Courtesy Company Courtesy Company My any measure, today’s sales of the Ouya gaming console and controllers have been outstanding. In its […]

25Jun

Why the World Doesn't Need Another News Reader App

Eric Markowitz | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 When Google Reader shuts down, a slew of apps plan to fill the void. But there’s a key problem few are trying to solve: the need for great content. Getty Facebook announced yesterday that it will be launching a news reader app in the […]

25Jun

How to Master the Phone Meeting

BOTH SIDES OF THE TABLE | Mark Suster Jun 25, 2013 Maximizing your impact can be difficult over the phone. Here’s how to get the most out of your important business calls. shutterstock images Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on Mark Suster’s blog Both Sides of the Table. Phone calls. We all […]

25Jun

7 Signs Your Social Media Strategy Works

SEO HEROES | Aaron Aders Jun 25, 2013 Here are the top KPIs that lead to growth in brand reach, lead nurturing, and sales on social media. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Ftrend-print_27123.jpg" class="lightbox" title=" “> Social-savvy marketers are building brand reach, nurturing leads, and generating sales on social networks now more than ever before. […]

25Jun

Microsoft Strategist: Being Good Simply Isn't Enough

Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 Tren Griffin shares what he’s learned about business and why you need more than skills to survive. Shutterstock Recently Tren Griffin, a strategist for Microsoft, shared 12 quotes that summarize what he feels he’s learned as a businessman for one of the world’s most prestigious tech […]

25Jun

3 Types of Useless Apologies

Francesca Louise Fenzi | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 Not all apologies are created equal. Here are three ineffectual concessions that you can probably dismiss. y_phog/Flickr The experts agree: The phrase “I’m sorry” can go a long way toward smoothing over a major oops. Even defense lawyers have begun advising their clients to […]

25Jun

Case Study: From Farmers' Market to Whole Foods

Robin D. Schatz Jun 25, 2013 The founder of Justin’s explains how his company shook up the nut butter category. TriathleteFood/Flickr Packets of Justin’s nut butter. In 2003, Justin Gold began peddling his homemade organic nut butters at a farmers’ market in Boulder, Colorado. With just $25,000 in seed money […]

25Jun

Don't Credit Sexting: How Snapchat Actually Took Off

Christine Lagorio | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 Yes, we all know about the app’s recreational uses. But its initial popularity came from a more practical place. Various users, via Flickr Snapchat–newly infused with a $60 million round of funding–is hiring engineers, bolstering its server space, and adding fresh perspective to its […]

Issie Lapowsky | Inc. magazineJun 25, 2013 This entrepreneur believes selling your business is an admission of failure. Here’s why. ENLIGHTENED Jake Lodwick, co-founder of Vimeo, learned the hard way the downsides of being acquired. “> Noah Kalina ENLIGHTENED Jake Lodwick, co-founder of Vimeo, learned the hard way the downsides of being […]

25Jun

The Best Route to Sustainable Growth

GIVE MORE, GET MORE | Irving Fain | Inc.com contributor Jun 25, 2013 Who drives most of your revenue growth? You might be surprised. shutterstock images All growth is not created equal. And growth, as you know, can eat cash. So what’s the most cost-effective and efficient way for your company to grow? The […]

25Jun

Entrepreneurs vs Big Government: Open Gov Winners Lend a Hand

Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 Two start-ups attempt to change the relationship between government and entrepreneurs. shutterstock images On June 24, the Knight Foundation announced the winners to its Knight News Challenge on Open Gov. Launched in February, the challenge aimed to encourage innovators to come up with solutions […]

25Jun

Warby Parker Creates Point-of-Sale System

Warby Parker Creates Point-of-Sale System | Inc.com Using a mobile device? Go to m.inc.com for our mobile version. Topics >  Innovation >  Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jun 25, 2013 Rather than rely on someone else’s software, the eyeglass maker created its own. Courtesy Company In Warby Parker’s world, style isn’t the only thing […]

EVIL HR LADY | Suzanne LucasJun 25, 2013 Career coaches aren’t just for middle managers who need to figure out how to land the corner office. CEOs, founders — everyone — can benefit from some outside help. 1. Consulting Agency Getty 1. Consulting Agency Career coaches are hired by the big boss […]

ROARING OR BORING | Kevin Daum Jun 25, 2013 Male or female, support from a life partner can make or break the path to prosperity. Here are nine powerful ways to increase success for you as a couple. “> Justin Lewis/Getty Books and blog posts from thought leaders like Sheryl Sandberg and […]

Catherine Rohr Founder and CEO of Defy VenturesJun 25, 2013 Former gang leaders and drug dealers have the potential to be your star employees. A Clean Slate Through her M.B.A.-style program, Defy Ventures, Catherine Rohr is helping former prisoners, including Maliki Cottrell (left) and Marlon Llin (center), learn how to launch […]

25Jun

Launching a Marketing Campaign? Ask these 3 Questions First

BRANDED | Curt Hanke Jun 25, 2013 Before undergoing the time and expense of launching a marketing campaign, you need to do some self-examination first. Advertising expert Curt Hanke explains why. Getty Ready for a secret? The three biggest marketing questions aren’t actually marketing questions. (Sorry to disappoint.) They’re actually business questions. […]