26Jun

The Art of Content Curation

MODERN RELATIONSHIP MARKETING | Jon Miller | Inc.com contributor Jun 26, 2013 Here’s how to create better content. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fwriter-typewriter-dark-room_pop_14053.jpg" class="lightbox" title="iStock “> iStock By now, many marketers are convinced of the value of lead nurturing–but they remain flummoxed by the task of creating content to fuel their programs. In this post, I’d like […]

26Jun

Hit the Dimmer Switch for a Creative Boost

Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Research shows a dimmer room can enhance feelings of security, thus freeing your mind up to wander. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Flight-full_22999.jpg" class="lightbox" title="shutterstock images “> shutterstock images A recent study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology finds dark rooms may improve creativity.  When someone […]

26Jun

A Proven 8-Step New-Hire Training Program

IN THE TRENCHES | Vanessa Merit Nornberg Jun 26, 2013 Your company–and your recruits–deserve the best preparation possible. shutterstock images In my last Inc. article, I wrote about the 10-step hiring process I use to find new employees. But I should tell you: My recruitment effort doesn’t end with the offer letter. […]

26Jun

How to Make Things Happen

THE SYNERGIST | Les McKeown Jun 26, 2013 You have the meetings, but nothing is actually getting done. Sound familiar? Here’s how to break the cycle and get back on track. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Ftodo_800x600_21395.jpg" class="lightbox" title="Jayel Aheram/Flickr “> Jayel Aheram/Flickr Here’s a common scenario: a powerful, driven, clever management team drives their […]

26Jun

Do Your LinkedIn Connections Pass the Favor Test?

Jana Kasperkevic | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Ask not how many people you can connect with, but why you should even bother, says Alexandra Samuel, a social media expert. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Flinkedin_950x633_21607.jpg" class="lightbox" title="sylvain kalache/Flickr “> sylvain kalache/Flickr You might be tempted to build up your LinkedIn network by adding as […]

26Jun

Gogo Wi-Fi Has Big Plans to Keep You Connected

Jill Krasny | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Working in-flight could get much easier now that the recently IPO’d company has plans for an international rollout. Shutterstock Who needs sleep, anyway? Those long-haul international flights could become a lot more productive thanks to Gogo, an Itasca, Illinois-based company that provides in-flight Internet […]

26Jun

Focus on Improving One Leadership Competency at a Time

The Build Network staff Jun 26, 2013 (By the way, it takes a year.) <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2FOneCompetency_27143.jpg" class="lightbox" title="photo by Michael Kumm “> photo by Michael Kumm Executive recruiting firm Egon Zehnder International learned a lot while conducting more than 25,000 management appraisals over the course of five years. The […]

26Jun

The Art of the Filibuster: Can One Person Stop a Government?

D.C. BILL | Bill Murphy Jr. Jun 26, 2013 It’s something we’d rarely see in business: a single person shuts down an entire organization by herself. Here are six more examples of old-style Washington filibusters. <a target=_blank href="http://redirect.viglink.com?key=11fe087258b6fc0532a5ccfc924805c0&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.inc.com%2Fuploaded_files%2Fimage%2Fshutterstock_94093573_27138.jpg" class="lightbox" title=" “> Airlines talk about giving safety inspectors the power to keep a […]

26Jun

Warning! Encrypted Files Won't Escape NSA Scrutiny

Em Maier | Inc.com staff Jun 26, 2013 Even if you’re an American citizen, the NSA can peer into your files if you’re using encryption software such as Tor. Here’s what you should know. Encrypting data with Tor networks may invite more NSA attention than leaving it open, contrary to something reported earlier on […]

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 […]