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Good trend or bad? More dollars go to fewer deals

April 18th, 2014
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So here’s a trend that could be disturbing if you’re one of the many start-ups hunting for venture or angel investor backing. Both are seeing more dollars going to fewer deals. Of course, if you’re one of the firms landing one of those larger deals, it’s great. Venture capitalists invested $9.5 billion in 951 deals […]

12 tips for creating the Bezos “Two-Pizza rule” team

April 17th, 2014

By Rich Karlgaard Blow up your bureaucracy and replace it with teams of 8 to 12 people. This is not as radical as it sounds. Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos calls it the “Two-Pizza Rule”—a team should be no larger than can be fed by two pizzas. In today’s fast-evolving business climate, two-pizza teams […]

Keeping it together: brand message across social media

April 16th, 2014
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By Ben Laube   Developing and representing your brand effectively on social media is one of the most important tasks to consider when jumping into social media marketing.  By doing so, you bring brand awareness and cohesiveness to your audience to build familiarity and trust. Representing your brand on social media is fairly simple as […]

Heartbleed: is it really that bad? Does this have to keep happening?

April 10th, 2014

By Allan Maurer UPDATED!  ATLANTA – If you haven’t heard about the nasty Internet bug dubbed “Heartbleed” by now, you should immediately find out about it because you probably need to take action. So do IT administrators, likely in a time-consuming job that has to be done by hand, says , Adam Allred of the […]

Relevance is key to social marketing of IHG’s hotels

April 9th, 2014
Nick Ayres

By Allan Maurer Relevance is a key element in digital content from the International Hotel Group (IHG). So says IHG’s Director of Social Marketing, Nick Ayres. One of the world’s leading hotel companies, with 161 million guests nights per year, 687,000 rooms in over 4,600 hotels in nearly 100 countries and territories around the world. […]

Three tips on starting a successful loyalty program

April 7th, 2014
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So, you’re thinking about boosting your business through a loyalty program. How do you establish a successful one? Randal McCoy, CEO of Atlanta’s GetOneRewards offered Yahoo Small Business these tips: First: Consider what rewards you will offer. Instead of just giving away freebies, make shoppers work for their reward by giving up information, buying something […]

Atlanta’s GetOne Rewards take loyalty programs digital

April 3rd, 2014
Justin Michela

By Allan Maurer How can brands and stores get more people to sign up for loyalty programs? One say, Atlanta start-up GetOne Rewards, thinks, is to make the process faster and easier. The company, which has raised about $3 million through two rounds, sells a cloud-based digital rewards program. It’s system lets customers type their […]

Atlanta’s Kanga takes on the $86B local delivery industry

April 1st, 2014
Everett Steele

By Allan Maurer Can a crowd-sourced start-up in Atlanta outfox the $86 billion courier and local delivery service industry? Kanga, which launched in March (2014) and has $1 million in seed funding, is using mobile crowdsourcing technology to match consumers with local drivers who bid to provide the delivery service requested. After the consumer selects […]

Most web-only retailer sites load slowly, don’t follow Google best practices

March 27th, 2014

The average web-only retailer site of the top 100 takes nearly two seconds longer to load  than Google recommends and only 9 of the 100 use Google’s recommended Responsive Web Design (RWD) for mobile sites. So says the latest Mobile Experience Scorecard:Web-Only Retailers from The Search Agency. For the report, The Search Agency’s team of […]

Words from the Woz: marketing is crucial

March 26th, 2014
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“Creative things have to sell to get acknowledged as such.” So says Steve Wozniak, creator of the Mac computer and technology icon. Wozniak, understands the power of marketing as well as that of techonology. “It’s a lot easier to think of an app and write it than it is to convince people to want it,” […]

The Woz, Randi Zuckerberg, and Siri headed to Dallas Digital Summit 2013

December 2nd, 2013
The young Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.

A star-studded lineup of Internet mavens,  digital media icons, and top brands such as Google, Twitter, Bing, AOL, Advertising Age and Forrester are headed to Dallas next week (Dec. 10-11) for the 2013 Dallas Digital Summit. Headliners at the event include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, best-selling author Randi Zuckerberg, and Susan Bennett, the voice of […]

New format adds zest to CED Venture event this month

September 9th, 2013
Mike Elliot of Noro-Moseley Partners

RESEARCH TRIANGLE, NC – The CED’s annual Tech Venture Conference has acquired new energy with a format that speeds about 50 young startup companies through lightening demo rounds, says Noro-Moseley’s Mike Elliott, a managing partner in the Atlanta venture firm. “You spin through a number of presentations and never have a chance to get bored,” […]

“King of Social” to keynote 2013 Internet Summit in Raleigh

August 26th, 2013
Gary Vaynerchuk

Get ready for action: best-selling author and e-commerce marketing expert Gary Vaynerchuk returns to keynote the 2013 Internet Summit at the Raleigh Convention Center November 12-13. Vaynerchuk, called “the king of social media,” rocks an event crowd with his powerhouse energy, sharp humor, and non-stop insights into how to market using today’s tools. Vaynerchuk had […]

American Underground launching @Raleigh startup hub

August 7th, 2013
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The NC Research Triangle entrepreneurial ecosystem has been growing by leaps and bounds lately. On the heels of opening a new startup hub in downtown Durham, The American Underground, a network of startup hubs, will open a new location this fall at 213 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Startups help spark the innovation that creates […]

Facebook founders top list of ultra-wealthy techpreneurs

August 7th, 2013
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 Mark Zuckerberg and two of his Facebook co-founders, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, occupy the top three spots in Wealth-X’s list of ultra wealthy technopreneurs aged 30 and under with a combined net worth of US$22.4 billion. Zuckerberg’s net worth increased by US$3.7 billion to US$17.3 billion after shares of the world’s No. 1 social network soared on 24 July on mobile advertising revenue […]

Younger entrepreneurs more risk adverse after economic hard times

August 7th, 2013
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The Great Recession made a deep impression on Generation Y (those age 24-35) and Baby Boomer entrepreneurs (those age 48-70), according to the American Express OPEN Ages Survey. The study, which revisits an analysis first conducted in 2007, reexamines post-recession opinions and finds that the younger generation’s first economic downturn has made them more risk […]

Retailers see less Facebook fan engagement, numbers, despite more posts

August 7th, 2013

Facebook saw the slowest growth for retailers during the first half of 2013, with a decline in fan engagement and numbers despite increasing numbers of brand posts published, says Expion’s Social Retail report.  The report analyzed the top 50 retail brands performance in H1 2013, identifying two luxury brands, Tiffany & Co. and Victoria’s Secret, as […]

What is one of the biggest challenges small businesses face?

August 6th, 2013
Robert Half

In an economic era marked by unemployment, you would think it would be relatively easy to hire a skilled team.  But it isn’t, say small business owners. In a recent survey by Robert Half, six in 10 (60 percent) small business owners said the biggest challenge in hiring or managing staff is finding skilled professionals for the […]

A new cybercrime technique aims at businesses

August 6th, 2013
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So what’s next on the cybercrime front? Persistent speak phishing, say researchers. The American public and businesses today are under a constant, ever-growing threat of attack from cybercriminals attacking  as many people and businesses as quickly as possible in order to access large amounts of sensitive information.  In the first half of 2012 alone, there […]

Enterprises over confident about the security of their networks

August 5th, 2013

This is scary, but it’s no wonder Chinese and other hackers are so successful at breaking and entering Enterprise networks.  Lancope, Inc., a leader in network visibility and security intelligence, has released a survey indicating that many enterprises possess an unrealistic confidence surrounding the security of their networks. According to the survey, more than 65 […]