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Carnival of Small Business Issues - Edition 15

by CA on 14 August 2007

I am "CA" Atreya, the author of this blog. I help businesses in Atlantic Canada achieve their BHAG successfully. You may subscribe to this blog using a feed reader (RSS).

Carnival of Small Business Issues

Welcome to the 15th edition of the Carnival of Small Business Issues.

No delays this week. If you do not find your post in this edition, here are some reasons:

  1. Your post was not relevant to small & medium businesses.
  2. You submitted the post after Sunday 11:59 pm, in which case it will be considered for next week’s carnival.
  3. [update 14 August] I did not receive your post. It just came to my attention and I do apologize. I’ll have to look into the reason.
  4. You have not linked back to this blog in the past. Just kidding! Your posts, if relevant, will be included. I would definitely appreciate a link back for the trouble I take.

Another housekeeping item: Would you like to volunteer to host the Carnival of Small Business Issues? It is a great way to drive traffic to your site and improve your rankings. Write to me at iqisminc at gmail.com.

We received some great posts this week. Hope these posts help you with your business. Also, please remember to link back.

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Pick of the Crop

  • “What happens when you get a high profile person to speak about your product - and they don’t like it?” Roger Anderson of Modern Magellans poses this question. I would say you have a PR nightmare, buddy. When the Big Fish You Snap Bites You - Launching a Branding Campaign talks about this scenario. Roger uses the example of bozo … sorry … Zonbu to prove his point.

Marketing

  • Have you gone to a blog or a webpage and never left without checking out the “About page”? Chances are if you like what you read, you want to learn a little more about the brains behind the article. And there are so many authors who do not include an “About” page. If one of the reasons for the lack of an About page is, “But I do not know how to write an About page”, then Barbara Sundquist provides some practical tips on How to write a bio or “About Me”.
  • Ant at The Beef Jerky Blog urges you to think creatively. Jumpstarting your train of thoughts is his post 10 Offline Ways to Promote Your Blog Site. Go on - check out the result of his creative juices. You never know which tip might help you. Now do I hear you say, “Why did I not think of it myself?”
  • Not sure if I like musical blogs David; i.e. blogs that play music as soon as I arrive there. But that’s my personal preference. But it achieved its marketing objective. I’ll remember it for a while. :) David writes about Cheap Ways to Market Your Business at Marketing Deviant.com. Some tips you may know of … actually you may be employing all of them - but never hurts to reiterate.
  • Steve Snell at Vandelay Website Design talks about Targeting Local Customers with Your Website. Steve reiterates some good SEO tactics marketing people will do well to remember.

HR

  • “Many people embrace action, for action’s sake. Their lives are a frenzy of undisciplined, random activities … confusion in action … inspired, focused, deliberate action is more efficient and more satisfying …”, says Tupelo Kenyon in his post Action and Satisfaction.
  • In Going to the Top too fast, Wilson Ng highlights a very, what I would call, an Asian perspective on scaling new heights. Wilson blogs at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife. And you know what, it is so true. As an example, look at the investment industry - be it capital or debt markets or investment banking. Most people in North America just want to leap to the top without understanding the basics. (I used to work with an investment bank once. Not sure if this is still the case though. Any thoughts?) Wilson goes on to say, “Success is intoxicating, and we all desire it - if possible, we would like to have it thrust upon us as soon as possible. However, scaling up too fast can be dangerous, and success that is easily won can as easily be lost or worse, can hurt you as much as failure does.”
  • Dr. Robert Karlsberg at The Road to CEO emphasis the role of praise in motivating employees in his post A Motivation Secret of Top Performing Managers.

Comment: What you say is great Robert. It has been my experience that it is easy to motivate people with the positive attitude. Individuals who are “pessimists” (for the lack of a better term) to begin with will not be motivated at all inspite of the heaps of praise you shower upon them. How would you deal with such individuals?

  • True to its name, Alvaro Fernandez’s blog, Sharp Brains attempts (and succeeds) to make you think. If this blog is not a part of your staple diet, I suggest you run along and subsribe to his feed. You won’t be disappointed. This time Alvaro asks companies if they have a baby boomer strategy. Most baby boomers are, after all, going to retire by the end of the decade. Companies stand to lose some really great experience. More on this at Training the Aging Workforce.

Miscellaneous

Comment: If you chose either option, then I think you are not ready for entrepreneurship in my opinion. You cannot make decisions based on incomplete data. :) I enjoyed reading your post, mmnd.

  • For the poetically inclined, Christine Kane presents What’s Easy. What’s Not - a very thought provoking post. For example, I am sure you can relate to this: ” … it’s easy to read books about writing; it’s not easy to sit down and write … it’s easy to make excuses; it’s not easy to take responsibility …” Intrigued? Click away to her blog.
  • Matt at Realigned Living says, “Successfully planning out a short term project is essential for any business; unfortunately, many people lack the skills.” In his post Planning Out a Short Term Project, Matt talks about a method of creating aplan for a short term project, through the project life cycle.

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This concludes the 15th edition. You can submit your posts for next week’s carnival here.

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