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Is Our Collaborative Business Accelerator Right For You?


Being an entrepreneur can be lonely…

You have to make decisions with the limited time, limited resources, and limited money.
Better information and resources would help you make better decisions, but these are often too expensive or too time-consuming to access on your own.
So how do you find all the people, knowledge, and resources you need to succeed as quickly and efficiently as possible?

Our Collaborative Business Accelerator is built to foster rapid growth of our members’ companies.

It’s a member-created perfect storm of resources, experience, and an innovative supportive community of entrepreneurs.
Being able to speak with so many business owners and entrepreneurs about their experiences and bounce ideas off them is invaluable.
You’ll get a lot of great help and advice from experienced fellow entrepreneurs, so you’ll get things done much more quickly and much more affordably.
Essentially, the function of this group is to turn the art of online profit into a system that can be repeated for your business, just like an assembly line.
We offer collaboration and systems aimed at helping you fine tune the most crucial areas of need for your business to thrive.

Members have a lot to offer one another, so inviting as much honest and open feedback is a key to getting the most out of the accelerator experience.
You will have the freedom to decide which resources and systems are most relevant to you and how to use them in a way that best benefits your particular situation and goals.

How do you know if our Collaborative Business Accelerator is right for you?

  • Are you interested in creating multiple streams of passive income?
  • Are you interested in reducing and eliminating your debt to free up money to do more of what you love to do?
  • Would you love to have extra money to become a true investor (actively seeking and recognizing profitable passive investment opportunities)?

We help you decide and focus on creating a more abundant/profitable life by creating mutually supportive communities of businesses and maximizing profit opportunities.

When you join, you will be in a community of your peers, people who know what you are going through and want to see you succeed.
The potential to quickly and easily ConnectWith™ so many fellow entrepreneurs is a huge asset to your business and its bottom line.
When it comes to success, a strong team is everything, so having an incredible network of friends that you can trust is such a great feeling.

Join our community to get on the fast-track today.
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Develop your VALUE!

  • What do YOU value and want more of in your life?
  • What do you currently offer that OTHERS value?
  • What could you offer that OTHERS value?

Focus and Exercise your INFLUENCE!

  • …with yourself – your our own thoughts, attitudes, and habits.
  • …with existing customers/fans
  • …with potential customers/fans

Maximize your PROFIT!

  • Save money on the things you are already doing.
  • Save money on future purchases and expenses.
  • Make more money on what you already offer.
  • Create more offers that make you money.

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How to Use Twiends to Get Twitter Followers


The biggest challenge of most Twitter users is getting more followers. Unless you’re a celebrity or you are otherwise well-known enough to have a large existing following, you’re relegated to being like the rest of us… a ‘regular’ person trying to stand out among the masses.

I’ve had some great success recently using Twiends (http://www.Twiends.com) to gain Twitter followers, but I have learned a few things I’d like to share to make your experience easier and more effective.

While there are many tips and hacks to get more followers, one of the easiest and most straightforward ways is to follow people first and hope they follow you in return. While this is easy to do up to the first 2,000 people you follow, this gets a lot tougher above this mark.

If you’re not already aware, Twitter allows you to follow as many Twitter profiles as you want to…until you reach the 2,000 mark. After that, Twitter limits you to follow only about 5%-10% more people than who follow you. In other words, to follow 2001 people, you’ll need to already have at least roughly 1800-1900 followers. Every time you try to follow past this limit, Twitter will block your follow attempts until your follower count catches up with the number of people you are following. You’ll likely end up following a lot of profiles, waiting to see if they follow you back, then unfollowing those who don’t.

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UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2015
Here is a link to Ted Coiné’s blog – a fantastic explanation of my Twitter Follow-Back Policy and why I use it…AND much expressed much better than I could have written it myself. haha
http://openfor.business/2015/04/teds-twitter-follow-back-policy/
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To make this easier on yourself, it would be helpful to follow people who are more likely to follow you back. By following the right people in the first place, you’ll save yourself a lot of time, focus, and effort.

A great indicator of whether someone will follow you back is to look at their Follow-to-Follower ratio. In other words, how many of their existing followers have they followed back? This will show you if they are more or less likely to follow you back.

When deciding whom to follow (or NOT to follow) on Twiends, there’s a quick trick you can use to stack the odds of a followback in your favor. If you hover over a profile you’ll see a quick overview of that user, including how many people who follow them… AND how many people they’ve followed back. Since your goal is to get followbacks, avoiding people who aren’t likely to follow you back will save you a lot of time and effort.

Click on each of the pictures below to see which Twiends users would be best to follow and also those to avoid:



You can find me on Twiends: http://twiends.com/connectwithgreg
and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ConnectWithGreg

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How Do You Measure a Twitter Campaign?


Some great advice and 16 tools (many totally FREE) to measure the success of your Twitter campaign, depending on your goals.

Twitter's Analytics Tool

Twitter’s Analytics Tool

  • How far did my message reach? [Reach]
  • How did the audience react to my message? [Engagement]
  • What was the outcome of the broadcasted message [Leads, Brand Awareness, Sales]

SOURCE: Business 2 Community
http://www.business2community.com/twitter/measure-twitter-campaign-0853892

How to Add Cool Symbols to Your Tweets


Set Your Tweets Apart With Some…  😉 ‘Symbolism’ 😉

If you want to ►Get Noticed◄ and ▂ ▃ ▅ ▆ █ show off your unique individual personality █ ▆ ▅ ▃ ▂ at the same time, try adding some quick and easy ♥✩♬♡►♪☺♫ Symbols♥✩♬♡►♪☺♫ to your Tweets!

The Ultimate Guide to Adding Cool Symbols to Your Tweets
http://blog.bufferapp.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-adding-cool-symbols-to-your-tweets

ASCII Charts for Keyboard Shortcuts
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Copy/Paste These Symbols into Your Tweets
http://www.khoavo.com/technology/2011-02-10/ascii-art-and-symbols-for-facebook-and-twitters-status-update/

How much is a customer lead worth to your bottom line?


Click to see what a new customer is worth to YOU. SOURCE: http://scottadennison.com/customer-lifetime-value-calculator/

Even with modest sales and increases, you can see how valuable each new and existing customer can be to your bottom line.

Do you know how much each new customer lead is worth to your bottom line? You may have heard this before and asked yourself, “Why is this important to me and why should I take the time to figure this out?”

Because if you know what ONE CUSTOMER is worth to your business, you can strategically invest in new customer acquisition…which translates into more sales…which means more $$ in your pocket!! 

This unique number is one of the basic (and most overlooked) foundations to knowing how many customers your business needs to break even and then make a profit. With this information, you begin to make smarter, more informed decisions that will allow you and your business to Simply Survive or Exponentially Thrive.

To find this unique number for your business, first we’ll need to define the term ‘Customer Lifetime Value’ or ‘CLV’. Simply put, this measures how much money your business gets to keep (Net Profit) from any given customer.

To calculate it, you’ll need to determine how much money you receive from a customer (Gross Profit/Revenue), then subtract out the money spent on serving them (Expenses/Cost), and adjust this number for time value of money.

To calculate your CLV, you’ll need to know these numbers:

  • What is the dollar amount of your ‘average’ sale?
  • How many times per year will this customer buy from you?
  • How many years will this customer typically do business with you?
  • How many referrals will this customer give you?
  • How many of those referrals (percentage %) will then also become customers?

If you don’t already have data to get these numbers, don’t worry…just ‘guess’ and ‘estimate’… sooooo…’GUESSTIMATE’! 😉 That’s right! You have to start somewhere, so give it your best educated guess! (As you do, I’d suggest that you not be overly-optimistic with these numbers and to guesstimate on the low side. Better to start out a little cautiously and potentially make an extra buck or two than to approach this too aggressively and lose money.)

Now that you have those numbers, enter them into one or more of the CLV calculators below and you’ll have a much clearer understanding of what a customer is worth… in DOLLARS (…Pounds, Lyra, Pesos, etc)… to YOU and your bottom line!

My Top 5 Customer Lifetime Value (CLV) Calculators

Simple: 

Somewhat Geeky: 

Uber-Geeky Economics Major-type 😉 : 

Do you have a favorite CLV calculator I haven’t included here? Comment with a link and it may end up in a future post crediting you as the source. 🙂

Add Pinterest to Your WordPress Blog or Website


Want to embed your Pinterest Profile, Board, or Pin in your WordPress.com blog or self-hosted site?

Here’s how on your WordPress.com Blogs…

Here’s how on your WordPress self-hosted site…

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13 Free Social Media Analytics Tools and Reports by Simply Measured


AUTHOR: Simply Measured
SOURCE: http://www.simplymeasured.com/free-social-media-tools

Feedback is crucial to be able to see if/how what you are doing (have done) is actually working and getting you closer to your goals. Simply Measured’s reports are laid out in a very readable and user-friendly way. And…they were…FREE! 🙂 Upsell reports also available, but 13 absolute freebies here.

I got a free Twitter account analysis…and it even let me export it to Excel. Required me to authorize my Twitter account…took 5 seconds and automatically generated the report in my browser window.

The Social Traffic Report requires access to your Google Analytics Account.

Other free and paid reports available for Facebook, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Tumblr, and blog traffic.

FLASH PREVIEW: 

Free Social Media Analytics Tools by Simply Measured

Free Social Media Analytics Tools by Simply Measured

 

Save Money on Your Webinar Service… Use Google+ Hangouts For Free


AUTHOR: Shannon J. Hernandez
SOURCE: http://www.shannonjhernandez.com/replace-your-webinar-service-with-google-hangouts-for-free/

FLASH VIEW: 
Shannon covers these 9 major points to set up and host your free webinar Hangout.

  1. Setting Up Your Google+ Hangout Webinar as a Content Creator
  2. Hangouts Application Repository
  3. One useful application that is not found in the repository and that’s the Where Am I? application.
  4. Installing-Where-Am-I-Animation
  5. Hangout URL & Shortened Hangout URL
  6. Full YouTube URL & Shortened YouTube URL
  7. Capture Webinar Participant Email Addresses and Draft an Auto-respond Message
  8. How Many Participants Can I Have in the Hangout Webinar?
  9. How Many Presenters Can I Have in the Hangout Webinar?
Save Money... Replace Your Webinar Service With Google+ Hangouts For Free

Save Money… Replace Your Webinar Service With Google+ Hangouts For Free

 

Chrome Apps – Webpage Screenshot


UPDATE: APRIL 2014  
Webpage Screenshot works everywhere, not only in Chrome tabs.
An exciting most-requested feature has been added to Webpage ScreenshotIt is called “Capture Anything”.
Capture Anything lets you capture any window you have open at the time: Microsoft Word, a PDF document, a text file …


One of my favorite Chrome extensions right now. I use this to create PDF and image screen shots for Pinterest, social media posts, and just to save any screen shots I want to keep. I can either edit online or save to My Computer and edit there. Automatically post out to Facebook, Tumblr, e-mail to yourself, many options. Very useful application. 😀

Web Page Screenshot

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Works with Google Drive
The most powerful and freeware app for capture entire page, Save & Edit & Annotate & Print & Share

Webpage_Screenshot

【Webpage Screenshot】
This is a freeware software for taking screenshots (100% free forever).
This extension is able to capture 100% of both the vertical and horizontal content appearing on any webpage on the Internet.
It is very easy to save the captured file onto your computer or print it / or share it to any social network.

【Security】
100% CLEAN award granted by Softpedia!
http://www.softpedia.com/progClean/Webpage-Screenshot-Clean-206621.html

【Features】 – last update 27/1/14
Why it’s the most powerful extension for taking screenshots?

* Annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text.
* Blur sensitive info by using the Spray.
* Print the screenshot – It’s awesome.
* UNLIMITED STORAGE for storing your screenshot online!
* Capture local files (ex: c:\)
* Crete PDF.
* Create Thumbnails.
* You can Save the screenshot on your computer as PNG file.
* Attach the screenshot directly to Gmail messages..
* Upload To Google Drive
* Post to Facebook.
* You can EDIT THE PAGE before taking the screenshot (change any text, titles)
* Create note in Evernote (Like Evernote Web Clipper, buy we are capture entire page.
* Send captured image to any email address.
* Tweet to Twitter.
* Post to VK.
* Send the screenshot to your mobile (By using QR Code/QRCode).
* Upload screenshot to WordPress gallery.
* Post To Google+ (Google Plus)
* Pin it to Pinterest.
* Send to Outlook (Hotmail/Bing)
* Search the screen shot using TinEye service. (See if the image stolen from somewhere else).
* Create new post at Blogger.
* Post to Tumblr the screenshot.

6 Simple Photo Tools for Creating Social Media Visuals


AUTHOR: SocialMediaExaminer
EXPANDED POST: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/create-graphics-for-social-media/

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FLASH VIEW:
#1: Use PicMonkey’s Online Photo Editor.
PicMonkey‘s free option has a wide variety of frames, special effects and font types to choose from.

#2: Express Yourself Through Photos and Creations on LiveLuvCreate.
LiveLuvCreate is an image-creation website most anyone will find easy to use.

#3: Create Your Own Designs With Canva.
Canva is a free application that offers a myriad of graphic types for use in everything from presentations and posters, to business cards and invitations. For social media use, consider Canva to help you design Facebook cover photos and blog images.

#4: Use Image and Photo Editing Software From Paint.NET.
If you want some of PhotoShop’s capabilities, check out Paint.NET as an alternative.

#5: Design Unique and Compelling Presentations With PowerPoint.
It may come as a surprise to see PowerPoint on this list, but it offers another easy way to create social media images.

 

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