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Nextiva Names Former Apple Executive Marc Stoll as Next President and COO

Nextiva has a new President and Chief Operating Officer. Marc Stoll previously worked at Apple. Stoll served as VP Worldwide Sales Finance during the Steve Jobs era. Small Business Trends contacted him via email to find out about his plans for the cloud communications company. Making Use of Previous Experience Stoll started by talking about his previous experience and how that would help him in his new role. “My past has been all about scaling technology companies and improving their operatio...
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Nimble Announces Evolution of CRM for Office 365

The CRM company Nimble has announced a better way for business departments to stay in sync. What’s interesting is it works with popular systems like Office 365 and Dynamics 365. That way, everyone gets the same information across departments. Small Business Trends asked Jon Ferrara, Nimble CEO, to explain. He wrote how sharing information with Microsoft Office 365, G Suite; MailChimp or Hubspot can be an issue. Customer Relationships “No one in the organization has a complete view of customer...
Tags: Microsoft, Sales, Startup, Ferrara, LinkedIn Twitter Facebook, Small Business Trends, DepositPhotos, Jon Ferrara


Chick-fil-A Uses Technology to Give You a Great Chicken Sandwich and a Great Experience

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gILZrUNJaA Earlier this week I chaired CRM Evolution, CRM Magazine’s annual industry conference. And as usual it was a great event with industry experts, thought leaders and vendor executives participating throughout the 3 days of the event.   But the most surprising person I ran into at the conference was my supervisor at my very first professional job, Jay Duff. I hadn’t seen Jay in close to 22 years and had no idea he would be there. Back in the early 1990s...
Tags: Usa, Interviews, Sales, Jay, Hatch, Chick, Small Business Trends, Jay Duff


Apply These Steps to Determine the Value of Your Small Business

You want to know the value of your small business. And this starts with an up-to-date valuation. Even if you don’t plan to sell immediately. Small Business Trends spoke with Mark Zyla. And Zyla acts as Managing Director of business valuation and forensic accounting at Acuitas, Inc. He explains what small business owners use these for. And he also speaks about what goes into one. Face the Challenges Zyla highlights some challenges small business owners face. “Small business owners are usually ...
Tags: Sales, Management, Small Business Trends, Zyla, Mark Zyla, Acuitas Inc


50% of Small Business Owners Saw a 10% Tax Bill Decrease in 2019

Half the respondents to a new survey saw their tax bill drop. Some tout the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as a reason. Another equal amount reported their tax bill remained the same. The Q1 2019 Vistage CEO Confidence Index also found a small percentage of respondents saw increases in their taxes. Small Business Bullish Regardless, small businesses remain bullish. And hiring and recruitment efforts go on, according to the research. Small Business Trends contacted Joe Galvin. Galvin served as Chi...
Tags: Taxes, Sales, Galvin, Small Business Trends, DepositPhotos, Small Business Optimism, Small Business Bullish Regardless, Joe Galvin Galvin, Financial Management Financial


10 Onboarding Best Practices Every Small Business Should Follow

Onboarding is the process where new employees get introduced to all the necessary behaviors, skills and knowledge they’ll need. In a nutshell, it’s the process of integrating a new person into your small business’ culture and procedures. Small Business Trends contacted Tawni Reed,  an HR manager at BambooHR. She supplied the fact that 31% of new employees quit in the first six months and small businesses can’t afford these high turnover rates. “The best of the employee onboarding programs we’ve...
Tags: Employment, Sales, Nyu, Reed, Don, Small Business Trends, Tawni Reed


31% of Your Employees May Spend Almost Half the Day on March Madness

A new survey finds 31% of employees spend one to three hours of their workday focused on March Madness. This could include talking to friends, watching games or even developing brackets for the tournament. Monster surveyed over 300 candidates and employers about how March Madness affects small businesses. Small Business Trends contacted Vicki Salemi, Career Expert for Monster, to find out more. We asked ow this huge sporting event impacts workplace productivity. Results of March Madness at Wor...
Tags: Sales, Management, Ncaa, Small Business Trends, Vicki Salemi, Salemi


In the Spotlight: SquarePeg Hires Finds Applicants with a Better Fit

Hiring hasn’t always gone smoothly for businesses. It remains difficult to find the candidates to best fit your specific job requirements and company culture. But SquarePeg Hires wants to make the process significantly easier. Find out how they’re working to improve hiring through technology in this week’s Small Business Spotlight. What the Business Does Uses technology to help businesses with hiring. Founder and CEO Claire McTaggart told Small Business Trends this. “SquarePeg helps companies...
Tags: Sales, Craig, Cto, Small Business Trends, Small Biz Spotlight, McTaggart, SquarePeg, SquarePeg Hires, Claire McTaggart, Business Niche Saving, McTaggert, SquarePeg Company, Dan Pupaza, Nitesh Surtani Head of Data Science, Josh Hamaoui, Alisa Leshchenko


One Million New People Online Every Day, Is Your Business Reaping the Benefits?

Did you know a staggering one million new people are online every day? Hootsuite and We Are Social’s Digital Trends 2019 Report uncovered this staggering statistic in an analyses digital trends and use of social media across 230 different countries and territories. For businesses of all sectors, this phenomenal number of new people heading online every day to carry out various tasks, such as researching and purchasing products and services, presents a wealth of opportunity that can’t be ignored...
Tags: Facebook, Digital, Sales, Hootsuite, Global Marketing, Small Business Trends, Technology Trends, Small Business Trends YouTube, Greg Perotto, Hootsuite Perotto


In the News: Main Street Lending Rates Tell of Unsure Economic Future

We saw more signs this week that the economy may be slowing down a bit. And it’s getting a little tougher to keep your business going. For instance, a new report from Lending Tree saw a reduction in the amount of borrowing among Main Street businesses. Perhaps the recent prolonged government shutdown had some impact on that figure, but it matches with reports in previous weeks. The economy may not be going downhill but it definitely looks to be leveling. The lack of borrowing may be an issue wh...
Tags: Sales, ADP, Doodle, Small Business Trends, DepositPhotos, Small Business News, Menlo Park HQ, Facebook Communities Summit, Sarah Binder Mehta, Facebook Summit Facebook


Anita Campbell, our CEO, to Hold an AMA. Ask Her a Question

Have you ever wanted to be able to ask prominent business people how they attained the level of success they have? Or what their strategies are for building a business? Or their most awesome day in business? That is what an AMA is all about. AMA stands for “Ask Me Anything.” Executives and successful entrepreneurs are often willing to answer questions, but may not be able to do so one-on-one. An AMA gives the community a chance to “talk” to them. An AMA also gives the executive or entrepreneur ...
Tags: Sales, Announcements, Ama, Anita, Small Business Trends, Anita Campbell, Anita Campbell AMA


70% of Your Customers Say Page Load Speed Impacts Buying Decisions

Did you know a staggering 70% of consumers admit that the speed pages load on a website affects their buying decisions? Page Load Speed Impacts Buying Decisions This was the finding of Unbounce’s 2019 Page Speed Report, which surveyed 750 consumers and 395 marketers. The survey also found that the majority of marketers aren’t making page speed a priority, despite knowing it is important. According to Google, the average time it takes for a page to load on mobile devices is 15 seconds. Given t...
Tags: Google, Sales, Shake Shack, Small Business Trends, Technology Trends, DepositPhotos, Unbounce, Ryan Engley, Engley, Ensure Pages Load Within


Small Businesses Take Center Stage at Facebook Summit

Facebook has introduced a new way for Pages to connect with Instagram and another to widen or create new small business communities. The announcements came at a Facebook Communities Summit that took place on February 7 at the company’s Menlo Park HQ that hosted 400+ community and small business leaders. Small Business Trends contacted Alex Himel, Facebook’s Vice President of Business Platform, to learn more about the event, the new products and what both mean to small businesses. A Peek at the...
Tags: Facebook, Facebook Pages, Sales, Social Media, Instagram Direct, Small Business Trends, Menlo Park HQ, Pages Facebook, Facebook Communities Summit, Alex Himel, Himel, Facebook Summit, Summit Focuses on Change Himel, Facebook Facebook App, Facebook Fourth Quarter


28 Point of Sale Systems for Small Business

Choosing the right point of sale (POS) system is vital for small businesses. With the right point of sale system, small businesses can manage and control business expenses with greater proficiency, have a better understanding of what products sell best and then refine their stock accordingly, track product results and performance and engage customers and prospective customers with loyalty rewards. With a wealth of point of sale systems and software available, how does your small business choose...
Tags: Mobile, US, Sales, Intel, United States, Booker, Shopify, POS, Lightspeed, Montreal Canada, QuickBooks, Square Square, Dax Dasilva, Small Business Trends, Small Business Operations, Booker Booker


Piano Rental Business Plays All the Right Notes When Marketing to Customers

How will your company become top-of-mind in 2019 and beyond? Sometimes a simple modification to a business policy can lead to that memorable, unique edge. Even if your industry is more than 300 years old. Small Business Trends chatted with Sarah Binder Mehta about hitting all the right notes in a traditional niche. After graduating from Cornell, Mehta made her way to the University of Michigan Law School where she focused her studies on product liability defense. She later joined forces with he...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Interviews, New York City, US, Sales, Microsoft Dynamics, University of Michigan Law School, Small Business Trends, Sarah Binder Mehta, Cornell Mehta, Jerry Binder, Weber Avery Bond, Young Chang, PianoPiano


Take the Q1 2019 Small Business Energy Survey and Gain a Competitive Advantage

Sponsored Post Did you know saving energy can be a competitive advantage for your business? Compare this to better quality products or lower prices. Saving energy helps you compete. How? Spending less gives you an advantage over your competitors. And knowing the best places to save becomes a way to compete. How can you learn more about saving energy in your business? We’re glad you asked. Constellation Energy wants data from as many small businesses as possible. How to you save money on energy?...
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In the Spotlight: Scorpion Protective Coatings Takes the Sting Out of Protecting Your Truck

Trucks may benefit from protective coating over the bed, windows and other surfaces. Scorpion Protective Coatings has built an entire business around this niche. The company found ways to expand and grow during a recession. And the business maintains some unique team traditions as well. Learn more about Scorpion Protective Coating in this week’s Small Business Spotlight. What the Business Does Sells protective coatings, truck bed liners, and window film. Marketing Director Beau Battin told Sm...
Tags: Sales, Scorpion, Mario Andretti, Small Business Trends, Small Biz Spotlight, World Headquarters, Battin, Scorpion Protective Coating, Beau Battin, Window Film Division of Scorpion, Scorpion HQ, Scorpion Protective Coatings, Clayton Tomasino, Jody Knight, Josh Buis COO Zac Remsburg


What is WiFi Marketing and How Can it Help Your Small Business?

WiFi marketing is being touted as the latest must-have for your small business toolbox. There’s good evidence to support this when you consider recent reports stating WiFi is airborne in more ways than one with 82 airlines now offering it inflight. WiFi is everywhere and it’s a staple for even brick and mortar stores and the way they do business. Small Business Trends got in touch with Mike Waite, Vice President of Marketing at Zenreach to learn more about how this marketing platform can benefi...
Tags: Sales, What Is, WAITE, Small Business Trends, Marketing Tips, Zenreach, Pieology Pizza, Mike Waite, Anheuser Busch Provide, James Hilovsky


Starting Up and Taking a Personal Care Product Global with Jacqueline Smith

On Wednesday February 6th at 11:00 am CST,  Jacqueline Smith will be leading our first weggchat™ of 2019 on Twitter. Smith is the CEO of Kiesque, and her chat will cover “Starting Up and Taking a Personal Care Product Global.” Why should you participate? Glad you asked. Not only are all of our weggchats™ free […]
Tags: Technology, Leadership, Networking, Media, Education, Inspiration, Marketing, Sales, Management, E-commerce, How-to, Global Economy, Innovation, Event, Global Growth, Economic Growth


Former NFL Star Nolan Carroll Now Helping Mom and Pop Businesses

  There’s always a new app on the market that’s been designed to help small business. It’s not everyday that you find one that’s the result of a combined effort between a former NFL star and an international human rights lawyer. Still that’s what YOOTROO is.  This incentive based advertising app is bringing users and small businesses together by offering more incentives than competitors in the same space like Groupon and branching out in a new direction. YOOTROO App Small business Trends tal...
Tags: Groupon, NFL, Sales, Startup, Carroll, PAUL, Miami Dolphin, Nolan Carroll, Small Business Trends, Jean Paul, NFL Star Nolan Carroll, YOOTROO


10 questions to ask in your business demographics survey

Discovering valuable information about your customers has always been coveted in the business world: If you understand who your customers are, you can strengthen your relationship with them while building trust and credibility. You can also collect the information needed to make the right decisions for your company. A business demographics survey is a great tool to unearth and collect these kinds of insights. Here are some tips to help you prepare an effective business demographics survey: As...
Tags: Business, Surveys, Small business marketing, Small Business Trends, VerticalResponse, Business Management


The 16 Best Small Business Marketing Blogs You Should Read in 2019

As an entrepreneur, you have to work on your business as well as in it. Working on your business means constantly seeking new ideas for improvement – which means keeping the big picture in mind at all times. And, as all business owners know, marketing is an important part of your business. So, when you’re looking at the big picture, marketing is bound to come up. A lot. But, your time is limited and unless you’re an experienced marketer or have a marketing team, marketing is a constant challeng...
Tags: Entrepreneurship, Marketing, Sales, America, Godaddy, Linkedin, Mit, American Express, Amex, HubSpot, Derek, Derek Halpern, Neil Patel, Patel, Copyblogger, Facebook Instagram Twitter


41% of New Hires Found their Positions at an Online Jobs Board

A new report is saying that almost half of people recently hired (41%) used an online job board to find work and 61% flagged automatic job alerts as helpful. What’s more, a full 14% found their present job using social media. The findings from How Do People Find Jobs? published by the B2B research firm, Clutch, highlights how today’s candidates are connecting with small businesses and vice versa. How do People Find Jobs? Small Business Trends contacted Michelle Delgado, Content Developer and ...
Tags: Employment, Sales, Delgado, Small Business Trends, DepositPhotos, Michelle Delgado, Online Jobs Board


In the Spotlight, ePac Flexible Packaging Seals the Deal with Food Manufacturers across Texas

Companies that manufacture food and nutritional products must be especially careful. The packaging they use to store products makes a difference. It often helps to work with a company that specializes in safe and secure materials. ePac Flexible Packaging offers food manufacturers the needed assurances. The company serves businesses throughout parts of Texas. ePac works specifically with food and nutritional businesses. Learn more in this week’s Small Business Spotlight. What the Business Does ...
Tags: Texas, Sales, Greenfield, Joachim, Austin San Antonio, Small Business Trends, Small Biz Spotlight, Skratch Labs, Food Manufacturers, EPAC, Carl Joachim


Love Sweat Fitness Focuses on Instagram and YouTube to Build a Brand

  Every YouTube vlogger says consistency, flexibility, and dedication to what works are keys to success — much like physical fitness, right? With a focus on Instagram and weekly YouTube videos, the Love Sweat Fitness brand has experienced significant growth in just a few years. You might remember Facebook’s 2014 campaign dubbed “Facebook Fit” which aimed to educate small businesses on the marketing advantages of Facebook products. In the same era, a young woman shared a simple Instagram pic of ...
Tags: Facebook, Youtube, Sales, Social Media, Canon, Katie, LSF, Small Business Trends, Instagram Stories, IGTV, Ryan Dunlop, Love Sweat Fitness, Katie Dunlop


Government Shut Down Impacts Small Business, Zoho Offers Software to Streamline

We’re off and running as we close the first full work week of 2019. But one thing that’s not running right now is the federal government. The government shutdown has gone on for close to 3 weeks now. And it’s starting to take its toll on small businesses. We took a look this week at how the shutdown is impacting small business across the country. That impact may surprise you and could even include your business, at least indirectly. Of course, you can’t shut down your business. This week, Zoho ...
Tags: Obama, US, Samsung, Sales, Lg, Institute, Consumer Electronics Show CES, SBA, BLS, Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS, Chick, Fast Food Restaurant, Zoho, Small Business Trends, Small Business News, Kiersten Todt


What is FAVR and Why is It Important for Small Businesses?

Small businesses need to be aware of the Fixed and Variable Rate (FAVR) because it’s designed to reimburse employees who drive their vehicles for business. Most companies use the more familiar IRS business mileage standard, but FAVR presents another more precise option. Small Business Trends contacted Craig Powell, Motus CEO, to dig deeper into how this rate can benefit small businesses. He started by giving us a high-level overview of what FAVR is and what it does. What is FAVR and Why is It ...
Tags: Taxes, California, Sales, Irs, Powell, Small Business Trends, New Hampshire Montana, FAVR, Craig Powell Motus, IRS Mileage Standards The IRS, Benefit States, RadioShack Starbucks


Year in Review: A Look Back at Small Business Trends in 2018

  Here at Small Business Trends we’ve had an amazing year and we could not have done it without you.  We’d like to share a look back, with our 2018 Annual Report. The Year Started Slow – But Ended Great! The year 2018 has been fantastic overall for us. But the year did not start out that way. Sales in the first quarter of 2018 were slow. At the end of February cash flow was at a low point. But the team did not let that get us down. Instead, it inspired us to work harder. We spent the next tw...
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Year End Report Looks at Email Marketing on the Biggest Shopping Days of 2018

The one marketing channel which has been delivering consistently for years is email. And with a record-breaking $7.9 billion in sales for Cyber Monday 2018, SendGrid wanted to know just how marketers were using email. SendGrid analyzed the data from the record 2.9 billion emails sent on Cyber Monday alone. The company surpassed its highest sending volume to date and looking at this data the company found valuable insights marketers can use as part of their sending strategy. For small businesses...
Tags: Sales, DMA, Small Business Trends, Marketing Tips, Data Marketing Association, Shneyder


Thanks to Small Businesses Working on Christmas to Make Holiday Brighter

Most businesses have or are about ready to close for the holiday. But not everyone. According to research, about 95% of employers observe Christmas and give workers the day off. Still, that leaves 5% still open, working on Christmas. And as we get ready to join with family and friends, let’s take a minute to think about where we’d be without them and thank the people working on Christmas. After all, so many working on Christmas are working for a small business or are self-employed professionals...
Tags: Alabama, Sales, Management, Don, Transportation Services, Small Business Trends, Jim Sherman