8 Reasons Workers Embrace Freelancing

Considering leaving the cubicle behind? You’re not alone. Projections suggest up to 40% of U.S. workers could be freelancers by 2020.[i] The benefits of pursuing a freelance path can include: 1. Freedom: Gain autonomy and be your own boss. As long as you get your work done, you can go for a mid-morning jog or […]

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Does Freelancing Fit Your Lifestyle?

October is Small Business Month, so it’s a great time to consider whether the freelance movement is right for you — now or in the future. One desirable benefit of freelancing is how well it accommodates certain lifestyles, including: Digital Nomads: White-collar freelancers can choose to travel beyond their national borders and work anywhere there’s […]

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What You Can Learn From Zara’s Product Controversy

Global fashion retailer Zara recently caused a public uproar following accusations the brand copied the work of independent artists. Last month Los Angeles-based artist Tuesday Bassen announced she had filed an official complaint against Zara for copyright infringement. She joins at least a dozen artists who allege Zara stole their designs, adding their work to […]

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Win Big and Fast: 5 Strategic Sales Tips

Winning makes us euphoric. Just as the 2016 Rio Olympics will be the proudest moment of some elite athletes’ careers, winning a major new business deal could be the most exhilarating thing to happen to your company. Business development wins can give your company bigger accounts, new direction and greater credibility – and effective sales […]

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20 Tips for Working Remotely (& Productively)

Now that warmer weather is here, it may be time to free yourself from the office to work from a more scenic locale — without compromising your productivity. To boost cost efficiencies, morale and retention, a growing number of companies are embracing programs for staff to work remotely. Whether they work from home, a coffee […]

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Physical stores for e-commerce companies

Why E-Commerce Giants are Getting Physical

In May, e-commerce powerhouse Amazon announced it will open more physical stores, following the lead of online cosmetics brand Birchbox and online eyewear brand Warby Parker. Amid today’s retail disruption, the savviest retailers know superior customer experience (CX) is paramount to their success. E-commerce giants’ deliberate focus on CX has inspired their investments in omnichannel […]

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24 Entrepreneurs’ Top Tips from their Dads

In time for Father’s Day, entrepreneurs around the world celebrated their tough and tender role models. These business owners remind us that our dads are more than just our parents. They are loving mentors and cheerleaders who have empowered and emboldened us to take risks, grow and succeed in pursuing our dreams. Now two dozen […]

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Millennial Moms: The real retail disruptors

Consumer goods marketers are paying close attention to young hipster moms. Here’s why: According to new research from market research firm Ipsos, there’s a lucrative yet highly-demanding consumer segment within the millennials cohort: YEMMies (Young, Educated Millennial Moms). Don’t let the cute name fool you: these shrewd — and often tattooed — ladies are influential […]

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Content = Marketing

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Leadership Tips from Proven Tech Disruptors

Technology is today’s business game-changer. Its growing influence impacts everyone from the c-suite to the customer service frontlines. Now it’s impossible to discuss marketing, B2B or retail trends without mentioning technology’s impact. That’s why – regardless of the sector we’re in – it’s important to learn from successful, innovative tech leaders. Their valuable experiences and […]

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Helping is the new selling …

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Use content to prove your value

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Toronto Needs Tech Disruptors, Say Public & Private Sectors

Move over, Silicon Valley. Toronto’s hot technology sector is attracting leading global IT companies. The city boasts top talent, an affordable Canadian dollar and a mayor, John Tory, who proudly promotes the city as an innovation hotspot. Tory attended this week’s TechTO event at Toronto’s City Hall council chambers to discuss the technology sector’s success […]

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Marketing Lessons from David Bowie Songs

Behind his extravagant rock star lifestyle, outrageous costumes and dramatic makeup, David Bowie was a brilliant businessman worth nearly $1 billion. A marketing mastermind, David Bowie intuitively embraced innovation, sparked trends and differentiated his brand. He fearlessly blended creative art with shrewd business deals to build an engaging and enduring empire (for five decades!). In […]

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Recipe for irresistible content …

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Business Tips from Toronto’s Bold Tech Entrepreneurs

Move over, Silicon Valley. Toronto’s hot technology sector is attracting leading global companies with its top talent, affordable Canadian dollar and mayor, John Tory, who proudly promotes the city as an innovation hotspot. Tory attended last night’s TechTO event at Toronto’s City Hall council chambers to discuss the technology sector’s success – and how it […]

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6 Tech Trends Affecting Your Marketing Team in 2016

(Originally posted on LinkedIn.) Say good-bye to the silos between IT and marketing. Today’s most successful companies embrace the powerful fusion of tech-driven marketing. And so should you. To compete effectively, your marketing team needs to stay up-to-date on tech innovations — and how they impact your communications with customers and prospects. To compete successfully […]

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Infographic: 5 Disruptive Retail Trends in 2016

B2C brands: This infographic summarizes 5 Disruptive Retail Trends to Watch in 2016, my latest post for RangeMe.com.

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Tell your company’s stories …

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2015 PR Fails … and What We Can Learn From Them

Move over, Malaysia Airlines and Jian Ghomeshi. In 2015 we survived a tsunami of shocking new PR scandals involving Volkswagen, Ashley Madison, FIFA and Bill Cosby. In time we’ll see whether these damaged brands will survive. In the meantime, let’s face it: In business and in life, people make mistakes. Whether our reputation is resilient […]

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