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You know one when you see one, better yet when you read a comment from one. They’re lurking on websites everywhere across the globe — faceless, nameless, without a trace of contact info – to snap on the first person saying something sensible to throw off the whole flow of the comments section on your favorite site every time a new story pops up in their RSS Feed and a Google Alert comes in. Who are we talking about? Internet trolls. And this is a day in the life of one.
If you haven’t been shopping in a few months, then you probably didn’t get the memo or notice that peplum dresses are the hottest trend out there right now. Classy and cute, these pieces can be great looks for work, for fun, and even special occasions. It just matters how long your skirt is and how flirtatious and fun your peplum detail is as well. We’ve compiled a few printed, pastel colored and creative dresses adorned with a peplum waist for your viewing pleasure. And even if you don’t buy from these exact retailers, I’m sure they’ll cause you to be on the lookout during your next shopping excursion. Enjoy!
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(Entrepreneur) — You know you must leverage Facebook, Twitter and word-of-mouth marketing to increase awareness of your brand. But the fact is, websites remain infinitely more popular with consumers than all of the business pages on social media sites combined. Only 22 percent of those of us online in the U.S. visit a branded social networking page such as those found on Facebook, while 62 percent of us regularly visit branded websites, according to the latest Global Web Index report. If you were starting to let your site become outdated or haggard, consider a refresh. After all, as these figures note, websites still matter.
(Businessweek) — Define your niche and then design your website to maximize your appeal to that niche, making sure that your marketing campaign emphasizes your company’s strengths, says Gabriel Shaoolian, founder and chief executive officer of Blue Fountain Media, a New York website-design and online-marketing agency. “This is not about smoke and mirrors. There are no gimmicks to doing business online. Your website isn’t going to drive your business model. It is your business model that will drive your website,” he says. One trend that you might consider is incorporating mobile Internet applications, such as iPad and iPhone, into your site, says Brian Morgan, CEO of Adventure Life, a boutique travel agency in Missoula, Mont. Especially when they are on the road, your customers are likely to access your site using mobile devices.
(Wall Street Journal) — When Leslie Richin launched a public-relations business after getting laid off in 2009, her first instinct was to invest in a company website. But hiring a professional to build one for her wasn’t in the budget. So Ms. Richin, 32 years old, set up free profiles on LinkedIn.com and Twitter.com. She created a free online business card using a service called DooID.com. And she launched a blog, spending roughly $50 on a decorative template, though she could’ve gotten a generic one for free. “I wanted to establish myself in as many places as possible” online and without breaking the bank, says Ms. Richin, who runs her business from her home in New York and last year generated roughly $60,000 in revenue. For most businesses today, having a presence on the Internet is the modern equivalent to being listed in the phone book, say experts. Consumers expect to be able to find and learn basic information about companies when they go online. “When people get a referral to a business, what’s the first thing they do? They go look for it online,” says Bruce Freeman, an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business in South Orange, N.J. “You need to be online.”
(Businessweek) — Just as a busy highway backs up with cars, websites often encounter the same effect when dealing with large amounts of traffic. Any website can experience slow traffic, online traffic jams, or worse, a crash. What can be done to keep your site up and running, especially if you have an e-commerce site and the busiest season is rapidly approaching?
1. Add a server. As your business grows, website usage and traffic increase. That single server may need a buddy or two to handle the traffic capacity. One server can be used for data such as e-mails, and the second server can be deployed to manage the website.
(US News and World Report) — 1. Groupon.com: If you’re a deal-of-the-day shopper and don’t mind joining the herd for a massive coupon, then check out Groupon.com. This site offers shoppers one big coupon each day for local restaurants, attractions, and retailers in many big cities across America. You can join in the group fun by signing up for email alerts, or liking them on Facebook.
2. Freeshipping.org: Hate paying big money to ship that new gadget or holiday gift across the country? A quick trip to Freeshipping.org may solve your shipping woes and save you money too. This site offers would-be shoppers special coupons and promotional codes at a variety of online stores across the internet. Find free shipping coupons at retailers like Macy’s, Pottery Barn, Target, J.Crew, and even Victoria’s Secret.
(Black Web 2.0) — A few weeks back, ChubbyBrain and their parent company CB Insights invited Black Web 2.0 readers to try out the beta version Funding Recommendation Engine (FRE), it’s latest product. FRE allowed users to search for potential investors using an algorithm based on the amount of funding required by the entrepreneur, location and experience as well as the potential investor’s past funding experience. A number of our readers took FRE for a spin allowing ChubbyBrain, to gather some rather intriguing data on the makeup of our audience, especially when it comes to entrepreneurship. Unlike the data compiled by ChubbyBrains’ Human Capital Venture Capital report, listing California, Massachusetts, and New York as the top locations for start-up founders many Black Web 2.0 start-up founders are located in areas not typically associated with technology start-ups. New York and North Carolina led the pack with 22%. Georgia and Florida came in second with 14% while New Jersey, Southern California, Illinois, and Maryland clocked in with 7% each.