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    Why Your Local Search Visibility Matters...A LOT

    Why Your Local Search Visibility Matters...A LOT
    As much as $500 billion in local spending in 2007 was internet-influenced, according to Forrester Research. What's more, industry analysts report that people spend approximately 80 percent of their income within 50 miles of their home. That's a lot of cash circulating locally. If your business relies heavily on a local customer base, you need to welcome local traffic to your ...
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    How World of Warcraft Promotes Innovation

    How World of Warcraft Promotes Innovation
    We are caught in a pincer grip between intensifying competitive pressure and accelerating change in the landscape around us, creating enormous performance pressures. What we know today is becoming less valuable as we struggle with the challenge of innovating faster and learning faster to operate more effectively in these challenging times. Mention learning to senior executives, and they tend to default ...
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    Good Deals Can Be a Bad Thing

    Good Deals Can Be a Bad Thing
    America was not always obsessed with low prices, writes Atlantic Monthly correspondent Ellen Ruppel Shell, but over the past century our thirst for bargains has transformed the world's economy - and not necessarily for the better. Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture explores the effects of our focus on low price. The idea sprang from a trip to a shoe ...
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    Category Focus: Coffee Changes The Playing Grounds

    Category Focus: Coffee Changes The Playing Grounds
    Energy, sustainability, single origin, Fair Trade and antioxidants are a few of the trends impacting coffee and ready-to-drink coffee drinks this year. Ground coffee posted nearly $2.3 billion in sales, which marked an increase of 8.2 percent in food, drug and mass merchandise outlets (excluding Wal-Mart) for the year ending Oct. 5, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), Chicago. Whole bean ...
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    The 15 Stupidest Ways to Get Fired

    1. Rectal Advertising [photo:47687] Our first nominees come from Lake Geneva, Wisconson. Local news station WISN says two nurses snapped photos of a patient’s X-ray and, according to their employer, posted them on Facebook. The patient in question allegedly had a sex device lodged in his rectum, hence the keen interest on the part of the nurses. The accused nurse claims ...
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    Passing on Club Shopping

    Passing on Club Shopping
    As 2008 comes to a close, the economy continues to make an impact on consumer shopping habits. Many consumers have established new shopping patterns, whether they include cutting back on products purchased, reducing the number of shopping locations or purchasing lower priced or private label products. One would think the current economy would be beneficial for club store and mass merchandise ...
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    20 Best Outdoor Vacations for Summer '09

    Want to get away from it all? Does your idea of a vacation involve taking in the great outdoors, and days of heart-pounding adventure? We thought so. SalesHQ has compiled 20 adrenaline-inducing adventures for the tried and true outdoorsman (or woman). We’ve scoured the travel guides, combed the Internet and sought out word-of-mouth recommendations to bring you the best of ...
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    Clunkers Program Could Drive Used Car Prices Up

    Clunkers Program Could Drive Used Car Prices Up
    Hundreds of thousands of "clunkers" headed for scrappers may cause already rising prices for used cars to head even higher, dealers and market analysts warn. The popular cash-for-clunkers program, extended by Congress last week with $2 billion more in federal incentives, requires that all the old fuel guzzlers traded in are scrapped - not resold. That means up to 750,000 vehicles ...
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    Docs Want More Info, Less Rep Chat

    Docs Want More Info, Less Rep Chat
    The results of a recent study revealed that doctors want more clinical information from drug reps but want to spend less time interacting with them. An analysis by management consulting firm, Oliver Wyman, indicated that physicians are skeptical of sales reps, and are unwilling to meet with them for more than a minute. The study, A Prescription for Change: The Future ...
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    States Bank on Gambling Taxes

    States Bank on Gambling Taxes
    States are aggressively expanding legalized gambling, eager to shore up battered revenue sources during the economic crisis and concerned that residents will cross state lines to gamble elsewhere if they don't. Gambling will expand in about a dozen states this year in an effort to generate an extra $2 billion in gambling taxes by 2010, a record-breaking increase if state projections ...
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    Missed Opportunities in Minority Markets for Healthcare

    Missed Opportunities in Minority Markets for Healthcare
    Rapidly changing demographics are affecting the complexion of America, and many groups aren't adequately targeted for healthcare products and services. “It's not about black and white, it's about green,” green as in dollars, said Sheila Thorne, president and CEO, Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, at the Pharmaceutical Marketing Research Group conference on October 20. One in 10 Asian Americans have chronic Hepatitis ...
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    Telecommuting: Once a Perk, Now a Necessity

    Telecommuting: Once a Perk, Now a Necessity
    Eve Gelb's life was once a blur of hour-and-a-half commutes on the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles. What memories: The NPR fatigue. The stale minivan air. The deep identification with the characters in Waiting for Godot. But that's all in the past. Gelb, a project manager at a giant HMO, SCAN Health Plan, has given up her Ethan Allen-style office, yanked ...
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    These Sites Make Business Trips Worthwhile

    These Sites Make Business Trips Worthwhile
    Life on the road is tough for many frequent business travelers, but some destinations make the constant travel so much easier to take. They're downright appealing places that business travelers look forward to visiting because of a special restaurant or hotel, nightlife, geography or the friendliness of locals. USA TODAY asked very frequent business travelers who are volunteer members of the ...
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    Trend Alert? Allergan to Launch Eyelash Enhancer

    Trend Alert? Allergan to Launch Eyelash Enhancer
    Allergan is gearing up for the launch of Latisse, the first FDA-approved cosmetic eyelash enhancer, with a website and consumer ads in development. Allergan estimates that global sales of Latisse could exceed $500 million annually. A complete product website, at www.latisse.com, goes live on January 15. Approved in December, the product will land on drugstore shelves in “late January, early February,” ...
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    The Princess Problem

    The Princess Problem
    Austere times bring austere fashions to the runways but not, it seems, to toy stores. Hunting for birthday presents lately, I've waded through sequined princess costumes at FAO Schwarz, the opulent Princess Barbie section of Toys "R" Us, and sparkly shelves of Disney Princess gear at its retailers. Yes, princesses are everywhere, and they seem to be recession-proof. Disney racked up ...
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    TurboTax Offers Free Services on MySpace

    TurboTax Offers Free Services on MySpace
    h4. Objective: TurboTax's online services got a 37% jump in use last year, driven by its free tax preparation offerings that focus on simpler forms, such as the 1040EZ. This is the second year TurboTax has offered some free items, so it sought to build on their popularity. Its new “Freeloader Nation” campaign targets taxpayers in the 18- to 35-year-old range ...
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    Cops Nab Test-Drive Bandit ; Customer Allegedly Kept Driving With Car Salesman

    Cops Nab Test-Drive Bandit ; Customer Allegedly Kept Driving With Car Salesman
    It was a test drive all right. This driver tested John Law's patience - and pushed it to the limit. A West Springfield man out for a spin in a brand new 2010 Honda Accord liked the black sedan so much, he just kept going. Cops say Aleh Kot, 32, briefly kidnapped the car salesman Thursday afternoon before taking off on ...
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    Shamed Conspicuous Consumers Spend Less

    Shamed Conspicuous Consumers Spend Less
    The global economic crisis has generated a new phenomenon: luxury shame, or the shunning of ostentatious purchases of expensive jewelry, watches and fashion, which is largely blamed for the projected 8 percent drop in the luxury market this year. But a Bain & Co. study released Monday indicates the phenomenon isn't durable, predicting a slight 1 percent increase in the luxury ...
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    Retail Sales Rise, Jobless Claims Fall

    Retail Sales Rise, Jobless Claims Fall
    Retail sales rose in May for the first time in three months, but much of the small increase came from filling stations selling gasoline at much higher prices. Separately, initial jobless claims declined by 24,000 to 601,000 for the week ending June 6. It was the lowest level since January, and jobless claims have now fallen by more than 40,000 over ...
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    Peanut Products Doing Just Fine After Health Scare

    Peanut Products Doing Just Fine After Health Scare
    Go figure: Food makers processed more peanuts over the past year than nearly any other time on record despite a national salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine people and scaring consumers away from peanut products for months. Peanut farmers who once feared $1 billion in losses are chalking up their good fortune to a bad economy that has more people reaching ...