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    Consumer Lists - Out With The New?

     Consumer Lists - Out With The New?
    Every element of the sales food chain is vulnerable in a recession, but perhaps none more so than the list sector. When businesses feel the pinch they tend to follow a familiar pattern, shifting the focus from prospecting activities, which can be expensive and risky, to the relatively safer ground of customer retention. "We saw the same in the last recession," ...
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    Green is the New Black

    Green is the New Black
    Regardless of the economic climate, people want to lead a greener lifestyle according to an informal survey of ecomii.com visitors and Debatables participants. ecomii is the #1 green lifestyle resource on the Internet (according to comScore). Lack of information and consumer understanding as to how to be greener remain an impediment according to the survey. "We decided to tap the collective ...
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    Job Scams on Rise As Hard Times Hit Crooks

    Job Scams on Rise As Hard Times Hit Crooks
    Looking for a job is not a pleasant experience even in the best of times. Add record-high unemployment and a tidal wave of competition to the mix, and the search for employment can be maddening. Now there's even more for job seekers to be concerned about: crooks who exploit the unemployed by posting fake job ads online. These ads lure unsuspecting ...
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    Recliner Sales a Bright Spot in Furniture Industry

    Recliner Sales a Bright Spot in Furniture Industry
    Ah, the recliner. The American invention that linked lazing in the living room to television and frozen dinners is one of the few bright spots in a well-worn U.S. household furniture industry. Sales of reclining chairs are getting a lift from the growing popularity of high-tech TVs, home theater equipment and video games, as well as an aging population that is ...
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    Marketing Lessons From Past Recessions

     Marketing Lessons From Past Recessions
    There cannot be a marketer in the country that has been unaffected by the economic downturn. While the much-derided 'Generation Y' is experiencing a downturn for the first time, many marketers have seen such economic turmoil before. However, the precise nature of its constituents, namely the lack of available credit and the potential marketing opportunities, is unprecedented. While commentators may herald ...
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    Reality TV Goes Inside Infomercials

    Reality TV Goes Inside Infomercials
    A retreat in California's Malibu mountains was the last place TV producer Thom Beers figured he'd be hit with a pitch for a reality series. But that's where Discovery's appropriately named Pitchmen was plotted. "I go away every year to a spartan ashram just to cleanse and shut out the rest of the world -- no cellphone, no BlackBerry, no business," ...
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    Avon, Mary Kay Ranks Boom as a Second-Job Option

    Avon, Mary Kay Ranks Boom as a Second-Job Option
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Armies of new Avon ladies, Mary Kay reps and Tupperware sellers are advancing on living rooms across the country, their ranks full of professionals forced to take a second job amid the recession. Becke Alexander, sales manager for New York-based Avon Products Inc., hears each week from laid-off bankers and stay-at-home moms, but also gainfully employed people worried ...
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    Building His Fitness and His Online Sales Success

    Building His Fitness and His Online Sales Success
    On a recent Sunday, Billy Olson decided to do something new. Though he'd lived in the area before, he had never visited Valley Forge National Historical Park. So for two hours, Olson took a hike. The rolling hills and open meadows were soothing, and as he recalled the difficulties faced by the Continental Army, he felt encouraged about his own challenges. ...
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    4 Money-Saving Ways Companies Are Going Green

    4 Money-Saving Ways Companies Are Going Green
    The current trend with everyone currently is to ‘go green’ and this trend definitely does not stop at large and small companies alike. Everyone is looking to save a little bit of money in any way possible, if going green will help them do this then they will gladly look into it. 1. Reusable/Recycled Bags This is one of the most ...
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    6 Technology Trends That Will Change How You Do Business in 2010

    Out with the old and in with the new! The past decade revolutionized how we do business but there is plenty more to look forward to in 2010. Below is a sneak peak of coming attractions to get excited about. 1. Phone Liberation 2. Cloud Computing 3. The End of Paper 4. The Battle for Local 5. Social Spending 6. Mobile ...
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    Should Sales Performance Management be Pay-as-You-Go?

    Should Sales Performance Management be  Pay-as-You-Go?
    Callidus Software Inc. (NASDAQ: CALD), the leader in Sales Performance Management (SPM), announced today the industry's first "pay-as-you-go" pricing option for its Sales Performance Management suite, the Monaco release. With the new option, customers can get the full-featured, best-of-class SPM solution suite with low entry costs, through monthly subscription. "While conventional pricing models require substantial up-front investment, Callidus' new pay-as-you-go model ...
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    For the First Time in 60 Years, Global Economy Expected to Shrink

    For the First Time in 60 Years, Global Economy Expected to Shrink
    WASHINGTON – The world economy is likely to shrink this year for the first time in six decades. The International Monetary Fund projected the 1.3 percent drop in a dour forecast released Wednesday. That could leave at least 10 million more people around the world jobless, some private economists said. "By any measure, this downturn represents by far the deepest global ...
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    Home Short Sale Flips Nixed

    Home Short Sale Flips Nixed
    TAMPA - It may be a bit tougher now for investors to flip short sales for big profits. Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund notified its 6,000 member lawyers this week that it will not insure deals made with a popular - but controversial - method for closing flips of short sales. A short sale occurs when a mortgage holder agrees to allow ...
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    The Psychology of Stress

    The Psychology of Stress
    You've managed to keep your business afloat, but how are you managing the stress? In the economic tailspin of the late 2000s, loss is part of life. Workers are losing their jobs, employers are losing their businesses, and as credit becomes more and more scarce, everyone is losing confidence. What's more, entrepreneurs are grappling with a sense that they've lost control ...
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    Economy Loses More Jobs, Unemployment at 10 pct.

    The economy lost more jobs in December and the unemployment rate was unchanged, as a sluggish economic recovery has yet to revive hiring among the nation's employers. The Labor Department says employers cut 85,000 jobs last month, worse than the 8,000 drop analysts expected. A sharp drop in the labor force, a sign more of the jobless are giving up on ...
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    Best Charge Cards for Business Travelers

    Best Charge Cards for Business Travelers
    One of the great unsung productivity tools for the road warrior is plastic. A corporate charge card streamlines the expense report process and serves as a a pipeline to perks. Here are some card programs geared specifically for small businesses: OPEN from American Express offers Business Cardmembers the OPEN Savings program designed for companies with 100 or fewer employees. Perks include ...
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    15 Things You'll Love about Windows 7

    15 Things You'll Love about Windows 7
    (and Five You'll Hate) Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 7. Vista failed to give Windows users a reason to upgrade from XP, and justified or not, it quickly gained a reputation for being slow, overly complicated, and annoying to work with. Judging by the response to the public beta of Windows 7, lots of Windows fans are more than ...
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    Tupperware: Recession Winner!

    Tupperware: Recession Winner!
    CHICAGO - Shares of Tupperware Brands Corp. climbed Wednesday, a day after the household products maker posted a better-than-expected first-quarter profit and forecast second-quarter and full-year results above Wall Street estimates. Shares of the Orlando, Fla.-based company rose $3.39, or 15.9 percent, to $24.75 in midday trading Wednesday, after climbing as high as $26.38 earlier in the session. Tupperware, which makes ...
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    15 Stupidest Ways to Lose Your Job

    Sometimes, a person will lose their job through no fault of their own. The whims of a psychotic boss, an economy in shambles, or a simple misunderstanding can have an otherwise satisfactory employee packing up his or her cubicle. Other times, a person will lose their job because they have done something so incredibly foolish, you wonder how they ever ...
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    Auto Sales End 2009 with Uptick

    Automakers ended a dreadful 2009 -- the worst U.S. sales year since 1982 -- on a positive note: Sales rose 15.1% in December compared with a year ago, reports released Tuesday show. Even with the improvement late in the year, 2009 industry sales fell 21.2%, to 10.4 million, compared with 2008 as the recession took its toll, according to Autodata. Among ...
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