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@John Pettitt John, that's great and very timely news. I'll be sure to check it out. Thanks for letting us know!
1 week, 1 day ago on New Quora Blogging Platform Gives Businesses a Powerful Marketing & Content Distribution Channel
@davidbrier David, thanks for the kind words. We try to move as fast as possible and capture the personality of everyone we feature on Firmology. It helps when the series is written in first person. :-)
2 weeks ago on I’m David Brier, Chief Gravity Defyer of DBD International, and This is How I Power My Business
@davidbrier Yes, it's manual, which is why we have only posted one of our posts thus far. It was pretty easy, though. Copy and paste with a few formatting edits.As far as reposting automatically, @RepostUs doesn't do auto reposting for now. We have the plugin installed on Firmology to allow other bloggers and writers to syndicate our content. You might consider creating an @IFFFT formula to publish content from Wordpress to Quora. Alternatively, you could hire a virtual assistant or a @TaskRabbit to do this task for you. :-)
2 weeks, 2 days ago on New Quora Blogging Platform Gives Businesses a Powerful Marketing & Content Distribution Channel
@davidbrier David, thanks for dropping by. @Quora, specifically, is an amazing platform in which to repurpose content since it has a huge and very engaged audience that pounces on newly published content, whether questions, answers or blog posts.
Since Quora encourages syndication, business owners and bloggers can take advantage of this prime opportunity to keep their content alive by first publishing it on their own site and waiting some time for the search engines to index the content. After some time has passed, I hear from SEOs that a week or two is about right, the content can be syndicated elsewhere. It'll be considered duplicate content from the search engines, so it won't have any or much value assigned to it, but it's perfect for repurposing on Quora due to its inherent viral qualities.
The site also ranks very well with Google and other search engines, making the content even more valuable if one chose to create fresh content that didn't appear anywhere else originally.
2 weeks, 3 days ago on New Quora Blogging Platform Gives Businesses a Powerful Marketing & Content Distribution Channel
@chrisbumgardner That's awesome. Getting paid for 15 minutes of consulting work is a no-brainer.
4 months, 1 week ago on AskYourUsers.com Gives Small Businesses a Cheap Option For Focus Groups and Consulting Services
@haroldgardner Harold, we're ready to rock! Happy New Year!
4 months, 2 weeks ago on The Top Small Business Posts and Trends of 2012
@NickGarfinkel Nick, thanks for dropping by. We use Qualaroo on Firmology (you might have noticed the pop-up in the bottom right corner), but there are many other website feedback tools including UserVoice, SurveyMonkey, Get Satisfaction and WebEngage. Out of this short list, it appears that only WebEngage offers a survey pop-up similar to Qualaroo's.
4 months, 4 weeks ago on Qualaroo’s New Feature Nudges Your Website Visitor to Buy
@CaseyG Thanks Casey G. It's nice to have mentors like you I can learn from.
5 months ago on Technorati Ranks Firmology as One of the Top 100 Small Business Blogs and News Sites on the Web
@haroldgardner I know! That's what I thought too.
5 months ago on What?! Customers Can Send Money to Merchants by Tweeting #Dwolla
@Plucio Agreed. That's the one thing Google+ does better than Twitter and Facebook.
5 months, 2 weeks ago on Google+ Hangouts Expanded to Better Accomodate Business Meetings
@Marcio Morais Fantastic points! Customers don't lie. If they like a design, they'll share it and buy it. If they don't like it, they won't share it and won't buy it. Pinterest is a powerful tool for evaluating the potential success of a new product.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on Businesses Should Have an Interest in Pinterest
@sallykwitt Anytime. Thanks for dropping by!
5 months, 4 weeks ago on 5 Small Business Resources You Might Have Missed
@SadieHeldberg Ha ha, I don't really use my phone for fun, but I did download a video game for the first time a couple weeks ago. Sometimes, my mind just needs a quick rest during my commute home. It's a racing game called Asphalt 7. Amazing graphics.
8 months ago on 5 Best Travel Apps for Business Owners
@Marcio Morais Marcio, this is a great feature suggestion. There are many instances where a business would want to limit access to a website to one person or limit all employees to one website. I met with a banker recently at a large corporate bank and he told me he was only limited to using their website. Perhaps @rawstream and @brianazzopardi will consider adding this feature to their product roadmap if they haven't already.
8 months, 1 week ago on SMB Startup Watch: Rawstream Helps Monitor and Manage Internet Usage
@theworkwardrobe I also saw your article in Crain's NYC. BALLER.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on The Working Man: Socks or No Socks?
Nowak in da house! Rachel, the site looks amazing! Nice job with the redesign. I haven't noticed this amongst men in downtown Chicago, but as you know, Chicago fashion is pretty conservative. I read a post about this last year in the Wall Street Journal: Grin and Bare It; Go Sockless for the Summer http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303657404576357451205976690.html
@randallb That's a great point. If someone wants to develop a mobile app that adds a "double rainbow across the sky" on all photos, by all means, do it. The funny thing is there might be people out there that pay for that app.
8 months, 3 weeks ago on The Dreaded Business Model Question and Why Now May Be the Time to Ask It
@sarahlacy @eringriffith @sarahcuda I thought Trevor's post was great, but I certainly don't expect everyone to agree with us. Still, it's clear Chicagoans proceed more cautiously. I just heard Logan LaHive speak at an event last week where he told the audience the Belly team spent 2 months pitching business models to small business owners to see which one would solve their pain points enough to pay for it. Apparently, Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky thought he was crazy when he pitched them the business model they finally settled on, that is until he showed them how many paying customers they had acquired in a month or two. Ironically, Logan is originally from San Francisco.
@sarahlacy @eringriffith @sarahcuda That's fair, but I can clearly remember watching Ev squirm during an interview with CNBC at Sun Valley back in 2009 or earlier when asked how Twitter plans to make money. His response was that they're focused on their product. At the time, they were still being viewed as a communication medium leveraged by others versus a media company that competes with others like today. This 2009 quote from Dealbook is fitting: "This year, Evan Williams, the chief executive of Twitter, will likely be in high demand as media moguls try to determine if the hugely popular microblogging service is a money-making opportunity or simply another Web 2.0 fad."As far as Square, they had to have an idea of their business model initially. The massive cost of scaling up due to physical hardware development can only be fueled by raising money and, ultimately, paid back by transactions or an exit.
@eringriffith Thanks for the link. Interesting read. I'd argue that for every irrational human habit changing startup like Facebook or Twitter, there's the rational clear path to revenue driven startup like Square, AirBnB, or Uber. Perhaps @sarahcuda could get Jack Dorsey's perspective on launching Square. He just might have had an epiphany while struggling to monetize Twitter.
8 months, 4 weeks ago on The Dreaded Business Model Question and Why Now May Be the Time to Ask It