Newsletter Archive: June 2010

Small Business Confidence Dips Slightly In June
Small business owners' economic confidence leveled off in June, stopping a two-month rise, according to the Discover Small Business Watch.

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Save Money with Open Source Software
Most business owners spend a lot of money on proprietary software, but is it a valid expense? While some cases require proprietary software, there are other cases in which businesses can utilize alternatives. As explained in the video report on the left, there are alternatives that are both free and open source.

Taking Intelligent Risks in Business
Do you consider yourself a risk-taker? Let's take it one step further and ask: do you consider yourself a risk-taker in business? The latter might result in a slightly different answer than the former.

Reduce Friction to Get More Mobile Sales
Last week, we talked about shopping cart abandonment, and how it is really out of your control to some extent. Of course, there are things you can do to encourage the completion of sales, but you're not going to get the all...

Businesses May Like to Use Foursquare, But Probably Not Enough to Pay for it
There's no question that there are opportunities for businesses in location-sharing services like Foursquare, Gowalla, and others that continue to pop up. There's a good chance that businesses will be more apt to use such services to reach customers when they don't have to pay for them...

Shopping Cart Abandonment - Seller's Fault or Consumer Behavior?
Shopping cart abandonment is a problem that continues to plague e-commerce sites. It's certainly a topic we've discussed at SmallBusinessNewz in the past.

Facebook Continues to Become More Important for Businesses
It's starting to seem really cliche to keep talking about how important social media is to businesses at this point, but whenever I think that, I am also reminded how so many small businesses don't even have a website, and just a year ago, the concept of social media was still a very touchy one for many businesses.

Why Wouldn't You Include Links in Your Press Releases?
Press release distribution service BusinessWire shared results of a poll, which found that 85% of those who send out press releases put links in them. That means that 15% didn't. Granted, this is only a small poll of less than 300 people, but it may still be indicative of a greater issue that not all businesses include links in their online press releases.

Apple's iPad as a Business Tool
This week Apple revealed that iPad sales have surpassed two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3rd. Until last week, it had only been available in the U.S. On Friday, the company began shipping units to Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and the U.K.

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