How to Welcome Teachers to the 2016 School Year

Recognition & Motivation Ideas

muffins for back to school

Have you noticed? As soon as the 4th of July is over, stores replace all of their red, white, and blue merchandise with back to school products. While it seems like the dog days of summer now, the 2016-2017 academic school year is just around the corner. Before you know it, students and teachers will be heading back into their…

Why Working on Teams is Crucial for Small Businesses

Recognition & Motivation Ideas

Rowing Team work

“Entrepreneurship isn’t a singular job,” Jayson Demers, founder and CEO of AudienceBloom, wrote in a recent Entrepreneur article. “It’s actually better seen (and thought of) as an amalgamation of different jobs. You oversee a number of different departments as your organization grows, and you take care of duties ranging from the very large (securing venture funding) to the very small…

Planning Back to School Sales for the Small Business

Seasonal & Special Events Ideas

Back to School Sale

The back to school frenzy can be awesome for business, even if you don’t sell school supplies, children’s clothing or other items directly related to the upcoming school year. Companies of any sort can boost customers, revenue and their overall bottom line with a number of creative back to school sale ideas. Last Chance Sales Back to school season can…

How Small Businesses Can Collect More Email Addresses

Business Marketing Ideas Helpful Resources

capture Email addresses

Email is one of the most cost-effective ways to connect with customers directly and build brand loyalty. So how do you go about collecting more email addresses? There are a lot of options available to you, using in-person and traditional forms of marketing (offline) and gathering emails electronically (online). Catch our first post in this mini-series here. It’ll teach you…

Email Best Practices for Small Businesses

Helpful Resources Online Marketing Ideas

email marketing for small business

This is the first in our two-part series about using email for your small business. Email is a flexible, low-cost way to engage your customers. Unfortunately, that’s also the reason your customers are inundated with emails every day. Some emails go directly into a spam folder, while others just pile up unread in an inbox, destined for the trash bin….

Your Small Business Holiday Planning Guide

Business Marketing Ideas

Your Small Business Holiday Planning Guide

For small businesses, the heat of summer can only mean one thing: time to start thinking about your holiday plan. Your holiday planning guide needs to include all things related to promoting your shop and pumping up revenue during the season. Answer these four questions and you’ll be in tip-top shape for a happy holiday season indeed. How much can…

Individual vs Team Recognition: Which & When to Use

Employee Recognition Ideas

Individual and Team Recognition

“Recognition is simple, and comes naturally outside of the workplace; it’s a habit that more workplaces need to adopt in order to continue to foster a competitive business,” Sasha Bricel wrote in an HR.com blog post. “Today’s employees want to be acknowledged for successes affecting the company and are more inclined to drive results when their work is celebrated.” There’s…

It’s Summertime and the Work is Easy?

Employee Recognition Ideas

Sweet Summertime

Most people grew up counting down the days until school ended and summer vacation began. A Captivate Network study found that workplace productivity drops 20 percent during the summer months. “Projects take 13 percent longer to complete and workers are 45 percent more distracted.” Knowing that people are more distracted during the summertime, you can take preemptive steps to motivate…

Why is Employee Recognition Put on the Back Burner?

Employee Recognition Ideas

Recognition on the Backburner

“There’s one simple action that can dramatically increase any manager’s success in gaining the support and engagement of subordinates: recognize great work,” wrote David Sturt in the Harvard Business Review last year. “In two separate but recent studies involving nearly 3,500 employees, from startups to Fortune 100 companies, we found that recognition directly affects morale and engagement.” Despite its importance,…

5 Tools to Help You Better Recognize Your Employees

Employee Recognition Ideas

Recognition Tools

Getting a paycheck is good, but being recognized for a job well done on top of the paycheck can be even better. Regularly recognizing employee efforts and achievements can go a long way toward motivating top performance and maintaining a high morale. These employee recognition tools can help you do just that. Online Employee Recognition Tools Online employee recognition tools…