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Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Featured, Trends | 0 comments

How New Technologies Make Business Analytics Possible for SMBs

How New Technologies Make Business Analytics Possible for SMBs

One way or another, business analytics has been an inseparable part of business since its earliest days. It is not that difficult to imagine a caveman realizing that his sabretooth tiger pelt is worth more during winter months and that he might get more in return by waiting for the first snow before he trades it for a new axe or something like that. As millennia went by, business analytics grew in complexity through introduction of statistics and a number of other scientific fields that turned it into something only the professionals can truly master. In the 20th century, the field became even more vast and complex thanks to the introduction of computers and especially the internet which increased the amount of data to be analyzed to an unimaginable extent. The Prerogative of the Big Players Because of a then unique situation where the amount of data to be given the business analytics treatment was immense and the tools were too complex for anyone who was not a professional...

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2016 in Featured, Trends | 0 comments

Why Being Environmentally Conscious is Good for your Business

Why Being Environmentally Conscious is Good for your Business

More and more businesses are changing the way they operate in favour of green solutions and environmentally-sound thinking. While not exactly a trend, a 2012 poll of event planning agencies expressed interest in addressing environmental concerns. This shift is clearly striking a chord with consumers as 55% of worldwide online consumers have said they would pay more for eco-friendly products and services. However, of those polled, in Europe only 40% were willing to spend more, which seems a disappointingly low figure. So, what are companies already doing to be more environmentally conscious and how could this be good for your business? Start small In-office sustainable business plans are easy to implement, and inexpensive in the long run. Green web hosts run their servers on renewable energy, their servers use more energy than standard but only use sustainable sources for power. Making sweeping in house changes can have a impactful effect on your company’s eco-friendliness. On an even smaller scale, turning your office paperless by keeping any printing to a...

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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Trends | 0 comments

California’s New Online Libel Law Changed to Accommodate Digital Media

California’s New Online Libel Law Changed to Accommodate Digital Media

California updated its defamation statute. Legislators designed the bill to equalize online and print media outlets. Henceforth, under California’s defamation law, certain digital publications will be treated like daily and weekly newspapers, in terms of libel law. However, parameters exist. Not every website will enjoy cover under the state’s new statute. Keep reading to learn who is covered and who is not. In California, Retractions = Lower Defamation Damages Why did California officials revise the state’s libel law? They wanted to change the way retractions and corrections work, in regards to defamation law. Back in 1931, California’s lawmakers wanted to limit potential damages in certain types of defamation cases. Specifically, newspapers or broadcasters that issued a correction when prompted by the plaintiff would pay lower damages than if they hadn’t. Oddly, as the law was written, however, the law only applied to newspapers, television and radio broadcasts – but not magazines. In 2014, defendants in an online defamation case evoked the 1931 statute, arguing that ordered damages were too...

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Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Featured, Trends | 0 comments

Five UK Small Business Conferences You Have to Attend in 2015

Five UK Small Business Conferences You Have to Attend in 2015

It’s not common for a business owner to feel like they are alone in their journey, especially if they work from home, or have a small retail outlet. However, there are thousands of other people in the same position as you, and it can be quite educational to meet up with them and discuss ideas and plans for the future. If you are interested in networking, take a look at the following conferences that are set to be popular with UK small business owners in 2015. StartUp 2015 Held on the 17th January, StartUp 2015 is a free event, and will be held at the Somerset House (one of the great venues in London by Venuesearchlondon.com). The event aims to encourage people to quit the corporate world and become their own boss, and will be offering a range of facilities to help you do this. It will be possible to apply for a loan, form your own company, take part in practical workshops, get feedback on your ideas, and...

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Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Featured, Trends | 0 comments

Expert Thoughts on the Bitcoin Phenomenon

Expert Thoughts on the Bitcoin Phenomenon

Nearly everyone who knows about Bitcoins has an opinion on its future. A multitudinous sea of optimists are saying that Bitcoins have ushered in a new era in international monetary operations and exchange and they believe that Bitcoins will do for money what the automobile did for transportation. That said, traders are flocking to Bitcoins exchange platforms, while miners are investing in hardware and mine on mining pools, e.g. GHASH.io, trusting that Bitcoins ARE the currency of the future. On the other hand, naysayers have discounted the cryptocurrency as a domain of speculators and drug peddlers (remember Silk Route). Another branch, the neo-anarchists are prophesying that the cryptocurrency will deliver us from governments and their monetary systems. What do the experts have to say? Here are a few thoughts. Bitcoins as alternative to currencies hit by super inflation Wence Casares, venture capitalist and founder of Lemon Wallet grew up in Argentina where for a long period the economy was in tatters. He says his people had to find out...

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 in Trends | 0 comments

How Bitcoins are Making the Business World Better

How Bitcoins are Making the Business World Better

Despite the many setbacks to the Bitcoin platform (like the shutting down of the world’s largest Bitcoin trading platform, Mt. Gox, hacking of Bitcoin wallets), it has not dampened the appetite for the cryptocurrency. The BitPay directory lists over 30,000 businesses and non-profits that accept Bitcoins and the number is till growing. Why has the business still retained its fondness for Bitcoins in spite of all its flaws? Speculation is actually benefiting the Bitcoin Many businesses have gotten into the Bitcoin game, partly because they want to benefit from speculations. Consider that a Bitcoin is trading at $100 now. It could easily become $150 tomorrow, depending on the market’s supply/demand. Bitcoin mining is also a growing community, served by some of the largest real-time cryptocurrency trading and Bitcoin mining platforms, such as CEX.io. Small processing fees One of the advantages of accepting Bitcoins is that the transaction fees are very small. Contrast this with the processing fees on credit card payments or even PayPal and you will see how...

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