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4 management tips from the MLB to ensure homeruns for your sales team
Entrepreneur
Spring is one of my favorite seasons — and not just because the snow is finally melting. With spring comes Major League Baseball, and as the season ramps up, it occurs to me each year how many coaching principles apply to sales. Every team, for instance, has a bona fide superstar like David Ortiz or Clayton Kershaw and others who are integral to the overall success of the team. What makes these stars shine is their ability to consistently rise to the challenge. But what's the trick? A superb manager who knows how to get the most out of every player on the team. And the same can be said for managing a sales team.
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The most successful marketing plans have 1 thing in common
Small Business Trends
Annual marketing plans are important to keeping businesses organized and goal-oriented. But the best marketing plans usually have one thing in common: flexibility. In order for your marketing efforts to be successful, you have to be open to changing them up once in awhile.
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7 tips for content marketing success, for ecommerce
PracticalEcommerce
Content marketing may help businesses both increase site traffic and boost actual sales, but it can also be expensive, hard to execute, slow and somewhat difficult to measure. Fortunately there are at least seven things marketers can do to increase the opportunity for success with content.
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Will Google's newest algorithm change affect your business?
By Emma Fitzpatrick
I know, I know. You've heard Google cry "Algorithm change!" before, and it seemed like nothing happened. But this time it's different. Unlike the last few updates, Google has said their newest algorithm change is going to be one of the biggest to date. Starting April 21, Google is going to penalize any websites that aren't optimized for mobile devices. If your site is already optimized for mobile, you're golden. If not, you've got some work to do. Luckily, you've got time to make it happen.
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8 essential time-saving tools every online entrepreneur needs
Entrepreneur
It's deeply troubling, right? There is always something new fighting for your time and attention. Being an entrepreneur, you have a lot going on — from prospecting customers, to building an active and engaged list, to marketing your wares to the right audience. And you need to learn the ropes of multiple aspects of your business as you go.
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Performance evaluations that employees and managers love
By Hank Boyer
What is your first reaction to the phrase "annual performance evaluation"? If you are like most managers and employees, you don't really care for them. But it does not have to be that way. If done effectively, both employees and their managers will look forward to the process and will be willing participants. When the organization aligns around something as fundamental as an honest dialogue about performance, the future can be so much brighter. Here's how organizations can "fix" their performance evaluation process.
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  PRODUCT SHOWCASES
Little Debbie's Bakery Fresh Pastries

All Little Debbie products are now available as pre-ordered bakery fresh pastry with your vend distributor. This includes Mini Donuts, Zebra Cakes and Swiss Rolls. Distributors may also be stocking top-sellers like the Oatmeal Cream Pie and Nutty Bar. Call your distributor today to place your order (or pre-order) for Little Debbie snack cakes.
Crane's Media Touch Technology

Crane’s Media Touch is changing the way consumers experience vending, helping operators win new business and increase same-store sales. The 7” touch screen can display nutritional information, interactive promotions and digital advertising. Built on NAMA’s open standards, Media Touch provides a powerful platform that’s capable today and ready for the future.
Payments at Vending Machines made Eazy

EazyCoin™ has developed a pioneering Wireless Mobile Technology that allows customers to make purchases in vending machines by using their Android and iOS (Apple) mobile devices. Offering such features as intuitive interface, product selection from the device, vending machine location, and fund transfers between users. One feature or benefit of the EazyCoin™ solution, that will be of great value to the Industry, is the capacity to provide Inventory control.

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BEVERAGE NEWS


Use coffee to boost micro market sales
VendingMarketWatch
Many factors go into the type of hot beverages operators provide in a micro market. Coffee and coffee-related offerings depend on an operator's region and their previous OCS history; they also depend on the type, size and demographic of individual locations. There is no standard yet on ways to maximize hot beverage sales in a micro market and the majority of operators are struggling to find the best solution for their micro markets. One thing many operators agree upon, however, is that hot beverage offerings provide an opportunity to drive micro market sales.
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From Costa Rica to Miami, coffee's popularity heats up again
Miami Herald
Workers tend to the coffee plants at the Doka Estate coffee farm on in Alajuela, Costa Rica. The farm is one of many that produce high-quality coffee, much of which is exported to the U.S. Once touted as potentially harmful, new studies from a variety of sources now link a number of health benefits to drinking as many as five cups of coffee per day.
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NCA study finds coffee is Americans' favored daily beverage next to water, OCS has room to improve
Vending Times
More than three-quarters of Americans drink coffee, according to new research from the National Coffee Association. That figure confirms coffee's continued strength among consumers, and places it as America's top daily beverage choice next to water.
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How tea + sugar reshaped the British empire
NPR
Coffee and tea both landed in the British isles in the 1600s. In fact, java even got a head start of about a decade. And yet, a century later, tea was well on its way to becoming a daily habit for millions of Britons — which it remains to this day. So how did tea emerge as Britain's hot beverage of choice?
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IBWA tells HHS and USDA that water is essential to healthy diet
International Bottled Water Association
The International Bottled Water Association recently provided oral testimony at a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture public meeting regarding the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's report. In prepared comments, Tamika Sims, PhD, IBWA director of science and research, applauded the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's recognition of water's importance to a healthy diet.
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CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY


How to really, truly integrate sustainability into your business
GreenBiz
Earlier in this series we explored how materiality and the valuation of externalities enable companies to focus their transparency efforts and leverage the value of sustainability reporting. This final article discusses how companies can apply materiality and externalities valuation to integrate sustainability across the business.
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3 ways brands can use corporate aocial eesponsibility principles to create better advertising
Fast Company
A geniune attempt to build trust with an audience — and give a brand a sense of purpose — can be far more effective than traditional ads.
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How to engage your investors on ESG issues in proxy season and beyond
GreenBiz
Spring brings a new proxy voting season, as shareholders exercise their right to raise issues of importance to company management, the board of directors and fellow shareholders. In recent years, the number of shareholder proposals devoted to environmental, social and governance issues have increased at a fast pace. While institutional investors may not be involved in the majority of these proposals, companies should note that institutional consideration of ESG practices has grown significantly.
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