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5 tips for better summer sales conversations
Business 2 Community
It's that magical time of year when the weather gets better, and your prospects are often focused on things like family events and vacations rather than what they should be buying from you. As an accomplished sales person, you still want to make your quota and achieve corporate objectives, but it can be difficult to reach your goals during the summer months. Here are a few tips for making the most of the season.
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Business netiquette: The right way to use social media
By Scott Steinberg
Modern social networks provide endless opportunities for associations and working professionals to connect with colleagues, peers and potential partners in new and novel ways. But as widespread as services like Facebook, Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn have become, basic rules of etiquette and business conduct still apply. Keep in mind that not all businesses or individuals utilize or perceive interactions on social networks in the same way. Likewise, communications sent via these channels may also lose some of the subtle nuances conveyed through personal interactions.
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Beyond sales: The business KPI's of marketing ROI
Forbes
In a world of short attention spans and unprecedented options are there key performance indicators (KPIs) that should be attached to marketing and social media efforts that span beyond just customer acquisition and sales?
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11 social media tips for small business
Casper Star-Tribune
You've put together profile pages on a few popular social media sites, made occasional posts, and responded when you were aware of activity. Isn't that enough for a small business like yours? Not according to a recent New York University study, which found that although more than half of consumers communicate with businesses via social media, only 8 percent are satisfied with those interactions.
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The new rules of HR: How to hire better talent
By Scott Steinberg
Finding job applicants with the right skills can be challenging under any circumstances, let alone rapidly-shifting business environments such as those we find ourselves operating in at present. Doubly so, say a rising tide of executive directors and boards, as the talents and capabilities needed to succeed tomorrow will be vastly different from those needed today. Happily, finding talent from inside or outside your organization capable of filling and excelling at leadership roles isn't as challenging as it seems — provided you know what traits to look for in prospective recruits.
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New infographic illustrates importance of customer loyalty to small business growth, gives tips for fostering loyalty
Digital Journal
According to survey data presented visually in this infographic, 82 percent of small business owners said that loyal customers are the key to an enterprise's growth. The infographic also offers recommendations for small business owners looking to build loyalty in their client base.
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5 tips to get the most out of your big data
Business 2 Community
Setting up a successful big data infrastructure means investing a lot of money and manpower into making sure things get done right, which is why it would be such a shame for all those resources to go to waste. Whether you're thinking about rolling out a big data initiative or you want to optimize your current infrastructure, it's crucial that you implement the following five best practices in order to maximize the ROI on your reporting spend.
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9 simple tips to protecting yourself and your business online
Forbes
The recent headlines about Target, Neiman Marcus, and Snapchat's security breaches in the past few months make it clear that data security is a real-time, everyday issue. At the Dell Women's Entrepreneur Network event in Austin, TX in early June, Verna Grayce Chao, Director of Global Security Solutions Marketing at Dell, noted that 73 percent of organizations globally have experienced a security breach in the last twelve months. With a statistic like that, how can we feel protected on the Internet?
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Don't be discouraged: Overcome your doubts
By Greg Witz
Growing up, millennials were told repeatedly that if they got a college degree, they would get a job. This in turn would lead to buying a house and starting a family. Unfortunately, this has not been the case. Of course, having these doubts is not unique to Gen Yers. Every entrepreneur at some point wonders if he/she has made the right decision. In this article, we discuss how to overcome your doubts, take action to achieve your goals and knowing when to walk away if necessary.
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This is how to make iced coffee taste like the pros
The Huffington Post
It's summer, the time of year when we as a collective body of caffeine addicts all switch from hot cups to the refreshing crispness of coffee on ice. But it's so dang expensive (due to the fact that it actually takes more coffee, labor, and time to make it, but whatever). This is why we should make it ourselves! But how?
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Keurig 2.0 lets you brew an entire pot of coffee
Mashable
It's hard not to find a Keurig coffee machine on a kitchen counter these days, but for those familiar with the convenience of popping in a K-Cup to crank out a single serving of brew, it's also frustrating when you want to make a whole pot for your friends and family. At long last, the company recently introduced a new brewing system that not only makes a whole carafe of coffee at once, it also learns your coffee preferences in the process.
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Good idea? Coffee-flavored wine in a can
USA Today
Ever wish your wine tasted more like coffee? Friends Fun Wine is introducing two canned wine products with 6 percent alcohol content. The drinks combine "the world's most popular day drink with the world's most popular night drink," according to a news release.
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Banned beans: Can Keurig kill coffee pirates with DRM?
The Verge
One of every four dollars Americans spend on coffee to be brewed at home is now spent on pods, and Keurig, which pioneered the process in the U.S., dominates the market. But Keurig's hold on the industry is not as secure as it once was.
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How Starbucks addicts are bracing for the coffee price hike
ABC News
Brian Gardner and his wife say they visit their local Starbucks in Chicago, Illinois, at least once a day, seven days a week. They already spend nearly $140 a week at the popular coffee chain, or as much as $6,700 a year.
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There's a right and a wrong kind of milk for your coffee
The Huffington Post
There's a reason that serious coffee shops don't ask you what kind of milk you want with your latte: It's because they don't want to give you the chance to totally mess it up. When given the option, many of us health-conscious coffee drinkers would opt for one of the reduced-fat options, but that's the wrong answer when it comes to making a killer latte. Lattes demand fat. It balances out the flavor and contributes to the robust texture, and skim milk just ruins all that. If you want to drink coffee and drink it well, you have to give in to the fat.
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5 reasons to drink coffee before your workout
ABC News
Half of Americans start their day with coffee, and according to recent study, working out after downing a cup of java may offer a weight loss advantage. The Spanish study, published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, found that trained athletes who took in caffeine pre-exercise burned about 15 percent more calories for three hours post-exercise, compared to those who ingested a placebo.
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This is the one medical experiment all happy coffee drinkers should know about
The Week
Research hasn't tended to endorse the ideas of coffee as detrimental to your health — sometimes it suggests quite the opposite — but this one scientific endeavor should warm the hearts of any dedicated java fanatic.

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Use coffee grounds to get rid of ants
lifehacker
When you're plagued by ants, it feels natural to reach for the insect spray. But if you want to be a little kinder, there are some natural alternatives that also do the job. eHow suggests that your daily coffee can be used to ward off crawling pests. It's not just a natural solution, it's also cheap.

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5 tips for building strong relationships with clients
Entrepreneur
Forming strong relationships in every area of life is an essential component to success. The relationships you've formed with various types of people in many different areas of your life can serve as a foundation for your creating strong ties with clients.

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Teabox seeks to bring India's teas into modern era
The New York Times
The tea plantations in the shadow of the cloud-shrouded valleys of the Himalayan mountains may be the last place to find technological innovation. Many of the colonial-era practices involved in tea-growing and processing still follow the time-honored manual labor and handwritten bookkeeping. But as global consumers increasingly become connoisseurs of high-quality products, one entrepreneur is seeking to give the industry a Silicon Valley makeover.
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Butter coffee trend divides coffee shop owners
DNAinfo
To some, it's the buttery breakfast of champions. To others, it's just "disgusting." Regardless of whether the trend is here to stay, butter coffee — which spawned from the popularity of the California-based Bulletproof Coffee brand — is here for now and is becoming a divisive issue among coffee shop owners.
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Planting a tea garden this summer
KUSA-TV
With temperatures soaring, iced tea consumption is on the rise. To make your iced tea more delicious and healthy, plant a tea garden. Use herbs to flavor your tea without adding sugar.
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The children are our future (in tea), says Packaged Facts
FoodNavigator-USA
Tea isn't just for grown-ups anymore, as instant and ready-to-drink teas are paving the way for strong positioning among families, children and teens, according to a recent report by market research firm Packaged Facts.
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International Bottled Water Association applauds federal bottled water consumer information legislation
International Bottled Water Association
The International Bottled Water Association applauds federal legislation introduced by Representative Renee Ellmers, R-North Carolina, Representative Jim Matheson, D-Utah, and Representative Richard Nugent, R-Florida, that would provide consumers with uniform information about the quality and safety of their bottled water products.
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NGO Consortium calls out roasting industry for poor efforts toward supply sustainability
Daily Coffee News
The international development organization Hivos is calling on the world's top roasters by volume to increase sustainability efforts as climate change threatens long-term production capabilities in some of the world's main growing regions.
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Coke builds $100 million green beverage plant
Environmental Leader
Coca-Cola has begun construction of its green plant in China's South Harbin Industrial City. The $100 million plant is designed to accommodate nine production lines for both sparkling and still beverages, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta, Minute Maid and Ice Dew. Upon completion, the facility is expected to deliver an annual production capacity of 1.2 million tons of beverages. The first phase of the new plant will be operational in 2016.
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