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Is Dreamforce getting too big for its boots?

More than 160,000 people have registered to attend Salesforce’s annual conference this week in San Francisco but the city can no longer house them all.

Dreamforce has grown so large that the cloud software giant has been forced to pay for a 964 foot cruise ship to be docked at San Francisco’s Pier 27 due to a shortage of hotel rooms in the city.

The Celebrity Infinity cruise ship, which currently has a Salesforce balloon attached to its bow and has been dubbed “Dreamboat” for the week, can accommodate up to 1,100 people.

In addition to accommodating a number of conference attendees, Salesforce is also using the boat for a number of parties, including a media welcome party this evening. 

Last year, 135,000 people registered to attend Dreamforce, equal to approximately 12 percent of San Francisco’s overall population. 

The size of the conference means that it causes some disruption to locals, blocking roads and making it nearly impossible to book a table at certain restaurants.

But the overall economic impact is hugely positive. Last year more than $220 million was infused into the local economy during Dreamforce and that figure will only rise with more visitors. 

During this year’s Dreamforce, a number of well known figures from the business and entertainment world will make an appearance.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella are both due to make appearances, as is actress and businesswoman Jessica Alba. The conference will be closed with a gig on the waterfront that will see Foo Fighters, The Killers and Gary Clark Junior play.

Box CEO Aaron Levie is also speaking at Dreamforce. He took to Twitter to explain his feelings on the conference.

Several other large technology conferences, including Apple’s WWDC and Google I/O, take place in San Francisco every year, with most of them centred around the Moscone Centre, which has close to a million square foot of space.

Business Phone Systems Glasgow

Moving away from the days of analogue, Abica are improving the performance of phone systems for businesses in Glasgow through the use of VoIP solutions.

By working as a business partner and suggesting the best suited phone system for your business we will ensure you make the most of your investment. For example, if you don’t have a large in-house IT department to install and maintain new or additional hardware to support your new VoIP software, then Hosted VoIP is a good solution.

Abica will show you how to integrate the latest VoIP systems into your business in Glasgow so that you can make the most of them, whilst looking at ways to reduce your monthly phone bills. Cloud based and full of features, our business phone systems provide a wide range of business benefits including cost savings and increased productivity.

Further business benefits of using Hosted VoIP with Abica include:

  • Free calls: All your sites will benefit from free calls to each other.
  • Call abroad: If you have suppliers or offices overseas – a VoIP phone can be used to call them for free – they become an extension on the phone system.
  • Multiple phone numbers: Multiple incoming phone numbers, and the ability to differentiate between them. A VoIP system can have as many incoming numbers as you want, so you have a number for sales, a number for support, etc.
  • Plug and play technology: Handsets are pre-configured meaning they can be easily installed at any site where a live internet connection is present.

To find our more about any of our phone system solutions, you can call us on 0141 404 1219 or use the form shown and our team will get in touch.

Best Online Reputation Management Services

We know that different businesses and individuals have distinct reputation management needs. Our staff researched and reviewed dozens of reputation management services, and came up with the ones we think are best for both businesses and individuals. Here is a roundup of our best picks and an explanation of how we chose them.

Reputation.com offers reputation management services for both businesses and individuals, but it was the company’s wide range of business services that impressed us. With tailored solutions for various industries, including automotive and health care, along with two different service packages to choose from based on your needs, Reputation.com had an option for every business. We also liked the company’s review kiosk system, through which business owners are given a tablet to use to collect reviews from their customers in person. In addition, we were highly impressed by the company’s great customer service. Go here for a full review of Reputation.com’s reputation management services.

Like Reputation.com, BrandYourself offers services for both individuals and businesses, but its unique approach to personal reputation management is what pushed the company to the top of our list. Its “do-it-yourself” options allow individuals to take care of their online reputations themselves, but the company also offers options for clients who need more help managing their reputation on their own, or for those who’d prefer experts handle it for them. Its prices are low compared to those of many other reputation management services, and the company even offers a free subscription. What really impressed us was how up front the company is about what it does, and how easy it is to use the DIY tool. Go here for a full review of BrandYourself’s reputation management services.

To select the best reputation management services for businesses and individuals, we started by listing more than 40 of the vendors we found online, including those that were reviewed by other websites. From there, we eliminated vendors that didn’t specialize in comprehensive reputation management — many companies focused solely on SEO, social media, online reviews or public relations, rather than a combination of them all.

After narrowing down the list to only the vendors that specialize in comprehensive services, we looked for companies that detailed exactly what they do and how their services work, and most importantly, whether they specialized in reputation management services for businesses, individuals or both. We were able to narrow down the list to six candidates for our best picks: BrandYourself.com, Reputation911, Reputation Communications, Reputation X, Reputation.com, and WebiMax.

We then analyzed each service based on the following factors:

  • Transparency: This included how much information we could gather about the company from its website, how up front it was about its reputation management process and what tactics it uses (avoiding questionable black-hat tactics was key).
  • Cost: This factor was based not only on whether the packages offered were reasonable compared to other services, but also if the companies were up front about their pricing information on their websites.
  • Focus on reputation management: Many top companies offer several other services, but we wanted companies that focused solely on reputation management.
  • Types of services offered (individual vs. businesses, or both)
  • Extra services or unique features offered
  • Customer service (both online and over the phone)
  • Reviews and complaints from websites like Ripoff Report and the Better Business Bureau

Here is a full list of reputation management services and a summary of what each company claims to offer. This alphabetical list also includes our best picks.

1SEO.com — 1SEO.com offers clients a comprehensive reputation management campaign that includes an analysis of your online reputation before your campaign begins and a complete assessment once it’s completed. Along with its reputation management services, 1SEO.com offers a wealth of online marketing and SEO services, including SEO consulting and copywriting, social media marketing, Web design and development, infographic services and more. 1seo.com

*BrandYourself — Our pick for the best reputation management service for individuals, BrandYourself has a unique model that gives clients the ability to manage their reputation online on their own, with some guidance from the company’s experts, as well as other subscriptions at reasonable prices that give clients varying degrees of control over the service. BrandYourself also offers reputation management for businesses. brandyourself.com. To read our full review of BrandYourself go here.

Digital Firefly Marketing — Digital Firefly’s reputation management services include extensive analysis and evaluation of your online reputation, 24/7 news monitoring, negative review monitoring, SEO, and defaced-content removal. The company also offers other SEO services, social media marketing, content marketing and Web services (including design, development and hosting). digitalfireflymarketing.com

GreyBox Creative — GreyBox Creative boasts reputation management services that are “built from the ground up and are completely customized according to your company’s needs.” Its services include constant monitoring of search-engine algorithms and trends, and will help you use positive content to suppress your negative search results. GreyBox Creative also offers other services, including Web design, logo design, social media marketing and more. greyboxcreative.com

Igniyte – Igniyte is a specialist reputation management company working with high net worth individuals and brands to help them with defamation and libel issues online, customer service through social media, managing online reviews and challenging and removing content from Google. Working with legal teams and with extensive digital marketing experience; the team utilizes PR and content marketing to help individuals and brands have a positive presence online. Igniyte.com

LocalEdge — LocalEdge’s reputation management services come in two packages: standard and advanced. Both offerings include features like review monitoring, email alerts, social mention monitoring and more. LocalEdge also offers other services, including Web design, search engine marketing and email/text marketing. internetmarketing.localedge.com

Netmark — Netmark’s reputation management services allow you to set up brand alerts, promote positive reviews and content to bury negative content, and more. Plus, you can get a free quote on the company’s website. Netmark’s other services include enterprise SEO, pay-per-click management, website development and social media marketing. netmark.com

Outspoken Media — Outspoken Media offers reputation management services that include strategy development and software recommendations so that you can find the right tools to help you manage your online reputation. The company also offers several other SEO and Internet marketing services. outspokenmedia.com

Repumatic.com – Repumatic says it offers full scale, DIY Reputation Management Software, free reputation monitoring, and transparent concierge services that are under $200 per month. The company also offers combination reputation management and SEO services for brands and tips for do it yourselfers to help them regain their positive reputation online.  he company’s software can be used to instantly launch and manage up to 50 positive branding sites as well as the ability to remotely post to social media and WordPress domains. Repumatic.com

Reputation911 — Reputation911 offers reputation management services for both individuals and businesses. It specializes in the removal (when possible) and suppression of negative content. Other features include online brand monitoring and reporting, creation of optimized online profiles and more. reputation911.com

Reputation Communications — Reputation Communications offers services for businesses and individuals, and uses a five-step process that includes protecting your brand from being appropriated or misused by others, addressing incorrect or biased information, deleting your private information from people search databases, ensuring online photos support your professional image, and increasing your brand’s prominence online. reputation-communications.com

Reputation Management Consultants — This company’s reputation management services focus on content creation to help push your negative search results down. Services include social media and professional profile creation, promotion and creation of press releases and syndicated articles, and more. reputationmanagementconsultants.com

Reputation Management Kings — Reputation Management Kings’ services include engaging on social networks, communicative blogging sites, media sharing sites, business profiles and networks, and more. The company focuses on SEO and positive content creation. reputationmanagementkings.com

Reputation Management LLC — Reputation Management LLC’s process includes analysis of your online reputation, strategic planning, requesting removal of defamatory content that can legally be removed and creating positive commentary to push down negative content, and monitoring the Web for any new posts. reputationmanagementllc.com

Reputation Managers — Reputation Managers’ online reputation management services include analyzing the first 10 pages of your search results, promoting positive content, and building online profiles and other content on the Web. reputationmanagers.com

Reputation Rhino — Reputation Rhino covers both businesses and individuals, and specializes in SEO and social media marketing. Its online reputation management services include content development, profile optimization, review management and more. reputationrhino.com

Reputation X — The runner-up for our best pick for businesses, Reputation X offers comprehensive solutions for removal and suppression of negative search results, as well as protection and monitoring of your online reputation. The company offers varying levels of service depending on your needs, all in different price ranges. reputationx.com

*Reputation.com — Reputation.com was our pick for the best business reputation management service. The company offers comprehensive reputation management services for both protecting your brand from attacks and dealing with a reputation crisis, and although it covers any type of business, its has tailored solutions for various business industries, too. The company offers services for individuals as well. reputation.com  To read our full review of Reputation.com go here.

SEO Image — SEO Image has reputation management services for both businesses and individuals, and interested clients can get a free quote and analysis on the company’s website. SEO Image also offers design services, pay-per-click management and social media services. try.seoimage.com

SEO Valley — SEO Valley’s reputation management services cover both businesses and individuals, and include proactively monitoring your online presence, reducing the presence of negative information and promoting positive content. Other services offered by SEO Valley include website development, SEO and social media marketing. seovalley.com

SEO Inc. — SEO Inc. uses SEO techniques, social media plans and content development to help improve and build your brand’s online reputation. The company also offers Web development services, pay-per-click management, social media marketing, mobile optimization services and more. seoinc.com

SEOP — SEOP’s reputation management techniques include the creation of microsites, social media assets, press releases, syndicated articles and more. In addition to reputation management, the company offers a wealth of digital marketing and Web services, ranging from public relations to affiliate marketing. seop.com

Submitedge SEO — Submitedge SEO offers reputation management services that help push down negative results from the first page of Google using the creation of microsites, blogs, RSS feeds and more. The company also offers several other content writing and SEO services. submitedgeseo.com

VJG Interactive — VJG Interactive’s reputation management services include crisis management and prevention, and brand promotion. The company’s other services include Web development, mobile app development and more. vjginteractive.com

WebiMax — WebiMax’s reputation management services include crisis response, brand preservation and strategic PR. WebiMax also offers several other services, including Web design, social media marketing and email marketing. webimax.com

WebpageFX — WebpageFX is an Internet marketing company that offers services in SEO, social media, design and more. Its reputation management services cover businesses and individuals, and include comprehensive tracking of online commentary about your brand and promotion of positive content. webpagefx.com

– See more at: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7901-best-reputation-management-services.html

CourseBuffet Makes Finding the Right MOOC Easier

Let’s talk MOOCs! As someone who could have stayed in college forever (purely for the pursuit of knowledge, lest you get any other ideas), I am a hardcore advocate of Multiple Open Online Courses. However, the playing field is pretty well saturated by now, and the offerings can get a little overwhelming. Also, if I’m any example of your average MOOC-er (is that a thing? It’s a thing now) there’s probably a fairly high dropout rate. I’ve been known to sign up for a course, sit through the first couple lessons, quickly realize it was nothing like what I was expecting and lose interest.

Cleveland based CourseBuffet is one of a few MOOC aggregators out there, yet they say they do it better. They find and aggregate courses from over seventeen platforms and over two hundred universities. They organize classes based on subject matter and use their own classification system to give users a clearer idea of what they’re signing up for.  According to the website:

“We examine every single course and classify it using the CourseBuffet classification system. We show you the approximate level a course would be at a traditional university and which courses are roughly equivalent. This allows you to easily compare courses and know which order to take them.”

In the process of building this platform, the founders have learned some lessons of their own. Co-founder Bruce Bolton says that one of the hardest lessons they’ve had to learn is to reach out and form relationships with their competitors. He mentions one competitor in particular that he wishes they had reached out to, as this competitor ultimately shut down and CourseBuffet could have benefited from some of their assets.

Another lesson Bruce has learned personally, is to focus on one task at a time, and that it’s okay to delegate tasks to teammates.

“There are so many challenges to tackle but taking them on all at the same time can lead to sub optimal resolutions. Drill down to what challenges you personally must deal with and decide which can be taken on by other teammates. Trust in others that they can do it.”

Their ultimate goal is to create the gold standard for online higher education course listings. Down the line, they also want to enable students to take free (or steeply discounted) courses for real college credit. It would eventually (hopefully) dramatically lower the cost of online education across the board.

Show Your Potential By Becoming An Internet Marketer

Internet marketing has brought great success and recognition to many small business. It allows business to reach a customer base all over the entire world in the click of a mouse. This article can help you to understand internet marketing and find the niche of it that is perfect for your business.

A short-term sales promotion can quickly improve your website’s PageRank. You can also “buy” PageRank by getting deal sites and consumer news sites to link to your page. Another example of this would be a retailer that relies on sales of loss leader merchandise to generate profit.

Socialize! When posting new media, you want as many people to see and talk about it as possible. Post about it on social media sites, and ask others to do the same. The more fresh eyes see your site, the better chances you have of people mentioning it, which can help place you higher on the search lists.

Keep your marketing messaging consistent through all of your online properties. If there is a disconnect, your brand will look disorganized and consumers will question your legitimacy. For example, if you create a post on Twitter that says consumers should join an “open forum” on your brand’s website, don’t rephrase this to be a “community discussion” when posting on your Facebook page.

Create a blog for your site. Blogs are very popular and are linked to quite often. Put the blog on your domain and enjoy the increased click through. Make the blog interesting and keep it current, otherwise, it will not increase your ranking. Try to make the blog, user friendly and active.

Stick with the types of products that you know will do well in your niche market. If you try to sell things that you know your customers are not interested in, you will be wasting your time and space on your site. Stick to what you know and can recommend due to personal experience.

Grab people’s attention with your homepage. Use images and ideas that stand out and raise their curiosity so that they will want to find out more. Use unexpected colors or layouts, but keep it straightforward enough that the page is still easy to navigate and stays focused on the featured products.

Thanks to modern cloud computing, backing up email online is a simple and inexpensive process. Because email is such an important part of a profitable internet marketing effort, it should be thoroughly archived. There are many services that can do this cheaply and effectively. An online archive system that meets all of a webmaster’s needs, can be a powerful safety net.

You have already learned that internet marketing can bring amazing success to your business. You can attract customers from all over the earth into your business by using internet marketing to reach out. By following the advice in this article, you can claim the share of internet customers that are just waiting to hear about your business.

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How to Start an Online Business: 11,520 Free Resources for the Internet Entrepreneur

This 40 page guide is a massive (11,520 to be precise) compilation of free to access resources on how to start an online business. These internet resources take the form of tips, tricks, tools, techniques, advice, tutorials, tests, blog posts, articles and guides.

The guide takes you through different phases of starting an online business, right from generating a business idea to implementing and marketing it and later growing your business. To best of my author’s knowledge, no other guide contains such a huge list of resources and is so comprehensive that everyone (from newbies to professionals) is going to find something useful in it.

In detail, this guide contains:

  • 4113 Ideas for an Online Business: From affiliate marketing to blogging to freelancing to ebook creation to selling on Ebay. Every single money making idea is in this guide.
  • 3619 Ways to Market Your Business: SEO, SEM, Social Media Marketing, Viral Marketing, Link Building, Email Marketing, Viral Marketing. Every buzzword is there in the guide.
  • 200+ resources in Videos and Podcasts: Learn startup secrets from the veterans, Stanford professors, business gurus and startup founders.
  • 1514 Resources in Blogging: 101 blog posting ideas to 101 ways to monetize your blog to 100 resources bloggers can’t live without to 99 ways to promote your blog for free, this guide has it all.
  • 1933 Resources in Freelancing: All the best tools that a freelancer needs, all the ways a freelancer can attract more clients and a list of niche job boards for freelancers.
  • 792 Resources for Small Business General Internet Marketing: Heard of Guerrilla Marketing? Know 101 ways to market your small business? This guide will give you the answers.
  • 173 Ways to Grow Your Business Online: Already established your online business? Know different ways you can grow it into an empire.
  • 451 resources to Maintain Work Life Balance: Who says you can’t enjoy life as an entrepreneur. Sure, you can. And, this guide will show you how.
  • 513 Tips for an internet entrepreneur: From 100 ways to be a better entrepreneur to 15 blunders rookie freelancers make. These are the tips which you can’t simply afford NOT to know about.

Download this free Ebook here.

The Absolute Beginner’s Guide To Starting A Small Online Business

If your goal is to start a small online business that replaces and exceeds your current income this may be the most important article you read this year.

Brash, huh?

Here’s the deal: I’ve been working online full time for almost 10 years, since age 19. I’ve had a lot of failures and a lot of successes.

There is no better way to learn how to succeed than to learn from someone who has already done it.

Tip #1: Focus On What’s Important

What’s important? Action.

In the beginning, just get started. Don’t get too caught up in details that don’t matter.

Dealing with the paperwork, business cards, and other ancillaries isn’t absolutely necessary.

It’s an online business for a reason. Save the time, paper, and money and don’t get business cards.

If you happen to meet someone who wants to know more about you or wants to visit your site ask for their e-mail address and actively follow up with them.

Handing out business cards is passive, and even more than that, ineffective.

Other paperwork a lot of people get caught up in is registering a corporation or other business entity. That will be important eventually. But you can (in the US anyway) start a business in your own name with very minimal paperwork (a simple Doing Business As form) and cost.

Consult a tax advisor for specific insights.

Tip #2: Invest In Education

Whatever business you want to start, be it blogging, eBay sales, information product selling, affiliate marketing, or any one of the countless other ways to make money online, there are hords of people who have done it before you.

Sometimes those people will have written about what they did to succeed. In those cases, if their business aligns with what you want to do, don’t be afraid to invest money into their products.

Personally, I have easily spent upwards of $40,000 on non-University education. That includes buying eBooks, print books, seminars, coaching, membership sites, you name it.

As a general rule, the most important skill you can learn, no matter what business you’re starting, is marketing. I don’t make a distinction between online and offline marketing. Once you learn marketing you can use it anywhere, with a few tweaks of course.

I liken it to learning computer programming. The language you learn isn’t as important as the logic behind it. You can adapt to any language.

Tip #3: Ask For Help

If you’re a bit introverted like me you might be shy about asking for help.

Don’t let that be a barrier to your success.

In other words, feel the fear and do it anyway.

You will deal with rejection. Many people won’t respond to your e-mails, phone calls, or tweets.

But you know what? It doesn’t matter.

Starting a business isn’t supposed to be easy. That’s the filter.

I promise you, if you talk to enough people, you will get the help you need. I’ve been quite surprised by just how accessible some people I was initially afraid to contact are.

Bonus hint: I’ve had greater success connecting with ultra successful people than those who are just ultra successful in their heads. 🙂

The key to getting a response is to send very short, very succinct e-mails. Practice the http://five.sentenc.es rule. Keep your e-mail to five sentences and make it clear what you’re asking.

Tip #4: Participate In The Community

Whatever niche you’re in there is a community.

For example, back in the days when I used to sell on eBay, I hung out on a few eBay message boards. I helped people where I could and I got help where I needed.

As an added bonus, when I decided to start selling eBay how to products (I haven’t sold them for over 5 years), guess who helped me launch that business? The same community that I had participated in freely for over a year.

These days, whichever community you should be a part of is larger and more easily accessible. Take advantage of that.

Tip #5: Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Your ultimate goal may be to quit your job, but don’t jump the gun.

You will find tons of stories of people who quit their jobs before they had their businesses going, but there’s a reason for that.

People who failed furiously because they didn’t have an income to support themselves in the lean business startup phase don’t usually write about it. And because they don’t write about their failures, you never hear about them.

I want you to quit your job as much as you want to quit your job, but I don’t want you to do it before it’s time.

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