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Twitter’s Favorite Feature Could Get You Fired

Favorites were always available on public Twitter profiles, but never seen in timelines. (Image credit:…

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11 Venture Capital Sources Taking Notice of Black Tech Founders

Forums and funds that target minority entrepreneurs

These venture capital sources are targeting minority tech founders. Check them out.

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How to Get The Most From Your Contacts

Tinyblu app can help you keep your network under wraps

Tinyblu’s reminder system will help you offload your check-ins and keep in contact with coworkers,…

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#TBH: What Every Parent Needs To Know About Popular Hashtags

Hashtags can provide valuable insight and emotional red flags

Learn how to speak the language of teens on social media from dirty words to…

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Rebranding Faux Pas: 3 Tips For Effective Logo Design

Airbnb's redesign serves as example of what not to do when rebranding

Airbnb’s newest logo, Bélo, violates a few core principles of logo design, but with a…

By Patrick Austin

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Password Protect Your Flash Drive In Two Simple Steps

Password encryption could be the difference between security and anxiety

Your USB drive probably has random bits of information, but it could contain data used…

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Google Will Help Women And Minorities Learn Coding For Free

Partnership with Code School augment Google’s Women Techmakers Program

Google’s Women Techmakers initiative is giving women and minorities interested in programming three months of…

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Developers Still Finding Higher Revenue On iOS

There may be more Android users, but iPhone owners are the ones spending cash for apps

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If you’re a beginning developer struggling to choose a mobile platform, your wallet may…

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King’s College Takes Bitcoin To School

A college degree, satellite TV, even pizza---all can be purchased with virtual currency

King’s College is the first accredited institution to accept bitcoin for tuition payment.

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If Amazon releases its own TV box, competitors like Apple and Roku may have to play catch-up.

Top 4 Things To Expect From Amazon’s Smartphone

On June 18, Amazon could announce a phone with 3D as its defining feature

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Amazon’s teaser trailer for its June 18 product announcement is more than likely its rumored…

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Motorola Moto X

Get a Moto X For $100 Off

The company's been sold to Lenovo and stripped of many patents, but Motorola's flagship phone is still a fan favorite

Motorola's Moto Maker program in Texas has popularized the Moto X as a customizable smartphone.…

By Patrick Austin

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Google’s Accelerator Program Gets Black Businesses Online

The 12-week program sponsored by Google encourages black entrepreneurs to market their businesses online, and you can apply right now

The Accelerate With Google program has various partners, including the US Black Chamber, and is…

By Patrick Austin

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Tech Companies Dominate In Best Pay And Benefits

Google has on-site physicians, pool tables, free lunch, and laundry services.

Google has on-site physicians, pool tables, free lunch, and laundry services.
Silicon Valley’s tech companies tend…

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iPhone Switchers Are Losing Texts Thanks To Apple

Your new Android phone could be missing some important texts thanks to a known bug from Apple, but you can fix it

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If you’ve recently switched from an Apple iPhone to an Android phone, you may want…

By Patrick Austin

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eBay’s Been Hacked, Change Your Password

The auction site says a cyberattack compromised its databases of passwords, home addresses, and phone numbers, but no financial data was touched

eBay's compromised databases luckily didn't divulge any bank information about its customers. (Image credit: Cheon…

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The announcement did not greatly affect the price of Bitcoin, as it has so far remained relatively neutral.

Chinese Banks Are Banning Bitcoins

Support for Bitcoin in China is shrinking thanks to the country's ban on using bitcoins in a Chinese bank account

The announcement did not greatly affect the price of Bitcoin, as it has so far…

By Patrick Austin

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Want Your Resume to Stand Out? Use GIFs

Ecuadorian designer Ivan Basurto wanted his resume to stand out, and his GIF-centric Tumblr page delivers

Ivan Basurto used the Internet's love of GIFs to showcase his resume visually, as opposed…

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Twitter's new profile views offer larger profile photos, wider cover photos, and tweets you can pin to your page.

How-To: Take Advantage of Twitter’s New Profile Layout

From using larger images to showing off your best tweets, Twitter's new profile layout is designed with you and your business in mind

Twitter’s new profile views offer larger profile photos, wider cover photos, and tweets you can…

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Manufacturers like HTC, Apple, and Samsung have agreed to voluntarily implement the anti-theft technology.

Your Next Smartphone Could Have a Kill Switch

Security measures used by smartphone makers and carriers could render a stolen iPhone worthless

Companies like Apple, and Samsung, and carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile, have agreed to a…

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Outspoken T-Mobile CEO John Legere is asking the world to stop phone companies from overcharging consumers, with a petition.

T-Mobile Abolishes Overage Charges

CEO John Legere also urged people to sign a petition that encourages carriers like AT&T to get rid of overage charges

Will other companies follow?

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The graphic tweet was deleted after an hour of uptime, and is currently being investigated by the airline.

US Airways Just Tweeted a Graphic, NSFW Photo

The saucy tweet at a US Airways passenger was deleted, but not before Twitter users took screenshots and spread them around the Web

What a social media fail

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Is Tweeting Ruining Your Relationship?

Using Twitter doesn't mean you're more likely to break up, but it does mean you'll probably fight about it with your partner

How much you tweet shows how much you cheat?

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The Canadian smartphone maker has been hemorrhaging both money and people in the past few years thanks to Apple and Google.

T-Mobile Won’t Carry BlackBerry Devices Anymore

Current BlackBerry users on T-Mobile will not be affected, but don't expect to grab one from the carrier for much longer.

The Canadian smartphone maker has been hemorrhaging both money and people in the past few…

By Patrick Austin

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Black Enterprise Driving Innovation Hackathon Day 2 Morning Recap

We're up all night to get code-y at the Black Enterprise Driving Innovation Hackathon presented by Toyota

Congratulations to the winners!

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Black Enterprise Driving Innovation Hackathon Day 1 Morning Recap

The morning of the Driving Innovation Hackathon was filled with hackers arriving to form teams and present their big ideas.

This Saturday, over 25 hackers and coders showed up at Black Enterprise headquarters to show…

By Patrick Austin

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Two monitors may work for some situations, but they can also make distractions incredibly easy.

Your Dual-Screened Computer May Be Counter-Productive

Studies show that multiple monitors improve productivity, but many of them are funded by the monitor manufacturers

Do you work on two monitors?

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Apple's rumored Healthbook app tracks everything from your respiratory rate to your blood sugar, and is expected to be released with the next-generation iPhone.

Apple’s Rumored Healthbook Will Track Nearly Everything Down to Your Blood

Apple's Healthbook app could bring in data from wearable devices, but is it a sign that Apple's making its own "iWatch" device?

Apple’s rumored Healthbook app tracks everything from your respiratory rate to your blood sugar, and…

By Patrick Austin

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Apple's latest software update for its iOS devices brings bug fixes, UI tweaks, and CarPlay, an in-car integration app.

Apple Releases Major iOS 7.1 Update With CarPlay

Apple's latest update issues myriad UI fixes and adds CarPlay support.

Apple’s latest software update for its iOS devices brings bug fixes, UI tweaks, and CarPlay,…

By Patrick Austin

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The security hole allowed hackers to spy on your unencrypted data ranging from bank information to personal emails.

Update Your iPhone Before Hackers Steal Your Data

Apple's security patch fixes a major bug affecting millions of iOS devices and Macs

iPhone hackers are stealing data so you better update it soon

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Join IBOM LLC and Black Enterprise for a conversation on using social media to take your business global.

#SMW14: ‘Advances in Global Entertainment Technology’

Join IBOM LLC, Black Enterprise, and Jason Njoku for a conversation on using social media to take your business global

Moderating the panel will be Black Enterprise’s own Associate Producer Janell Hazelwood

By Patrick Austin

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#SMW14: ‘Innovate or Die: How to Successfully Leverage Your Brand in the Age of Social Media’

Black Enterprise hosts conversation on branding and social media Tuesday, February 18 in NYC

Black Enterprise presents “Innovate or Die: How to Successfully Leverage Your Brand in the Age…

By Janel Martinez

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How to Successfully Launch a Product on Facebook

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women tips to enhance their digital presence

BlackEnterprise.com contributor and Women of Power workshop moderator S. Lynn Cooper’s tips to successfully launching…

By Janel Martinez

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How to Make Your Website Work For You

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women tips to enhance their digital presence

BlackEnterprise.com contributor and our Women of Power workshop moderator S. Lynn Cooper provides her surefire…

By Janel Martinez

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Focus on the problem  

Rather than addressing a problem a potential user may encounter, many entrepreneurs talk solely about the solutions their product promises to deliver.  Your app might offer a great resolution to an issue; however a successful pitcher will draw people in, discussing problems a potential user faces in their daily lives.  

Focus on the user’s pains. Why do people care? What is bothering them? What upsets or frustrates them?  

A huge chunk of time should be dedicated to addressing the problem. It draws people into the conversation. If you’ve grabbed a potential user’s attention, they will ask you about the solution.  

Reminder: Keep it moving if you get stuck. Trust, more people will notice if you freeze.

Thought Leadership 101: How to Become a Thought Leader Online

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women tips to enhance their personal brand online

Black Enterprise has tapped social media expert S. Lynn Cooper to provide tips on branding…

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Headsets are high up on the list of must-have tech gadgets to gift this holiday season. While some prefer their earphones bedazzled with gems or coated in their favorite color, others like them simple and in-ear or—the exact opposite—over-ear and as large as ever. BlackEnterprise.com has got you covered, suggesting some of today’s latest headphones for the tech geek (or novice) in your life.--Janel Martinez

Listen Up! How to Become a Savvy Social Listener

Women of Power workshop moderator S. Lynn Cooper gives power women the scoop on effective listening

Black Enterprise Women of Power moderator S. Lynn Cooper provides power women with the top…

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A Lifelong History: It used to be acceptable to chronologically list every job you ever had on your resume. However, today’s hiring managers are more concerned about the relevance of your experience rather than the length of your experience. For an experienced professional, listing your first job out of high school isn’t really necessary unless it’s the only job you’ve ever had. While 10 years of work history is the standard, it’s okay to list older experience if it is relevant.

How to Handle Your Online Reputation Like a Woman of Power

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women a social media makeover

If you’re a power woman, chances are you’re utilizing professional social media site LinkedIn. Here,…

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9 Places to Get Business Tech Advice in a Pinch

Looking for tech advice? Check out one of these resources

Top places to get business tech advice.

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Five Steps To Becoming A Social Media Ninja

SBU expert Melinda Emerson discusses how to successfully brand yourself online

Social media is a tool that can open many doors for you

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5 Quick Ways to Repurpose Your Content

5 Quick Ways to Repurpose Your Content

Great content can be recycled, repurposed, and reused for different channels and mediums

Smart content marketers know great content

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4 Ways to Improve Your App’s SEO

Tips to improve your app's search engine optimization

How to improve your application’s search engine optimization.

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Women of Power 2014: Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper gives power women a social media makeover

Black Enterprise has tapped social media expert S. Lynn Cooper to provide tips for taking…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Ways to Get App Customers Coming Back

These tips will help you retain your app clientele

Five proven techniques for improving customer retention without changing your product drastically.

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10 Ways to Declutter Your Digital Life

Are you willing to digitally declutter in 2014?

BlackEnterprise.com provides you with a few ways to declutter your digital life in 2014.

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3 Reasons You Should Continue to Use Email Marketing in 2014

Email marketing is still alive and well; see how you can leverage the service

Email is not going anywhere. It’s neither dead nor dying. In fact, as you’ll see…

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How I Turned Failure Into 30,000+ Newsletter Readers

See how an entrepreneur turns a failure into a major marketing success

One entrepreneur shares her account of turning a failure into a major success.

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Do you have any career advancement or job seeking issues you'd like addressed? E-mail questions to careerquestions@blackenterprise.com. Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to “equipping, preparing, and empowering today’s professional” globally. Check out her weekly insights on job-seeking and interviewing success every Friday on BlackEnterprise.com.

How to Kick Your Email Addiction

Five steps to kicking the habit

Chris Hunter, co-founder of Phusion Projects, LLC, delves into email addiction.

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7 Indicators of an Exceptional Digital Brand

How well are you branded online?

Seven indicators will assist you in measuring how well you’re branded online.

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8 Brands That Excel on Snapchat

Brands are using the time-sensitive image-based social media app to their advantage

Eight brands that prove time-sensitive images are an asset to marketers.

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13 Tips for Retailers Planning to Offer Online Shopping

How to prepare for online shoppers this season

Steps retailers should take to prepare for online shoppers.

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14 Surefire Ways to Avoid Cyber Monday Scams

Cyber Monday deals could cost you (more than money) if you’re not careful

Tips to staying safe and secure online during the holiday shopping season.

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It doesn’t matter if you prefer ultrabooks, tablets, or MacBooks, you’re not going anywhere without a smartphone. It is definitely a requirement for every entrepreneur. But a tech entrepreneur needs one because it's web enabled. The Samsung Galaxy S III is a great example. The latest in the Galaxy S series offers more than most smartphones. It has one of the most sophisticated mobile experiences to date. It’s light, thin and can fit right in the palm of any hand, plus the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system makes multitasking simple. You have the option to watch HD videos while emailing or texting, if you so choose.

Why Mobile SMS Marketing to Drive Holiday Sales Is Smart for Black Businesses

Black businesses can take venture to next level with SMS marketing

As African-Americans over-index on mobile phone usage, this means of cost-effective reach might be just…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Market more creatively 

Since Instagram is visual platform, you can periodically share fun, filtered versions of your latest marketing handbills and flyers, and "invite" other users by tagging them in the comment section of the photo. The more likes and comments you get, the better. But be sure not to create a marketing stream of photos with only your promotional fliers, though. This can get spammy fast.

9 Tips for Covering Company Events On Social Media

Perfect your social media strategy during events with these helpful tips

How to cover events live via social media.

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Black Twitter Sends Strong Message to USA Today, But Impacts Bottom Line In the Process

Savvy ways to strike back without giving unnecessary page views and advertising revenue

In light of the USA Today “race-themed” headline, Atlanta-based techie points out how Black Twitter…

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#DrivingInnovation: Twitter Chat Provides Platform for Entrepreneurs to Discuss Diversity in Tech

NewME Accelerator alums participate in BlackEnterprise.com Twitter chat on tech and innovation

Two years after airing of CNN’s Black in America, BlackEnterprise.com hosted its first #DrivingInnovation Twitter…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Tips to Stop Failing At Social Media Marketing

How to master social media for your business

Five specific tips for small business owners to enjoy more success at social media.

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JOIN ASSOCIATIONS. If you’re a female entrepreneur, look into local chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. If you are starting a plumbing company, check out the local chapter of a national plumbers association. You’d be surprised how many fields have associations. You can receive great product discounts, invitations to great conferences, and a network of peers. Entrepreneurship can be lonely, so cultivating a group of peers is important. And of course, there is the newly formed Young Entrepreneur Council (I’m a board member!).

3 Key Lessons for Tech Founders

Sage advice for entrepreneurs navigating the tech space

Three lessons that have helped tech founder Neil Thanedar to get out of my comfort…

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10 CyberSecurity Tips for Small Business

10 Cybersecurity Tips for Small Business

Technology and high-speed Internet are great enablers of small business

As larger companies take steps to secure their systems, less secure small businesses are easier…

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13 Web Tools That Will Improve Your HR Department

These tools will help small business owners handle HR-related duties

Web tools to help small business owners manage HR-related tasks.

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12 Tips for Improving Low-Tech Industries With High-Tech Offerings

Tips for an entrepreneur looking to use a high-tech offering to improve a traditionally low-tech…

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3 Components of a Website That Sells

Here’s what you should consider when creating your website

If you’re thinking about building or redesigning your website, here are the three components you’ll…

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The Business of Mommy Blogging

12 Ideas for Revamping Your Boring Company Blog

How to spruce up your company's content

Tips to sprucing up your company’s blog content.

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5 Things to Look For In An Online Customer Support Platform

Here's how to vet an online customer service platform

Here are five steps to take when vetting a software-as-a-service (SaaS) or crowdsourced platform for…

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10 Tips to Host a Successful Video Seminar

How to create a successful virtual event

Tips for creating a successful virtual event.

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5 Ways to Improve iOS 7’s Battery Life

Tips to help iOS 7 users preserve their battery life

Here are a few tips to help extend the battery life on your iOS 7…

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How to Incorporate Visual Social Media Platforms in Your Content Marketing Strategy

Use visual-based social media platforms to garner sales

BlackEnterprise.com lists the various ways you can use images to boost revenue.

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15 Baseline Tech Skills All Entrepreneurs Should Have

Entrepreneurs tell it like it is when it comes to skills you must possess

Founders weigh in on tech skills all entrepreneurs should possess.

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Are You Making These 5 Online Marketing Mistakes?

One of these online marketing mistakes could be costing you

If you’re not satisfied with your results from online marketing, you’re probably making one of…

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How To Keep Your Kids Safe Online

Take steps to ensure the protection of your children

The Internet can be a dangerous place. It seems that identity thieves, child predators, and…

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Hootsuite:  One of the most popular third party apps is Hootsuite, which allows you to manage multiple social network accounts (including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook) simultaneously.  Two of Hootsuite’s key features are scheduling tweets in advance and integrating analytics (i.e. your clicks stats). In addition to the desktop interface, there’s also a mobile version that allows you to manage your account on the go.

Back to Basics: All You Need to Know About HootSuite

A guide to using HootSuite

Here’s how you can take your social media game to the next level with HootSuite.…

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Curlistas Share Tips on Natural Hair Blogging

‘Let Your Hair Down Expo’ hosts on expanding your digital empire

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Let Your Hair Down expo hosts Jenell Stewart of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe! and…

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What to Consider Before White Labeling Your App

Is this the right option for your business?

The following are a few things you’ll want to consider before pursuing or accepting any…

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Which Tech Duties Can I Outsource? 15 Entrepreneurs Weigh In

Entrepreneurs weigh in on tech duties.

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How to Measure Your Company’s Digital Marketing Efforts

Evaluate your digital marketing efforts with these steps

It’s a good idea to take time out of your schedule to regularly evaluate how…

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Video will increase your web traffic.

5 Ways Your Business Should Be Using Video

How to use video to improve business practices

Ways to use video to save time, pump up marketing and improve business practices.

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

Read more at Mashable…

How to Make Your Content So Valuable, It Goes Viral

Here’s how to get people engaged around your content

Give your networks a reason to talk about you. Online and social media buzz around…

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4 Tech Investments Your Startup Should Splurge On Early

When it comes to tech, here’s what your company should invest in

A list of what your startup should splurge on early.

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There’s an app for practically everything. Whether you need to check the weather, your route to work, or the calorie count for all three meals of the day, you can do so instantaneously with the numerous downloadable apps for mobile devices. While the luxury of having access to almost anything is one of today’s greatest perks (thank you, technology!), the expected glitches can turn a loving relationship with applications into an annoying one. 

HuffPostTech compiled a list of the “least favorite, constantly crashing, glitch-prone apps or phone features that we use nearly every day.”

6 Things You Should Know About Mobile Video Advertising

Infographic details all you need to know about this sector of advertising

Check out the infographic for more things you didn’t (but should!) know about mobile video…

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What to Do When Your Email Account is Hacked

Lower your chance of being victimized by email hackers.

Hackers are waiting to get your digital information. Here’s how to reduce your risk.

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A Lifelong History: It used to be acceptable to chronologically list every job you ever had on your resume. However, today’s hiring managers are more concerned about the relevance of your experience rather than the length of your experience. For an experienced professional, listing your first job out of high school isn’t really necessary unless it’s the only job you’ve ever had. While 10 years of work history is the standard, it’s okay to list older experience if it is relevant.

7 Reasons Your Brand Should Start Podcasting

Why you should leverage the audio content opportunity

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie outlines why your brand should begin podcasting today.

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How to Create a Successful Podcast

Seven tips for launching a winning podcast

BlackEnterprise.com contributor Courtney McKenzie walks you through the steps necessary to create a successful podcast.…

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

8 Simple Split-Testing Tools to Try

Optimize your website with these tools

Eight simple split-testing tools to try.

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3. Do seek "trade credit" from vendors and suppliers. 

Too many entrepreneurs dream of going to a bank and getting a business loan or line of credit for their enterprise. But maybe you don’t need a traditional bank loan at all to launch or grow your business. 

If you can get your vendors and suppliers to agree to provide you with trade credit---i.e., the ability to pay for goods and services over time---you can creatively and more frugally run your operations.

How to Start That Online Business You’ve Been Thinking About

Five easy-to-follow tips to get your online business idea off the ground

Several easy ways to get a head start on your online business.

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7 Steps to a Headache-Free Website Makeover

Tips that ensure a smooth and successful website redesign

Follow these 7 steps to ensure a smooth and successful site redesign.

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Accessing Files: File sharing and allowing team members to access content remotely and for co-located teams during meetings is critical.  Two recommended tools are Dropbox mobile app and Google Docs.

From 0 to 100 Million Users: How a Simple Video Can Change Your Business

Tips to leveraging video content

How video content can enhance your business model.

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

4 Ways to Drive Engagement on LinkedIn

Tips and tricks to enhancing your LinkedIn strategy

BlackEnterprise.com provides four practical methods to integrate into your LinkedIn strategy that will drive engagement.…

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6 Ways to Optimize Your Retail Website For Search Engines

Quick tips to optimizing your e-commerce website

Six components of SEO that online retailers should know about when optimizing their e-commerce website…

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14 Low-Cost Ways to Test Your Website With a Small Audience

Affordable strategies to testing your business website

Affordable strategies to testing your website out on a small audience.

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Why You Shouldn’t Learn to Code for Your Startup

Tech entrepreneur makes argument that you should ditch the coding lessons

A tech entrepreneur shares why he thinks startup founders shouldn’t learn to code.

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6 Strategies to Generate More Leads From Facebook

How to use the popular social platform to generate leads

Ways startups can leverage Facebook to generate leads.

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Over the past year, people have used crowdfunding sites to raise hundreds of millions of dollars, which proves the value of the technique as a funding source. Look for this trend to continue and increase in the coming year.

11 Ways to Get Your Passion Project Funded Online

Tips to scoring financial support on your crowdfunding project

Tips to garnering financial support on your crowdfunding project.

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4 Tips to Formulate a #Hashtag Strategy

How to build (or improve) your hashtag approach

Four tips to building a stronger hashtag strategy.

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9 Ways to Maximize Your Smartphone’s Battery Life

Increase time between charges by following these helpful battery-saving tips

Several ways to ensure your phone battery never dies.

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If only traveling was as simple as appearing poolside with a refreshing drink in hand. After scouring the web for irresistible flight deals, a worthwhile hotel package and fun activities, many travelers are exhausted and ready to hop on the next flight heading to their locale of choice. With countless resources at your fingertips (thanks to your mobile device), here are 10 apps that will enhance the adventures that await you.—Corvida Raven

How to Protect Your Technology This Summer

Tips to prevent your tech from burning out

Ways to protect your tech this summer.

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5 Social Media Habits That Will Get You Unfollowed

Beware: Your social habits could be pushing followers away

Five habits to avoid on your social media platforms.

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Back to Basics: How to Embed Your Instagram Video

Although it’s not super easy, here’s how to embed Instagram videos on your site

How to manually embed Instagram videos.

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Month of the Man: How Black Men Can Leverage Tech Careers

Leaders weigh in on balancing your day job with side hustle and turning ideas into profits

Leaders including Eric Hamilton, co-founder of Around-the-Way app, and tech developer Muoyo Okome talk keys…

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5 Tips for Achieving Live Video Success

How to prepare your business for live stream

Several pointers to prepare yourself (and your business) for your first live event.

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Get Connected: Six Professional Organizations for Women in Tech

These groups offer support and networking for female innovators of color

Check out groups that can help female innovators of color network and advance in the…

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11 of the Easiest Online Businesses to Start Right Now

Legitimate online businesses you can start immediately

The easiest online businesses to start right now.

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Get Your (Digital) Life with Two-Factor Authentication

How to protect your digital presence

If you’re ready to protect your online identity, check out these two-factor authentication how-tos.

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5. Choose a social media strategy—and work it daily. Not being on Twitter and Facebook is no longer an option for serious entrepreneurs. A social media presence is no substitute for a real marketing strategy for your business. On the other hand, in 2011, no marketing strategy is complete without an on-purpose, faithfully executed social media strategy. You and your business don’t need a presence on every social media platform out there, but you need to have a 2011 plan for at least two or three of the five most important social media sites. It’s not enough to just set up profiles and accounts on these sites. You must make time each day—beginning January 3—to actively engage and pay attention to those in your networks. And if you have zero social media engagement, the time to start is now.

4 Ways Social Media Will Keep You Cool During the Summer Slowdown

Before summer hits, prepare with these savvy social media tactics

Four social ideas to keep your content cool and customers engaged.

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

7 Easy Steps to Optimize Your Business Blog Posts

How to enhance content on your blog

Seven easy steps to optimize old content on the fly.

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5 Social Media Networks to Watch

Take a look at these emerging social sites

Five social networks to watch.

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4 Ways to Build B2C Relationships Online

Tips on establishing business-to-consumer relationships

Four tactics to build relationships online with your customers.

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Back to Basics: Your Guide to Creating a Top Secret Facebook Group

How to create a private group on Facebook

An easy-to-follow guide to creating a private Facebook Group.

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It doesn’t matter if you prefer ultrabooks, tablets, or MacBooks, you’re not going anywhere without a smartphone. It is definitely a requirement for every entrepreneur. But a tech entrepreneur needs one because it's web enabled. The Samsung Galaxy S III is a great example. The latest in the Galaxy S series offers more than most smartphones. It has one of the most sophisticated mobile experiences to date. It’s light, thin and can fit right in the palm of any hand, plus the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system makes multitasking simple. You have the option to watch HD videos while emailing or texting, if you so choose.

5 Slip-Ups to Avoid When Creating Your Branded App

Avoid these mistakes when developing your application

Five mistakes businesses should avoid when developing their own branded app.

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5 Surefire Ways to Make Your Website Work for You

Several steps to follow so that your site brings you business

Effective ways to help your website work for you—and your customers.

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Look Under the Hood: 3 Rules for Buying a Website

Here’s what you need to know before purchasing a site

What you need to know before purchasing a website.

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7 Tips for Getting the Right Followers on Pinterest

How to get high-quality followers on photo-sharing website

Tips to getting the right followers on photo-sharing website Pinterest.

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

Read more at Mashable…

9 Social Marketing Metrics You Should Know

See which social metrics you should monitor

A panel of successful entrepreneurs share which numbers they’re monitoring on social media sites such…

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

How to Get LinkedIn Endorsements That Really Matter

LinkedIn users are giving quick recommendations with the skill endorsement tool

Everything you need to know about LinkedIn endorsements.

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Why Your Social Media Strategy Isn’t Working—and How to Fix It

Five simple, easy-to-follow ways to fix your social media strategy

Five reasons your brand’s social media strategy isn’t working, and what you can do to…

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The Business of Mommy Blogging

10 Ways to Send Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts Online

Resources to let you show mom how much she means to you

A list of resources to let you appreciate your mother in special and exceptional ways…

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New Study Reveals the Secret to Gaining Twitter Followers

Georgia Tech study shows informational content is better than self-expressive statements

A Georgia Tech statistical study reveals that posting informational content trumps self expression.

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L’Oréal USA Women in Digital to Provide ‘Next Generation Awards’ to Female Entrepreneurs Disrupting Beauty Tech

Leading beauty company to award three woman-led startups for creating innovative technology

L’Oréal USA is looking for three female tech entrepreneurs revolutionizing the beauty industry through innovation.…

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4 Ways to Successfully Launch a Product on Facebook

How to launch your product on the popular social networking site

BlackEnterprise.com details how you can use Facebook to launch your product.

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Techies Talk E-Commerce During #BETech Twitter Chat

Recap from BlackEnterprise.com’s latest technology conversation

Check out the highlights from the #BETech Twitter chat, “Behind the Screen: E-Commerce Entrepreneurs Share…

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Practice  

Like with anything in life, practice makes perfect. If you want to deliver a successful pitch, you should practice it a minimum of 100 times before you even step foot in a public setting. Baer suggests recording yourself on video, and constantly refining and analyzing your pitch.  

Be sure to enunciate and speak slowly to hold the audience’s attention.

Placester Co-Founder Provides Dos and Don’ts for Pitching Investors

Frederick Townes of Placester provides pitching tips to seal the deal with investors

With Placester co-founder Frederick Townes speaking at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference, the savvy entrepreneur outlined…

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How to Get Google Now On iPhone and iPad

Tips to setting up the assistant app on iOS devices

With Google Now placing a virtual assistant at your fingertips, here’s a quick how-to guide…

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How to Stay Connected to Your Customers Using CRM Software

CRM tools and tips brands should use

BlackEnterprise.com identifies four ways you can stay in touch with customers using CRM software.

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It may not be much of a surprise when names such as Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Secretary of State Hilda Solis or singing sensations Bruno Mars or Cassie are recognized as Hispanic, but you might be taken aback when you hear actresses Reagan Gomez-Preston (The Parent ‘Hood/One on One) or Gina Torres (I Think I Love My Wife) are added to that very list, along with singers like Maxwell and Kelis. As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting 15 figures in business, politics, arts and entertainment who you may not know are Latino.---Janel Martinez

 

5 Vital Tech Questions to Ask Your Startup

Consider these hard-hitting tech questions

Five critical tech questions to ask your startup.

By Janel Martinez

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6 Coding Apps for Kids

Ways to get your child involved in the coding movement

Apps that will help kids get their code on.

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Get a head start. Waiting until the last minute to order your textbooks could result in high shipping fees and limited options. So always try to get a list of required textbooks and materials as early as possible. That way, before school starts you’ll not only have the chance to shop around, but also the time necessary to get books sent to you without paying extra “rush charges” for expedited shipping.

4 Ways Colleges Can Take Their Digital Presence to the Next Level

Tips colleges and universities can use to attract prospective students on social media, digital platforms

BlackEnterprise.com highlights the methods academic institutions should take to bring their social media presence from…

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3 Easy-to-Use Platforms to Start Your Website

How to pick the right platform for your website

Whether you want a basic blog or a full-blown website, here are your options.

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Do you have any career advancement or job seeking issues you'd like addressed? E-mail questions to careerquestions@blackenterprise.com. Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to “equipping, preparing, and empowering today’s professional” globally. Check out her weekly insights on job-seeking and interviewing success every Friday on BlackEnterprise.com.

5 Strategies to Grow Your Email List

Tried-and-true tactics to develop your list

If you want to grow your email list, follow these tried-and-true tactics to grow your…

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7 Smart Ways to Be More Productive Online

Spend time wisely while you're on the Web

Oftentimes, reports focus on how workers are unproductive while at work, loafing around the Internet.…

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Be ready for business! 

When publicity strikes, you may get a surge in foot traffic or web traffic. If you have a brick and mortar business, get ready by bringing on extra temporary staff, and ordering extra product. Get your web site ready by creating landing pages and email captures so you can keep in touch with all of your new customers even after they've come and gone. Offer a coupon for new e-mail list subscribers, then send over your newsletter and let them know what's new with your business each month.

6 Ways to Use Foursquare to Market Your Business

How your brand can use the location-based check-ins app

BlackEnterprise.com provides tips to marketing your business on the location-based check-ins application Foursquare.

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

How to Use LinkedIn’s New Facebook-Like Mentions Feature

Platform begins rolling out tagging feature

How to use LinkedIn’s new mentions feature.

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Top 5 Email Productivity Boosters

Services that will cut down time spent on emails

Five services to make your email experience smoother and make your day more productive.

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

5 Steps to Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

How to create an enticing profile

BlackEnterprise.com’s social media contributor S. Lynn Cooper highlights what you should do to optimize your…

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10 Critical Questions to Ask When Hiring a Mobile App Developer

Here’s how to find the right developer

Ten important questions to ask mobile app developers to help you choose the right person…

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Do you have any career advancement or job seeking issues you'd like addressed? E-mail questions to careerquestions@blackenterprise.com. Aisha Taylor (@realTAYLORmade) is co-owner and chief consultant at TAYLORmade Professional Career Consulting, a Web-based, full-service career consulting company committed to “equipping, preparing, and empowering today’s professional” globally. Check out her weekly insights on job-seeking and interviewing success every Friday on BlackEnterprise.com.

3 Ways to Spring Clean Your Inbox

Tips to de-cluttering and organizing email

Tips to spring cleaning your inbox.

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April Fools’ Day 101: What You Can Learn From Brand Hoaxes

See what you can learn about social media marketing from this year’s pranks

BlackEnterprise.com has come up with five ways to inject personality into your brand’s social media…

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4 Ways to Use Facebook’s ‘Reply’ Button to Boost Customer Service Experience

Maximize customer service with the social networking site's latest feature

BlackEnterprise.com has outlined four ways your company can use Facebook as a customer service tool.…

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The company tops 100 domains, and its index of web pages reaches over 8 billion.

Google goes public with an opening price of $85 per share.  

Although Google is known for its April Fools Day pranks, this April 1 proved promising with the launch of Gmail.

Want That Old Thing Back? How to Temporarily Return to Former Gmail Compose

Switch back to the older version of the popular email service

How users can temporarily switch back to the old Gmail compose.

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7 Tips for Creating a Social Media Policy

Must-haves for your brand’s policy

BlackEnterprise.com outlines what you should consider when creating your brand’s social media policy.

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4 Tools to Help You Become a Savvy Social Listener

Enhance your social media listening

BlackEnterprise.com provides you with the top tools to help you become a savvy social listener.…

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Small Business advice from Twitter’s Founder

Happy Birthday, Twitter! Celebrate the Milestone With Worthwhile Twitter Resources

Social networking platform offers tons of opportunities for users

Twitter turns seven today. Here are several resources for those of you looking to maximize…

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Real-World Influence 

The new algorithm is making social networking prowess less of a big deal. In addition to factoring in your actions on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and other networks already included, Klout now uses information from Wikipedia.

“We had to figure out how to balance the real-world influence with the online influence,” said Klout founder and CEO Joe Fernandez. “We still lean more toward the online influence but now your real-world influence is coming more and more into play.”

Read more at Mashable…

How to Reinvent Your Brand With Social Media

Consider the methods used by these five entrepreneurs

BlackEnterprise.com highlights tips to reinventing your brand via social media.

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No. 6: Computers and Mathematics. Recent graduates with a degree in computers and mathematics are at an unemployment rate of 8.2%. However, the study found that unemployment in this field varies depending on the major's technical and scientific content. Jobs will still be available for technical computer specialists who have the ability to write software and create new applications. Unfortunately, specialists who use software to manipulate, mine, and relay information will have a tough time getting a job during a recession. Those who invent computer technology will be in greater demand than those who use computer technology.

10 Online Courses to Step Your STEM Game Up

Take these classes from the comfort of your home

BlackEnterprise.com features the top online STEM courses.

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How Brands Can Leverage Pinterest’s New Data Analytic Tool for Business Success

What your brand needs to know about the platform’s latest feature

Here is what you need to know in order to get your business ahead of…

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8 Google Reader Replacements

With the application shutting down on July 1, try these alternatives when aggregating content

While there is no replacing Google Reader, here’s a list of platform alternatives that will…

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

How to Create an Effective LinkedIn Group

Step-by-step guide to setting up a valuable LinkedIn Group

BlackEnterprise.com maps out how brands can manage a niche group on LinkedIn.

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5 Social Media Pitfalls Brands Need to Avoid

Avoid these social media offenses

BlackEnterprise.com highlights five tricks of the trade to help you steer clear of common social…

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5 Tips to Surviving SXSW

How to roll in Austin

BlackEnterprise.com SXSW correspondent Mary Pryor gives her tips to surviving the festivals in Austin.

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How to Manage the Investor Relationship

Entrepreneurs, see how to have a mutually beneficial relationship with your investor

BlackEnterprise.com outlines 5 tips to managing the investor relationship.

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5 Ways to Get Familiar With SoLoMo Marketing

How to leverage social-local-mobile

BlackEnterprise.com points out 5 ways you can get your business up and running with SoLoMo…

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Think Your Startup Is Ready to Pivot? Entrepreneurs Weigh In at SXSW

Pointers from the “Hold ‘Em or Fold ‘Em” panel

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with moderator Lisa Nicole Bell and the featured panelists— serial entrepreneur Clarence…

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How to Code: SXSW Interactive Panelists Provide Tips to Achieve Coding Dreams

Best tips straight from “The Learn to Code Movement” panel

SXSW Interactive panelists give provide tips to achieve coding dreams.

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The 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival, widely-known as a hub where ground-breaking technology, music, and independent film intersect, has come to a close. Both SXSW newbies and seasoned festival attendees descended upon Austin, Texas last week to get their interactive and multimedia fix, soaking up the latest trends and getting a sneak peek at some of the newest tech, music and film offerings. Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com presents Faces of SXSW, a photo gallery highlighting tech enthusiasts and innovators who attended the annual gathering.

4 Ways to Follow SXSW 2013 Online

For those not attending the conferences, see how you can still be a part of the action

BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a list of quick and easy ways you can follow SXSW from…

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Radio Show ‘Café Mocha’ Partners with MadameNoire

Syndicated show that caters to African American women, Cafe Mocha, partners with MadameNoire.com to expand…

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Women of Power: The Award-Winning Legacy of Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Esteemed journalist Charlayne Hunter–Gault will receive the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit Legacy Award…

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