Author Archives: Darren Marchal

5 simple tips for visual branding on social media

Over the past few years, social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have introduced a series of design changes that have increased the ability to personalize the look of of account pages. To help your brand from getting lost in the clutter, it’s important to stand out visually as images, colors and context are…

The 4 Companies You Hate the Most

There aren’t many companies that consumers generally love, but whether it’s controversial operating practices, notorious executives or unpopular business models, there are plenty of companies that aren’t doing right by consumer perceptions. Every year, Consumerist offers up 32 candidates to see determine the business that is the most despised. Companies are paired up in tournament fashion,…

3 Traits All Business Owners Need

As a business owner, I’m always seeking inspiration and ways to make myself better. Often, I get that from church. Let me stop a second, this is not a religious-preachy post. My faith is a HUGE part of my life and to not admit that would be remiss. What our pastor talked about was something…

5 Ways to Tell if You Are Ready to Retire Early

Early retirement sounds pretty good when you’re stuck in a cubicle counting down the hours until the weekend. If you don’t enjoy your job anymore and are looking forward to spending more time pursuing your own agenda, early retirement can be ideal. The challenge is that you need to save up for it and make…

8 Tips for Reaching Maximum Productivity

Remember when a phone was just a phone, and the most distracting thing it did was ring? Now, you can’t get through a conversation, meal, or project without checking your inbox, retweeting a picture, or responding to a text. In the past, people didn’t battle with Facebook or Twitter. The modern world is distracted by…

5 Career Tips For Plus-Size Professionals

Actress Melissa McCarthy’s recent revelation that she was rejected by top fashion designers when she needed an Oscar dress for the 2012 awards has unleashed the usual fat-shaming trolls. But it also unleashed a powerful and ticked-off tribe: the plus size community. The fury over this scandal highlights the challenges career women size 14+ face when trying…

Securing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is already with us and it requires a paradigm shift in the way that organisations think about security. While protecting sensitive data will continue to be of the utmost importance, the rise in connected devices raises a new security concern; how to trust the identity of these devices. Enterprises and other organisations must…