3 Things That Can Kill Your Brand

Every so often I like to convert my personal misfortunes into marketing insight for small business owners. Well, today is that day. A couple of weeks back, my family and I made our way out of the house in the morning for a typical day of work and school.  However on this particular day, my…

Angry Over U.S. Surveillance, Tech Giants Bolster Defenses

SAN FRANCISCO — Google has spent months and millions of dollars encrypting email, search queries and other information flowing among its data centers worldwide. Facebook’s chief executive said at a conference this fall that the government “blew it.” And though it has not been announced publicly, Twitter plans to set up new types of encryption to protect messages from snoops….

10 Things Consumers Don’t Understand About Credit Scores

Credit card experts debunk common misconceptions about credit scores. ST. LOUIS — Three numbers can affect everything from securing a mortgage or loan to how much interest you’ll pay when you’re approved for a house. And while they’re just three numbers — that typically range from 300 (very bad) to 850 (very good) — there’s…

Why You’re Still Going To Buy Apple’s Ho-Hum iPad Upg

Let’s get this straight: No matter what Apple announces Tuesday, if you’ve bought Apple devices before, you’re going to buy this one, too.  That choir of the converted, though, isn’t enough for Apple anymore. As Business Insider’s Jay Yarow points out, Apple’s iPad sales have been consistently falling for several quarters, and growth has been slowing for years….

JPMorgan Pays $100 Million, Admits Fault in London Trades

WASHINGTON — JPMorgan Chase & Co. has agreed to pay a $100 million penalty and admitted that its traders acted “recklessly” during a series of London trades that ultimately cost the bank $6 billion. The settlement announced Wednesday by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission comes less than a month after JPMorgan (JPM), the nation’s largest…

LinkedIn Groups: Your Secret Weapon for Sales Success

Did you know that people who participate or engage in LinkedIn Group discussions get an average of four times as many profile views? LinkedIn Groups allow you to connect with thousands, even hundreds of thousands of people. Many more than you could connect with via your first-level connections. Using LinkedIn Groups for Sales Success There…

What Google’s Hummingbird Algorithm Means for Small Busines

On the eve of their 15th birthday, Google turned the tables and gave the Internet a shiny new present: Hummingbird, the search giant’s largest search algorithm update since 2001. The search engine’s recent overhaul — which affects 90 percent of searches — aims to filter “fluff” content that are created solely for nabbing search engine…