Consumers are spending more, but doing so in fewer transactions, according to American Express Business Insights’ most recent Business Insights Spend Sights report. The study, which examines spending patterns across several key categories, U.S. cities and demographic groups, finds that while economic uncertainty continues to dampen overall consumer confidence, a new pattern of less frequent […]
Many industry analysts are predicting a good — but not great — holiday season. The chief economist for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a major retail trade group, estimates that sales will rise 3.5% for November and December combined. Last year, sales during the same period beat expectations, rising 4.4% in what industry analysts […]
More than 2 in 5 (42 percent) working adults are willing to give up some percentage of their salary for more flexibility at work, according to an online survey of 1,071 working adults nationwide conducted on behalf of Mom Corps, a staffing firm. The average cut they said they were willing to take was 6 […]
Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Texas residents and business owners as a result of President Obama’s major disaster declaration, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills announced recently. The declaration covers Bastrop County Texas for damages caused by wildfires that began August 30. “The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly […]
Calling all vendors! Want a chance to sell and promote your product and services at Maryland’s busiest mall, Arundel Mills? Are you a designer, artist, author, crafter, tourist destination, beauty consultant, or spa owner? Do you have a small business? Do you sell unique holiday decor or gift items? “We are excited about all the […]
Find the right product to import and sell to shops, individuals, businesses, etc. and you can make a mint. Market your find online, at flea markets, right from the trunk of your car! Need information on how to get started? Visit www.sbaonline.sba.gov or contact the U.S. Department of Commerce via their site www.doc.gov. Both groups […]
Think you have a great idea for a new product that is the next million-dollar idea? Go for it. Conduct your own due diligence search to find out if anyone is working on something similar to your idea. If not, consider doing it yourself. There are dozens of books out there and guides to help […]
The International Franchise Association (www.franchise.org) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. The IFA promotes the nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic activity generated by franchising. IFA members include franchise companies in more than 90 different business format categories. Visit their site for a wide variety of resources on […]
Despite our roller-coaster economy, there has never been a better time to start your own business. Your job might have been rendered obsolete by outsourcing and you might never be able to penetrate the current job market with any degree of success. Why not start your own business? Make a list of things you love […]
CTR means “Click-Through Rate” and that is a way to measure the impact of your ad campaign. Here’s how it is derived: divide the number of users who click on an ad by the number of times an ad was served up to view.
Sony announced the launch of the lightest touch screen 6″ eReader device ever, Reader Wi-Fi (PRS-T1), providing the most natural and immersive reading experience yet for book lovers. The new Reader Wi-Fi builds on the popularity of last year’s line, while reducing size and weight and incorporating new and enhanced features. At under 6 ounces […]
The cost per thousand impressions: this means that for every 1000 page views your banner ad receives you will receive the dollar value earned. Average CPMs range from $2 to $4 and more lucrative ad networks earn their partners up to $5-$8 per 1000 page views and sometimes even more.