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Published: Fri, 24 Nov 2017 20:58:12 +0000

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5 keys to creating better content than your competitors

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:46:33 +0000

(image) According to Content Marketing Institute, 76 percent of businesses have some sort of blog they update on a regular basis. So, if you’re reading this post, your business likely has a blog…and so do your competitors.  The question is, how do you make sure your blog is better than theirs? A common issue is that we don't know which optimization techniques will give us a leg up on our competitors.  A few weeks ago, I ran across this fascinating content optimization cheat sheet from Siege Media.…

League of Extraordinary CEOs: Tropical Smoothie Cafe's top exec dishes on success

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 19:10:03 +0000

(image) Tropical Smoothie Café has grown from a single Sunshine State site in 1997 to having more than 600 locations in 43 states nationwide — including 20 in Central Florida. Contributing writer Steve Blue of Miller Ingenuity recently spoke with the Destin-based company CEO, Mike Rotondo, about his journey and what’s ahead: With your success and experience in the franchising industry, what did you see in this franchise that you knew you could add value? Tropical Smoothie Cafe was this little gem…

AT&T-Time Warner suit highlights Uncle Sam's merger clout. Here are some of his greatest hits.

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:41:03 +0000

(image) The Trump administration’s lawsuit to block AT&Ts acquisition of Time Warner has sent shock waves throughout Wall Street and the nation's mergers-and-acquisition sector, despite years of aggressive antitrust enforcement by former President Barack Obama.  According to industry experts, it's been nearly four decades — not since 1979 — that the federal government has sued to block a so-called vertical merger of two companies that do not compete with each other. The effort contrasts with other…

Here's how OSHA injury and illness data rules apply to your business

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 18:07:02 +0000

(image) The Occupational and Health Administration (OSHA) passed regulations that became effective Jan. 1, 2017 requiring certain employers to submit their injury and illness data electronically. Many employers are already required to keep injury and illness records, but did not have to submit the data electronically. Since January, the rule has been challenged by employers in court, leaving employers wondering when (or even if) they must submit the data, or whether there will be additional amendments. Originally,…

Cyber expert offers 3 ways to stay safe as online shopping swells

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 16:21:02 +0000

(image) Cyber crooks will be in full force this holiday season, a top cybersecurity expert is cautioning. “This holiday season is going to be crazy,” said Sri Sridharan, director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity in Tampa. “All the predictions are more online shopping will take place this holiday season.” Online sales are expected to reach a record $107.4 billion in the United States this year, up 14 percent from 2016, according to ThreatMetrix, a cybersecurity company in San Jose, Calif.…

Workers will spend more time shopping at work on Cyber Monday

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:51:02 +0000

(image) Americans plan to spend more time shopping while at work for Cyber Monday this year, according to Robert Half Technology. The research firm says 23 percent of employees plan to spend more time shopping online while at work the Monday after Thanksgiving than they have previously. Following Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sales, Cyber Monday has become the day for deals at e-commerce and online retailers. The day has grown in recent years as more Americans shift their holiday shopping online. About…

CareerCast: Here are 7 retail jobs with high salary growth potential

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 15:07:02 +0000

(image) Growth in online shopping and more frequent use of social media has led to a growth in retail jobs within the past five to 10 years. According to the 2017 Jobs Rated report, which is compiled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics with growth outlooks through 2028, market research analysts are in high demand and have a high salary growth potential for future employment. Market research analysts typically evaluate numbers and trends in consumer habits and respond to campaigns. Data scientists are…

Elon Musk wants to start digging in Los Angeles

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 14:04:03 +0000

(image) Elon Musk’s idea for The Boring Co. is less than a year old, but he’s ready to start digging a tunnel under Los Angeles. The man who leads SpaceX and Tesla (Nasdaq: TSLA) applied for approval from L.A. officials to start burrowing along the 405 freeway, reported the Los Angeles Times. The privately funded project would start near Hawthorne, Calif. — where SpaceX is headquartered and where The Boring Co. already has started digging — and parallel the 405 north toward Westwood. The route…

Amazon seeks to patent driverless pickup lockers

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:25:36 +0000

(image) The vehicles could travel by road, water or air — signaling how the e-commerce giant may use robot technology to deliver packages.

7 things to know today and holiday shopping expected to beat last year

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:11:26 +0000

(image) Good morning, Orlando! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, filled with lots of laughter and fun with family. I'm looking forward to turkey sandwiches the rest of this week from all the leftover goodies. If your holiday weekend also includes some stops at area retailers to take advantage of the great deals on Black Friday, you might be interested to know that it looks like shoppers will come through for retailers this holiday season. Holiday retail sales are expected to rise 4.2% above last year…