12/6/2021 Retailers Raising Prices Higher Than Costs Dictate (Multichannel Merchant, Mike O’Brien) “You have to figure out a way to build a community, where customers feel a part of it and will shop with you even if they have other choices that are less expensive.”

12/2/2021 Companies are pocketing their fattest profits in more than 70 years, even as they complain about inflation (Business Insider) “Businesses are inflating already inflated prices in order to turn a bigger profit amid people’s fears over uncertain times.”

11/15/2021 Recognizing Employee Achievement (NOLN, Noah Brown) “You want to give people public recognition for the good work they do in front of the rest of the team.”

11/8/2021 ‘The Great Resignation’ is creating more entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and freelancers (Vera Gibbons, Yahoo Finance) “Some (companies) are even giving employees ultimatums if they don’t come back, they’re going to get fired. I think this will result in more people reaching their tipping point and throwing their hat into the entrepreneurial ring.”

10/4/2021 Vaccine Status on Resume Trend Opens Door to Hiring Bias (Bloomberg Law) “They need to be as flexible as possible getting people in the door.”

9/23/2021 Oracle Turns to AI to Automate Digital Marketing With Fusion Marketing (Web Pro News) “Machine learning algorithms are integral to digital marketing and that will only increase over time. The best digital marketers have embraced this fact, and have already shifted their focus towards more human-first activities. Machines are better at crunching numbers and making data-driven decisions. But they still need humans to decide what data to feed into those systems. This comes from understanding human behavior, a deep sense of empathy, and expert-level storytelling that are hard to replicate through AI.”

9/21/2021 More companies say goodbye to the office as COVID rages and remote work gains acceptance (USA Today)- “The lockdowns have only accelerated what already has been happening for years,” says Dennis Consorte, a small business consultant for Digital.com. “We have been moving toward remote working for decades.”

9/15/2021 Some Older Workers Switched Jobs During the Pandemic (AARP) “Older founders tend to be more successful, based on their years of experience.”

9/15/2021 Survey: 7 in 10 businesses shut down office spaces (BizReport) “Despite the paradigm shift towards a remote workforce, most employers still feel there are benefits to having employees working in-person.”

9/13/2021 Experts Tell us the Best CRM Software For Small Business (Welp Magazine)

9/7/2021 The Role of the Marketer: 4 of the most important jobs a marketer can do (with real examples and data) (Marketing Sherpa)
“Use an automated tool to aggregate new reviews and social mentions so that you can address them promptly.”

9/03/2021 Survey: 32% of people quit jobs during pandemic to start a business (UCB Journal)
“Perhaps the most impactful change is that many people are rethinking their career paths and reimagining what it means to achieve financial freedom and break the cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck.”

9/02/2021 Digital.Com Survey Finds 32% Of People Quit Their Jobs During The Pandemic To Start A Business (About Insider)
“The pandemic forced us to quickly adapt to new technology as well as virtual work and social activities.”

8/31/2021 Survey: One-Third of People Who Quit Their Jobs Plan to Start Businesses (Inc.)
“By pursuing a passion, work won’t feel like work, but will instead give you purpose, which is far more valuable than the dollars earned.”

8/22/2021 The Real Reasons Workers Want to Stay Remote? Pets, Naps, and TV (MI Tech News)
“More people are starting to realize that there’s tremendous value in having the flexibility to work remotely.”

8/16/2021 Even After Coronavirus, a Quarter of Small Businesses without a Website (Ecom Hunt)
“Online shopping is more convenient than in-store shopping, and the old ways of doing business are declining. People are accustomed to researching businesses and services on the internet. The question isn’t whether you need a website. It’s whether you will survive without one and for how long.”

8/11/2021 Digital.com survey 23% of small retailers do not have a website (Enterprise Times)
“There is an overwhelming amount of data that shows consumers spend a lot of time online. They will typically start their search for a product or service over the internet.”

08/04/2021 Hiring Is Slow and Talent Is Hard to Find. Should You Start Posting Salaries In Job Listings? (Inc.com)
“If you’re offering a more competitive salary than other companies, then it’s worth it to list it in the job description.”

08/04/2021 Small businesses struggle to launch websites, according to report (InformNNY)
“Any business that operates solely offline will miss the opportunity to attract new customers and build loyalty with existing customers who are looking for more convenience.”

7/08/2021 Small businesses urge return to in-person work (CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly)
One critical takeaway from this survey is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to post-pandemic workplace strategies…

7/08/2021 Many employees want to work remotely forever but some business owners will fire those who try (Inter-Empresarial)
COVID-19 lockdowns didn’t create the transfer in the direction of a distant workforce — it simply accelerated the inevitable…

7/08/2021 Small businesses urge return to in-person work (DC Velocity)
One critical takeaway from this survey is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to post-pandemic workplace strategies…

7/07/2021 Many employees want to work remotely forever but some business owners will fire those who try (Mass Live)
Resistance to some kind of remote work offering may hurt businesses in the future, said Digital’s small business expert, Dennis Consorte

7/07/2021 Survey: Almost half of business owners say remote work hurts productivity (Business Report)
Companies that focus on physical location and hours worked will be behind the curve…

7/07/2021 4 out of 10 employers will fire employees for not returning to office, survey says (Newsday)
It’s true that in-person, human interaction has tremendous value for certain types of teams, but that’s old-school thinking. Remote work is just an extension of this existing trend, and companies that are stuck in an old mindset will be left behind.

7/07/2021 More Workers Want to Stay Home (Sentinel Source)
Work-from-home rewards workers with hundreds of more hours of personal time each year, making for a better…

7/07/2021 Many employees want to work remotely forever. Some business owners will fire those who try (Biz Journals)
While 39% of business owners said they would fire employees who refused to return to work full time, about 39% said they would not…

7/07/2021 Survey: Almost half of business owners say remote work hurts productivity (Business Report)
Employees working from home isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be say business owners who argue productivity is taking a hit…

7/07/2021 Survey: Nearly Half of Business Owners Say Remote Work Is Hurting Productivity (Influencer Style)
With employees working remotely, business owners say productivity is taking a hit…

7/07/2021 Nearly half of entrepreneurs say remote work damages productivity (newszf.com)
Companies that focus on physical location and hours worked will be behind the curve…

7/6/2021 Survey: Nearly Half of Business Owners Say Remote Work Is Hurting Productivity (Inc.com)
“Companies that focus on physical location and hours worked will be behind the curve,” Dennis Consorte, Digital.com’s small business expert, said in the survey results. “Otherwise, their most valued employees may seek out remote opportunities elsewhere.”

7/6/2021 4 out of 10 employers will fire employees for not returning to office, survey says (Baltimore Sun)
50% of employees said most workers worked on-site full-time, 18% had a hybrid schedule for in-person/remote working. 38% said they had a primarily remote workforce and, as such, were eliminated from the rest of the survey.

7/6/2021 Survey: 4 in 10 small businesses will fire employees who refuse to return to office (SalesGround)
“Companies that focus on physical location and hours worked will be left behind,” said Dennis Consorte, the small business expert at Digital.com, in the survey results. “Otherwise, their most valued employees will look elsewhere for remote opportunities.”

7/6/2021 4 out of 10 employers will fire employees for not returning to office, survey says (NY Daily News)
Consorte believes the pandemic didn’t bring about the shift to remote work since it sped up the inevitable. He also thinks the move will cause small businesses to lose out on valued employees who “may seek out remote opportunities elsewhere.”

7/6/2021 4 out of 10 employers will fire employees for not returning to office, survey says (Orlando Sentinel)
…But, one expert is pushing back. “It’s true that in-person, human interaction has tremendous value for certain types of teams…but that’s old-school thinking. Remote work is just an extension of this existing trend, and companies that are stuck in an old mindset will be left behind,” said Digital’s small business expert Dennis Consorte.

7/6/2021 Digital.com Survey finds 4 in 10 employers will fire workers who won’t return on-site (Boston Real Estate Times)
Digital.com, an independent review website for small business online tools, products, and services, has published a recent survey report on how American companies plan to operate in a post-pandemic workplace.

6/30/2021 4 in 10 small businesses will fire employees who refuse to return to office (WRAL Tech Wire)
“COVID-19 lockdowns didn’t create the move towards a remote workforce—it just accelerated the inevitable,” said Dennis Consorte, an employee of Digital.com that works with small businesses, in the analysis of the data. “Companies that focus on physical location and hours worked will be behind the curve. They should focus instead on the value produced by their extended teams. Otherwise, their most valued employees may seek out remote opportunities elsewhere.”

6/30/2021 4 out of 10 employers will fire employees for not returning to office, survey says (Caloosa Belle / South Central Florida Life)
Most employers cite decreased productivity and the need to perform job functions in person as major concerns “One critical takeaway from this survey is that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to post-pandemic workplace strategies,” says Digital’s small business expert Dennis Consorte. “Many business owners want mandatory in-person attendance. They need to get direct feedback from workers, mitigate fears about the virus, and demonstrate empathy about other concerns before making such an impactful decision.”

6/25/2021 Checklist To Create A Hybrid Work Environment Culture (Lighthouse Consulting Services)
My quote is at the end. The author advises companies on managing remote workforces and touches on culture, communication, strategy, management…

6/11/2021 Remote Workers Expand Options (Big Sky Business Journal)
In the field of digital marketing, I hire people outside of my city, and around the world all the time, depending on the skills I need…

6/01/2021 Aligning Marketing and Sales: Why It’s Important and How to Do It (Information Today)
One way to align goals is to measure success for both teams in terms of return on ad spend, or ROAS…

5/17/2021 7 Inspiring Post-COVID Marketing Ideas (+Real Examples!) (Wordstream)
A little-known secret is you can get great results in some industries by advertising on TikTok,” said Dennis Consorte…

3/25/2021 What Banning Surveillance Advertising Could Mean for Small Business (ValueWalk)
Banning things is never a good idea. What we need is transparency, so that adults can make decisions about how…

3/25/2021 How Small Businesses Can Save Big on 2021 Taxes (ValueWalk)
Over $5 trillion has been spent on Covid-relief programs. The money is geared towards funding small businesses, which means…

3/25/2021 What Banning Surveillance Advertising Could Mean for Small Businesses (Entrepreneur)
Banning things is never a good idea. What we need is transparency, so that adults can make decisions about how…

2/18/2021 Amazon bolsters e-commerce for small business with Selz buy (Tech Target)
Australian e-commerce platform Selz may have caught Amazon’s attention because it employs Liquid, Shopify’s template language, which will…

2/17/2021 Why Amazon Acquiring Selz Is Bad For Your Data (ValueWalk)
In the short term, Selz looks like a great ecommerce platform, and small business owners can do well with it. In the long term, your customer data is…

3/29/2013 ‘Promposals’ turn getting a prom date into creative challenge (Telegram) Interview about prom social media contest