Keep on, and Keep Moving Forward

Staying active is the key to health.  Having the mindset of “moving forward and not dwelling in the past” is the key to eventually getting to where you want to land in life.  We’ve all heard the phrase: “if you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always got!” If you desire to make positive changes in your life, thinking them through and mapping them out is essential. But execution is the vital next step and generally the key difference

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Top Five Content Marketing Trends for 2017

Content marketing continues to evolve yet the purpose remains the same; drive site traffic, which should lead to an action or sales conversion.  While this may sound simple in theory, and there is no doubt it’s effective, it’s getting more and more difficult with the amount of noise out there competing for your target market. Making a true impact takes creativity. To stay ahead of the competition, read and implement some of the following trends in your content marketing campaigns this

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Why Do We Act Surprised when Facebook Fails on Privacy?

Facebook and privacy, seems like the two are always joined at the hip in a new controversy. It’s entertaining watching people make a big fuss and go right back to browsing. At the end of the day there are three types of Facebook users. Type A fully understands that Facebook is going to push every limit out there. They also understand privacy is virtually dead and they use social media just enough to get by without disclosing too much about their personal life. Type B reads these

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Groupon Testing Online Marketplace called Groupon Stores

Groupon is trying out a new marketplace which moves it even closer to the likes of eBay and Amazon. Groupon Stores, now in beta, enables merchants to establish a storefront at groupon.com/stores. Products sold on Groupon Goods need to discounted 5% at a minimum and Groupon intends to charge 15% commission fees. Merchants will be responsible for order fulfillment which is very different from how orders are processed now via Groupon Goods, where fulfillment is processed by Groupon directly. Over the

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Facebook Enables Mobile Payments via Messenger

Facebook is diving into mobile payments with it’s own twist. Rather than slug it out with Apple and Samsung and a slew of others going after the merchant point-of-sale, Facebook is sticking to its roots by enabling their users to send peer-to-peer payments to friends and family. Roll-out of the payment feature launched on Tuesday to US-based users and is available through the mobile messenger app and through traditional desktop chat. Read more at JOSIC MEDIA

CreditCards.com: Don’t toss out that expired Groupon

With all the Groupons and other daily deals you’ve bought, you’re entitled to half-price dinners and facials all around town. But your great bargains aren’t so great when they expire before you can use them, as about one in five such deals do. Luckily, there’s some good news for procrastinators: Just because your Groupon expired doesn’t mean you lose all your money on it. “We have a consumer-friendly expiration policy,” says Julie Mossler, a spokeswoman for Groupon. “If your Groupon expires,

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Reuters: Groupon’s IPO biggest by U.S. Web company since Google

Groupon Inc raised $700 million after increasing the size of its initial public offering, becoming the largest IPO by a U.S. Internet company since Google Inc raised $1.7 billion in 2004. The global leader in “daily deals” is now valued at almost $13 billion after saying it increased the offering by 5 million shares to 35 million in total and pricing them at $20 each, above an initial range of $16 to $18. The debut of the three-year-old company, which

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HuffingtonPost: Groupon IPO: Company Raises $700 Million, Valued At $12.8 Billion

Groupon Inc raised $700 million after increasing the size of its initial public offering, becoming the largest IPO by an Internet company since Google Inc raised $1.7 billion in 2004. The global leader in “daily deals” is now valued at almost $13 billion after saying it increased the offering by 5 million shares to 35 million in total and pricing them at $20 each, above an initial range of $16 to $18. The debut of the three-year-old company, which sells

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BusinessInsider: Venture Capital Firms Back Daily Deals With $1.6 Billion In 2011

Over the past six months, daily deal sites including Groupon, Living Social and Gilt Groupe have attracted more than $1.69 billion in venture capital and other investments according to the new 2011 Daily Deal Investment Index released by Daily Deal Media. Overall, 22 Daily Deal companies have received investments in the past six months. There are now more than 350 daily deal sites in the U.S. alone – five times the number over a year ago. The $858 million consumer

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Gigaom: Does Groupon’s e-mail outage expose a lack of brand loyalty?

Exact Target, the service provider responsible for Groupon’s daily e-mail deals, suffered a server outage this weekend that looks to have had a staggering effect on Groupon sales in several cities. The news was reported and confirmed by DailyDealMedia’s Boyan Josic, a blogger who noted painfully slow sales for morning deals today in Austin and Abilene, Texas, and San Jose, Calif., among other cities. This seems to play up Groupon’s overall dependence on emails, which can be a problem when

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