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    The Top 10 Articles so far in 2018
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    The Top 10 Articles so far in 2018

    We’ve made it to the halfway point of the year again. Let's take a look back at your favorite top 10 articles of 2018 so far. Revisit the articles you loved and catch up on any you missed. See something you like? Forward to a friend!

    The Ultimate Social Media Marketing Guide for Small Businesses

    We’ve led the way in running successful social media marketing campaigns for countless clients over the years. It can be difficult to know where to start and which strategy is the right one for your business. It’s also imperative that you know the ins and outs of each social media network that will benefit your business. We’ve written an e-book to share our insider secrets and tips from years of experience.

    5 Twitter Lessons I Learned from Gary Vaynerchuk

    As marketers, we are constantly looking for new ways to learn. The industry is in constant motion. New tech developments, fresh platforms, and an ever changing audience are just a few factors that can make maneuvering the world of online marketing more difficult.  Platforms like Twitter are a critical asset to marketers and businesses alike. While looking to improve our strategy, we decided to take a look at a few experts in the field that are completely owning it right now –this is how we started following Gary Vee.

    CES 2018: Top Tech Predictions

    The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) continues to be one of the biggest technology shows in the world. CES 2018 is sure to deliver. This Las Vegas event kicks off and runs January 9th – January 12th. These will be four days jam packed with some of the biggest tech announcements and demonstrations available to the industry.  Companies like Sony, Samsung, LG, Google, and more will be hosted on keynote stages and in booths to showcase all the must-see tech of 2018. So, what are we predicting to be some of the most popular technologies this year?

    Good Managers Lose Bad Employees and Bad Managers Lose Good Employees

    The people involved in an organization truly do ensure the success or failure of it. The effectiveness of its managers can make or break an organization. If you want to look at the effect that a manager is having, just look to see the culture of the company itself. How are people interacting? Which people are going and which people are staying? An effective way to measure how good, or bad, of a job a manager is doing is to take a look at who is leaving the company.

    Never Get Too Comfortable in Business

    It’s a good feeling when you have a great working relationship with those in your organization. Especially as a consultant, every new client is a litmus test. You never quite know what the culture is going to be when you walk in as an outside source. Fortunately, at times, you end up having a great working relationship with your client. As with any great relationship, you start to get comfortable. It’s a great feeling, but it’s also dangerous territory.

    Strategic Planning: What to do When the Plan isn’t Clear

    Strategy and strategy execution are essential to running a successful business.  Effective leaders can step in, assess a situation, and come up with a strategy for improvement or progress. What about in the times that it isn’t so obvious? How are you supposed to be a strategic planner when the plan isn’t clear?

    Minimum Viable Product: To Develop an MVP or not to Develop an MVP

    A minimum viable product (MVP) is a software development technique.  This is where a new product or website is developed with sufficient features to satisfy the early adopters and early requirements. The final, complete set of features is then designed and developed after considering feedback from the product's initial users. Consider it as a product built with a minimum feature set. So, should we be developing the features that the customers are asking for as the minimal requirements? Should we just be doing the bare minimum or should we be going above and beyond to satisfy a larger audience?

    The Grass Isn’t Always Greener: Top Reasons NOT to be a Consultant

    Everyone is doing it these days. Being a consultant is the current kronut of the business world. It’s trendy. It’s a fad. Everyone wants to try it at least once. The problem is that being a consultant actually is a specific profession. I’m not saying it’s not a good idea for you to branch out and become a consultant. I’m saying that many people dip their toe in with blinders on and it ends up not working out.  There are perks and there are disadvantages.

    Consulting: How to Find New Clients

    As a consultant, you are working for yourself for the most part. The next client hardly ever just falls into your lap. A well-tuned marketing approach, a strong online presence, and a great network are all essential assets to securing new clients as a consultant. But, what about beyond marketing and networking? There are some new tools that are emerging for businesses who are looking to engage with other businesses. Lead-generation platforms can be a successful way to initiate new business as a consultant.

    Strategic Planning Requires Leadership

    Many people are looking for the best path into effective strategic planning.  The problem is that a lot of these people are followers and not leaders. Leadership is critical to implementing effective strategy. Remember that the success of an organization is directly dependent on the success of those leading. Obviously each circumstance is unique, but in general people are either natural leaders or they need to learn these traits. Not everyone can inherently lead.
     

     
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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.

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