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What 'Project Runway' Can Teach You About Business
Customer Loyalty and Retention

What 'Project Runway' Can Teach You About Business

Rule No. 1: Entrepreneurs who pursue their own passion can't lose sight of what makes a business successful. Two 'Project Runway All Stars' recently made this key-business flub.
The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding
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The Key Question Inventors Don't Ask Before Seeking Funding

Wondering what makes investors back an invention? The new History Channel show 'Invention USA' points out a key factor that can make the difference in landing funding.
Free Market-Research Tools -- A Sampler
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Free Market-Research Tools -- A Sampler

Small businesses can tap a variety of free resources for insights about customers, competitors and trends.
Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012
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Top 10 Small Business Predictions for 2012

Here is a collection of next year's top trends for marketing, retailing, service businesses, mobile, social media and more.
Five Affordable Consumer Research Tools
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Five Affordable Consumer Research Tools

Thanks to the Internet, small businesses can now survey consumers quickly and easily for opinions about new products and other marketing plans.
A New Way to Crowdsource Customer Feedback
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A New Way to Crowdsource Customer Feedback

Napkin Labs gives businesses access to crowdsourcing and some big ideas from their most devoted fans. Consider this case study with a Boulder, Colo., startup.
12 Ways to (Legally) Spy on Your Competitors
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12 Ways to (Legally) Spy on Your Competitors

You may not have the resources to hire a competitive intelligence specialist, but small businesses can still unearth plenty of information about rivals.
Hacking the U.S. Census for Market Research
Marketing Basics

Hacking the U.S. Census for Market Research

The every-decade survey can offer insights on demographics and competition for determining potential markets.
Quirky's Advice for Inventors: Study the Market
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Quirky's Advice for Inventors: Study the Market

Inventors may know how to pinpoint a problem, but coming up with a product that shoppers want is another challenge entirely. Fortunately for them, Quirky can help.
How Do I Cut Through the Noise on Social Media?
Social Media

How Do I Cut Through the Noise on Social Media?

Starr Hall on how to identify and research your target audience on social sites.
Your Customers Are Talking. Are You Listening?
Online Marketing

Your Customers Are Talking. Are You Listening?

Customer research can be yours for the asking, if you're willing to pay attention.
Small Business Lessons from Netflix's Pricing Debacle
Customer Loyalty and Retention

Small Business Lessons from Netflix's Pricing Debacle

Movie-rental company Netflix raised its prices last week, and its customers have set the Internet aflame with their ire. Here are six lessons for business owners from this pricing debacle.
Four Mistakes That Can Kill Your Small Business
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Four Mistakes That Can Kill Your Small Business

Here's a look at management flaws that could spell disaster if left uncorrected.
Insights: Succeeding in the Senior Market
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Insights: Succeeding in the Senior Market

'Being intuitively confident that you're right is the go-forward,' says entrepreneur Sheldon Zinberg.
Two Weeks to Startup: Day 2. Research Your Business Idea
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Two Weeks to Startup: Day 2. Research Your Business Idea

Carving out a niche in the marketplace is crucial to survival. Here's how to evaluate your chances of success.
Five Market-Research Tools for Twitter
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Five Market-Research Tools for Twitter

These sites will help you cut through the noise and reach the customers you want.
Conducting Market Research
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Conducting Market Research

You may have a great idea for a product or service, but before you go any further, first make sure there's a market for it.
How to Do Market Research--The Basics
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How to Do Market Research--The Basics

Is your business a product in search of a customer? Use these tips to create a product or service customers will clamor for.
How to Identify and Reach Underserved Markets
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How to Identify and Reach Underserved Markets

Go beyond demographics by targeting specific types of people.
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How Google's Keyword Tool Can Point You Toward Profits

A quick and dirty way to validate your niche market
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Deciphering Your Website Traffic Reports: Five Tips

That report contains information you can use to to get more visitors and grow your business.
How to Get Your Service Business Off the Ground
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How to Get Your Service Business Off the Ground

Even if your product doesn't exist yet, you still have to find ways to sell it.
Harness the Benefits of the Real-Time Web
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Harness the Benefits of the Real-Time Web

Market research is easier than ever--stay on top of news and trends with these tools.
Uncorking New Markets
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Uncorking New Markets

James Stewart of Stewart Cellars talks about the wine industry's response to changing consumer preferences.
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Use Gifts to Reinforce Your Alliances

5 ways to move beyond appreciation and deepen your client relationships
Get to Know Your Competition
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Get to Know Your Competition

7 shrewd strategies for forging alliances--and staying ahead of the pack.
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