Shark Bites – Week of July 23, 2012

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We get interesting information everyday from reading articles in newspapers, blogs, company websites and even from conversations we overhear or have ourselves. Shark Bites is an entry post where I share recent articles, events and conversations with you. Feel free to comment at the very bottom of each post while indulging yourselves with new information.. you’ll find that a bit of information a day will go a long way.


 

Videos that Turn Tough Topics into Child’s Play

Mashable puts together 10 complex topics that is simplified via YouTube videos for your better understanding. It’s pretty creative and may help some of you learn all ten things today. Here’s one on what a foreclosure is:

» Read the full article on Mashable

 

Ads on NBA Jerseys

 

At a recent press conference in Las Vegas, NBA’s Adam Silver said team owners were in favor of advertising on jerseys. Believe it or not, these 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch sponsor patches could generate $100 million per season for the league’s teams.

Basketball traditionalists may forever protest the non-traditional stance the NBA is taking, but this is a business, and in order to stay competitive change must occur. Do you think corporate ads on NBA Jerseys will help or hurt the NBA?

» Read the full article on Bloomberg Businessweek

 

3 Ways to Reinvigorate and Refocus Your Business

It’s a good idea to take some hours away from the email and computer every few months to refocus your small business. You just have to make sure that it’s well structured and that you know what you want to achieve from it (which goes back to goal settings). Whether it’s to organize those random Post-Its or attempt to fix a challenge you’ve always planned to do, set this time away for that. Here’s how Forbes suggests you can use this time to work on:

1. What I Want the Business to do Better
2. What I want to do better myself
3. What I’m currently thinking through

» Read the full article on Forbes

 

Essential Web-Based Tools For Small Businesses

We all know the popular websites that small business owners use, such as Facebook or Twitter, but have you heard of these other tools that can help you in other ways?

FreeScreenSharing 
If you’re interested in sharing your computer screen with others, FreeScreenSharing offers unlimited meetings with up to 96 participants at a time. They’ll even throw in a free, dedicated conference bridge you can use at anytime.

MarketWire
 If you’re looking to announce exciting news about your business, MarketWire provides you with top-notch distribution channels to maximize exposure. They also offer an extensive array of specialty niche channels.

In addition to the tools mentioned above, Forbes listed 8 other essential web-based tools for small businesses to use on a weekly basis.

Before I end this portion of Shark Bites, I’m going to plug Shopify here for those small business owners who are looking to sell their products online! Shopify is the ecommerce platform that allows individuals or companies to create the most beautiful online stores easily. They’re currently running a Build-A-Business competition that you can join, too!

 »Read the full article here on Forbes

 

The Google Search Calculator

Google has gone one step further, by giving you your sum, difference, dividend, or product on a virtual calculator. It has 34 buttons, including standard trigonometric functions, exponents and buttons for the transcendental numbers, pi and e, and works on your mobile device! Mashable conducted a quick test and found that it functioned properly in both Safari and Chrome on iOS and of course on Android as well. DS-11

Get started on doing a search for any equation, or click here.

» Read the full article on Mashable