Coronavirus Leads to More Use of Contactless Credit Cards and Mobile Payments Despite Cost and Security Concerns

National Retail Federation

With consumers worried about touching surfaces during the coronavirus pandemic, the use of mobile payments and contactless credit or debit cards has significantly increased in the past few months, according to research released today by the National Retail Federation and Forrester. “Health experts say there is no clear evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted by cash or credit … [More]

Pandemic Thinking: How to Keep Your Head in the (Long) Game

by RJon Robins

The COVID-19 pandemic is crippling and toppling many U.S. small businesses. Often called “the backbone of the economy,” small businesses that are managing to survive face an uncertain future. As states start to reopen, consumer spending is in steep decline while unemployment skyrockets and many people remain hesitant to venture out. But some entrepreneurs find their … [More]

Using Social Media to Encourage Brand Engagement during the Pandemic

by Alexis Krisay

As the pandemic continues to unfold, more and more brands understand that having a voice and communicating through their social media platforms is especially important right now. But how exactly does a brand encourage consistent engagement with its followers during a global pandemic? There are a few ground rules and best practices that every brand should adhere to during this … [More]

Marketing: Are You Pivoting or Freezing?

by Andrea Aker

Many businesses poised for huge gains at the start of this year are fighting to stay alive. Stable, longstanding enterprises are questioning their greater visions. Waves of layoffs and shuttered doors have — quite understandably — induced fear and uncertainty across the Valley, where small businesses serve as the backbone of the community. The need for a true pivot has never … [More]

Media Interviews and Promoting Your Brand in a COVID-19 World

by Marsha Friedman

Business leaders and professionals who want to promote their personal and business brands have faced a tough decision in recent weeks: Should they put those publicity efforts on hold during the COVID-19 crisis, or keep pitching their expertise to the media? In most cases, yes, they should keep pitching. There are many opportunities for getting in the media as long as one … [More]

Keys to Sales Success

by Kinja Dixon

The secret is listening. People tend to think that, as one of the most successful salespeople in the world, I must be a great talker and can influence people to do things they wouldn’t normally do. Nothing could be more incorrect. The real secret to sales and most anything else is listening to the customers. Too many people talk. More success will come from being a better … [More]

The Expansion Sale

by Mike Hunter

Industry analysts report that up to 70–80 percent of business growth comes from existing customers. So why are businesses still investing mainly in attracting new customers? And leaving renewals and upsells to chance? Or, worse yet, using a one-size-fits-all approach to acquisition as for expansions? The Expansion Sale provides everything needed for business owners to seize … [More]


by Mike Hunter

A common problem in marketing is, what a brand says in advertising isn't always what customers and employees experience. This book shows how to align one’s marketing efforts with the purpose of one’s brand. Too many companies depend on marketing tactics that don't match the needs and concerns of their customers, or embrace messaging and causes that don't connect. Authenticity … [More]

Next Generation Leadership

by Mike Hunter

Employers who refuse to adapt to the expectations of younger generations are losing out on top talent, as they leave for positions at companies with more modern practices. Learn what companies need to do to fit into the new normal in the workplace. Generation Y sees the world differently from any other generation in modern memory. And nowhere is this more evident than in the … [More]


by Mike Hunter

How do some brands attract word-of-mouth buzz and radical devotion around products as everyday as car insurance, surfboards and underwear? They embody the most powerful marketing force in the world: die-hard fans. In this essential book, leading business growth strategist David Meerman Scott and fandom expert Reiko Scott interview young entrepreneurs, veteran business owners, … [More]