10 Great Podcasts for Global-Minded Marketers

When it comes to business, entrepreneurship and marketing, there are so many excellent podcasts out there, it’s impossible to keep up with them all. However, if you’re looking for podcasts that deal specifically with “going global” in the Digital Age, the selection is much more limited. Still, these 10 podcasts make a great starting point if you’re interested in a more international perspective on business and marketing. (Updated on January 2, 2017.) Continue reading

The Mind-Boggling Potential of Global D-Commerce

E-commerce is now part of everyone’s vocabulary. No matter how you spell it (ecommerce? eCommerce? Ecommerce? e-commerce? e-Commerce?), we all know it stands for electronic commerce. But what about D-commerce? Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of it. Most people haven’t. But it’s already changing billions of lives. Continue reading

Social Media is the New Market Square

There was a time when all commercial activity was centered around the market square of a town or city. If you wanted to buy or sell anything, that’s where you went, even if you had to travel a long distance to get there. It was the place where you met up with your friends and caught up on the latest news and gossip. It’s where you haggled with merchants and gave them a piece of your mind – straight to their faces and in earshot of other customers. If you had something to sell, it’s where you set up your stall so customers could easily find you. It’s where you could network with business partners. And it’s where you kept an eye on your competitors, a few stalls over, to see what they were up to. Continue reading

My Year of Learning

If 2014 had a theme for me, I’d say it was a year of Learning – with a capital L. I did a lot of it, and on many fronts. I learned how to start my own business and how to build my own website. I learned how to manage collaborative work projects, and how to produce estimates and invoices using FreshBooks. I learned about the value of attending local networking groups, the incredible potential of social media, and I discovered that I truly enjoy the process of developing my business network through both those channels. Continue reading

My Big Twitter Epiphany. Or: “Why isn’t everyone doing this?”

They say there’s a social network to suit every style and purpose, and I’ve certainly found that to be true. Not that you have to limit yourself just one network, of course. But these days, if you made me choose just one, I’d have to pick Twitter. Like many people, I used to wonder what the point of Twitter was. (See Stage 1 of the cute illustration below, which I borrowed from Sean Gardner). Continue reading

In Praise of… Podcasts!

I love a good podcast, don’t you? And these days, there are so many good ones to choose from, I only wish I had more time to listen to them all. Podcasts entertain me, they keep me informed, they teach me things, they answer my questions, they give me new ideas, they challenge me to do things better (or differently, or for the first time), and they provide me with inspiration. Sort of like a good friend, really. And at their very best, they manage to do all these things simultaneously. Continue reading