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50 Free Resources That Will Improve Your Writing Skills

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Effective writing skills are to a writer what petrol is to a car. Like the petrol and car relationship, without solid skills writers cannot move ahead. These skills don’t come overnight, and they require patience and determination. You have to work smart and hard to acquire them. Only with experience, you can enter the realm of effective, always-in-demand writers.

Of course, effective writing requires a good command of the language in which you write or want to write. Once you have that command, you need to learn some tips and tricks so that you can have an edge over others in this hard-to-succeed world of writers. There are some gifted writers, granted. But gifted writers also need to polish their skills frequently in order to stay ahead of competition and earn their livelihood.

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New Restrictions On Online Billing In India May Impact International E-Commerce Companies

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

New restrictions on online billing in India may affect international e-commerce businesses, including Google Play, Amazon India, and Uber.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said last week that online transactions using credit cards for the purchase of items and services within India must be done through a bank within the country and be transacted in rupees. As the Indian Express explains, this may hurt online businesses, including Google Play, Amazon, and Uber, that route credit card transactions through an international payment gateway, bypassing the two-step verification required by the RBI.

In a statement, the RBI said:

“It has come to our notice that despite the above clarifications there are instances of card not present transactions being effected without the mandated additional authentication/validation even where the underlying transactions are essentially taking place between two residents in India. It is also observed that these entities are evading the…

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6 Must-Follow Pinterest Accounts for Marketing Tips

6 Must-Follow Pinterest Accounts for Marketing Tips.

1. Mashable

Mashable is the largest independent website dedicated to news for the connected generation. Follow Mashable on Pinterest for the latest technology, social media tips, gadgets, and more.

Favorite Pinboard: Tech & Gadgets

2. Mari Smith

Mari Smith is a Facebook marketing guru and social media leader. She’s the author of ‘The New Relationship Marketing’ and co-author of the best-selling book ‘Facebook Marketing: An Hour A Day’. Mari is also a popular keynote speaker, trainer and thought leader inspiring people to find success with Facebook. Follow Mari on Pinterest for the best tips on optimizing your business’ Facebook page.

Favorite Pinboard: Facebook Marketing 

3. MarketingProfs

MarketingProfs provides marketing know-how through its newsletters, templates, guides, courses, online seminars, conferences, and research. Follow MarketingProfs on Pinterest for inspiration on everything from Pinterest marketing to mobile marketing to interesting infographics.

Favorite Pinboard: Marketing Humor

4. Marketing Land

Marketing Land covers Internet marketing news, social media, mobile marketing & more. Marketing Land is the sister site of Search Engine Land. Follow Marketing Land on Pinterest for the latest and greatest pins on social media marketing.

Favorite Pinboard: Digital Marketing & Internet Advertising

5. Michael Cudahy

Michael Cudahy is the President at Big Brand Boost and has a lot of experience in successful marketing strategies. Follow him on Pinterest for interesting pins relating to social media marketing, including tips for Instagram, Google+, and Facebook.

Favorite Pinboard: Social Media Trends

6. Social Media Today

Social Media Today is an independent, online community for professionals in PR, marketing, advertising, or any other discipline where a thorough understanding of social media is mission-critical. Follow Social Media Today on Pinterest for informative posts by the world’s best thinkers on social media best practices, tools, and social marketing

Favorite Pinboard: Infographics

‘Women Rule’ Series Announces 2014 ‘Women Who Rule’ Awards – POLITICO Blog

‘Women Rule’ Series Announces 2014 ‘Women Who Rule’ Awards – POLITICO Blog

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BaubleBar Raises $10 Million For Its “Fast Fashion” Jewelry Business

Karina Porushkevich:

Baublebar is a company to bet on and get into from my perspective because it is doing everything right in terms of how they are building they’re company.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

E-commerce jewelry business BaubleBar has raised $10 million in Series B funding, in a round led by Burch Creative Capital, the investment firm headed by billionaire retail and fashion veteran Chris Burch, known for co-founding his ex-wife’s fashion label, Tory Burch. Other participants in the round include Aspect Ventures, Triplepoint Ventures, Comcast Ventures, and existing investors Accel Partners and Greycroft Partners.

BaubleBar was co-founded by Amy Jain and Daniella Yacobovsky, longtime friends (and former shopping buddies) whose backgrounds were in banking and private equity. They came up with the idea for the business after realizing that they never stopped to buy jewelry from the retailers they visited on their many shopping trips, despite being the target demographic.

unnamedAt Harvard Business School, the two began to research their idea further, and found that women shopping for jewelry were brand agnostic, and just wanted something of quality with some style that didn’t “break…

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Do you want make it to the top in banking technology? This is what it takes – eFinancialCareers

Do you want make it to the top in banking technology? This is what it takes – eFinancialCareers.

How to Turn Your LinkedIn Profile into an Infographic

Originally posted on Librarian Lifestyle:

Looking for a cool, easy way to revitalize your resume?

According to this WSJ article, some companies aren’t even taking traditional resumes anymore. Re.vu offers a way to get you online quickly. It is a “complete rethinking of what a resume can be. You no longer have to cram your experience and expertise onto a plain white piece of paper.” By creating a colorful infographic of your experience, you give your resume a boost and give yourself a way to stand out from the herd.

Re.vu makes it easy to transfer all your experience and education right over from your LinkedIn account. You can choose from one of the 13 designs or upload your own background image.  Then, just fill in for your vital stats, job duties, and skill evolution, and the site creates visual representation
with the click of a button.

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Zillow Acquires Retsly, A Service That Helps Developers Access Real Estate Listings

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Real estate site Zillow today announced that it has acquired Retsly, a Vancouver, B.C.-based startup that helps developers access real-estate data from multiple listing services (MLS). The service takes the data from these sites and normalizes it so developers can more easily use the data in their own applications. The financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

MLSs are the central hub for real estate data in the U.S., but they are also very insular. Every region has its own and in total, there are about 1,000 different systems. That wouldn’t be a huge problem if this were just about geographic distribution, but all of these MLSs use different software and often describe homes in different terms.

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Retsly was founded in 2013 by Kyle Campbell and Joshua Lopour, who I first met at the Grow conference in Vancouver last year (Growlabs also incubated the service). Few people know more about the…

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2014 Beauty Industry Trends and Marketing Ideas

Originally posted on SavvyStylist.net | Salon and Spa Marketing Ideas and Inspiration:

2014 salon industry trendsWhat’s on the horizon for the beauty industry in 2014?   With the new year just underway, it’s a good time to take a look at 2014 beauty industry trends as well as decide how you will respond to the changing spa and salon marketplace. 

One of the beautiful things about social media is that you can be “friends” with people you don’t know, but should.  One such social media friend of mine is beauty industry expert Gordon Miller.  I first ran into him on Facebook a few years ago, and from time to time we like one another’s posts or leave a brief comment.

So when he posted a list of 2014 beauty industry trends last week I couldn’t help but take notice.  And given some of my own recent experiences, new client inquiries and other observations, I found that I agreed with the majority of his predictions in terms…

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