Brad Hines is the president of YumDomains.com the domain name brokerage, and the founder of Hungrykids.org, a non-profit that is partnered with the United Nations World Food Program to raise world hunger awareness.
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He is a business writer and Internet analyst, microblogging at @BradHines. He teaches how to conduct business-especially marketing-on the internet.
Holiday spending takes a major whack at our wallet–gifts, travel, entertaining, and plastic Santas on the roof. Here's an incredibly comprehensive guide on how to "hack" the holidays for not only savings, but for more meaning as well...Read more.
Even if a startup doesn’t create any kind of a written road map for how they should form a social media plan, they should at least know what it encompasses so as not to overlook an imperative. I have outlined as such what, I believe to be the most important questions the company must ask iitself....Read more.
Let me set the scene for those of you who didn’t just win the Nobel Peace Prize: Sixteen year old Pakistani native, Malala Yousafzai, was shot in the head and neck point blank last year. She was shot by feared terrorist organization, the Taliban...Read more.
Are you suffering from information addiction? It’s a growing problem as people spend more and more of their time online—and while online tools are amazing, being addicted to checking them can steal most of your day....Read more.
There is a funny and perhaps scary disconnect behind the cliched premises of IPOs, and that of Internet startups: with an IPO, everything is “earnings, earnings, earnings” and with an Internet startup in particular the old joke is “we will figure out how to make money later” or “get the eyeballs first, monetize later”...Read more.
I have cultivated my network the slow and steady way for years, mostly using e-mail as the epicenter. Although nothing fully replaces in-person networking, I do recommend digitally doing so as well for its advantages like ease of finding relevant contacts, ability to initiate an introduction, "rolodex" keeping, and sharing information with those contacts. Here is an outline of exclusively digital ways to grow and expand your business network:...Read more.
Proper grammar and speech and writing is a must to be taken seriously, especially as a writer. Here are some of the most common "mixed doubles" as they are called–words that people typically confuse which to use in a situation:...Read more.
You've probably been asked to take part in a Kickstarter. If it wasn't a Kickstarter, maybe it was an Indiegogo, Appbackr, Crowdrise, Bolstr, Funadable, Tunefund, or one of many more with equally goofy names (no offense guys). These "crowdfunding" websites and people asking their friends and family alike to partake in them; seem to be all the rage. Is the concept getting out of hand?...Read more.
In our modern day of ripped jeans that cost over $200 a pair, people under dressing to live theatre and neglecting to shut off their cell phones, girls looking like they’re walking outside in underwear wearing tights that used to be worn as under skirts or pants; many of us are scratching our heads wondering "what happened to having class?"...Read more.
At last major count, Linkedin is over 225 million users deep. They have streamlined their interface (albeit still a bit convoluted) and made it more Facebook-like with its ability to post and share. The site is now also a major tool in any head hunter's arsenal from its ability to search for people of a given skill set. Linkedin is indeed becoming a force to be reckoned with...Read more.
I have lead two Lean in Collaborative Conversations to women in business in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area; one in April that was so popular I hosted another in June. I am a strategic consultant for women business owners and a speaker to women in business. I read the book and wanted to start conversations in our community about the ideas Sheryl Sandberg brings up without the limitations of her "Lean In Circles".Read more.
I think the best advice I ever heard was from one of my former bosses. She said that if everyone–within a company and externally–likes something you're doing (especially graphically) with a marketing campaign or collateral piece, it probably means it is so watered down that it won't make much of an impact. Some of the best and most impactful work usually isn't universally liked....Read more.
We are in a funny time sexually and romantically speaking. Don't think so? Think about the difference between how people searched for romance, love, and lust; between today, and only ten years ago...Read more.
There is a peer to peer ride service that just came to Boston called Lyft. The recently $60-million-dollar-infused startup (courtesy of VC Andersen Horowitz) hopes to turn the Taxi service of Boston on its head by using the Peer-to-peer transportation model in order to reduce the cost and availiblity of a taxi ride by proliferating the amount of drivers, all of whom will be using their own cars and operating with no cab medallion..Read more.
The psychology of how people perceive different colors is something that has proven scientific evidence behind it. It is two-part: one is the immutable physics aspect to it, for example certain colors will reach your eyes first like red and yellow. Also, certain colors will be dissonant and vibrate next to each other like green and red....Read more.
Social media, for all its frequent frivolity like telling people you are shopping for curtains while eating a bagel, is actually incredibly useful during a natural disaster. In a disaster, communication is critical both beforehand and after. Increasingly in recent years...Read more.