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Being friends with us writer types can be amusing most times. We almost always have at least one story to tell that’s worth a drink, if not a dinner. Here’s the problem: One of these days, the story will be about you. Dollars to doughnuts, make friends with a writer and you’ll eventually be blog fodder.

So let me tell you about a friend of mine.[…] Continue Reading »

It still amazes me how some eateries achieve a cult-like status with very little marketing. Places such as Chicago’s Doughnut Vault or San Francisco’s Tartine Bakery are able to draw lines of people who are willing to wait for hours. Many spots like these often end up on popular food shows such as “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” or “No Reservations.” But how do some small, no-name places quickly rise to the top, while other places with bigger names, bigger marketing budgets and bigger menus flounder?[…] Continue Reading »

“Struggle.” It’s a term we usually reserve for extreme situations. The struggle for freedom. The struggle for power. The struggle for survival.

The struggle to learn? Is this a struggle we should welcome?

Yes. After researching hotbeds of various talents, Daniel Coyle concludes in his book “The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.” that “deep practice” is a key to mastery and top performance.[…] Continue Reading »

The customers that seek out and like your restaurant’s page on Facebook are often your greatest fans. With one like, they are acknowledging your business by agreeing to see all of your updates in their personal news feed. For this reason alone, it’s important to incorporate creative opportunities to interact with your Facebook fans while building your online community.[…] Continue Reading »

Geographic information system technology is not only changing the way consumers eat and shop but also revolutionizing how they conduct banking. SmartBrief recently sat down Simon Thompson, director of commercial solutions for Esri, to discuss how banks are starting to leverage GIS data to enhance products and services for “the connected customer.”

How is location information revolutionizing the consumer banking sector?[…] Continue Reading »