Pew: A majority of U.S. teens are bullied online

A majority of U.S. teens have been subject to online abuse, according to a new study from Pew Research Center, out this morning. Specifically, that means they’ve experienced at least one of a half-dozen types of online cyberbullying, including name-calling, being subject to false rumors, receiving explicit images they didn’t …

A Beginner’s Guide to Selling Digital Goods with WordPress

In the previous post on creating an ecommerce store with WordPress, we learned how to set up an ecommerce store in WordPress with the help of WooCommerce. We covered topics such as shipping, inventory, adding new products, WooCommerce themes and extensions, and more. However, we’ve yet to discuss what to …

Regional office occupier markets enjoyed record breaking level of take-up in 2018

There was a record-breaking rate of take-up within the regional office occupier markets outside of London and the South East in 2018, with few signs of Brexit-related uncertainty, according to an analysis by CBRE. Across the ten regional cities monitored by CBRE, provisional analysis shows that overall take-up reached nearly …

Employers must take better action to avoid sick building syndrome

Sick building syndrome is a collective term to describe when occupants of a specific building suffer from a related illness. Problems can either be localised to a specific room or more widespread throughout a building. The symptoms can manifest as headaches, blocked or runny noses, skin irritations, sore eyes or …

5 Super Bowl promotions to help your small business score during the big game

Most advertisers will pay more than $5 million to run a TV ad during Super Bowl LIII this February. It’s not uncommon for companies to invest billions in Super Bowl promotions in hopes of capturing the attention of America. If you don’t work for one of the companies that can …

How to add schema to WordPress

Adding schema to WordPress is an easy way to help Google better understand your website content. You’re helping the algorithm by using a markup language which has been specifically devised for search engines. Google keeps making efforts into understanding content on websites, through Natural Language Processing techniques and more, then rewarding and …

Only a quarter of women and minority employees believe they benefit from corporate diversity programmes

Investment in diversity programmes has become commonplace: 98 percent of companies offer such programs. But that investment is falling far short of the mark: three-quarters of employees in diverse groups—women, racial/ethnic minorities, and those who identify as LGBTQ—do not indicate that they have personally benefited from their companies’ diversity programmes. …

Working environment, not time of the year has most negative effect on staff wellbeing

  Half of employees say that their working environment has a negative effect on their mental health (51 percent) and wellbeing (49 percent) and two-thirds (67 percent) say that they only ‘sometimes, rarely or never’ feel valued at work. The research by Peldon Rose shows that two-thirds of employees (64 …

Google Assistant will soon answer queries on Android lock screens

Google Assistant will soon be able to answer questions from the lock screen of Android smartphones. Today, Android phones can only respond to the “Hey Google” wake phrase when unlocked with a 4-digit pin or fingerprint scan. The update, one of many announced today being rolled out in the coming …

Boring Tunnel is on track for an “opening party” next month

Last night, super entrepreneur and Twitter addict Elon Musk posted some mesmerizing footage of the tunnel that his nearly two-year-old infrastructure company, Boring Company, is creating in Los Angeles right now, the first of four planned projects that Musk promises will reduce congestion in car-choked city cities. Musk also tweeted — …

Apple heard you like iPhones so it put a tiny iPhone in your mobile browser

Apple has launched a microsite for its new iPhone XS and XS Max, and it features a tiny 3D model of said devices which you can rotate simply by tilting your phone left and right.  The microsite, located at http://experience.apple/iphone/ (unearthed by 9to5Mac), is mobile-only; if you open it in …

How to create freelance quotes and proposals: Dos and don’ts

Years ago, when I started freelance writing, I talked to another writer friend, Cindy, about what my freelance quotes should be. “I’m worried people will think I’m too expensive,” I said. “How is $50 per hour?” Cindy said, “If you do that, I’ll kick your ass.” That was a bit …

This 31-Year-Old Sold All of His Furniture to Start a Coffee Business. Now It’s Pulling in $1 Million a Year

Jordan Karcher saves dogs and sells coffee at the same time. Not exactly intuitive, but the entrepreneur has built his niche company into millions of dollars in sales and attracted top-level investors. And he owes much of it to his Craigslist couch-selling skills. Karcher, 31, found the inspiration for his …

How to Purchase a Mattress That Will Influence Business Success

Mattress shopping might look quite cumbersome to those who haven’t done it yet. However, it’s not a difficult task. What’s important is that you analyze your requirements properly and then go ahead with shopping. Picking out the right mattress is deserving of your full attention as it will directly impact …

Are You Getting Through? Email Open Rates by Industry

There’s no doubt that email marketing can be an extremely effective tool to drive conversions; a survey from Econsultancy found that three quarters of companies agree it offers ‘excellent’ to ‘good’ ROI. However, it’s important to note that, perhaps unsurprisingly, metrics such as open rate can vary a lot depending …

Planning a WordCamp, how to and how not to

Most WordCamps are beautiful examples of how disparate members of a citywide user group (usually a WordPress Meetup) can come together and create an energizing, unique, and valuable experience for the greater user community. In the past four years, I’ve had the unique opportunity to travel to more than 100 …

Uber and Lyft Are Giving Discounted Rides to Vote on Tuesday. Here’s How To Get One

Unsure how you’re going to get to your polling station to vote in the 2018 midterm elections? You’re in luck. A slew of ride-sharing companies and public transportation systems are offering free or discounted rides to polling booths for Americans around the country this Tuesday. The nationwide efforts to encourage …

I Stopped Using Credit Cards Completely in an Attempt to Get Out of Debt — Here’s What Happened

I am a shopaholic. I find it hard to resist cute things — and the world is filled with cute things. When I got my credit card bill and was bummed about my high balance, I would cheer myself up by shopping — and charging my purchases to my credit …

Five Tips for Entrepreneurs to Increase the Price of a Home in 2018

The forecasts of different banking entities suggest that the purchase of housing will increase by 2018 from between 5% and 7%. The location, the state of the building, the offers and demand of the area, the surface or the orientation are right now the determining factors for calculating the price …

The One Thing You Aren’t Buying at Costco, But Should Be

Fact of life: Everybody loves Costco. The free samples around every corner are reason enough to go; throw in the $1.50 hot dog-and-drink combo, and it’s a veritable wonderland. Loyalists of the wholesale retailer know what to shop for (bacon, maple syrup, those 14-pack razors you can’t find anywhere else) …

Three Compelling Questions to Ask in Any Sales Campaign

One thing that the most proficient salespeople instinctively and intuitively do on a consistent basis is to focus on the right deals. They seem to have their own built‐in or hard‐wired qualification system for accurately and effectively assessing their sales opportunities. They clearly don’t chase every deal that’s placed in …

Crowdfunding Campaign to Unseat Susan Collins in 2020 Surges Past $3 Million

A crowdfunding campaign has raised more than $3 million to unseat Sen. Susan Collins in 2020 after she voted on Saturday to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Although the campaign began in mid-September, after Collins announced that she would support Kavanaugh Friday in a 45 minute-long speech, donations …

How to create a productive small business customer support structure

Got your back Unfortunately for parties on both sides of the equation, the customer is not always right. However, rather than creating a confrontational environment (which isn’t conducive to success), the key is to make sure the customer remains happy with small business customer support. Having solid small business customer …