This 1985 movie reveals the method in the madness of Bloomberg 2020, SoftBank Vision Fund—and Quibi

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The comedy ‘Brewster’s Millions’ is the secret to understanding much of what’s happening in business today. “If you assume any rate of improvement at all, then games will be indistinguishable from reality, or civilization will end. One of those two things will occur,” Elon Musk told Joe Rogan during his infamous pot-smoking podcast appearance in September 2018. “Therefore, we are most likely in a simulation, because we exist . . . . I think most likely—this is just about probability—there are many, many simulations. You might as well call them reality, or you could call them multiverse.” Read Full Story

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How to explain résumé gaps after a layoff

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There’s no need to feel embarrassed or—worse—mislead hirers with false information because of 2020 hiatuses on your résumé. Unemployment has skyrocketed since the COVID-19 layoffs began earlier this year. With so many layoffs and furloughs, a common question we are asked during my company’s résumé-writing calls is, “How do I explain a COVID-19 related layoff on my résumé?” You don’t want to look like you were fired. The reality is, you were most likely laid off for reasons entirely out of your control . Read Full Story

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Let's Make Money: 4 Tactics for Agencies Looking to Succeed – Best of Whiteboard Friday

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Posted by rjonesx. We spend a lot of time discussing SEO tactics, but in a constantly changing industry and especially in times of uncertainty, the strategies agencies should employ in order to see success deserve more attention. In this popular (and still relevant) Whiteboard Friday, Russ Jones discusses four essential success tactics that'll ultimately increase your bottom line. Russ also delved into the topic of profitability in his MozCon Virtual presentation this year. To watch his and our other amazing speaker presentations, you can purchase access to the 2020 video bundle here . Click on the whiteboard image above to open a high-resolution version in a new tab! Video Transcription Howdy, Moz fans. I am Russ Jones, and I can't tell you how excited I am for my first Whiteboard Friday. I am Principal Search Scientist here at Moz. But before coming to Moz, for the 10 years prior to …

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How Technology Affects Communication

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For better or worse, technology affects communication because it is a part of our everyday lives. It impacts the way we work, entertain ourselves, and stay in touch. You might see the average elementary-aged child with their head buried in a smartphone and tempted to take a gloomy outlook on what technology has done to us. But is it all bad? From a business perspective, you could argue that technology communication is beneficial. With this in mind, here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know about how technology affects communication with customers, plus how to use these developments to your advantage. How Has Technology Affected Communication? Technology communication affects us continuously. As we make technological advances, new trends in communications emerge and often become the norm. Machine learning and artificial intelligence will have a significant impact on how we communicate. Chatbots currently field over 25,000 conversations per month. Furthermore, …

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How to Network Online Like a Champ

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Posted by cheryldraper This conference season feels a bit different, doesn't it? Where we're usually globetrotting from event to event, this year most conferences have either postponed their dates or switched to online, remote-friendly formats , offering video sessions by top-notch speakers or live streams with open chats. But what about everyone's favorite bonus during conference season — networking? Thankfully, all is not lost! With a little ingenuity and virtual elbow grease, you can still forge new professional relationships over an internet connection rather than a cocktail. (And hey, nothing's stopping you from enjoying a nice, frosty Mozcow Mule or tasty mocktail in your home office space, right?) In our current reality of social distancing, marketing conference networking will look different, but it's not going anywhere. Read on for tips on how to effectively network while remote! Step 1: Look for networking opportunities Depending on which virtual event you attend, …

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What The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Means For Marketers

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By now you have heard about the Coronavirus . The sad reality is that it is spreading quickly and will continue to spread for a while. Did you know that we are getting roughly 15,000 new cases a day and it’s growing fast ? No one really knows how many people will be infected (or will pass away sadly), but it has caused the global stock markets to crash, which means as a business (or even a marketer), you will be affected. And because my ad agency works with hundreds of companies in all the major sectors and we have 7 offices around the world, we are already starting to see how it is impacting marketing (I’ll share the data below). So what does this mean for you? Well, before I go into that, let me be clear on what marketers should NOT do. Don’t exploit the situation The first …

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How Natural Language Processing (NLP) is helping call centers get smart

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30-second summary: Natural Language Processing (NLP) are helping improve workplace efficiency and decrease human capital costs. They are used across a wide range of sectors for both inbound and outbound calls. A n auto attendant can rank and prioritize calls based on urgency. This will occur based around a set of rules established by the call center regarding how calls should be routed. Banks often use NLP’s abilities to answer FAQs for their phone calls – customers provide their questions and based on their response are given a set of canned answers. Once customers voice their concerns, NLP software is able to quickly provide a set of solutions. This cuts down time agents would have spent researching answers, and allows for faster and better service. To create a more personalized experience, NLP technology can be used for call record data analysis in relation to customers. Large numbers of telephone calls …

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The ultimate quarantine jeans are here. Just don’t call them jeggings

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Good American’s new jeans are made with serious stretch, and each pair encompasses four traditional sizes. Imagine a pair of jeans that magically adjusted to your body as you wore them day after day, year after year, even as your body changed. After an indulgent holiday meal, they’re not too snug; nor are they too loose on days when you feel your best. It seems like the stuff of a teen movie , but denim startup Good American may have found a way to turn this dream into a reality. Read Full Story

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Ecommerce Consulting

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In 2019, ecommerce sales were $3.53 trillion worldwide. According to Statista, that number is projected to grow to $6.54 trillion by 2023. Online shopping was a popular past time before the pandemic, but ecommerce has grown by 20 percent in 2020 alone. Are you ready? With the right preparation, ecommerce retailers can achieve double-digit conversion rates and consistent, year-over-year growth. Not sure how to achieve these results on your own? An ecommerce consultant can provide you with the step-by-step support you need to achieve these amazing results. 3 Ways an Ecommerce Consultant Can Help Grow Your Business The pandemic hasn’t been good for everyone. CB Insights found that the retail apocalypse that started in 2015 actually accelerated during the Covid-19 pandemic. Small, local businesses that neglected ecommerce suffered the most. Large companies with well-known ecommerce stores filed for bankruptcy in 2020. These are brands you’d probably recognize. Brooks Brothers, GNC, …

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9 Steps to Creating a Landing Page That Reads Your Prospects’ Minds

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So you’ve decided to create a landing page to promote your new product or service. But how do you know if your landing page will convince your readers to convert ? There are a number of things you can do to ensure your readers are enticed by your landing page and want to know more information. In this post, we’re going to figure out exactly what you need to do to produce a mind-reading landing page. But first, let’s start with the basics. What is a landing page? Before you create a landing page, you need to understand exactly what it is. A landing page is a dedicated web page, often called a squeeze or splash page. The objective is to collect your visitor’s data through a lead capture form. You might use a landing page to give away a free e-book, webinar, or course in exchange for your audience …

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Google's May 2020 Core Update: Winners, Winnerers, Winlosers, and Why It's All Probably Crap

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Posted by Dr-Pete On May 4, Google announced that they were rolling out a new Core Update. By May 7, it appeared that the dust had mostly settled. Here’s an 11-day view from MozCast: We measured relatively high volatility from May 4-6, with a peak of 112.6° on May 5. Note that the 30-day average temperature prior to May 4 was historically very high (89.3°). How does this compare to previous Core Updates? With the caveat that recent temperatures have been well above historical averages, the May 2020 Core Update was our second-hottest Core Update so far, coming in just below the August 2018 “Medic” update. Who “won” the May Core Update? It’s common to report winners and losers after a major update (and I’ve done it myself), but for a while now I’ve been concerned that these analyses only capture a small window of time. Whenever we compare two …

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