Just Food For Dogs uses Google Business Photos to show off their state of the art dog kitchen

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Just Food For Dogs (JFFD) is a dog food company that produces healthy, whole foods for dogs in a human-grade dog food kitchen. In an effort to attract customers who would appreciate the care and attention they put into their high-quality dog food offerings, JFFD decided to get Google Business Photos: a virtual tour of their business interior with Street View technology.

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Justin Bonatto, marketing coordinator for JFFD states, “We can’t see anything else that provides more value than a customer interacting for thirty seconds with Google Business Photos. It conveys everything we would want to communicate about the value of our company.”

For a more in depth look at JFFD’s success story using Google Business Photos you can read the case study in its entirety here.

If you are a business owner and would like to create and publish a virtual tour of your business, learn more at http://maps.google.com/help/maps/businessphotos

Footprints to Success: The Five Priorities of Strategic Planning in Wholesale Distribution

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Strategic planning is a management tool. It is used to help an organization clarify its future direction - to focus its energy, and to help members of the organization work toward the same goals. The planning process adjusts the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. Strategic planning is a disciplined effort to support fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does and why it does it, with a focus on where it wants to go and how it is going to get there. Discipline is a prerequisite to this process because it requires laser-like persistence to bring about a productive strategic planning initiative. The process raises a sequence of questions that helps planners examine current reality, test assumptions, gather and incorporate information about the present, and perform trend analysis on the future industry environment. Fundamental decisions, actions and choices must be made in order to develop a plan that provides the "Footprints to Success." The plan is ultimately no more, and no less, than a set of decisions about what to do, why to do it, and when and how to do it. The scope of the strategy development process for any distributor is dependent upon individual business needs. The strategic planning process is a time and resource-consuming endeavor that involves many people in the organization. This process includes both tactical and strategic application. A critical factor in developing a strategic plan is looking at the end game first. Just exactly what do you want your company to be when it grows up? Ask yourself the following questions from the perspective of looking five years into the future. 1. What markets will your company be serving five years from now? 2. What products will you be distributing? 3. Who are your primary competitors? 4. What are your strengths? 5. What are your competitors' strengths? 6. How has your marketing strategy changed? 7. What are your core competencies? 8. What is the size of your revenue stream? 9. How is your revenue stream segmented? These are just a few sample questions, but don't stop there. After you've tried to visualize your corporate profile five years in the future, the next step is scenario planning. It's the old "What If" analysis. What if you lose your major product line? What if your three biggest competitors become part of a consolidator roll up? What if you dramatically change your product offering so it doesn't even resemble the industry you represent today? How will e-business impact your strategy? Recognize that an e-strategy should not exist in isolation from your overall company strategy. Remember that e-anything is only a tool while your company vision is the guide on how you use your tools. Follow the Strategic Thinking Process Strategic thinking by a strategy team leader provides a platform for the distributor that identifies the "end game" vision, determines core initiatives to achieve the vision, develops associated SIPs (Strategic Implementation Plans), and coaches the executive strategy team in preparing a presentation of their strategic document to the ownership or Board for approval. After approval is granted, this document becomes the basis for launching the total company planning process. Tactical issues such as sales strategies, performance accountability and compensation issues may also be included. The Strategy Development Process Phase I: Company Internal Survey Preparation A web-based survey is developed focusing on all aspects of the organization. This generates valuable, precise feedback from the employees. This survey is synthesized, analyzed and discussed at the strategy kickoff meeting. End Game Definition Through the use of brainstorming and scenario planning, the CEO and ownership create a picture of what the company will be and how it will function 5 to 10 years into the future. This process can be as simplistic as developing a well thought out visionary mission statement to doing actual "what if" scenario analysis identifying specific desirable future objectives. Phase II: Kick off Strategy Development Meeting - End Game Presentation The CEO/Owner presents the end game analysis developed to the strategy team. Open discussion may or may not occur at this juncture. However, further discussion will take place after the CEO excuses himself from the meeting. This discussion will be moderated by a facilitator to get consensus of the end game by the strategy team. The end game may be challenged only if another alternative is offered. Survey Presentation A copy of the completed survey is handed out. A facilitator presents the analysis of the survey identifying key issues. A discussion of the issues is conducted but the discussion is controlled and kept informal without trying to solve world hunger at this one-day meeting. Strategy Development Kickoff A brief 60-minute strategy planning presentation is conducted by the facilitator to walk the participants through the process. The end game exercise is discussed and defined. This is meant to explain the beginning of the process. After the plan is completed a presentation will be made to the ownership, President and Board, gaining approval of the strategic plan prior to actual launch and execution of the strategy. Doing nothing is not an option As we've discussed, strategic planning involves anticipating the future environment and creating an end game analysis so the decisions are made in the present. This means that over time, the organization must regularly perform trend analysis in order to make the best decisions it can at any given point - it must manage, as well as plan, strategically. Strategic planning is not a substitute for the exercise of judgment by leadership. Ultimately "the buck stops somewhere." The strategic planning process does not make the organization work - it can only support the sound judgment and reasoning skills that people bring to the organization. Strategic planning is a creative process. The fresh insight it engenders might very well alter past initiatives. Planning also consumes resources which are precious commodities. It can be an overwhelming and daunting task, but it is a process that eventually defines the direction and activities of the organization. Despite its overwhelming nature, the benefits of planning can far outweigh the hard work and pain involved in the process. I cannot emphasize enough that the true value of a strategic plan is not in the document itself. It is in the process of creating it, involving many of your employees from the bottom up. This empowers them to be more effective and better-informed leaders, managers and decision makers. The time devoted to the planning process varies from organization to organization and you must decide how much time you will devote to the kick off planning process meeting. This can take the form of a two-day retreat or it can be an extended process. The organization will begin to realize benefits from the start. Fundamental benefits to the planning process include: o A framework and a clearly defined direction with unified support o A clear vision and purpose that is owned by all employees o Commitment to the organization and its goals by the employees o Set priorities that match company resources o Trend analysis that creates confidence in the ability to take risks o Accountability Readiness Factors The planning process is a major endeavor and timing is critical. There are certain organizational elements that must be in place in order to ensure that the planning process will provide the maximum benefit to the organization. You must clearly understand the organization's current state and readiness to engage in the planning process. There are a number of preparatory steps that should be concluded prior to the start. An internal honest-gut-check assessment is recommended. Preferably an outside consultant with a fresh pair of eyes does this. Additionally, as mentioned earlier, third party customer, vendor and employee surveys should be conducted. Other items to secure at the onset include: o A commitment on the part of executive management and ownership o Resolution of all crises and life threatening issues o Ownership and board support o A commitment of necessary resources o A willingness to think outside the box and to look at new approaches to performing and evaluating the "business" o A basic understanding of scenario planning The key resources required for planning include staff time, executive management time and finances (e.g., market research, consultants, etc.). Staffing demands include: o Collecting and analyzing data o Scenario planning o Engaging key stakeholders o Gathering historical financial information, projecting future budgets and cash flow projections o Analyzing options and consequences for potential organizational and program strategies o End game analysis Project Management Project management becomes critical to the strategic planning process. Execution is the key to success. People have different expectations when they hear the word "planning." Everyone must understand and share the same set of expectations. It is very helpful if one or two key staff members are skilled in project management. A team leader will facilitate the development of a work plan which is an outline of the steps and activities that will take place during the planning process. The plan specifies the tasks, outcomes and resources to be expended, as well as the people responsible for each phase of the process. How do you get started? 1st Priority: If you have determined your readiness factors through assessment and you have performed the necessary preparatory research, then you are ready to launch the process. The following items should become your first priority. o Create a Planning Committee o Assign a team leader o Identify specific ongoing initiatives o Clarify roles (who does what in the process) o Identify any additional research or outside resources necessary to assist you during the process 2nd Priority: The second priority is to create the end game vision with clarification from ownership and the executive staff. The core strategy statement is an introductory paragraph that clearly defines the end game in understandable and measurable terms; it lets the reader know where the company intends to go. The end game must communicate the essence of the organization. Articulating the end game indicates your focus and purposefulness. The end game and its clarifying core strategy statement should contain: o Purpose - why the organization exists and what it seeks to accomplish o Business - the main method or activity through which the organization tries to fulfill this purpose o Values - the principles or beliefs that guide an organization's members as they pursue the organization's purpose o Specific-long term financial objectives The core strategy statement summarizes the what, why and how much of an organization's objectives. It presents an image of the character, the culture and the core values of the organization. 3rd Priority: The third priority entails performing the S.W.O.T. analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats). A S.W.O.T. analysis means obtaining current information about the organization's strengths, weaknesses and performance information that will highlight the critical issues that the organization faces. These become key issues the strategic plan must address. These could include a variety of primary concerns, such as funding issues, new program opportunities, changing regulations or changing needs in the client population, and so on. The point is to choose the most important issues to address. Critical constraints should naturally emerge from this process. Identifying critical constraints is the primary reason for doing a SWOT analysis. 4th Priority: The fourth priority is to begin to develop departmental initiatives required to support the end game. Strategies, goals and objectives may come from individual inspiration, group discussion, formal decision-making techniques and so on - but the bottom line is that leadership agrees on how to address the critical issues. This can turn into a negotiating process and eat up considerable time and flexibility. It is possible that new insights will emerge which change the thrust of the end game. It is important that planners are not afraid to go back to an earlier step in the process and take advantage of available information to create the best possible plan. "Changing the end game is not a crime." 5th Priority: The fifth priority and conclusion to this explanation of the process is producing the completed, documented plan. The end game has been articulated, the issues identified and the goals and strategies agreed upon. This step essentially involves putting all that down on paper. A planning consultant can be used to draft the final document and submit it for review to all key decision makers (usually the board, CEO and ownership). This is now the beginning of the process of developing individual departmental business plans congruent to, and supportive of, the strategic plan. These business plans should include departmental budgets. Conclusion Strategic planning involves looking at a longer time horizon, identifying future trends and developing action plans based on the highest probabilities. A good strategic planning process will enable a business to anticipate changing trends and implement actions that will enable them to gain or maintain competitive advantage. Add scenario planning and they can be ready for just about any consequence the market may throw their way.

Why a Strategic Plan is Important

As consultants, we work with a variety of businesses across a number of industries as well as non-profit entities. In reviewing the performance of these organizations, it is interesting to note that those businesses that perform at the highest levels usually have some sort of formalized strategic plan in place and have implemented it well. On the other hand, those businesses that struggle usually have no plan in place and seem to flounder in their attempts to be successful. And many of the organizations that are successful in the implementation of their strategic plans use a simplified strategic planning process to get the plan written and implemented more quickly and efficiently. One of the things that caused some to proclaim that strategic planning had lost it luster was the tendency of some to drag out the process too long and to create more work than necessary. The simplified, rapid development approach has helped immensely in getting good strategic plans developed and implemented. In order for a business to be successful, there needs to be a road map for success. The development of sound business strategy is a result of the strategic planning process. A significant mistake that is made by businesses large and small is defining critical business strategies without going through this process. A strategic plan helps to provide direction and focus for all employees. It points to specific results that are to be achieved and establishes a course of action for achieving them. Another common mistake is simply allowing the organization to wander aimlessly without having even generalized goals in place. Having well defined goals, objectives, strategies and tactics reduces the risk of business failure and helps increase the likelihood of solid success. And speaking strictly from the perspective of a manager, owner, director, president, CEO, etc., their own success can be defined by having a well developed strategic plan in place that is well implemented. A strategic plan helps the various work units within an organization to align themselves with common goals. But perhaps most importantly, the strategic planning process provides managers, owners and entrepreneurs the necessary framework for developing sound business strategy. Arguably, the leading cause of business failure is not having a strategic plan in place that is implemented effectively. If a business has little idea where it is headed, it will wander aimlessly with priorities changing constantly and employees confused about the purpose of their jobs. And it could chase strategies that have little or no chance of success. Building a strategic plan is not difficult. It will take some thought and some feedback from customers and others, but businesses should be routinely garnering feedback from appropriate constituent groups on an ongoing basis. The process of developing a strategic plan should be rewarding for all involved and usually helps develop stronger communications between members of the planning team. Managers and business owners need a well developed strategic plan in order to effectively establish expectations for their employees. Without a plan, expectations are developed in a void and there is little or no alignment with common goals and strategies. A good strategic plan looks out 2 to 5 years and describes clearly what market, product/service, pricing, marketing and other strategies will be followed. In short, it defines how the business will grow and prosper over the defined planning horizon. Strategic planning does not end once the plan is put on paper. Once developed, the key to making the plan work is a commitment to seeing it through coupled with sound implementation. Unfortunately too many good strategic plans end up on a shelf gathering dust without being even partially implemented. The commitment to not only creating a sound strategic plan, but to its full implementation must be made at the beginning of the planning process. The strategic plan will contain an action plan that will detail the steps to be taken in order to fully implement the strategies and tactics defined in the plan document. And that action plan will delineate specific deadlines and individuals or teams responsible for completing defined tasks. Far too many organizations, large and small, fail to develop even basic strategic plans. The absence of a strategic plan is one of the key reasons many businesses struggle or fail. Without that road map provided by a solid strategic plan, decisions are made in a vacuum and/or there is considerable confusion and inconsistency evident within the organization. During tough economic times, the need for a solid strategic direction and plan is even more pronounced because the margin for error generally becomes smaller for most businesses. All employees need to understand the guiding principles of the business and what everyone should be aiming to achieve. A strategic plan that is well developed, properly communicated, and carefully implemented can launch struggling or underperforming businesses to new heights. Take a look at your business. Are your critical business strategies well defined? Are they successful? Does there seem to be a lack of focus on where the company is headed? Does everyone clearly understand the goals for the business? Strategically, how will the business achieve those goals? Is your current planning horizon longer than one year? Are you developing annual business/operating plans without a strategic plan in place? Strategic plans should drive or at least help define operating plans and budgets. Writing a strategic plan isn't as complicated as some would lead you to believe. Simplified strategic planning has been our focus for some time because too many organizations get caught up in the process and lose sight of what is important. We have found, without exception, that businesses which create and execute sound strategic plans are generally far more successful than those that do not. Remember that successful implementation of the plan is a must. If you write a plan and then allow it to gather dust on a shelf, you might as well have no plan. There must be a commitment to implementing the strategies and tactics detailed in the plan. Make no mistake about it, if your business or non-profit organization is operating without an effective strategic plan in place, it runs the risk of underperforming or even failure. As mentioned, writing a strategic plan is not difficult and it does not have to be overly time consuming. The notion that strategic planning has to be a long arduous process to be successful is complete nonsense. In fact, our experience clearly points to a far more successful planning experience and better plans when the plan is completed without a lot of "bureaucracy" and extraneous analyses. There are certain steps required in the strategic planning process in order to develop a solid and actionable plan. Using a strategic plan template is an effective method of getting a solid plan written and implemented. At the request of our clients, we have created such a template that includes instructions and examples of each step as well as worksheets that can be completed to effectively create your plan. If you feel that such a template would benefit your planning process, visit our sister site, http://www.mybusinessbooks.com There you can order your copy of the widely used Strategic Planning Workbook which literally thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations have used to guide them through the development of their strategic plans. While some of the largest and most respected companies in the world have used and continue to use this workbook, it is widely used by organizations of all sizes and types.

The Business February 27th 2013: The Songs to O’Shea By Edition- Now with 2x the Kevin!

Monday, February 25, 2013

There are Kevins, and there are O’Sheas.  But there is only one Kevin O’Shea.  At least there is only one that we know of.  I mean the odds are good that there is someone else that has both the name “Kevin” and the name “O’Shea”, but that guy (or rather unfortunate girl) would never be the Kevin O’Shea that Kevin O’Shea is.  

This week, we all Kevin to the O’Shea beat.

Established in 1984 following the mergers of Steven and Cathy O’Shea, Kevin O’Shea has been one of San Francisco’s leading manufactures of mirth, laughter, hilarity and all around good times! Kevin has been commonly described as clever, absurd, awkward but in a funny way and too smart for his own good. He has been seen on the Independent Film Chanel and ComedyCentral.com. He is a favorite of comedy festivals such as: The SF Sketch Fest and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Go see him now as his 4thquarter productivity has never been higher!

And more KEVIN! Kevin Camia will join us this week as well. He has been featured on Comedy Central's "Live at Gotham", Aspen Rooftop Comedy Festival, AZN's Asia Street Comedy and the San Francisco Sketchfest. His comedy is a mix of dry wit, strange observations and social satire delivered in a "tell it like it is" performance. 

Bringing the beat to Kevin by will be KALX DJ and musical auteur Spencer Owen! Owen arranges all the compositions and performs all of the vocals, instruments and production himself for his home 6-track audio-cassette recordings.  (Which means he does more with his afternoons that I do, but can he say he watched all of House of Cards in 15 hours?  No, I’ll bet he can’t)

You regulars this week are the fearsome foursome, Sean Keane, Nato Green, Caitlin Gill and Bucky Sinister, who is made of steel and one pound Fuddrucker burgers.  

This whole spectacular show is just $5! You can even bring a friend for free!  http://thebusinesscomedy.blogspot.com/

Get there early, we sell out.  

BYOBurrito and we will top it with Business.  Or salsa*, your choice.

*The Business does not have salsa.  They probably gave you some at the taqueria.  Check under your chips. 

The Business February 20th 2013: The Koll into Diamonds Edition

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Alex Koll.  Original Business Man.  Air Guitar Demigod. General All Around Incredible Human Being.

San Francisco has been lucky to have him, but it's time to let the Koll Diamond shine somewhere new.  New York!  He's moving to the Big Apple, but not before The Business sends him off in style.

Joining us for the big Bon Voyage will be Sam Tallent.  Out all the way from Denver, Sam has been described as 'the Black Flag of comedy' and a zine in Denmark said 'Sam is the surreal voice of an earnestly silly generation'. Reggie Watts, TJ Miller, Kyle Kinane, Sean Patton and other quality gigglesmiths have worked with Sam and not complained to management.

We are also pleased to announce the return of Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits!  Difficult to categorize, awkward on a flyer, and impossible to forget, the “pretty songs about terrible things” of Bobby Joe Ebola have become the soundtrack of the “Great Recession” & civilization’s “Slow Apocalypse”. Longtime friends to The Business and even longertime friends to Alex Koll, there is no better guest to play Alex' San Francisco swan song.

The Business is gonna miss Alex.  This is gonna be a special show.  You wanna be there.

We sell out.  Arrive early for a seat.

Just $5!  You can even get a coupon to bring a friend for free right here http://thebusinesscomedy.blogspot.com/

Sign up for Learn with Google's upcoming webinars!

Friday, February 15, 2013

You're invited to upcoming Learn with Google webinars!

Video Advertising 101: How to Build your Business with YouTube Video Ads
Wednesday, 2/20/2013 9am PST / 12pm EST

YouTube video ads can help you to increase awareness of your business, to establish and deepen relationships with your customer and to drive sales. In this webcast, we'll cover how to get started on YouTube as well as best practices that help you reach your business goals. Register

From Awareness to Sales: Making the Most of Video Remarketing
Tuesday, 2/26/2013, 9am PST / 12pm EST

Learn how you can maximize relationships with people who have watched your videos or subscribed to your YouTube channel. We'll show you how to use Remarketing and automatically customize video ads to capture the attention of viewers most likely to buy your products. Register

These webinars will be presented by Google product experts and will include live Q&A.
Tuesdays thru Thursdays, at 9am PST / 12pm EST.  To see the schedule and register for upcoming webinars, click here!

The Business- The Mrs. Doubtfire 3- The Bitch is Back And This Time She Means BUSINESS Edition

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
This week, The Business welcomes guests from sorta near and pretty far! Visiting us from the capital city of our glorious state are two golden boys. John Ross was born to be a comedian. In that he was born addicted to drugs. Geez John, way to be born with a silver spoon… IN YOUR PARENTS' HANDS (I know, that was a little strong. I just wanted to prepare you for the subject matter of the evening’s event, which may include junkie parents, spoons and needles. Coincidentally, John Ross played bass for both Junkie Parents and Spoons and Needles). Nick Aragon has the funny bone of the Fellowship of the Ring in his DNA. The comedy is strong with this one. He really beams up the funny. I’m just gonna keep mixing nerdy metaphors until the hate mail really starts flowing). And all the way from London, we are always happy to have the stellar Scott Capurro on the bill. Described by San Francisco Weekly (free press, edited by lesbians and designed by trannies with large hands and hidden agendas) as "stand-up in the very best possible sense - deadpan, ever-alert and hilarious". Scott has appeared in Mrs. Doubtfire, where, effortlessly, he played a homosexual; and Star Wars: Phantom Menace, where, breathlessly, he wore a body stocking. And of course, your regulars! Sean Keane, Caitlin Gill, Bucky Sinister and Nato Green! We sell out, so get there early for a seat. BYOBurrito but make it dress up like enchiladas and clean your house.

Travel Agents Can Help With Your Business Travel

Business travelers are consistently on the move. They consistently accept to be in foreground of time in adjustment to congenital affairs with added businesses and added colleagues or executives. Still, if an alone is a business being and requires an about-face in his plans, why not attack to absorb business with relaxation? To accomplish this possible, you will charge to get in blow with a biking agent.

You should acquaintance a biking abettor for planning a business cruise that is abandoned of any hassles. Accomplish abiding that business travelers will get all important advice from the biking agency. They should aswell accord them abundant advice apropos business biking so that your requirements will be annoyed while traveling.

Making acquaintance with a biking abettor will ensure that you accept an agreeable business cruise back you can plan on your own calendar so that you can accept a abundant time while traveling on business. Gone are the canicule if a being has no time for amusement while on a business trip. Humans acclimated to be added affianced in conferences and affairs which would accumulate him from traveling on any outings. Working with a biking abettor can advice you put break in amid your animated business schedule. For example, if a being has a chargeless afternoon, their abettor can advance an breadth that they accept to see in the city-limits which you would yield amusement in.

Working with a biking abettor aswell saves time as they can align for appropriate car service. Having a car is a big account for business travelers who accept to go from one abode to another, as able-bodied as for those who do not ambition to go through the agitation of application accessible busline or auto cabs. If an alone has his own car and driver, again it is simple for them to administer business added capably. However, for those who ambition to hire a vehicle, they can ask their biking abettor to adapt this for them. Businessmen can aswell ask for cars with GPS systems so that they will not get lost. These can all be prearranged by biking agents for their affluence and satisfaction.

Also, if humans are apathetic with the accepted allowance account or auberge restaurant food, they can ask their abettor for account apropos the best abode to accept banquet and a few drinks in the city-limits area they plan to visit. If you are black with the accepted business hotels area you would about stay, biking agents can acquisition added lodgings that are as chic but would accept a altered atmosphere.

Receiving advice from a biking abettor is a astute best that every agent should attending into, mostly if they would like to inject some activity into their accepted business tours. And it's accurately said that, all plan and no play makes you a addled person!

Help Desk Hangouts: Google Engage for Agencies

Thursday, February 7, 2013
Editor’s note: Each week on the Google+ Your Business page, we’re putting you in touch with Googlers and users who can help you as a business owner get the most out of our products and features.

In our latest Help Desk Hangout On Air, we chatted with the Google Engage for Agencies team, who walked us through the resources available through their program. We learned how agencies can benefit from free online and in-person trainings about various Google products, including AdWords, through the Google Engage program. Take a look at the Google for Agencies website (http://www.google.com/intl/en/ads/engage/) to learn more about the resources available and how to join the program.

Miss the event? You can watch the whole thing on the Google and Your Business YouTube channel.

Check out the video description on the YouTube page for a minute-by-minute breakdown.

Some of the questions we answered during the Hangout:

How do I know if I’m eligible for Google Engage? 
All agencies that apply to Google Engage are subject to a final review, but basic requirements include:
  • Your agency must have an active My Client Center (MCC) account.
  • Your agency must have a website.
  • Your agency must specialize in helping small and medium sized businesses advertise online.
  • Your business must also comply with the Google Third-party policy and Google Engage Terms and Conditions

What kinds of resources are available through Google Engage?
Online training courses, webinars and events: Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, our online and in-person trainings will keep you ahead of the curve with AdWords and other Google products.
Adwords introductory offers for your new clients: Give your new clients a boost with introductory offers for AdWords. With your help, their investment in finding customers will go even further.
Sales tools and marketing collateral: As an Engage member, you'll get access to AdWords case studies, sales pitch techniques, and other resources to help build relationships with your clients.
Dedicated phone support: We're here to help you with everything from setting up your account to sharing best practices.

Sign up for Learn with Google's latest webinar on February 12!

Sign up for Learn with Google webinar "Brand Building in a Multiscreen World" (Feb 12, 9 am PT).

Join us to learn innovative ways to build awareness and influence consideration for your brand in today's multiscreen world. We will show you how YouTube, the Google Display Network, and the Google Mobile Network can together offer brand-building solutions that will drive engagement and ensure you have a spot in the new living room.

5 Tips For a Smooth First Business Travel Experience

Travel advice from business biking experts is as acceptable as affair a business administrator for administration tips. Learning from them will accompany accuracy in your trip.

In today's alive world, business operations accept become added global. There are abounding business biking opportunities for the anew assassin or answer employee. While avaricious these biking opportunities a must, aboriginal time business travellers like you should biking smarter.

Sort Things Out

For aboriginal timers, it is best to be acquainted that you accept two above classifications of the things that you will be bringing. One is your work-related things and the added one is your claimed stuff.

Therefore, while allotment a ablaze carryon luggage, it is aswell appropriate that it is multi pocketed so you can adore added spaces.

Be Organized

In adjustment to accept an organized business travel, actualize a biking account of the work-related things that you charge like your laptop, beam drive, printed letters on folders, brochures, calculators and the like. This will assure you from apathy important or burning tasks that your bang-up asked from you.

Make abiding that you brought a acceptable amount of your business cards. Businesses can alpha with your even acquaintance or some added humans you accept bumped in the airport lobby.

Also analysis the lifespan of the batteries of your advice accessory so you will not absence any important appointment correspondences and instructions.

Be Account Conscious

If your appointment allows you to yield affliction of your own busline and catch as allotment of your per diem during your business travel, the internet is your apparatus to analysis online for the best flight and auberge deals in Europe or Asia available.

Look for amalgamation deals, promo flights, and reasonably-priced business hotels or even adjacent hostels. Tips would be to ask if the appear ante are across-the-board of applicative taxes. Aswell ask for the ante of backward check-ins so you can cover it in your biking budget.

Always Be Prepared

For your claimed accouterments decidedly your clothing, it is best that you accept brought clothes with business colors and shades like black, aphotic blue, brown, white and gray. This will acquiesce you to be adjustable in accomplishing some mix and bout so you advance your getting presentable as well.

In the business world, there are times that aboriginal consequence lasts. As aboriginal time business travellers, you may not be acclimatized or acclimatized to the foods of your destination, it is awful recommended to accept anti-histamine with you all the time. This will advice you stop allergic reactions instantly in adjustment not to agitate or afflict your affair schedules and appointments.

Follow Airport Rules

Your liquids, including gels, in the arrangement of your toiletries should be in zip-lock plastics as it is binding in any airports. It is aswell best to use slip-on shoes traveling to the airport so it would not be time arresting for you to ameliorate and tie your shoelaces during aegis checks.

With these biking advice aggregate from acclimatized business travellers, you will be accessible for a arresting business biking that will widen your angle of the career you accept called and loved. This ability be the alpha of a alternation of apple biking acquaintance from plan to leisure.

The Business February 6th 2013, The "SF Sketchfest means BUSINESS" Edition

Monday, February 4, 2013
The best time of year is here once more!

Christmas? Heck no, we drank our way right through though the holidays (Bucky was drowning in Cherry Coke Zero).

Summer time? Nope, too sticky. Also, The Business has core competencies, not competent cores, so bikini season is right out for us.

Valentine’s Day? Gross. Who are you, anyway? Ug.

It’s Sketchfest time! The best time of all! When comics from all over the country come to San Francisco for three weeks full of incredible shows!!

The Business is very happy to be a part of this annual cavalcade of comedy once more, and we have some of our favorite guests on for the FESTivities.

Chris Knutson is joining us, he is the winner of ACME's Funniest Person in the Twin Cities award in 2010. Plus Joe Tobin, a comedian, writer and Flyers fan based in our own back yard!

We are also happy to have SF star turned LA sensation, Drennon Davis.

From his elaborate characters and sketches, to his provocative songs and animation, Drennon has made name for himself as one of the most innovative minds in today’s comedy scene. His live performances of the Imaginary Radio Program combine live music and beat-boxing with one-man sketches into a shot that the Los Angeles Comedy Bureau writes "not only lives up to its name, but exceeds expectation in that you could possibly think it is." Drennon was featured on NBC's Last Call and was a semi finalist on Last Comic Standing. His new animated show The Long Legs can be seen on MTV's rebirth of Liquid Television.

Your regulars Sean Keane, Bucky Sinister, Nato Green and Caitlin Gill will also be there, all full of Sketchfest cheer!


We sell out. So if you want a seat AND YOU KNOW YOU DO, get there early.

BYOBurrito and we will autograph your foil.