Letting Customers Try Before They Buy Could Encourage Higher Online Spending

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If there\’s one thing that drives \”brick and mortar\” retailers crazy, it\’s when people try things on in the store only to buy the item online afterwards. However, some new research suggests this practice may be beneficial, since it may lead to a bigger spend online. Global payments company Klarna has released new research into…

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Living with a Roommate Can Save Renters $515 a Month

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Renters can save $515 a month by sharing their home or apartment with at least one roommate instead of renting a one-bedroom unit on their own, according to the inaugural HotPads Rooms for Rent Index. Nationally, the median rent for a one-bedroom home or apartment is $1,320 per month. Meanwhile, the median asking rent for a single bedroom in…

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Alexa Moves into Your Fridge

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Alexa, the Amazon-developed virtual assistant, will now be interacting with many home appliances. Sears has announced today more than 40 Kenmore smart appliances are now certified as Works with Alexa. The select Kenmore smart appliance models have received Works with Alexa certification, meaning they meet Amazon’s high bar for responsiveness, reliability and functionality. Customers who…

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Most Creative Workers Plan to Look for a New Job this Year, And Other Key Trends

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From technological developments to shifting working dynamics, there’s no question that today’s creative teams are challenged by constant and accelerating change, new research suggests. Staffing firm The Creative Group, in collaboration with AIGA, the professional association for design, surveyed more than 1,000 workers in the creative and marketing industries to find out how they feel…

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Smart Ways to Retain Customers, from Deb Brown

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Taking care of existing clients is a much faster path to cash than pursuing new clients, according to author Deb Brown. “Long-term clients spend more and refer more,” says Deb Brown, author of the book Lifelong Loyal Clients: How Smart Professionals Turn Relationships Into Revenues (2018 Indie Books International). “Knowing this, smart business owners focus…

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You Need Better Sleep, Says the Better Sleep Council

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A study from the Better Sleep Council says better sleep may be the key to making 2018 goals stick. (They would say that, of course). The Council is offering these tips for making the most of sleep time: Make daily sleep appointments. Develop a routine in which you go to bed at the same time and…

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The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI) Increased in December

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The December jobs report was truly awesome. Will we see strong growth in January? One hint comes from The Conference Board Employment Trends Index (ETI), which increased in December following a minor decline in November. \”The Employment Trends Index rose sharply in December, reversing the declines in recent months, suggesting that employment will continue to…

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