Dark Data on Social Media: Insights That Shed Light on Your Business

Solving the problem of capturing and analyzing "dark data" is the business problem of the century, especially for CMOs who are increasingly accountable for generating revenue and improving business outcomes.What is dark data? It's the unstructured data that's all over social networks, and it's full of valuable insights you can put to work to generate revenue and improve the way your business opera [...]

07 October 2017

Valuable Employee-Recognition Tips [Infographic]

We posted recently about how happy marketers make better marketers, and we'll riff a little more on that theme in today's infographic by Cloud communication adviser GetVoIP.Employee recognition is crucial to keeping a happy team, no matter the industry you're in. When 49% of employees report they are dissatisfied with the recognition they receive, managers should take note.Impr [...]

07 October 2017

Strong September boosts returns, but outlook remains clouded for investors

Investors set to receive their third-quarter statements have the month of September to thank for helping to boost their year-to-date returns.The S&P TSX was running flat until the beginning of September, but a 10 per cent rally in oil stocks over the past 30 days helped turn the S&P TSX positive with a modest 3.5 per cent gain for the year on a total return basis.Canadian bonds as represen [...]

04 October 2017

Is it time for a stock market correction?

If you’re keeping track of the ongoing rally for the S&P 500, you’ll know that the index has gone 318 days without a correction of five per cent or more. That makes this the longest such run since 1960.While that may make some investors nervous considering the S&P 500 continues to hit fresh all-time highs, there is at least one good reason why a sharp pullback or lengthy retreat doesn [...]

04 October 2017

In fierce battle for tech talent, one startup founder tries $1M pay for engineers

China may have a reputation for low wages and sprawling factories. But in a sign of changing times, one startup founder has embraced a strategy of paying top employees the highest salaries in the market — and so far it’s working.Beijing ByteDance Technology Co. is the brainchild of entrepreneur Zhang Yiming. The company is best known for a mobile app called Jinri Toutiao, or Today’s Headline [...]

03 October 2017

Canadian business faces more serious threat in Trump’s tax plan than just cuts

A proposal that would allow U.S. companies to immediately write off capital investments, part of a sweeping tax-reform plan announced by the White House last week, could put Canadian companies at a further disadvantage to their southern counterparts, tax experts say.White House officials laid out their plans to overhaul the U.S. tax system in a nine-page document Sept. 27.The document includes a p [...]

03 October 2017

Amazon Echo Spot Features Video Conferencing and Other Business Tools

Meet the new Echo Spot. An Alexa enabled device that is part personal assistant, alarm clock, video conferencing, calling and more solution.Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced the new Echo Spot at its 2017 hardware event, and by many accounts it was the device that got the most attention.Why all the attention? Because you can take Echo Spot anywhere, which makes it ideal for a small business trave [...]

02 October 2017

Checking in with the doomsayers, as markets hit record highs

So, we are rapidly coming up to October, one of the months investors fear the most. Not only that, but this year, on Oct. 19, we mark the 30th anniversary of the worst market crash (by points at least) in history. Now, September, on average, is the worst month for stocks, but October has a larger share of big drops. Suffice to say, no investor goes into the month blissfully anticipating giant gain [...]

02 October 2017

Constellation Energy’s “Dimes to Dollars” Webinar Provides Energy Conservation Tips for SMB’s

From changing the light bulbs you use to choosing tools to help you win the thermostat wars in the office and more, there’s a wide range of options when trying to keep energy costs low for your business.That’s why Constellation Energy and Small Business Trends have teamed up to bring you this webinar, “Dimes to Dollars: Use Apps, Conserve Energy and Recycle to Control Your Budget.”The webi [...]

27 September 2017

The Canadian housing market is in good shape, and so are the banks, analysts say

Despite rising interest rates and various policy measures implemented to slow pricing growth, the Canadian housing market is not on track for a sharp decline. It nonetheless bears watching, as the domestic mortgage market is a big factor for the Canadian banks.This business accounts for anywhere from 30 per cent to 60 per cent of their total lending portfolios, with CIBC and Royal Bank having the [...]

27 September 2017

Oil is on fire today — prices haven't been this high in two years

NEW YORK — Oil prices hit a more than two-year high on Monday after major producers said the global market was on its way towards rebalancing, while Turkey threatened to cut oil flows from Iraq’s Kurdistan region toward its ports.The November Brent crude futures contract was up US$1.51, or 2.5 per cent, at US$58.37 a barrel by 11:33 a.m. EDT, its highest since July, 2015.U.S. West Texas Interm [...]

26 September 2017

Cenovus gets 'halfway there' to divestment goal after $512 million sale

CALGARY – Cenovus Energy Inc. reached its second asset sale this month after announcing a $512-million deal to sell light oil and gas properties in south-eastern Alberta to a subsidiary of the privately held Lundin Group.Calgary-based oilsands producer Cenovus has been under pressure to sell off four key assets and pay down debt since it announced in March the blockbuster $17.7-billion acquisiti [...]

26 September 2017

In the News: Salesforce Launches AI Fund, Apple Brings AR to iPhone

Startups that use artificial intelligence (AI) technology got some welcome news this week — Salesforce just launched a brand new venture fund to encourage AI innovation in startups. Additionally, any small business can now work on creating augmented reality (AR) experiences using the new iOS 11.Learn about these updates and more below in this week’s Small Business Trends news and information r [...]

23 September 2017