Spotify Promo Cards is a new way for creators to boost their content

Spotify has introduced a new tool that enables creators to boost their content. Called Promo Cards, the new feature generates customized assets for a creator’s content, including podcasts, albums, and even individual songs. The Promo Cards shouldn’t be mistaken with something like real-life business cards — rather, says Spotify, these new custom assets are designed to be shared on social media platforms.

Spotify points out that promoting one’s content on social media takes up more of the artist’s time, particularly if they’re a small content creator responsible for boosting their own brand. The Promo Cards are intended to make it easier to market one’s own materials even if you don’t possess graphic design skills.

Spotify for Artists enables creators to customize the graphics on their promo cards — in fact, the online tool doesn’t even require users to log in, meaning that listeners could also generate Promo Cards for their

Read More

Four Ways To Protect a Business Before or During Divorce

If you own a business and you’re in the midst of a divorce, you need to take several action steps to protect yourself. Or, if you’re about to get married and own a business, you need to make some upfront moves to keep your business out of harm’s way.

That’s where Jacqueline Newman, managing partner at the matrimonial law firm Berkman Bottger Newman & Schein LLP in Manhattan, can help.

Newman, also the author of the book The New Rules of Divorce: 12 Secrets to Protecting Your Wealth, Health, and Happiness, says time is of the essence when trying to protect a business before or during a divorce.

“Many of our clients ask how to “divorce-proof” their business,” Newman says. “With the amount of blood, sweat, and tears business owners put into developing a company, their concern – as well as the concern of any shareholders they may have

Read More

Fed’s Kashkari aims for Beige Book that looks beyond business

FILE PHOTO: President of the Federal Reserve Bank on Minneapolis Neel Kashkari speaks during an interview in New York, U.S., March 29, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

(Reuters) – If Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari gets his way, the U.S. central bank may soon be getting a more frequent earful from what he sees as an overlooked community: workers.

Kashkari on Wednesday said he is working with the staff of his bank to retool how they contribute to the Beige Book, the pulse-taking economic survey the 12 regional banks in the Federal Reserve system conduct ahead of the eight scheduled policy-setting meetings each year.

In Kashkari’s view, the voice of business is over-represented in Fed policy deliberations, he said during a virtual conference hosted by the Minneapolis Fed. One of the contributors to that is that the Beige Book features economic anecdotes collected almost exclusively from business contacts across each bank’s

Read More

C-Store Master Breaks Ground on State-of-the-art Robotic Distribution Warehouse in Huntsville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–C-Store Master broke ground on the company’s new 120,000-square-foot automated warehouse Tuesday.

Scheduled to open in Q1 of 2021, the company has invested $12 million in the warehouse, which will be the only one of its kind in the country.

The new warehouse has created 40 jobs that C-Store Master will be hiring for in the coming months.

“Huntsville is the perfect place for our work because of its booming business environment and central location to the entire Southeast,” said Sharan Kalva, C-Store Master chief operating officer. “We believe this cutting edge warehouse paired with our innovative software will continue to set us apart from our competitors.”

C-Store Master has partnered with Geek+ to incorporate three robot technologies in the new warehouse, improving accuracy to 99.99 percent. The multi-level shuttle system is the first of its kind in the Southeast.

“C-Store Master’s robots will increase their

Read More

Jason English on Start-up The Virtulab, his New Book, and Reshaping South African Entrepreneurship

At 42 years, Jason English has already had a career that, for most of us, would constitute a lifetime of achievement. The South African entrepreneur and business magnate has launched and scaled some of the most innovative businesses in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the UAE, along with a great deal of philanthropy in South Africa.

We sat down with the young business leader to reflect on a career punctuated  by adrenaline and adventure, building the virtual reality start-up The Virtulab, and writing about how companies might create and embody a compelling company culture in his upcoming book “The Oros Effect.”

Jason English South Africa Dubai CG Tech
Jason English South Africa Dubai CG Tech

Jason English

Jason English. You are a member of YPO, a global leadership community of chief executives and influential business leaders, but you started your career as an engineer spanning many different industries. When you look back, how do you connect

Read More

Global Online Music Streaming Growth Slowed Down in Q2 2020

SEOUL & HONG KONG & NEW DELHI & BEIJING & LONDON & BUENOS AIRES & SAN DIEGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 7, 2020–

Global online music streaming revenues declined 2% QoQ but grew 13% YoY in Q2 2020 at $6.7 billion, according to the latest Counterpoint Research findings. This is the first-ever QoQ decline in terms of revenues as music streaming has been gaining strength with every passing quarter. Paid subscriptions grew 29% YoY compared to 35% YoY in the Q1.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201007005474/en/

Global Music Streaming Paid Subscriptions by Brand Share (in %) – Q2 2020 (Photo: Business Wire)

Research Analyst Abhilash Kumar said, “The growth slowed down in Q2 and, for the first time, the revenues declined sequentially. There are a couple of reasons for the same. The music streaming platforms offered discounts and lowered prices for paid subscriptions to retain consumers

Read More

Junior Business Minister calls for three-week closure of off-licences

JUNIOR Business Minister Robert Troy has told a private Fianna Fáil meeting that off-licences should be closed for three weeks amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19.

His proposal goes further than Government plans to significantly reduced their opening hours in a bid to clamp down on house parties and large social gatherings.

The issue was discussed at Fianna Fáil’s parliamentary party meeting this evening.

Read More

Sources said that Longford-Westmeath TD Mr Troy said off-licences should be closed outright for three weeks.

Dara Calleary did not go as far but said there needs to be a curtailment of discounting and special offers on alcohol in supermarkets.

The Mayo TD is said to have pointed out that it’s hard for small businesses to close while supermarkets engage in the practice.

Major Irish hotel closes temporarily after members of staff test positive for Covid-19

UP NEXT

UP NEXT

Dublin South-West’s

Read More

7 Cheap Tech Stocks With Big Upside

Analysts believe these seven tech stocks are currently cheap.

While the market has whipsawed up and down over the course of 2020, tech stocks have steadily climbed to new highs. It makes sense that companies that rely on internet connections and cloud technology rather than brick-and-mortar locations have done particularly well this year, and as the pandemic continues to keep people at home, these tech companies should continue to thrive. While many big names in the technology sector have hit all-time highs, there are still plenty of tech stocks with major upside left. This is especially true for companies helping businesses continue operations via the cloud, keeping consumers connected or manufacturing communications technology — all essential services during the pandemic. Analysts believe the following names are seven cheap tech stocks with huge upside going forward.

Box (ticker: BOX)

Companies around the world have been forced to figure out remote work

Read More

Learn Top Sales Ops Strategies During COVID-19 from Leaders Who Are Adapting in the Field

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown many aspects of business off-kilter across all industries, sectors, and functions—including sales operations. Meticulously planned blueprints and goals for 2020 were quickly scrapped while teams rushed to address a new reality that was only beginning to unfold.

Since the onset of the crisis, sales operations has shifted from a reactive mindset to a proactive one that involves reframing goals, defining priorities, and finding new and creative ways to serve customers — and revisiting those as needed. As Akamai Technologies’ Senior Director of Sales Operations and Planning Yuri Dekaba puts it, “It’s critical to spend a few days putting pen to paper capturing your priorities and where you want to head, and continually review it.”

From messaging to measurement to the roles that sales ops professionals must play, everything is in flux—but there is guidance to be found. Our Top Sales Operations Strategies During COVID playbook

Read More

Advoco Gains Global Recognition, Selected as Infor Business Partner of the Year

Advoco, a leading Infor EAM consulting firm, was named North America Business Partner of the Year by Infor, a global leader in business cloud software specialized by industry. The award is part of the Infor 2020 Partner Excellence Awards.

A company focused on Infor EAM training, implementation, and integration, Advoco was evaluated against other Infor partners in several key areas. Of the organizations considered for the 2020 award, Advoco had the second largest value of influenced bookings in North America and the largest sum of net new referrals globally.

Marty Osborn, partner at Advoco, commented, “Advoco is the only Infor EAM consulting firm that has over 100 in-house associates exclusively focused on EAM, allowing us to provide the necessary resources when clients need them. Earning the title of Trusted Advisor is the heart and soul of our company.” Osborn continued, “Our customers know that maintenance matters as much to us

Read More