3 Questions to Help You Fall Back in Love with Your Business
2019’s Newest Feature for SuncoastNPI Members:
The Monday Morning Sip of Coffee
The Monday Morning Sip of Coffee series is a free educational offering by SuncoastNPI to its members that helps to build on one of the core tenets of the NPI: To have the ability to act as a Resource to your Clients, Customers, Friends & Family. This weekly educational content is comprised of a short, shareable video, as well as related articles to four key topics of entrepreneurship: Marketing, Sales, Operations, & Business Networking.
5 Skills You Don’t Need to Be a Great Networker
You’ll be surprised to find out that you don’t need to be an extrovert to be a great networker. Being fearless, asking for a sale, being a self-promoter and directness are all characteristics of being an extrovert, but also are the least important skills needed to be a good networker.
The most surprising skill you don’t need to be a great networker? Being social media savvy. While online networking has great value, it does not replace face-to-face networking. …Learn More
by Search Engine Journal
It used to be that Google’s algorithm tried its best to give users the answers they were searching for. However, today, things aren’t that simple.
With concepts like user intent and the buyer’s journey becoming increasingly important, Google has revamped its algorithm in order to better understand what users are actually searching for when they type in a phrase or question.
But when Google announced their new update in 2018, no one expected that they would not only be changing their algorithm, but that they would actually be changing the way we think about user searches and search history altogether. Enter Search Journeys. …Learn More
If you’ve never thought much about a company’s sales velocity, take a moment to brush up on this important equation — and go beyond KPIs to impress your manager or future manager the next time you meet. …Learn More
Current Economic News:
Mortgage rates just tanked thanks to the Fed – and they could go even lower
Mortgage rates fell quickly after the Fed’s announcement Wednesday that it would be getting back into the bond-buying business, big time – which could take rates even lower.
The average rate on the popular 30-year fixed, which had been sitting for days at 4.40 percent, fell sharply to 4.34 percent, according to Mortgage News Daily. That is the lowest in over a year and 19 basis points lower than a year ago. The rate had surged to over 5 percent at the start of November, which caused home sales to fall sharply in December and January.
Fed’s New Abnormal Marks a Watershed Moment in a Low-Rate World
Federal Reserve policy makers have concluded that when in doubt, do no harm.
Welcome to the new abnormal.
Six months ago, U.S. central bankers thought they’d soon be returning to the days of on-target inflation, full employment and interest rates that, while lower than in decades past, would still need to rise into growth-restricting territory to keep things on track.
But in a watershed moment, the Federal Reserve surprised investors Wednesday by slashing rate projections to show no hike this year. Officials signaled expectations for a slowdown in the economy, which would translate into higher unemployment than previously forecast, and they no longer expect inflation to rise above their 2 percent target.