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The best apps for business!

It seems like every day someone is telling me about an awesome new app to download. With all of these new apps coming out each day, it is hard to tell which ones are really helpful and which ones are just a waste of time. Here is our list of our favorite apps at Accent Group!

Here on Biz: This app allows you to view which of your LinkedIn contacts are near you. When you request a connection, you can chat with your contact and set up an in-person meeting.

HootSuite: This app allows for all of your posts from social networks all at once. The days where you have to sign into Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. all separately are long gone with HootSuite! It also provides help for you to manage your social media usage all together.

Dropbox: Dropbox gives you 2G storage for free with this app. So now you can store all of your files, images, videos, documents, all in one place for access anywhere anytime. You can also edit and sync all of your changes from anywhere.

Brewster: Have so many contacts and networking opportunities you don’t know what to do with? Use Brewster to take your contacts from all of your applications and create in-depth profiles for each contact. You can receive gentle reminders to contact someone and set up favorites with this fully searchable app. It also allows you to be able to note information about each individual so nobody gets lost!

We also suggest that Trello, UberConference and Evernote might be worth looking into as well.

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Setting Goals

A daily activity here at Accent Group is to set goals. Everyday we gather around and share our goals with everyone. This sets up our employees for success daily! By setting and sharing goals, it allows for everyone to learn from each other and contribute to each others success. Throughout the day, reminding each other of goals gives us a chance to realize the negatives and positives of the day and change anything that isn’t allowing us to pursue the goals. Check out this article from Entrepreneur.com about how to define goals.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225655

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Hard Work Pays Off

Our annual Catch a Rising Star conference is coming up next weekend. This event hosts all of our top location managers across the country to come together in Las Vegas! Who doesn’t want a trip to Vegas right? Well, all of their hard work and determination is finally paying off. Their dedication and career mindset to the success of the business has brought attention to top executives as they are chosen to go. The event includes dinners out, shows on the strip, and sightseeing as well as lots of one on one time and networking opportunities to maximize capabilities as location managers.

Camp Casey Volunteer Work

This past week a few of us were lucky enough to team up with the Detroit Pistons to raise money for Camp Casey. Camp Casey is a local, non profit organization that provides a horseback riding program for children with cancer. On Tuesday, along with other volunteers, we went to the Pistons game and sold 50/50 raffle tickets. Just about $5,000.00 was raised!!! The highest sellers were Lindsay and Lorraina from Accent Group, who sold over $500.00 in raffle tickets alone! WooHoo! We received an official basketball signed by Kim English and four tickets to an upcoming game against the New York Knicks! Alicia, Jill, and Suzy also volunteered from Accent Group to help out with this special event.

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Secrets to Success!

Everyone wants to know Bill Gates’ secret to success right? Well, duh! INC.COM recently revealed three traits that Bill Gates maintained in his rise to the top.

  • Strategic Acting
  • Powerful Partnerships
  • Ferocious Tenacity

Bill gates is not just simply a visionary,  but also an “executor.” He took his ideas and turned them into reality! More than 30 years after the launch of his multi-billion dollar company, he is still ruling the computer industry.

Check out the full article from inc.com

http://www.inc.com/lewis-schiff/bill-gates-extraordinary-success-secrets.html

Accent Group supports Camp Casey!!

Accent Group will be pulling out their best boots and cowboy hats in support of Camp Casey, a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer headquartered in Michigan!

The Detroit Pistons have selected Camp Casey as the charity recipient for their 50/50 Raffle!

We have volunteered to sell raffle tickets to the crowd while telling them about Camp Casey at the Pistions vs. Memphis Grizzlies game on Tuesday, February 19!

To learn more about this local chirity and how you can help out visit their website at: camp-casey.org

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Puerto Rico!!

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Just over a week until we’re off to Puerto Rico! We can’t wait to enjoy some R&R time on the beach!! Most importantly, we can’t wait to see all of our coworkers from the eleven offices we have spread throughout the country. It’s always nice to see everyone and finally meet all of the new people face to face that we are communicating with everyday. It’s great to share new ideas with everyone and see how they all do things differently in other parts of the United States. Who says you can’t mix business with pleasure?

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Accent Group enjoy’s Team-Building Activities!

We found this great article on Inc.com! I guess our team building days are going to really pay off! Check it out below or click here to read the full article!

Team-Building Activities Are Worth It (Really)

A month ago, I paid to take my staff on a team-building scavenger hunt. Here’s why it was definitely worth it.

About a month ago, I invested in something I had never spent money on: a team-building day.

I was skeptical, to say the least.  As a small-business owner, I don’t have money to throw away, and team-building exercises always struck me as a bandage rather than a true fix. In addition, it has always been my feeling that scheduled team building tends to piss off employees in the process–who wants to spend the day “getting to know” team members they haven’t already chosen to befriend?

Like most companies, Metal Mafia has different departments. And as at most companies, there tends to not be a lot of crossover relationships from one to the other. This year, for some reason, there seemed to be more friction than usual between our two main departments: order fulfillment and sales. So, after my partner suggested a team-building day, as much as it pained me, I decided to give it a shot and opted for a half-day scavenger hunt organized by cityHUNT. Knowing that my staff members love reality TV and had been into Amazing Race, I figured they would buy into something along similar lines. I also wanted to show them problem solving in creative ways could advance the company’s needs.

More specificially, I had to convey to the salespeople that the order fulfillment team was a valuable part of the equation that makes our business work, and to teach the fulfillment team to step up in bold new ways to help lead the company in the right direction. I set everyone up in scavenger hunt teams of two–one person from each camp. And because my sales employees are English speakers who don’t know a second language and the fulfillment employees bilingual but native Spanish speakers, I asked for half the clues to be given in Spanish. This way, I was making sure each team would have to rely equally on both partners.

The idea behind it was that I hoped our salespeople–who are, by nature, more openly aggressive and whose job makes them more competitive and therefore more individualistic–would learn to be more conscious of what people together could accomplish and find out how hard it was to do all the silent tasks that our fulfillment team does with such skill.

The fulfillment team, on the other hand, was often too silent, acting as the unheard-but-fundamental ingredient that created customer satisfaction that has helped our company grow for eight years. I wanted these empoyees to take from the day the idea that their voices counted as much as the sales folks’–and that it was crucial that they learn to use them. I also wanted them to understand that being on the frontlines as a member of the sales staff was a hard job, and that it took real skill to help customers get what they needed.

The hunt’s activities were set up so that each team member would have to perform some of the tasks of the opposite team members’ regular duties. Salespeople were timed on how fast they could build and stack boxes. Order pickers were asked to go up to strangers and sell them on the idea of trying on our jewelry.

It was three hours in the hot August sun, but when it was all over, it was a huge success. The teams worked together in ways they had never done, and they found not only a new appreciation but also a new curiosity for one another as both professionals and people. When the day ended, they all agreed that it had been a lot of fun–and asked if we could have more days like this one.

The best part has been watching these employees change in little ways in the month since the team-building day took place. Every single one of them brought something he or she learned back to the office with him or her, and that’s priceless.

6 Vital Decisions You Must Make to Succeed!

We here at Accent Group are filling Entry Level Event Representative Positions with the possibility for Management Positions for the right candidates. We feel that these 6 vital points will help individuals succeed on a business, as well as personal level. If you want to beat the odds and win in the start-up game, please review these 6 vital steps.

1. Set goals- When you start your venture, you most likely have nothing to offer the people who you will try to recruit.

Set three kinds of goals: For recruiting others, create a mission that give the new venture so much meaning to those recruits that they could not resist.

The mission will only get you so far though–you also need a long-term goal for investors–something like going public in five years or finding a corporate acquirer. And you will also need to set short-term goals that help you learn what you need to do to grow without burning through your resources.

2. Pick markets- If you can set goals, you’re far from out of the woods. After all, you need to figure out who will use or buy your product. And to do that, you will need to pick the markets that you’re going to target.

Two hints for picking the right market–you have to have a personal passion for solving that market’s problem and the customers in that market must see your product as a compelling answer to a problem that none of your competitors are solving.

3. Raise capital- It goes without saying that everyone has bills to pay. So if you are going to hire people or buy supplies, you will need money. But where can you get it?

The best place to look initially is probably your customers. If you can get them to pay you more for the product than it costs you to build it–and cover your fixed costs–you are going to be in a good position. You might also try to get your suppliers to extend you favorable payment terms. If neither of those suffices, you can try tapping your own bank account or your credit cards.

And I’ve found that you may want to match your efforts to raise money from other people (friends and family, angel investors, venture capitalists) to the stage of your start-up’s development, moving up that ladder as you ramp your sales.

4. Build the team- You can’t do it all yourself, but resist the urge to hire friends unless those friends have skills in areas critical to your venture’s success that complement your own. I found that the most successful ventures do a great job of dividing up the work that must be done among the most talented people. And they create a culture that binds them all together to focus on shared goals.

5. Gain market share, Recommended Videos, How a Disaster on Everest Inspired an Entrepreneur, What a Serial Entrepreneur Can’t Resist, Leader in Motion: How Choreographer Bill T. Jones Collaborates, To grow, you must get customers to use your product and eventually pay. But I found that many customers are afraid to get too dependent on a start-up that could go out of business and leave them in the lurch.

To overcome that, you have to offer the customer what I called a quantum value leap (QVL), a product that solves a problem that customers care about better than the competition, and to give that solution away. If that QVL actually delivers those early customers will tell all their friends. And you can eventually upgrade the product and start charging customers to use it.

6. Adapt to change- You might think getting those five decisions right would be enough, but you would be wrong. That’s because customer needs, technology, and competitors all evolve and the very success you achieve by making those first five decisions well could doom your venture to destruction.

Unless you can adapt to those changes- seizing new opportunities and guarding against evolving threats- your customers will flee and your venture will be decline. I found that winning ventures follow three approaches to keep this from happening- one of these is to craft a vision of the skills at which the start-up must excel and to make acquisitions and strategic hires to close the capability gap.

To read the full article click here.

Have you seen the Women Olympian’s Nails???

The rising trend for nail art has not escaped the London 2012 games, where in the first week athletes have been seen sporting highly intricate and patriotic manicures.

Don’t get too jealous! You can have some of that Nail Art too! Check out our Nail Art pens and YOU can have the same designs as them!!!