These 10 Leadership Habits Have Been Found in the World’s Best Leaders

Where are you in your own journey as a leader in relation to these characteristics?
  
     By Marcel Schwantes 
Principal and founder, Leadership From the Core@MarcelSchwantes

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If you're not familiar with the leadership movement known as servant leadership, you might want to grab a cup of java and pull up a chair. This may just transform how you lead your tribe moving forward.

What we are finding is that organizations around the world are changing their attitudes toward leadership. Yes, it's been written and talked about for decades, with great authors defining it in different ways, calling it different things.

In the end, most of these "thought leaders" have been talking about the same things–that leadership (and life, really) is about human relationships.

Consequently, servant leadership has emerged over the last 30 years on a grand scale in some of the most admired and successful companies on the planet, including many named to Fortune Magazine's annual listing of "The 100 Best Companies to Work For." Companies like Zappos, The Container Store, and Southwest Airlines have successfully integrated servant leadership into their corporate cultures.

To immortalize the movement, world-renowned management thinker Danah Zohar, in her groundbreaking book Rewiring the Corporate Brain, called servant leadership "the essence of quantum thinking and quantum leadership."

Giving Credit Where Credit Is Due
Before I give you the 10 practices of a servant-leader (or, if you can't wait, scroll down to "The Gold Mine" for the good stuff), I need to frame this article into its proper context and give credit to the right people.

Robert K. Greenleaf is the first person that needs distinct accolades as the founder of the modern servant leadership movement. Without his work and research, I don't have a basis for my work or speaking engagements.

As his bio states, Greenleaf's work continues to have a lasting impact on fields as diverse as systems thinking, management, leadership, organizational development, religion, assessment and evaluation, and scores of other disciplines.

Legendary management consultant Peter Drucker, Greenleaf's good friend and collaborator for over a decade, called him "the wisest man I ever met."

But there's another person worth noting in this conversation.

Meet Larry Spears
Allow me to introduce you to Larry Spears. He is deserving of his own bust on the Mt. Rushmore of servant leadership for advancing the movement after Greenleaf passed in 1990.

Spears, a prolific author and editor, has been called today's foremost authority on servant leadership. Through his writings, millions have been introduced to servant leadership. It didn't hurt having Stone Phillips interview him on NBC's Dateline in front of ten million viewers back in 2004.

After Greenleaf's death, Spears spent years combing over a truck-load of Greenleaf's personal papers and discovered previously unknown and unpublished essays written by Greenleaf over a fifty-year period.

This…was…a gold mine.

Chief Human Resource Officers take note. In his analysis, Spears was able to identify the ten characteristics of the servant-leader as being of critical importance to transforming an organization.

While by no means exhaustive, Spears says "they do serve to communicate the power and promise that this concept offers to those who are open to its invitation and challenge."

The Gold Mine
As I go over these, I want you to consider where you may be in your own journey as a leader in relation to these characteristics. Call this you new measure for leadership success.

1. Listening
Listening lands first on this list because it is a crucial yet frequently absent trait in leaders who are self-oriented. Greenleaf wrote that, "A true natural servant automatically responds to any problem by listening first." He further added, "True listening builds strength in other people." So practically speaking, this is a leader that automatically responds through active listening–to understand the other side. She will listen before she speaks, as she speaks, and after she speaks. In decision making, she listens completely before deciding. This takes practice.

2. Empathy
The second characteristic is empathy, which has been proven in this study to drive performance. Empathy is really an extension of listening, if you think about it. Servant leaders attempt to understand and empathize with others–to put themselves in others' shoes. This means listening without judgment. As empathetic leaders, workers are considered not only as employees, but as people who need respect and appreciation for their personal and professional development. This generates a competitive advantage.

3. Healing
What Spears meant by "healing" is that leaders recognize the opportunity to help make whole those with whom they come in contact. A servant leader tries to help people solve their problems and conflicts in relationships, because he/she wants to develop the skills of each individual. This leads to the formation of a business culture in which the working environment is characterized by dynamic, fun engagement and no fear from failure.

4. Awareness
Servant leaders have a strong sense of what is going on around them. They are always looking for cues, they know what's going on and will rarely be fooled. They're very self-aware.

5. Persuasion
Servant leaders don't take advantage of their power and status by coercing compliance; instead, they try to use influence to convince others. They are effective at building consensus within groups through influence and persuasion.

6. Conceptualization
This is the ability to look at a problem by thinking beyond the day-to-day realities. Greenleaf said that the servant leader can conceive solutions to problems that do not currently exist. They see beyond the limits of the business and focus on long term goals. They work their big hairy audacious goals, but they do it S.M.A.R.T.

7. Foresight
Foresight is the ability to foresee the likely outcome of a situation. It means understanding the lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequence of a decision for the future.

8. Stewardship
This a commitment to not just serving the needs of others but also of the organization and its mission as a whole. It's holding your company in trust for the greater good of society.

9. Commitment to the Growth of People
Pretty self-explanatory. This is a demonstrated appreciation and open encouragement of others and their growth. In practice, this can include things like having a budget for personal and professional development, taking a personal interest in the ideas and suggestions from everyone, encouraging worker involvement in decision-making, and even helping out a laid-off employee find work.

10. Building Community
Servant leaders are what I call compassionate collaborators. They show appreciation and praise employees often for their contributions. They want to get to know what makes their employees tick, what drives them, what gets them up in the morning so that they can support them in those endeavors. As I've written before, building community can only happen through connecting and making relationships work.

Three Sections of the Full Spectrum
If you break down the characteristics into sections of the full spectrum of a servant leader, you'll see that the servant side of a servant-leader encompasses the listening, the empathy and the healing.

The leader side encompasses awareness, being able to persuade, conceptualization, and foresight. Every leader has to have those traits and be able to use them effectively.

And in the middle is where the two sides overlap into the servant-leader: stewardship, commitment to growing people and the building of community.

Put them all together, you have the best and most whole version of a leader, bar none.

A Few Questions in Closing
Now reflect, if you will, how you may have modeled some of these approaches in the last 24 hours. My questions in closing:

How have you been a servant leader reading the examples given?
What if we could think and act this way moving forward in our work? What would that do for your team, business, organization?
How would this change your roles as managers, executives, founders, board chairs, or even at home as spouses, fathers and mothers?

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Business Development Executive Job Description

Business Development Executive Job Description

A business development executive is a senior manager tasked with the job of helping his or her business grow and therefore, they are high-level sales professionals. Their priority is to assist their companies that acquire new customers and sell additional products or services to existing ones; this means the role is a crucial one for any business with the ambition to expand or the necessity to diversify its clientele. It also means that effective business development managers are in high demand in nearly every job sector there is, including business-to-business, business-to-customer, and even non-profit organizations. 

The Business Development Executives Working Environment

In the vast majority of cases, business development executives work in traditional office environments. They are expected to dress in professional business attire and work 9 am to 5 pm, occasionally putting in overtime hours to meet deadlines or sales quotas. Because networking is critical in this position, business development managers must often travel to conferences, business meetings, and industry events. So, company cars are a standard bonus amongst business development executives, and business trips around the country or even around the world are an occasional necessity for many businesses. 

Business development executives occupy senior roles at their organizations, they typically work according to their own initiative and have few superiors to answer to. In most companies, if the executive can deliver new clients and high sales volumes consistently, their day-to-day methods and schedules will be left largely up to them. 

Business Development Responsibilities

A business development professional has three primary responsibilities:

  1. Identifying new sales leads
  2. Pitching products and/or services
  3. Maintaining fruitful relationships with existing customers

When it comes to generating leads, day-to-day duties typically include:

  • Researching organizations and individuals online (especially on social media) to identify new leads and potential new markets
  • Researching the needs of other companies and learning who makes decisions about purchasing
  • Contacting potential clients via email or phone to establish rapport and set up meetings
  • Planning and overseeing new marketing initiatives
  • Attending conferences, meetings, and industry events

When it comes to the challenge of actually selling, other typical duties include:

  • Preparing PowerPoint presentations and sales displays
  • Contacting clients to inform them about new developments in the company’s products
  • Developing quotes and proposals
  • Negotiating and renegotiating by phone, email, and in person
  • Developing sales goals for the team and ensuring they are met
  • Training personnel and helping team members develop their skills

To keep healthy relationships with clients, this mostly requires socialization. So from simple chats on the phone to lunches and events or conferences, business development managers must be sure to keep their customers happy. Of course, as with all office jobs, documentation is also a big part of the work. Business development professionals are also obligated to write reports and provide feedback to upper management about what is and is not working.

Business Development Executive Skills

To be an effective business development executive, an individual must be:

  • Socially adept
  • Good with numbers
  • Able to provide quality leadership to a large team of sales people

The skills you need to excel in this position include:

  • Strong communication and IT fluency
  • Creative talents and the ability to solve tough problems
  • In-depth knowledge of the industry and its current events
  • The ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines
  • Skill in prioritizing and triaging obligations
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent time management and organization

Business Development Education and Career Development

Though there are rarely formal qualifications, many organizations require a degree from their applicants. For those hoping to eventually attain this position, business or math’s degrees are extremely beneficial, and may even help students acquire work through a graduate training program.

Many entrants, however, begin working as salespeople or marketers before being promoted, and there are also many apprenticeships available in the sector. For those in junior roles, additional Level 2 qualifications in Business Principles, Sales Management, and Marketing can help young professionals advance their careers much more rapidly than they otherwise would. 

After gaining industry experience and familiarity with the sector, professionals can also boost their resumes by obtaining Level 3, 4, and 5 diplomas in sales and marketing courses. In the UK, the Chartered Institute of Marketing is an excellent resource for learning these advanced degrees. 

Contracting Vs Permanent Positions

While both contracting and permanent in-house positions are available to business development executives, the latter is far more common in the workplace today. For those who can manage to make it work, a freelance business development offers a host of advantages. So if you are considering setting your sights on a contract-based career, here are some things to keep in mind:

Pros of Contracting

  • Flexible scheduling and hours
  • Option to work from home and/or remotely
  • Ability to work in diverse industries and experience a wide variety of company cultures
  • Freedom to choose and turn down projects
  • The possibility of higher pay for those who are successful
  • Complete independence and not having superiors to answer to

Cons of Contracting

  • Irregular and inconsistent pay
  • The necessity to do much more bookkeeping, invoicing, quoting, etc.
  • Limited job security
  • No team and a limited ability to delegate tasks to others
  • The need to regularly acquire new clients

Business Development Challenges

Business development executives face a number of challenges in their work. These includes:

  • Managing underperforming team members
  • Suffering from downturns in the industry and/or economy
  • Losing clients to superior competitors
  • Responding to negative press about the company and/or products
  • Dealing with customers unsatisfied with the quality of the product or service

Business Development Executive Salary

Salaries for business development executives vary with experience and level of responsibility. Starting positions typically pay about £26,000 annually, but rise to about £30-40k with several more years of experience. After promotions to upper executive positions, senior business development managers make upwards of £60,000. No matter what industry interests you most, there is likely to be a need for business development managers in the sector. This job is an excellent opportunity to enter a wide variety of professional fields. If you think it might be a good fit for you, view our Business Development Telegraph Jobs to learn about the career opportunities available in your region.  

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What Does A Biz Dev Person Actually Do?

What Does A Biz Dev Person Actually Do?

Grand Unified Theory of Business Development, Biz Dev is simply about pursuing opportunities for long-term growth from customers, markets, and relationships.  Sounds simple enough, but has anyone ever set out to describe what a “Biz Dev Person” actually does?  How do they spend their day?  What should you look for when hiring someone for a Biz Dev role?

While Business Development may still mean many different things to many different people, at it's core I believe a Biz Dev job is focused on 3 activities:

  • Customers: Find new ones and extract more value from current ones.
  • Markets: Figure out where new customers “live” (both geographically and in terms of "buying mindset") and find a way to reach them.
  • Relationships: Build and leverage relationships founded on trust and integrity to facilitate opportunities.

“Well,” you might say.  ”That sounds pretty straightforward.”

Yes, it does sound that way.  In the simplest of terms, business development may be about figuring out how to sell more to customers or finding new customers to whom to sell.  But to suggest that “that’s all there is to it” is to suggest that running a marathon just requires putting one foot in front of the other for 26.2 miles.  Of course, training for and running a marathon requires a unique approach to making sure you don’t peter out before the finish line.  Similarly, business development requires a unique combination of skills to ensure that the value you derive from an opportunity persists for the long haul:

The Biz Dev Skillsets: Strategy, Sales, and Relationship Management

  • Strategy: How should you go about pursuing an opportunity?  How do you know which path is best?  Just because an opportunity is in front of you, doesn’t mean it’s a good one.  Understanding the fundamental drivers of your business, and the business of your customers, partners, and competitors is critical to being able to make wise decisions in the pursuit of long-term value.  Being able to assess an opportunity for its potential to create long-term value, determine the paths available to you to pursue it, and understand the trade-offs and risks of one path vs. another, are core Biz Dev functions.
  • Sales: Whether you're selling a product or the idea of a partnership, almost every business development role has some element of sales.  The process of navigating through an organization, identifying decision-makers and uncovering their unmet needs, and concisely demonstrating the value of what you can offer are core sales skills needed whether you're selling a product, service, or partnership.
  • Relationship Management: From How to Win Friends and Influence People to Never Eat Alone, much ink has been spilled on the importance and value of strong, respect-based relationships.  Business development requires not only having an expansive network to help you facilitate a deal, but also a deep understanding of how to build and maintain new relationships to leverage them when needed.  Relationships with partners, customers, colleagues, and even the media, can all be crucial factors in not only getting in the door to a biz dev opportunity but keeping it open.

“Hey, Wait a second,” you’re asking.  ”You forgot about partnerships?  Isn’t business development all about partnerships?”  In short, no, it's not. Partnerships are a common course to pursue a given business development opportunity, but they are but one option amongst many when evaluating the path to creating long-term value.  And though scouting, signing, and developing partnerships is an everyday task in many business development roles, the skills required for partnerships are really an amalgam of all other Biz Dev skills – a mix of sales, relationship management, and strategy.  As frequently as they arise in the day job of business development, partnerships are only one potential outcome of Biz Dev done right.

How Biz Dev Roles Change by Company Size

Does the role of business development change as a company that matures from a startup to enterprise?  Yes and no.  In the early stages of any company, the role of business development is often left to the founder, CEO, or an early hire.  The role of forging partnership deals does take on an increased priority, as the decision of which potential path to pursue an opportunity often favors the sharing of resources that's incumbent in partnerships.  But the day-to-day activities of business development remains the same: at a startup or a large company alike, whom ever plays the role of "biz dev guy/gal" must be constantly evaluating the best path to create long-term value, whether it an option built in-house or pursued in partnership with others.

At larger companies, the role of business development may be divided across a broader array of individuals.  Sure, teams of people with "Business Development" on their business cards may focus on the full spectrum of activities, from sourcing business development opportunities to evaluating the opportunity's potential to create long-term value and following through on the execution.  But just as often, the individual functions of the business development role may be split across an organization: a member of the sales team may source feedback from customers, who passes along an opportunity to create a new product to the Product Management team, who works with Finance to size and evaluate an opportunity and Operations to assess the resources needed to pursue it.  Perhaps none of those individuals consider themselves to be serving a "Business Development" function, but in total, they are a collective BD team that seeks to create long-term value for their organization in very much the same way as an individual who plays every part.

“Pure Biz Dev”

In my view, a “pure” Biz Dev job will have some combination of all of the above skillsets – identifying and strategically assessing an opportunity to create long-term value and then executing on a path to pursue that value.  But whether you're playing Biz Dev as a team sport or an individual contributor, the interplay between Strategy, Sales, and Relationship Management informs the potential for a company's growth path.   Business Development is a function that is varied, complex, and exciting – although the nature of Biz Dev may be ambiguous to some,  the importance of the role should be clear to all.

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Reaching Out in Your Community

By going outside the church walls, we show God’s tangible love and care to many who have never seen it.

Written by Hope on 22/12/2013
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Church And Community, Service
"Work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare." Jeremiah 29:7
"Don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God." Hebrews 13:16

Recently, my church has started encouraging our congregation to get involved in local community service. Many people already serve inside the church — as teachers, cleaners, musicians, and more. But by going outside the church walls, we show God’s tangible love and care to many who have never seen it.

It can be as simple as picking up trash in a neighborhood, or as involved as starting a mentoring program for at-risk children at the local elementary school.

Also, you may find organizations near you that you can work with or pray for. Here are some kinds of groups that God might call you to serve with.

Rescue Mission
Jesus' brother posed the question, "If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that?" (James 2:15-16). Rescue missions help provide for the basic needs of people who are homeless or impoverished. Right now, you can pray for these organizations that follow the Lord's example of caring for the poor. Ask the Lord if He is calling you to serve, donate to, or otherwise partner with a rescue mission.

Women's Shelter or Crisis Pregnancy Center
James gave further instruction: "Pure and genuine religion means caring for orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27). And the Apostle Paul told his disciple, Timothy, "Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters. Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her" (I Timothy 5:2-3). Ask the Lord if He is calling you to help protect the most vulnerable in your community — abused women, or the unborn.

Financial Ministry
Some ministries share the Gospel through loans for small business start-ups, according to this principle in Psalms: "[the godly] are generous, compassionate, and righteous. Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly" (Psalm 112:4-5). These ministries lend money for people to start small businesses, while teaching the borrowers about the Lord and how to grow in their faith. Successful small businessmen and women are able to provide for their families and build up their communities, repay their loans, and expand the ministry by lending money to other entrepreneurs. Ask the Lord if He is calling you to bless your community by working with this kind of ministry.

This week’s Prayer, Care, Share Guide below shows a different way we can care for others by caring for groups or organizations.

Prayer, Care, and Share Jesus
Pray this week:

You will be able to serve those in need.

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The Power Within You

A universal truth is that life presents us with another obstacle when we least expect it. Unfortunately, the bump often occurs when there are deadlines and tasks to complete at work, or there are pressing family complications. Because of this, the development is not always met with a positive outlook and the initial thought process around an unexpected challenge often veers towards apprehension and regret. You may think, "I can't possibly take on another project, I have no time" or "there is absolutely no way I can deal." These thoughts are paralyzing; they can turn to feelings of worry and grab hold immediately. Sadly, reacting negatively brings on debilitating feelings of hopelessness which, in turn, makes you feel as if the development is insurmountable, thereby causing you to lose some or all motivation.

If you find yourself reacting in these ways, understand that you have the power within yourself to rework your thought process.The key to vanquishing negative feelings is in knowing how to redirect your mind in a positive way. Focus on the positive aspects of your situation to feel inspired, not overwhelmed. Redirect your thoughts through a quick decision-making process that revolves around what you can and will do. Allowing optimism into the thought process first and foremost helps us to face the new challenge head on with confidence.

The most powerful weapon we have against becoming discouraged is our ability to choose one thought over another. Replacing "I can't possibly…" with "I can do it and here is how…" enables us to focus on the present task at hand. Through training our minds to view situations in a more positive way, we achieve greatness. In choosing the positives over the negatives, the challenges grow smaller and become manageable. Moreover, as you apply these techniques, you will find yourself able to reach deadlines faster, be easier to approach, and feel relaxed throughout your day.

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How To Plan Mobile App Development for your Business

To create an effective app, it is essential to have a nicely laid- organized process and concept. Preplanning the app development program and development procedure will help in averting deviations from set goals, which can cause dramatic developments to the ultimate product. But, before you carry on, here are a few important things you should know.

Pre Strategy Your Mobile App Development- How can it work? How can it be useful to end users and participate? Thus, the process calls for generally defining the program. Now, why is this significant? When your mobile app developers have a clear understanding of what is expected from them, what are the characteristics the app should have, and what are your targets of mobile program development, it assists in constructing the mobile app that is more important and essential.

Taking this point further, when fair attempt and time is spent in pre-planning your app development process, it may go a long way in eliminating delays, minimizing your overhead costs, and providing the project punctually. Planning not only involves defining the app and its functionalities, but also includes establishing proper targets, timelines, and budget. Lucidity and unnecessary delays are eliminated, thus, reducing overhead costs. Precise price projection is ready with the development and marketing team so that deviations can be identified by them and minimize the exact same.

Pre-planning also helps gain insights into your audience, competitors, and latest market trends. This may be most profitable in bringing innovative and interesting turning points in the essential features of your app. Thus, with valuable market knowledge from an early phase, you are able to successfully build an app that's unique and offers somewhat distinct characteristics than other similar mobile apps in the market. Adding to this, effective communication of the theory with your development partner can help them clearly identify duties and their functions in order that they are able to provide better. Planning also helps to streamline your development procedure, and what it organized to generate outcomes that are better.

Looking to build a mobile app? Not sure how to go in regards to the pre-planning period? Here is a thorough guide for you:

Describe Your Mobile App in a Nutshell – The initial step of pre-planning comprises preparing an incredibly short description of what your app must be all about. Make it as short as possible, but feature the core notion of the app and key features you might be anticipating.

Ascertain the Needs of Your Intended Audience – This really is one of the most crucial points, but it may illuminate many factors that may be valuable in constructing a proper cellular app when done right. For this, it is imperative to recognize your market and know their ‘buying’ behavior and inclinations. It's possible for you to create forums and conversations or connect together socially to take an online survey. This can help incorporate the same in your cell program, and likewise, ascertain the things they exactly anticipate from your program.

Browse through Similar Mobile Apps – It is more easy to locate similar apps in the app store unless your app notion isn’t something in the ‘niche’ category or totally unique. Go through a few of these programs, and find their essential characteristics, how they work, technical aspects, customer ratings, and reviews, etc. This could only help you ideate.

Brainstorm a ‘Powerful’ App Idea – On the contrary to the idea of “Too many cooks spoil the broth, ” when you brainstorm with a group of like-minded people, you happen to be capable of developing ideas that are more innovative and distinctive. But for this, it is important to spot people who can add value to your app thought, and not always like-minded individuals. Brainstorming with individuals from various fields is the best way to create a better outcome and groundbreaking ideas. Make sure you are able to brainstorm from technical and customer, promotion viewpoint.

Produce a Master Record of Outcomes – This may differ from everything you conceptualized in the beginning. Based on your own research and findings from the above-mentioned measures, create a comprehensive list and compare this with the initial concept. In this step, you also had better improvise the brief description on the basis of the most recent changes.

Translate Your Ideas right into a Simple Flowchart – Flowchart or a diagram is the best way to communicate your app idea, workflow, and functionalities. But ensure that you keep it clear, simple and concise for everyone to understand easily. The flowchart should include testing demands, deadlines, budget, etc., characteristics and functionalities, development procedure, roles and duties, QA and the program theory Keep it as comprehensive as you can, if not in a flowchart then in display or a PowerPoint presentation -by-screen navigation of the app.

Conclusion

Preplanning is important for mobile app development, although not the single key to building an effective app. We regularly are inclined to overlook the need frequently or to add new attributes upgrade an app throughout its lifecycle. Give attention to creating user-centric and bug-free continue providing user experience that is improved through additional iterations, and program from its first release. In once, hire an experienced and professional development team who can help assemble the app of your fantasy, and within the set time and budget.

Author Bio
Gaurav Kanabar is a Director at Alphanso Tech an IT Consulting Company. He has developed many web applications over the last 5 years. You can Hire dedicated developers at Alphanso Tech.

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5 Brilliant Marketing Tricks

Article from Blog Freedom

The Basic rule in marketing and advertising is get to know your prospect by asking questions and listen much more than we talk. Find out what they do, what their goals are, and why they haven’t been able to reach those goals yet. Try to uncover their biggest problems and desires and understand what they think they need.

Yet, to do this we first need a Prospecting List. It’s easy to fall into a rut with online marketing. You post on Twitter or Linkedin, you send out email newsletters. Rinse and repeat. You’d like to do more on social media but you can’t justify spending hours on it every day. If that sounds like your marketing strategy, read on.

Below you’ll find a few innovative shortcuts for promoting your company. They’ve worked for others so they might work for you.

1. Go ballistic with content aggregators.
Content is king, but most of us are not royalty. Jeff Shjarback, an Internet Marketing Consultant, says every company should spend more time using content aggregators but most don’t put in the effort. He says the best approach is to write a blog post or other content, then re-publish it on multiple services–the more you post, the more the content will propagate. Here are a few to get you started: Bizsugar.com, inbound.org, scoop.it, technorati, topsy.com, digitaldoughnut.com, and justretweet.com.  For example, I own Kalatu, yet I cut and paste my content on many other sites with my links inside. Bebee is where I love to post my professional articles.  I also write about gaming, movies, food, and more.  These go to their own communities.  Make one article become twenty.

2.Post on Quora, get major media attention.
Quora is a well-known Web portal for offering your expertise. An article on Linkedin told me about an interesting tactic. It read of companies who post longer, well-written replies on Quora in hopes of getting major media attention. One example: Someone posted some tips on spying and the “article” was re-printed by Forbes. Another way to go about it: You can also post advice on Klout, then watch as your content (and company links) show up in Bing search results.

3. Follow the cascade of influence.
Everyone knows this social marketing trick: Follow the influencers. When you tweet what they say and form a relationship, they often will return the favor. Laura K. Kinoshita, the President and Client Services Director at SEO company Kinoshita Communications recommends going much further: Connect with five to 10 influencers of the influencers. She uses Nimble and Spokeo to find info about the upper echelon. She suggests finding out through social nets when they will be at a conference and make sure you are there, ready to start pitching in person. Be careful with this one: If not done well, the creepiness factor is high.

4. Offer your help, then sell your product.
Here’s an interesting tactic that will require some legwork. I suggest that you connect with those who run curated sites in your market segment. For example, if you sell a dog collar, you might look for sites that provide content about pets. But the trick is a little more subtle. You start by looking for broken links using a tool like Xenu Link Sleuth. You then offer to help fix the broken links and mention that you also sell a related product. The “helping hands” approach can form the initial relationship, but again, subtlety is key here.

5. Load up on content, get pageviews.
I love this trick because it is so aggressive. Alex Genadinik started a company called Comehike.com a few years ago. He was struggling to increase pageviews, so he decided to load up 250,000 articles related to hiking from public databases. He auto-generated the content with SEO-friendly links like “how to hike in San Francisco” and waited. The site grew quickly from that point on, due to how Google analyzes content on a site.  I have been blogging for over two years, and so I have a ton of daily new views.  This trick may speed it up.  I have not yet tried this. It was what I read on that Linkedin article.

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Trade Coin Club? (No Thanks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Coin Club?
(Not with a 10 foot pole!)

There are several digital currency 'deals' going around right now. Some of them are being touted more successfully than others and some might be more legitimate than others.

But some are clearly very suspicious looking if you look at them closely at all. One such deal is Trade Club Coin (TCC).

But don’t believe me. I’m not the only person who thinks so. Just take a look at the

this article recently appearing in in BehindMLM.com which calls TCC an “exchange club ponzi”.

Every cautionary admonition in that article makes total sense to me. Every post-game bad report that I wrote about MLM scams, crypto and otherwise, while I used to write for an MLM online magazine mentioned all the signs of a scam that I see in my research about TCC.

Frankly, I think anybody who would get into a program with no verifiable product to sell other a membership intangible… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who would get into a program which clearly pays on recruiting only (because it has no real product)… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who would get into a brand new MLM program that purports to have the kind of ultra-expensive computers and software that mega-banks use to trade currency, yet doesn't even list on their website who their owners are or where their headquarters is… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who thinks that a company which could do what they claim to be able to do would need to 'go MLM'… deserves to get screwed.

The BehindMLM article also concludes:

"On their own, Trade Club Coin's recruitment commissions make the company a pyramid scheme. Combined with the daily ROI and you're looking at a Ponzi pyramid hybrid."

And….

"Once recruitment dies down and the daily ROI collapses, best of luck getting your bitcoin back from the anonymous Trade Club Coin scammers who stole it."

And by the way, that last comment should remind you of OneCoin. You know about their problems, right?

And don’t forget about TelexFREE and uFunClub. Look them up on Google.

They bear a striking resemblance to TCC with the only difference being that the former sold a crappy VoIP long-distance telephone call product that never really worked.

But both of those deals made many millions of dollars until they got shut down and the owners and/or key players were thrown in jail.

And don’t forget another thing: If you’re buying into a ‘deal’ with an untraceable bitcoin, what kind of recourse do you have if something goes ‘south’?

I’ll tell you… You’ve got NONE.

You’ve got no paperwork to refer to, no regulators to appeal to, no company owners to appeal to or pursue, no nothing except maybe…”I never said that!”

Actually, before I remembered that I had seen the article about TCC in BehindMLM, I already had reservations about it based my perusal of their website.

And you know the thought I immediately had?

Their product and commission description reminded me of the Universal Life or cash-value insurance policies I used to analyze for customers back when I was an agent with A.L.Williams.

Those policies were never what people thought they had. That’s always happened. Those kinds of insurance programs were, until cryptocurrency MLM scams came along, the most dishonest product ever sold the general public.

But I digress….

When I looked at the TCC website, all I saw was Fees, fees, and more fees. And complexity, complexity, and more complexity.

Didn’t somebody write a book a few years ago called “Hooked”…. something about creating pleasant, beneficial, positive customer experiences?

Looking at the TCC website, I can’t imagine why any rational adult would seriously consider purchasing any product with so little information to back it up. And what information that was there was almost totally useless.  

As I said, I used to sell mutual funds, and term life insurance, and their fees and commissions weren’t even that complicated.

But when you see those kinds of fees and/or commission plan in an MLM, you know what it means, right?

Yeah…it means you better bend over and get ready for a “Royal Reaming”.

The article also brought up another very critical point which I had failed to notice when I first read the site:

Who owns TCC and where is their company? Are they domiciled in Outer Mongolia? Kazakhstan? Estonia? Arkansas? In a Trailways station in Memphis, TN?

It does make a difference, you know. Yet people are actually recruiting people into a company which claims to be leading edge yet can’t or doesn’t want to provide the most basic but essential consumer information….i.e. who are the owners, how do you contact the company, and where is their headquarters?

I’ve said it before but I think it bears repeating: Cryptocurrency has become the Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory of MLM scams. Anybody who looks at all the dumb-ass deals being advertised on Facebook or covered in BehindMLM already knows that.

Really sounds like a reputable company, doesn’t it?

Assuming that this characterization of TCC is true (and I strongly suspect it is) I would hate to think that Markethive’s reputation could be corrupted by being associated with such a disreputable program.

Nor do I think it would be advantageous to endanger the success of Infinity Economics by being associated with TCC. Unless they’re both scams of course.

But I know one thing: currency is simply a commodity…. just like pork bellies, wheat, corn, crude oil, copper, cocoa, etc., and only an idiot would buy a commodity at anything other than the very cheapest price.

The problem with all these MLM companies who are flocking into the cryptocurrency niche like pirana fish on a Thanksgiving turkey is that they drive down the value of their commodity by adding fees (and commissions) to their commodity.

Even if it is a real cryptocoin with a real blockchain. I just do not believe the MLM model is compatible with a cryptocurrency. You cannot have a competitive product (i.e. the coin) and competitive MLM commissions. The two qualities don’t go together.

If you're thinking about getting into one of these MLM cryptocurrency deals just because cryptocurrency and blockchain is something new, and because you heard about it from "a friend" or somebody you respect and because 'the product' looks and sounds like it has some degree of credibility from supposedly credible media and other sources…those are not the right reasons to get into any opportunity.

In my opinion, you need You've still got to do your own due diligence, look past the hype, turn down the emotion, and put your rational 'cap' on.

I well remember the times when I lost money trying to make money. In all cases, it was because I either (a) I thought somebody was smarter than it turned out they actually were or (b) I trusted somebody I shouldn't have trusted in the first place.

Crypto is like honey to a bee for opportunists because they hear about something "new" and they think, "Wow..now this is something people will pay attention to me about. I can make a lot of money with this!"

And they get even more energized if they think their dreams are more important than somebody else's.

Most of the people pitching cryptocoin MLM scams are just opportunists who don't know any more about crypto and blockchain than somebody who watches YouTube videos for a few hours but I think it's naive to think you can ever get a good deal on a commodity that's peppered with fees, commissions, and hidden ‘gotchas’ associated with an MLM model.

You would never buy any other commodity with the mindset that most people use to select an MLM opportunity….yet people make dumb decisions like that all the time.

Of course, an opportunity is sometimes hard for a prospect to resist because the prospect doesn't have anything to compare it to or any standard by which to evaluate it. All they know is that it's new and it's their friend or somebody they respect telling them about it.

But…seriously. Would you buy a mutual fund that way from a company that you knew as little about as you know about TCC?

And what's morbidly funny about these situations is that these scammers are very often the same people who complain about how MLM only sells "Hopes and Dreams". And then they turn around and do that very thing.

I guess what apparently makes it "OK" is that they're at the top.

The new crop of crypto-scammers are like Jim Jones. Remember him… that scammer preacher who killed all those people in Guyana by getting them to drink poison Kool-Aid?

That's where the phrase, "drank the Kool-Aid" comes from. These kind of people are experts at motivation, telling people what they want to hear, posturing, intimidation, bluffing, and sometimes even a bit of bullying…. but no questions are ever allowed during their sermons.

People like this think nothing of raping their friends Suddenly they 'see the Light'. They have a new Mission:

"It's going to change the world!!" "We give 5% of every dollar of profit to the "Save The Lab Rats Fund", "We scrape one piece of bubble-gum off the sidewalk of Times Square for every $10 in profit we make", "We'll plant a rose bush on Mt. Everest"…etc., etc., yada, yada….

And then when the deal craters….or doesn't turn out exactly the way they told everybody it would… suddenly they're silent, it's not their fault, or…"we never said that!"

I can understand somebody making an honest mistake. We all make mistakes. We're all sinners. But what I find repulsive and disappointing is when these same people won't admit they made a mistake or they even deny they made a mistake. (Ex: Dead Parrot)

Now…back to TCC….

For one thing, look at this article from BehindMLM.com which calls it a "cryptocurrency exchange ponzi".For me….I say, 'no thanks'. Sure, I'd like to make some big money. But I don’t think TCC is a legitimate program. It doesn’t have any of the characteristics of one.

I just browsed the TCC website and I defy anybody to tell me that they really understand how that compensation plan works. But one thing is pretty obvious. It's complicated while really not saying very much of any substance.  

As I see it, a person will be able to make money in TCC only if one or both of two things happen:

(a) the cryptocoin market continues to go up… and go up a LOT and/ or (b) they recruit a lot of people.

To elaborate further, your cryptocoin will have to go up a lot in order to compensate for all the commissions and fees built into the product.

In MLM that's sometimes called 'slippage'. Would you buy anything else that's loaded down with complexities like that?

Also, are you a good recruiter? Were you ever a good recruiter? Do you really want to get back into that game?

If you were never really good at it, isn't it rather naive to think you are suddenly going to be good at it now just because "…this one is different!"

People haven't changed. You haven't changed. Cryptocurrencies, in my humble opinion, is not going to be any easier a 'deal' than anything else ever was for you.

As an MLM opportunity…it's just a fad. The same people will make money in it that make money in all the other deals. And the same people will lose.

Also…remember what I said about 'money' up above.

Cryptocurrency is a commodity. That's it. And only an idiot pays more for a commodity than they have too buy buying with all the extra charge TCC throws into the mix.

Yet I marvel at how MLM detractors can be so holier-than-thou to criticize traditional MLM companies for having over-priced products and yet be willing to get their friends into what essentially (in it's MLM iteration) is just the unregulated MLM version of Universal Life insurance (or at least the investment side of the product).

And what trying to objectively evaluate the strength of TCC with questions such as, "OK…who's in back of this deal? What's their MLM background and track record? Do they have a real history of helping average people make money in their last deal?”

Or did they get run out of the last program they were in… or did they leave on short notice because they knew they were going to get fired anyway?

If you were going to hire somebody to work for you in a traditional company, wouldn't you check their past employer and references?

I think that would be a smart thing to do the next time (or maybe this time) somebody pitches you about a 'new deal'.

The bottom line on Trade Coin Club is that it boils down to being careful and using some common sense. Think with your head rather than your wallet.

Read the fine print. Ask the tough questions. Take a careful look and consider if you can handle the worst case scenario. Hoping that 'this one is different' won't make it different.

If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Don't get into dark waters (something you don't know anything about). Don't trust anybody who you know has lead other people down the 'garden path' in previous deals. If they lied once, they’ll probably lie again.

Don't be afraid to work a legitimate MLM if you find one you like. Find a good product that delivers real value to the end-user. And stick with it.

As for TCC, I think it’s a scam. Yes, some people who will make some money…. but most won't and there will be a lot of friendships ruined because of it.

 

 

Art WilliamsS
Freelance Copywriter
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The Coin Club? (No Thanks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade Coin Club?
(Not with a 10 foot pole!)

There are several digital currency 'deals' going around right now. Some of them are being touted more successfully than others and some might be more legitimate than others.

But some are clearly very suspicious looking if you look at them closely at all. One such deal is Trade Club Coin (TCC).

But don’t believe me. I’m not the only person who thinks so. Just take a look at the

this article recently appearing in in BehindMLM.com which calls TCC an “exchange club ponzi”.

Every cautionary admonition in that article makes total sense to me. Every post-game bad report that I wrote about MLM scams, crypto and otherwise, while I used to write for an MLM online magazine mentioned all the signs of a scam that I see in my research about TCC.

Frankly, I think anybody who would get into a program with no verifiable product to sell other a membership intangible… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who would get into a program which clearly pays on recruiting only (because it has no real product)… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who would get into a brand new MLM program that purports to have the kind of ultra-expensive computers and software that mega-banks use to trade currency, yet doesn't even list on their website who their owners are or where their headquarters is… deserves to get screwed.

Anybody who thinks that a company which could do what they claim to be able to do would need to 'go MLM'… deserves to get screwed.

The BehindMLM article also concludes:

"On their own, Trade Club Coin's recruitment commissions make the company a pyramid scheme. Combined with the daily ROI and you're looking at a Ponzi pyramid hybrid."

And….

"Once recruitment dies down and the daily ROI collapses, best of luck getting your bitcoin back from the anonymous Trade Club Coin scammers who stole it."

And by the way, that last comment should remind you of OneCoin. You know about their problems, right?

And don’t forget about TelexFREE and uFunClub. Look them up on Google.

They bear a striking resemblance to TCC with the only difference being that the former sold a crappy VoIP long-distance telephone call product that never really worked.

But both of those deals made many millions of dollars until they got shut down and the owners and/or key players were thrown in jail.

And don’t forget another thing: If you’re buying into a ‘deal’ with an untraceable bitcoin, what kind of recourse do you have if something goes ‘south’?

I’ll tell you… You’ve got NONE.

You’ve got no paperwork to refer to, no regulators to appeal to, no company owners to appeal to or pursue, no nothing except maybe…”I never said that!”

Actually, before I remembered that I had seen the article about TCC in BehindMLM, I already had reservations about it based my perusal of their website.

And you know the thought I immediately had?

Their product and commission description reminded me of the Universal Life or cash-value insurance policies I used to analyze for customers back when I was an agent with A.L.Williams.

Those policies were never what people thought they had. That’s always happened. Those kinds of insurance programs were, until cryptocurrency MLM scams came along, the most dishonest product ever sold the the general public.

But I digress….

When I looked at the TCC website, all I saw was Fees, fees, and more fees. And complexity, complexity, and more complexity.

Didn’t somebody write a book a few years ago called “Hooked”…. something about creating pleasant, beneficial, positive customer experiences?

Looking at the TCC website, I can’t imagine why any rational adult would seriously consider purchasing any product with so little information to back it and and with what information there was being almost totally useless.  

As I said, I used to sell mutual funds, and term life insurance, and their fees and commissions weren’t even that complicated.

But when you see those kinds of fees and/or commission plan in an MLM, you know what it means, right?

Yeah…it means you better bend over and get ready for a “Royal Reaming”.

The article also brought up another very critical point which I had failed to notice when I first read the site:

Who owns TTC and where is their company? Are they domiciled in Outer Mongolia? Kazakhstan? Estonia? Arkansas? In a Trailways station in Memphis, TN?

It does make a difference, you know. Yet people are actually recruiting people into a company which claims to be leading edge yet can’t or doesn’t want to provide the most basic but essential consumer information….i.e. who are the owners, how do you contact the company, and where is their headquarters?

I’ve said it before but I think it bears repeating: Cryptocurrency has become the Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory of MLM scams. Anybody who looks at all the dumb-ass deals being advertised on Facebook or covered in BehindMLM already knows that.

Really sounds like a reputable company, doesn’t it?

Assuming that this characterization of TCC is true (and I strongly suspect it is) I would hate to think that Markethive’s reputation could be corrupted by being associated with such a disreputable program.

Nor do I think it would be advantageous to endanger the success of Infinity Economics by being associated with TCC. Unless they’re both scams of course.

But I know one thing: currency is simply a commodity…. just like pork bellies, wheat, corn, crude oil, copper, cocoa, etc., and only an idiot would buy a commodity at anything other than the very cheapest price.

The problem with all these MLM companies who are flocking into the cryptocurrency niche like pirana fish on a Thanksgiving turkey is that they drive down the value of their commodity by adding fees (and commissions) to their commodity.

Even if it is a real cryptocoin with a real blockchain. I just do not believe the MLM model is compatible with a cryptocurrency. You cannot have a competitive product (i.e. the coin) and competitive MLM commissions. The two qualities don’t go together.

If you're thinking about getting into one of these MLM cryptocurrency deals just because cryptocurrency and blockchain is something new, and because you heard about it from "a friend" or somebody you respect and because 'the product' looks and sounds like it has some degree of credibility from supposedly credible media and other sources…those are not the right reasons to get into any opportunity.

In my opinion, you need You've still got to do your own due diligence, look past the hype, turn down the emotion, and put your rational 'cap' on.

I well remember the times when I lost money trying to make money. In all cases, it was because I either (a) I thought somebody was smarter than it turned out they actually were or (b) I trusted somebody I shouldn't have trusted in the first place.

Crypto is like honey to a bee for opportunists because they hear about something "new" and they think, "Wow..now this is something people will pay attention to me about. I can make a lot of money with this!"

And they get even more energized if they think their dreams are more important than somebody else's.

Most of the people pitching cryptocoin MLM scams are just opportunists who don't know any more about crypto and blockchain than somebody who watches YouTube videos for a few hours but I think it's naive to think you can ever get a good deal on a commodity that's peppered with fees, commissions, and hidden ‘gotchas’ associated with an MLM model.

You would never buy any other commodity with the mindset that most people use to select an MLM opportunity….yet people make dumb decisions like that all the time.

Of course, an opportunity is sometimes hard for a prospect to resist because the prospect doesn't have anything to compare it to or any standard by which to evaluate it. All they know is that it's new and it's their friend or somebody they respect telling them about it.

But…seriously. Would you buy a mutual fund that way from a company that you knew as little about as you know about TTC?

And what's morbidly funny about these situations is that these scammers are very often the same people who complain about how MLM only sells "Hopes and Dreams". And then they turn around and do that very thing.

I guess what apparently makes it "OK" is that they're at the top.

The new crop of crypto-scammers are like Jim Jones. Remember him… that scammer preacher who killed all those people in Guyana by getting them to drink poison Kool-Aid?

That's where the phrase, "drank the Kool-Aid" comes from. These kind of people are experts at motivation, telling people what they want to hear, posturing, intimidation, bluffing, and sometimes even a bit of bullying…. but no questions are ever allowed during their sermons.

People like this think nothing of raping their friends Suddenly they 'see the Light'. They have a new Mission:

"It's going to change the world!!" "We give 5% of every dollar of profit to the "Save The Lab Rats Fund", "We scrape one piece of bubble-gum off the sidewalk of Times Square for every $10 in profit we make", "We'll plant a rose bush on Mt. Everest"…etc., etc., yada, yada….

And then when the deal craters….or doesn't turn out exactly the way they told everybody it would… suddenly they're silent, it's not their fault, or…"we never said that!"

I can understand somebody making an honest mistake. We all make mistakes. We're all sinners. But what I find repulsive and disappointing is when these same people won't admit they made a mistake or they even deny they made a mistake. (Ex: Dead Parrot)

Now…back to TCC….

For one thing, look at this article from BehindMLM.com which calls it a "cryptocurrency exchange ponzi".For me….I say, 'no thanks'. Sure, I'd like to make some big money. But I don’t think TCC is a legitimate program. It doesn’t have any of the characteristics of one.

I just browsed the TCC website and I defy anybody to tell me that they really understand how that compensation plan works. But one thing is pretty obvious. It's complicated while really not saying very much of any substance.  

As I see it, a person will be able to make money in TCC only if one or both of two things happen:

(a) the cryptocoin market continues to go up… and go up a LOT and/ or (b) they recruit a lot of people.

To elaborate further, your cryptocoin will have to go up a lot in order to compensate for all the commissions and fees built into the product.

In MLM that's sometimes called 'slippage'. Would you buy anything else that's loaded down with complexities like that?

Also, are you a good recruiter? Were you ever a good recruiter? Do you really want to get back into that game?

If you were never really good at it, isn't it rather naive to think you are suddenly going to be good at it now just because "…this one is different!"

People haven't changed. You haven't changed. Cryptocurrencies, in my humble opinion, is not going to be any easier a 'deal' than anything else ever was for you.

As an MLM opportunity…it's just a fad. The same people will make money in it that make money in all the other deals. And the same people will lose.

Also…remember what I said about 'money' up above.

Cryptocurrency is a commodity. That's it. And only an idiot pays more for a commodity than they have too buy buying with all the extra charge TCC throws into the mix.

Yet I marvel at how MLM detractors can be so holier-than-thou to criticize traditional MLM companies for having over-priced products and yet be willing to get their friends into what essentially (in it's MLM iteration) is just the unregulated MLM version of Universal Life insurance (or at least the investment side of the product).

And what trying to objectively evaluate the strength of TCC with questions such as, "OK…who's in back of this deal? What's their MLM background and track record? Do they have a real history of helping average people make money in their last deal?”

Or did they get run out of the last program they were in… or did they leave on short notice because they knew they were going to get fired anyway?

If you were going to hire somebody to work for you in a traditional company, wouldn't you check their past employer and references?

I think that would be a smart thing to do the next time (or maybe this time) somebody pitches you about a 'new deal'.

The bottom line on Trade Coin Club is that it boils down to being careful and using some common sense. Think with your head rather than your wallet.

Read the fine print. Ask the tough questions. Take a careful look and consider if you can handle the worst case scenario. Hoping that 'this one is different' won't make it different.

If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. Don't get into dark waters (something you don't know anything about). Don't trust anybody who you know has lead other people down the 'garden path' in previous deals. If they lied once, they’ll probably lie again.

Don't be afraid to work a legitimate MLM if you find one you like. Find a good product that delivers real value to the end-user. And stick with it.

As for TCC, I think it’s a scam. Yes, some people who will make some money…. but most won't and there will be a lot of friendships ruined because of it.

 

 

Art WilliamsS
Freelance Copywriter
Contact email

 

 

 

Visit the Kairos webiste https://cabinet.kairosplanet.com/register/#111b0e

PascalCoin Is A Cryptocurrency With a Deletable Blockchain

PascalCoin Is A Cryptocurrency
With a Deletable Blockchain

PascalCoin Piques People’s Interest

Every now and then, cryptocurrency developers come up with a rather intriguing concept. PascalCoin is a great example of one such project, as this cryptocurrency offers a deletable blockchain, effectively solving one of the data storage problems bitcoin has been facing for several years now. It is time we take a closer look at this altcoin, as it shows a lot of promise.

It is not difficult to see why PascalCoin has been seeing a boost in popularity as of late. Although the project was announced in August of 2016, it looks like its potential is finally coming to fruition, After all, PascalCoin is the first cryptocurrency that does not require a blockchain of historical operations to be downloaded by the end user. Despite this “odd” function, there is no way to double-spend one’s coins. Rather than using the blockchain as found in the bitcoin ecosystem, PascalCoin makes use of a technology called SafeBox. This hash mechanism is modified every time a new block in generated by the PascalCoin blockchain. SafeBox is updated with the new block operations, after which it generates a new Safebox hash. Even if the blockchain up to that point were to be deleted, there is still a proof of all transactions and wallet balances.

Controlling the Safebox hash is the utmost priority for the PascalCoin team. A total of five new accounts is created per network block, which effectively helps to keep the hash size as small as possible. For those who want to find out more, it is well worth checking out the project’s white paper on GitHub. By removing the need to download and store an entire blockchain, the PascalCoin developers could be onto something. Other than the SafeBox feature, PascalCoin focuses on being a cryptocurrency that can appeal to the masses. It offers quite a few similarities to how bank accounts work, with easy to remember account names instead of wallet addresses. This is another intriguing development that makes cryptocurrency more approachable by the average person on the street. It remains to be seen whether or not PascalCoin can achieve its goal, though.

Looking at the PascalCoin trading charts, it is evident this cryptocurrency has become the new hot commodity among altcoin traders. That being said, the fact its blockchain can be deleted and its convenient wallet addresses are the only “proper features” for the time being. There are no merchants or platforms accepting PascalCoin as a payment option, indicating this altcoin still has a long way to go before it can rival bitcoin. One final thing that sets apart PascalCoin fro other altcoins is how it seemingly favors mining with a NVIDIA GPU. Most altcoins use algorithms which make using an AMD graphics card far more convenient. PascalCoin is doing things a bit differently, although a new miner for AMD cards was released not too long ago. An intriguing take on things, although it remains to be seen whether or not PascalCoin will still be relevant a few months from now.

Top Bitcoin Communities

The latest bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and technology

Staying up-to-date about all things bitcoin can be quite challenging these days. Different communities exist all over the Internet, each of which aims to provide the latest news and insights to the masses. Cryptocurrency continues to baffle the mind of many people, here are some excellent starting points to become a part of the bitcoin community.

Bitcoin On Google+

When it comes to using social media for bitcoin news and information, a lot of people tend to overlook Google+. Although Google’s social network is far less popular than Facebook or LinkedIn, it has a vibrant bitcoin community. The largest cryptocurrency group on Google+ consists of several thousand members and continues to grow every single day.

The Bitcoin Groups on Facebook

It comes as no surprise Facebook is home to many bitcoin enthusiasts as well. Although it is not easy to find the best group, there are quite a few to choose from. Do keep in mind some of these groups may suffer from affiliate-oriented posts every now and then, although moderators do what they can to keep spam to a bare minimum.

Cryptocointalk

One of the many cryptocurrency-related forums in existence today is called Cryptocointalk. Albeit it is less so popular than Bitcointalk, CCT is quite informative and contains quite a few educative threads. Moreover, there is an open discussion related to altcoins, which can be of use to particular cryptocurrency enthusiasts. Their news section is also worth checking out, as it features new content every day.

Bitcointalk

The go-to place for any bitcoin discussion is Bitcointalk, the infamous messaging board which is home to tens of those of enthusiasts. Ranging from news to technical discussions and mining support to altcoins, it is hard to think of any resource that can’t be found there. People interested in spending Bitcoin may want to check out the marketplace section, although one always needs to tread carefully when dealing with unknown people on the internet.

 /r/Bitcoin and /r/BTC

Reddit is the front page of the Internet and has not one, but two major bitcoin communities. On the one hand, there is /r/Bitcoin, where most of the news, technical discussions, and political debates can be found. Some discussions are not allowed, though, such as talking about altcoins or highly controversial topics.

A result of this strict “regulation” of the primary bitcoin subreddit caused a second community to be created a few years ago. In the /r/BTC subreddit, there is a lot of talk about Bitcoin Unlimited and blockchain news. Do not be mistaken in thinking there is no strict rule in /r/BTC either, as political debates often turn into heated discussions rather quickly.

Chuck Reynolds
Contributor

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