The popularity of social marketing online is growing, but according to a report by JupiterResearch, budgets aren’t supporting it. Jupiter’s “Social marketing scorecard: Benchmarking social marketing initiatives” shows that social marketers do not plan to increase budgets in the near future.
Starbucks is offering a store-locator service in North America for cell phone and wireless computing device users who have access to text messaging or Internet browsing. Consumers can receive a list of nearby Starbucks outlets by testing a ZIP code to MYSBUX or 697289, according to Nation’s Restaurant News.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Colorado Springs Business Journal, which has been continuously published since debuting on April 1, 1989. This is the first in an occasional series that explores how the problems and opportunities of that era still resonate today, despite the changes wrought by time, technology, growth and development. CSBJ […]
Sumer Liebold is a young woman in a hurry.<br> A little more than a year ago, Liebold and her brother identified a market niche between extended-stay hotels and upscale corporate housing. The niche proved to be profitable, and the brother/sister team currently controls more than 70 units in Phoenix and Colorado Springs.<br> Liebold took time recently to tell CSBJ about herself and her business.<br>
As director of the Catamount Institute, Eric Cefus is responsible for its teaching and conservation programs. The organization has a number of programs designed to reach students and teachers, because Cefus believes ecological stewardship will also help combat the nation’s obesity and diabetes epidemic.
The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index dropped four points during the first quarter of 2007 to 110, compared to a record high of 114 during the fourth quarter of 2006. The index tracks six measures (financial situation, cash flow, revenues, capital allocation, job hiring and credit availability) for current and future expectations.
Problem: We’ve dominated our industry before. We need to do it again. But our innovation initiatives aren’t working, while our competitors are forging ahead. We seem to be “stuck in neutral.” To regain our edge, we need bold innovation. How do I get our innovation programs unstuck? Business leaders generally know how to get things […]
Back-to-school shopping is more than a quick Labor Day weekend rush for necessities like paper and pencils. The U.S. Department of Education estimates almost 18 million students will enroll in American colleges and universities this year. And a national survey conducted for Circuit City Stores Inc. shows college-bound students start shopping for tech gear two months or more before classes begin.
A National Restaurant Association study found that diners respond better to an ethic restaurant with sophisticated cultural cues in décor and atmosphere, and if servers are able to speak the language of the country where the cuisine is from. That’s what owners of Asian Garden & Bar, 1747 S. 8th St., hope will help them bring in customers. The restaurant, which opened May 12, offers food from three countries. Indian, Nepalese and Tibetan cuisine is prepared by cooks who specialize in foods from each region.
John Morrisroe is a busy man. He runs three companies in Colorado Springs (Gutter Helmet of Southern Colorado, Beauty Bath of the Rockies and Rocky Mountain Awnings), and is expanding into the Denver market. And despite what might seem like an impossible juggling act, he maintains the focus that quality delivery isn’t just expected, it’s required.
Southeast Colorado Springs has long endured a reputation for crime, poverty, drugs and high dropout rates — but talk to Julie Ramirez, and you’ll hear about a community ready to reinvent itself. Ramirez, 27, is the Southeast community coordinator for the Council of Neighbors and Organizations, and she’s helping build the grassroots enthusiasm, practical skills […]
Traffic at the nation’s retail cargo ports is slowly climbing, despite the continuing economic slowdown — but it will remain below last year’s levels for most of 2008. The monthly tracker report from the National Retail Federation shows that month-to-month levels are climbing, but are lower this year because of reduced consumer demand. Traffic should pick up by the beginning of the fourth quarter.