Trending News, Hot Tech and Cool Tools – April 3, 2012



On the verge newsletter

Business and Leadership

How to lead, follow, or get out of the way!

The Five Personalities of Innovators: Which One Are You?

Business Trends

It’s not just about that romantic “ah ha!” moment in front of a chalkboard or a cocktail napkin, it’s about the nitty-gritty work that comes after the idea: getting it accepted and implemented. Are you a Mover and Shaker? An Experimenter? A Controller? An effective and productive culture of innovation is like a good minestrone soup: it needs to have the right mix and balance of all the ingredients. Where do you fit in? Read Innovators.

Sales and Selling

Selling as if people matter

The Sales Game Has Changed: Here’s How to Adapt

The sales profession has come a long way — and I’ll venture to say that much of the changes have occurred as recently as the last 5 years. Technology adoption among consumers has picked up pace; marketers have changed their lead generation and engagement tactics to shift towards a less interruptive, more invitational focus; and sales professionals have had to adapt their sales to . . . Read 21st Century Sales

Ya’ Think?

From the On the verge blog

Happy Birthday, Sage ACT! I Love You, Man.

 Happy Birthday Sage ACT

Sage ACT! is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary. This is a singular accomplishment for any software application. Especially one that’s experienced (endured?) multiple owners over the years and, (shades of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) was owned twice by one of it’s original creators, Pat Sullivan.

ACT! hasn’t always had the product development love or resources it (and it’s users) deserve, but it has . . . Read at Happy Birthday Sage ACT!

This issue of the On the verge newsletter is brought to you by Sage E-marketing, powered by Swiftpage. Learn more about email marketing, drip marketing, creating surveys and landing pages, and email marketing analytics . . . Swiftpage.

Tech Toolkit

Apps and services, gadgets and gizmos


ZenDesk – Zendesk a cloud-based customer service solution built to manage relationships and conversations your customers. Easily organize, prioritize and engage with others on support requests to ensure your customers get accurate and timely responses. Highly affordable. . . ZenDesk



RightSignature is an online service that enables a browser-based electronic signature application. Get nearly instant signoff on W4 and W9 forms, sales agreements, NDA’s, Quotes, Credit Card Authorizations, forms, change orders, POs, and more. . . Read it at RightSignature

Chrome Multitask

April 1st Newsflash! If you haven’t used the Chrome browser, here’s a compelling reason to switch:. Chrome Multitask Mode lets you browse the web with multiple cursors at the same time so you can get more done, faster. . . Experience it at Welcome to the ambinavigation revolution

Tweeps and Peeps

Social media, demystified

Facebook Page Timeline Design

Are you ready for the transition? According to Facebook, as of Friday, March 30, all business pages on Facebook will be converted to the new page design, embracing the Timeline look whether you like it or not. The new design will require you to make some changes to your Facebook business page, but . . . From our friends at HubSpot . . . Page Timeline.

If Social Media Isn’t Profitable, What’s The Point?

You’re in business for a reason: to make money. Your social-media presence must be profitable to be a worthwhile investment. But many business owners have no idea how to accomplish this. Although social-media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn have . . . become widely accepted . . . Read Social Media ROI.

Reading Room

Publications for business and personal growth

Quiet: The Power of Introverts

Quite by Susan Cain

Passionately argued, impressively researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet shows how dramatically we undervalue introverts, and how much we lose in doing so. This extraordinary book has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how introverts see themselves. Read . . . Quiet

See the author! Watch Susan Cain discuss the power of introverts in a recent Ted Talk.

You can find it on Amazon: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Announcements and Whatnot

Announcing the 2012 OnDemand 100 Top Private Companies

This year’s 100 top, private on-demand and SaaS companies-plus 20 to watch-are creating a complex world of interconnected business intelligence, merging valuable legacy data and systems with new, vital streams of information. As the digital information created by businesses continues to multiply at astronomical rates, OnDemand 100 companies are providing the technology platforms and services needed to manage and leverage the . . . Read
The Top SaaS and On Demand Companies.

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