26 must-know ecommerce stats for 2019


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How often do you shop online? Whether it’s a late-night clothing haul or a much-needed replacement part for your vacuum, customers are making more frequent and significant online purchases. As of today, two-thirds of Americans have made at least one online purchase in the past month. But as of 2040, 95% of all purchases are expected to be made online.

With the boom in e-commerce comes a rise in customer expectations. If you’re a retailer, you now need to focus more effort into shipping times, technology, and customer service. Perfecting the online shopping experience for your customers will be crucial if you want to survive and thrive in this changing landscape.

This infographic below covers 26 must-know online shopping statistics for 2019.

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15 ways to get ahead during your lunch break [Infographic]


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We live in a world that’s not slowing down. Technology that’s always at our fingertips makes life speed along at record rates. That’s why it’s more important than ever to slow down and get away from screens periodically. Luckily, there’s one opportunity you have every day to do this: your lunch break 🙂

Depending on your work situation, you may or may not have a lot of flexibility during your lunch break. Whether you have 30 minutes or over an hour, working from home or a cubicle, there are lots of ways you can improve your life during lunch. Whether you want to improve your personal, professional, or financial life, a lunch break is a great way to start building good habits.

So how do you choose to spend your break? From going for a jog to working towards a certification, this infographic from Self Lender will inspire you to make the most of your lunch — all in 30 minutes or less.

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How Companies Use Scent Marketing to Influence Buyers


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Scent marketing has been used for years by companies across many industries to influence customer opinion, reinforce brand image or encourage sales. Scent is connected to parts of the brain that help us recall memories and experience emotion, which makes it a powerful subliminal tool.

How do companies use scent? It depends on the industry. For instance, Cinnabon bakes their cinnamon rolls towards the front of their stores so that the smell can easily travel outside of the shop. Since they are often in enclosed spaces (like malls), the smell is quite strong and encourages sales.

Companies can also use scent to reinforce brand image or create a certain atmosphere in their stores. For example, the scent of leather can inspire an image of opulence, leading customers to feel like the products sold there are luxurious. It is often used in upscale shops and storefronts.

Many gyms will use the smell of fresh linen to create or reinforce the illusion that their gym is extremely clean. Also, lemongrass can be used to energize and invigorate casino patrons or hotel guests.

There are numerous ways that scent marketing can benefit businesses both large and small. The below infographic from FragranceX delves into the subject a bit more!

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What Your Desk Setup Says About You (Infographic)


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Building rapport with your coworkers can be essential to working productively and tackling team projects with ease. However, since our workdays are often filled with meetings, assignments, and calls, it can be challenging to make time to get to know your coworkers over lunch or a coffee break. While it’s a good idea to pay attention to the subtle ways your colleagues are communicating in conversation and nonverbally, there is another way to get to know your coworkers, just by looking at their desks.

Since so many hours of the day are spent at a desk, it’s unsurprising that they can grow to reflect the person who occupies them. Things like photographs of kids and spouses can indicate they are family-oriented, while pictures of their various travels can hint at an adventurous side. While these can spark a conversation on their own, they can also give you insight on how to work with them. For example, you may not want to send any emails to the family-oriented coworker after hours. Or, if you need some new out-there ideas for a brainstorm, ask the person with a picture of themselves hiking a mountain.

Whether you already have a great relationship with your coworkers or just starting a new job, there are insights their (workers) desks can tell you that they may never think to say to you themselves. All you have to do is decode them. To help you with translating what these desks mean, Fundera created this infographic that covers what their desks say about you and your coworkers:

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Time Management Best Practices for the Busy Entrepreneur


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Time management is an essential skill to master – whether at home or work. People always want to get things done so they can rest more comfortable when everything is over.

Questions such as where to start from, when to start, or how to start are some of the issues people face on a daily basis in the quest of finding/learning how to manage time effectively.

That said, there are some smart insights you can follow to solve the highlighted questions.

Learning this skill takes time, but following the necessary steps would ensure you acquire them. Some of the steps you should consider is learning to say ‘no’ when you have a lot on your plate already instead of jumping at every opportunity that is knocking at you. You have to be smart when it comes to what you accept and decline. Another point worth mentioning that is relating to the topic under discussion is delegation. It is imperative that a person knows how to delegate when the situation is overwhelming, this way, a person can keep tasks going without any hiccups.

These are some of the things you can take to heart and start mulling over. To know more about the best practices on time management, check out this infographic below:

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Tips to Boost Wifi Signal [Infographic]


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Whether you use the internet for work or play, it’s more or less like a culture in our world today. We expect nothing less than fast, reliable internet service but unfortunately, it’s not always the case. Most of us have experienced dead zones, slow internet speeds and long chats with tech support help. Don’t worry; you are not in this situation alone hahaha. That’s why our friends at Panda Security has put together a visual on ten ways to improve your WiFi signal. Whether physical obstacles block your WiFi router, or it needs an extender to provide internet in spotty places, this infographic has tips and tricks to boost your WiFi.

Below is an infographic which outlines how you can boost your wifi signal:

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How a clean office can boost productivity [Infographic]


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a messy, unsanitary office leads to workers being distracted easily by piles of rubbish and stacks of paper? Indeed, such workspaces could result in employees frequently getting ill and work not being done due to abnormally high absenteeism. By sticking to a cleaning routine and maintaining a neatly organised work space, employees are much more likely to get their best work done and meet targets.

Workplace productivity can be hugely affected by employees taking a high volume of sick leave, some of which is spurious but in most cases it is genuine. Frequently, the offending illness occurs because of unsanitary conditions within the office.

If you work in an office, it’s almost certain that you’ll use a computer as part of your job. At the risk of severe scaremongering, your keyboard might be carrying up to 7,500 bacteria as you’re reading this. Also, that desk on which your computer is perched – viruses such as the flu could linger there for 24 hours or more.

While there is no scientific correlation between a clean office and optimum productivity, the two often go hand in hand for several reasons. Workers in a neat, tidy office will enjoy coming in every day and won’t be distracted by clutter or pick up contagious illnesses. Contrast that with a messy environment where diseases can very easily be acquired, further denting the morale of a workforce that’s already likely to be less than enthusiastic about spending multiple hours a day in an unsanitary office.

Below is an infographic which outlines how clean offices can help with improving workplace productivity, along with recommendations as to how this can be achieved.

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Woman are Still Underrepresented in UK Business


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Woman are still under-represented in the UK in terms of entrepreneurship and business. Although the gap between the number of male and female entrepreneurs may be closing, it still exists. In the UK, the so-called “Enterprise Gap”, the difference in the number of men and woman owning companies, has significantly decreased in the last decade, but there is still work to be done. There are 5.5m SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises) operating in the UK today, with only 20% led by a woman – that’s 1.14m in total. The UK has not only seen an increase in female entrepreneurs in recent years, but also in woman occupying directorial roles. In 2017, 28% of FTSE 100 directorships were occupied by a woman. This exceeds a target set in a 2011 national report that said there should be a minimum of 25% female representation on boards.

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Looking at the differences across sectors of woman representation on the boards of FSTE 100 companies, there have been substantial changes in the past ten years. In 2007, there were no women on the boards of companies in the construction sector, and only 4% in manufacturing. Both sectors are now operating at or above the government’s target of 25%, with a representation of 29% and 25%.

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There are now 0 all-male boards in the FTSE 100, down from 21 in 2011. In fact, 46 companies have now reached 30% representation of woman in the boardroom. The trend is also being matched in the FTSE 250, in which 62 companies as of October 2017 had reached 30% representation of woman, and only nine all-male boards remain, down from 131 in 2010.

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Overall, there is a significant variation by region when it comes to the percentage of woman who are directors in businesses. Wales and the North of England are the most gender-equal parts of the UK, at least regarding having a low share of businesses with no female representation on boards and high rates of having more than one.

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Not only has female directorship considerably increased, but more women are starting their own business. There were 648,000 more businesses owned by a woman in 2016 than in 2000. That’s a significant 72% increase in 16 years. During the same time, male self-employment also increased, from 2.357m businesses in 2000 to 3.221m businesses in 2016.

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London and the South East are the leading hubs of female start-ups, with female entrepreneurs generating an extra 18,000 jobs in the Capital in 2015. This meant that there was an increased economic contribution of £790m from female-led start-ups in London alone.

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The percentage of woman business owners compared to total business ownership changes drastically from country to country. Woman business ownership is not always correlated to the wealth and level of development of an economy. In the UK, 25.8% of total business owners are women.

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Four Pillars of Brainstorming


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Whether you love brainstorming or feel intimidated by the process, it’s always great to brush up on your idea generation skills. Coming up with creative ideas on demand is no easy feat, but implementing tried and true brainstorming best practices can help make the process easier. If you’re feeling stuck during a brainstorm, consider implementing the four pillars of brainstorming, a framework created by advertiser Alex F. Osborn in the 1940s. Alex F. Osborn created the term “brainstorm” and developed four pillars that you can use when coming up with new ideas.

By going for quality, withholding criticism, welcoming wild ideas, and combining and improving ideas, you can radically transform the success of your brainstorming sessions. Check out the infographic below from our friends at Fundera that outlines the four pillars and provides actionable tips to improve idea generation. Feel free to add your suggestions in the comment box below.

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15 of the Best TED Talks for Activating Creativity


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The first step to overcoming a mental block is modifying your frame of mind from failure and self-doubt to positivity and knowing you are capable. Finding inspiration is one way to shift away from a negative perspective and jumpstart those creative juices.

The popular media company TED (short for Technology, Entertainment and Design) has got inspiration down to a science. Devoted to making powerful ideas accessible as well as sparking conversation, innovation and change, their global community welcomes thought leaders to share knowledge and motivate you to spread your greatest ideas. Speakers come from an array of different fields. They include authors, producers, entrepreneurs and more.

Lecturers are thinkers, doers and idea-generators!

To help you replenish your creative spark and get inspired, our friend at Invaluable compiled a list of 15 must-listen Ted Talks on creativity.

Browse the highly viewed list of speakers, find your favourite and find your inspiration.

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