Try finding a hotel mystery shopper willing to dish on one of their stays. Ask them to reveal the dirt on the unkempt suite, the coquette of a concierge, or the wilted flower that sullied the room service tray. You can't.
Creativity has taken center stage in recent years, with a slew of books, articles and TED talks extolling the virtues of imagination and exhorting young and old to go out and exercise their creative muscle.
Every U.S. company with more than 100 employees is required to file a one-page form each year with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, an independent federal agency. Called the EEO-1, the form categorizes each company's U.S. workers by their self-identified race and gender.
Virtually all smartphones now include a built-in GPS receiver to enable location tracking, but only 55% of U.S. smartphone owners have used their phone's GPS to help get local directions or recommendations.
Groupon's success in the daily deals space spawned hundreds of copycat sites and inspired big companies like Google to hawk their coupon services. Skeptics said the near-immediate market saturation meant Groupon's business was easily replicated -- and therefore doomed.
At about 5:30 on a Friday afternoon a few weeks ago, I was running out the door to get home when I ran into several colleagues sitting in a circle and drinking some Scotch. They invited me to celebrate the end of the week with them, and after hesitating a bit, I joined the little group. Yes, I enjoyed the single malt they gave me, but I enjoyed the conversation much more. These are people I see all the time, but nearly all of our interactions are rushed and task-oriented.
Major retailers are entering the location game, offering users discounts for "checking in" on location based services like Facebook Places, Foursquare, and Gowalla during the busiest shopping day of the year.
I admit I'm pretty much a walking gender stereotype. I like shopping, getting pedicures, grabbing drinks with the girls after work, obsessing about my hair, and lusting over other women's awesome boots.
We continuously make decisions every day, from which restaurants and dry cleaners to patronize to who to vote for. Sometimes we know enough to make those decisions ourselves, but often we rely on friends, or on friends of friends, or even on strangers.
Facebook's latest modifications make it pretty clear that the company is eager to spread its brand even further across the Web -- and that's left some privacy advocates a little freaked out as they look at the vast amount of personal information that Facebook has on hand.
As a small business in a small town, we rely heavily on phone-book advertising for our law firm. We have recently expanded to create a Web site. We have tried to keep it informative to draw in potential clients. We currently use Google AdWords and are listed as a member of the AARP Legal Services Network. Can you make any suggestions as to how we can improve our Web site to attract people who are using the Internet to search for an appropriate attorney in this area?
People gotta eat. They need plumbers and carpet cleaners and attorneys and dentists. And not just in the United States. These are global necessities, and now more than ever, we all have to be careful about how we spend our money on such things.
I admit, I'm pretty much a walking gender stereotype -- I like shopping, getting pedicures, grabbing drinks with the girls after work, obsessing about my hair, and lusting over other woman's awesome boots. I also hate when models brag about how they can eat anything without gaining an ounce, and I have an unhealthy addiction to gossip sites, but that may be taking it a bit too far.
"I'm making a ton of money from Yelp, and it's freaking me out." Woe is Christopher Hall, the 34-year-old owner of Splitends, a hair salon in Orange County, Calif. Its chic décor is more architectural firm than beauty parlor. He has appeared on a reality show, in the L.A. Times, and on TV news segments. He's photogenic and has a quick wit. He serves beer to customers. So business, unsurprisingly, was decent as soon as he opened the place last December. Until March 6. That's when things got crazy.