The Top Female Entrepreneurs in Business Today

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According to the The 2013 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report conducted by American Express OPEN, the only bright spot in recent years with respect to privately held company job growth has been among women-owned firms. They have added an estimated 175,000 jobs to the U.S. economy since 2007. Between 1997 and 2013, when the number of businesses in the United States increased by 41%, the number of women-owned firms increased by 59%—a rate 1½ times the national average. Tory Burch, founder of the Tory Burch Foundation (TBF) which supports the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs, provides a bit of insight as to why in this excerpt from

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Social Media May Have a 30 Year History, But The Impact on Marketing to Women Took Place in the Last Five Or So

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While it seems that social media happened overnight, the technology has actually been evolving over the past three decades as you can see in the Infographic from Simplify360 below. Even, Six Degrees, considered the first modern social network, was launched as early as 1997 allowing users to create profiles and become friends with other users. Yet, although it attracted as many as 3.5 million members at one point, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon appears to have had much longer staying power. Perhaps just a bit before it’s time, Six Degrees shut down in 2001, just three years before “The Facebook” launched. But for

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Male Marketers: Are You Talking to Women Differently on Their Smartphones?

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With consumers using smartphones 80% of the time to search the Internet, brands must shift their focus as well. Consumers now expect their mobile experience to be everything they are used to finding on their computers. This makes it even more important to understand that there are distinct differences in how women and men use both social media and their smartphones. The following infographic from reveals some of the interesting patterns emerging. Just a few of the highlights: Women outnumber men when using social media for staying in touch with others, sharing photos, entertainment and gathering how-to information. And they continue to dominate Facebook

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Male Marketers Marketing to Women: Cannes Is Now Rewarding Creativity That Challenges Gender Bias

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In June of this year, Cannes Lions will introduce a new Lion – the Glass Lion: The Lion for Change – which honors work that challenges gender bias and shatters stereotypical images of men and women which remain rooted in marketing messages. A jury headed by Cindy Gallop, Founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld / MakeLoveNotPorn, will assess work entered into the new category. Gallop stated, “I couldn’t be more thrilled about the introduction of the Glass Lion, which demonstrates Cannes Lions’ commitment to ensuring that both our industry and the work we create not only more accurately reflects the world around us,

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Male Marketers: When The Tsunami Of Female Power Peaks, Most Will Not Know Where The Crack Began


tsu·na·mi – (t)so͞oˈnämē/ –  a series of ocean waves generated by  displacements in the sea floor, landslides, or volcanic activity.  A tsunami wave may come gently ashore or may increase in height to become a fast moving wall of turbulent water several meters high. Not meaning to sound overly dramatic here, but a tsunami is the visual that came to my mind as I read Pamela Ryckman’s, book, Stiletto Network. I believe most male decision makers from CEO’s to marketers to owners would benefit from reading this book. Otherwise, they will not even feel the underlying shift now taking place which is

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4 Ways to Market Technology to Women

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It is well known that technology is a male-dominated industry. Just take a look at a couple of statistics noted by Ryan Holmes, creator of Hootsuite, in an article titled, “Why the Tech Industry is (Still) Failing Women:” Only eight percent of startup founders are women, according to EZebis, a site that supports women in tech. Women comprise fewer than 30 percent of U.S. computer science and engineering programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels, according to the National Science Foundation. YET, WHO ACTUALLY PURCHASES TECH PRODUCTS? Let’s take a look at a few more numbers. Women in Western countries use the internet

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101 Stats About Digital Moms And Their Shopping Behavior

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How well do you know today’s Digital Mom? According toPunchbowl®, moms adopt new technologies faster than the average American. They keep their smartphones by their side at all times to look up information on-the-go, post photos of their kids and stay connected with friends and family. They quickly transition to their tablet to shop online, browse family dinner recipes, and search for birthday party ideas. They interact with bloggers, brands, and loved ones. They check email, watch videos, and read the news. They manage their family’s calendar and keep their photo memories. Mom is the ultimate Household CEO and many of her actions take place online with

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Male Marketers: 6 Reasons Why Women Are The Real Power Behind Social Media

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As noted by, social media is now the top Internet activity, according to Business Insider. Americans spend an average of thirty-seven minutes daily on social media, and more than half of them are women. So, if women are the driving force behind these billion-dollar social networking websites, it is safe to say that brands must figure out how to find and connect with the female market. They must learn to socialize, not simply market and sell. Six reasons why women are considered the real power behind the social media phenomenon: More women use the top social media including Facebook,

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7 Epic Ways That Volvo’s Semi-Truck Ad Appeals to Women, Thanks To Jean-Claude Van Damme

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Aside from the obvious fact that this video is simply incredible and may likely be the best ad of the year – if not the decade, it is also an excellent example of how to effectively market to women. I don’t exactly need a semi-truck, but Jean-Claude Van Damme makes me want to buy one – from Volvo. Actually, there are some pretty strong arguments for the trucking industry to target female drivers. For instance: There is a shortage of truck drivers. The number of female truck drivers has increased 50% since 2005 and continues to rise. Of the more than

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WHY MARKET TO WOMEN: Sheconomy® Speaks at the 2013 Mediarun Festival in Gdańsk, Poland

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I had never been to Poland, but I fell in love with the coastal city of Gdańsk when I had the honor to speak at the 2013 Mediarun Festival. Touted as the leading marketing event in Central Europe, other speakers included Peter Vesterbacka, founder of Angry Birds, Caroyn Everson, the VP of Global Marketing for Facebook and Faris Abouhamad, the IAA Chairman and World President. I had the pleasure of meeting and conversing with marketing colleagues from all over the world who spoke on topics from leading through innovation to brand valuation, corporate disruption in the digital era, creative leadership,

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