The Daily Five: Social news from around the internet – 1/10


A quick look at my Daily 5 picks for your reading pleasure!

  1. Do Innovation Consultants Kill Innovation?

    From Fast Company Design

    Are companies more innovative than ever before? Judging from the vast number of Fortune 500 companies professing their commitment to innovation, the answer is yes.
    But we sense that the more a company talks, thinks, and strategizes about innovation, the less real, big innovation it produces. Take the electronics maker…

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  2. 12 Ways to Become a Better Designer in 2012

    From 99 Designs Blog

    Judging by the developments at 99designs, this year is going to be an important one. We’re growing and improving at an ever increasing pace and we want our designers to grow with us too.

    We have 12 months ahead — let’s use each month to become a better designer by learning a new skill and trying a new tip!

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  3. The 2nd Most Important Element in Copywriting

    From CopyBlogger

    This simple word of advice makes good copywriters legendary. With it, you’re going to increase sales. Without it, you’re finished.

    It’s deceptively plain, and easily ignored.

    We already know if nobody reads your headline, nobody reads your ad. This makes the headline the most important element of your persuasive copy.

    What’s the 2nd most important element?

    You’ve already read it …

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  4. 15 top web design and development trends for 2012

    From .net Magazine

    Craig Grannell quizzes the industry’s finest about the web design and development trends that will occur over the coming 12 months and that you need to be mindful of

    2012 looks set to be an interesting year. The economic fallout continues to batter industries worldwide, seemingly with no end in sight; and many governments are doing their best to censor the internet, to deny citizens basic rights or prop up ailing media companies.

    For web design and development, 2012 could be…

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  5. How Do I Balance New Business Development vs. Day-To-Day Operations?

    From Score Business Success Blog

    As the founder of a software company that bootstrapped its way to life, I was always hyper-aware of time as a precious commodity. The startup stories you hear about long hours and sacrifice are true—I’ve been through the war and can confirm that you always wish you had more of two precious commodities: time and money. There never seemed to be enough of either to run the day-to-day operations, much less to develop and execute new business development. Yet the less time you spend on new business development, the less money you generate. Your choices become a matter of priority in your company’s survival.

    Determined not to be a statistic on the big heap of startups that wither and die because of missed opportunities, I developed a process for making sure I made time for new business development. Here are the most important parts of my new business development process:

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