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BizTV and BizTalkRadio welcome BizTalkNews

BizTV and BizTalkRadio announced the addition of a new top-of-the-hour news product that airs daily from 9:00 am to 5:05 pm EST.

“We felt there was a void in the marketplace for business news,” said Scott Miller, EVP of BizTV and BizTalkRadio. “There are several great resources for news, but our TV and Radio affiliates wanted a news product that follows the stock market and provides business centered news stories.”

BizTalkNews is a five-minute top-of-the-hour news product that gives affiliates options.  Stations can choose to air the entire five minutes or pick the segments they are interested in airing: News Headlines, Market Report/Business Headlines or a segment on Business Stories.

“We wanted to give our affiliates the ability to pick and choose to meet the needs of their viewers or listeners,” said Miller.  “This gives them an option to air all five minutes, join the feed for the Market Report and Business Headlines or air the Business Stories later in the same hour.”

Independent News Network, a division of The Media Gateway in Little Rock, Arkansas is producing BizTalkNews. “We are excited to partner with BizTV and BizTalkRadio on this new venture,” said Jeff Lyle, President of The Media Gateway.

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Welcome Wide World of Stocks to the BizTV family!

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Wide World of Stocks (WWOS) delivers visibility to companies in the micro and small-cap sectors. It offers a comprehensive awareness package that provides valuable exposure for your company, products and services. WWOS is a print and digital content provider with multi-channel integration including television, radio, video, webcasts, podcasts and a magazine in both digital and print formats. The program has been seen in 100+ million homes, regionally and nationally on cable and major networks including CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX.

Wide World of Stocks is a subsidiary of Valhalla Venture Group, LLC.

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The Wide World of Stocks airs every week day at 5pm.

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4 Branding Tips to Boost Recognition

Before you start branding, you’re going to need a few steer…no, wait. Wrong kind of branding.

Brands and brand recognition are now more important than ever. With social media and Google Image searches, your logo could be every where. So, what can you do to boost your brand and make it more recognizable? Here are our thoughts:

1. Stay true

There’s an idea out there that services like Groupon and LivingSocial are going to help your business and it’s true. There are plenty of cases where this has happened. However, it’s not necessarily going to help your brand. Likewise, if you run contests, it’s not really a brand booster, it’s just a contest.

If you want your brand to flourish, you have to stay true to your brand stands for. Don’t know what your brand stands for? Figure it out. Like Apple standing for sleek design and being user-friendly, something that they follow through with in the whole setup of the Apple Store.

Write out a mission statement. Make it your tag line.

From top to bottom, make your brand recognizable for its authenticity.

2. Be reachable

Some people don’t want to get on social media. They think it’s a waste of time, something that takes them away from what they should be doing. If one of the things you should be doing is interacting with customers, you need to be on social media.

It’s not really a question of whether or not you have time. And, even if you aren’t going to use social media as a marketing tool, you should still make yourself available to people who have questions, thoughts, or concerns with your company and your product.

3. Work on your writing

Has your company ever sent out a press release? Shouldn’t you? Sometimes, sending out a press release can be costly. That’s an excuse. But, it’s not a good one. You can still put a press release on your website or out on the Internet. You could even target a few people with similar interests and ask them to share or retweet your info. News travels fast these days.

Now, the hard part. Get better at writing.

Nothing falls quite so flat as an uninteresting press release. What can you do to convey your info as quickly, efficiently, and interestingly as possible? Work on it.

4. Participate

This isn’t another social media push (still, guys…get on social media). No, instead, what I mean by participation is interacting with your local community. Sponsor high school events or marathons. Go to conferences and conventions. If you don’t have the money to be a sponsor, find some way to get involved. It’s a way to get your name and your brand out there.

What do you think is a good branding technique? What has worked for you in the past? Let us know in the comments.

BizTV and BizTalkRadio at the Small Business Expo in Dallas

BizTV and BizTalkRadio had a great time at the Small Business Expo in Dallas. The Small Business Expo in Dallas took place on May 14th. It’s a free small business networking event. Check out the website to find the Small Business Expo closest to you!

Here’s some of what we saw.

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Gerry Robert, author of A New Way To Sell, gave a keynote speech.
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The 10 Twitter Accounts Entrepreneurs Should be Following

The 10 Twitter Accounts Entrepreneurs Should be FollowingYou’re an entrepreneur on Twitter. Great. You can broadcast all your insights to an interested audience. But, it’s also a great place to find out what else is happening in the entrepreneurial world. If you’re an entrepreneur and you’re looking for new connections, here are the top 10 accounts you should be following on Twitter.

1. Richard Branson

@richardbranson

The founder of Virgin is quite familiar with Twitter. He tweets a lot. If you’re looking for some nuggets of wisdom delivered directly to your feed, Richard Branson is the guy to do it.

2. Guy Kawasaki

@GuyKawasaki

Guy is an author of many marketing and business books. He’s seen behind the curtain at Apple and Google. He’s great at finding interesting material to share online, giving you a wide array of knowledge to look through.

3. Anita Campbell

@smallbiztrends

Anita is the founder and CEO of Small Business Trends. The Small Business Trends blog curates info on small business resources, trends, and advice. Anita isn’t limited to text-based posts, either. She curates podcasts, videos, and more for her audience.

4. Bijan Sabet

@bijan

If you want to stay up on to date on the latest technology, Bijan Sabet is the guy to do it. Bijan is a board member for Twitter. He’s also a partner at Spark Capitol. You can also take a look at his personal blog, http://www.bijansabet.com.

5. Seth Godin

@ThisIsSethsBlog

If you’re an entrepreneur who hasn’t heard of Seth Godin…where have you been? Seth has written several bestselling books on entrepreneurship and marketing. Like many on this list, he has a personal blog at http://sethgodin.typepad.com/. Don’t miss it.

6. Caterina Fake

@caterina

Caterina is the co-founder of Flickr and Hunch. She has the unique perspective of a woman entrepreneur. She tweets about her success as an entrepreneur, which can be inspiring and give you something to aspire to.

7. Brad Feld

@bfeld

Brad is the managing director of the Foundry Group. He invests in software and Internet companies. And, while he might not invest in your company, it gives you the chance to get into the mind of the investor. Also, he shares investments and trends to watch.

8. Cindy Ratzlaff

@BrandYou

Rather than an entrepreneur, Cindy is a marketing strategist (her Twitter handle is @BrandYou, after all). She has created award-winning marketing platrforms. Forbes named her one of the “Top 30 Women Entrepreneurs to Follow on Twitter” if you need another reason to follow her. If you want some marketing tips, this is the place to go.

9. Jason Fried

@jasonfried

Jason is the co-founder and CEO of 37Signals, which is a software for small businesses. His tweets focus on revenue generating business ideas. He also interacts with some of his followers, so don’t be afraid to reply to any of his tweets of interest. You may cultivate a relationship.

10. Randi Zuckerberg

@RandiZuckerberg

Yes, that Zuckerberg. Randi is Mark’s older sister. She has a media company and likes to tweet about tech tips and technology. She’s also a writer for Wired magazine. You can never go wrong with that.

Who do you think is an essential Twitter personality every entrepreneur should follow? Share in the comments below! And don’t forget to follow @BizTV,.

Business Talk Radio Network (BTRN) is now BizTalkRadio

Arlington, Texas – Biz Talk Radionetworks announced the rebranding of Business Talk Radio Network (BTRN) to BizTalkRadio. With the rebrand comes a new partnership with BizTalkRadio’s sister network, BizTV.

Center Post Holdings, the parent company to both BizTalkRadio and BizTV, purchased BTRN last October with the idea of rebranding the network to co-market both the TV and radio properties.

“We are excited to offer a broader marketing strategy to our program partners and affiliates,” said Scott Miller, Executive VP of Center Post Holdings. “We feel we offer a unique format for small business owners, entrepreneurs and people looking to manage their family’s assets.”

“The rebrand will give our radio hosts the opportunity to expand to TV and bring some of the TV shows to radio,” says Jeff Weber, President of BizTalkRadio. “This move also sets our radio network apart, in that we can market our local radio affiliates on our local TV affiliates.”

BizTalkRadio currently has over 300 radio affiliates and growing. BizTV tripled its distribution in the last year, currently available in 21 markets serving close to 30 million broadcast homes.

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Biz Talk Radionetworks Acquires the Assets of BTRN

Greenwich, CT -­‐ Biz Talk Radionetworks announced the acquisition of the assets of Business Biz Talk Radionetworks Acquires the Assets of BTRNTalkRadio Network. Biz Talk Radionetworks partnered with its sister company, BizTV, now offers both radio and TV networks to listeners and viewers. In addition to TV and radio properties, the companies also operate a number of online properties that complement Biz Talk Radionetworks.

BizTV’s focus is serving as the home for business. BizTV finds the resources entrepreneurs, small business owners and families need to manage their money, start their latest venture or grow their business.

“This acquisition fits nicely in our portfolio of media centric assets,” said Scott Miller, Executive VP of parent company Center Post Holdings. “With the combination of BizTV and BTRN the company will have a solid foot hold in both radio and TV. The combined reach will exceed 30 million TV Households and millions of radio listeners.” Miller added, ” A number of the programs are carried on both networks currently and we expect that number to expand as we integrate the operations. It’s a natural fit for us and we are ready to expand our suite of benefits to small business owners.”

Current Consulting Operations Officer for BTRN, Jeff Weber, has been appointed president of the network and will guide the expansion and development of the radio assets. Weber comes with a substantial history and experience with the radio format and BTRN in particular.

BizTV is the home for your business. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, small business owner or just managing your family’s assets, BizTV can help. BizTV finds the resources you need to manage your money, start your latest venture or grow your business.

The Business TalkRadio Network provides business and financial radio programs, and features to more than 1,000 stations across the country on a barter basis and operates 24/7.

Centerpost Holdings is privately held and based in Arlington Texas. It’s properties include, BizTV, Penny Sports, BTRN, LTRN, Austin I Lab, Everything Internet, College Real Estate, Key- Linx broadband, and various real estate holdings.

BizTV Doubles Distribution in 2013, On Track to Hit 33 Million Homes by Q1 of 2014

BizTV announced today that it has doubled its distribution in 2013; reaching over 15 million BizTV Doubles Distribution in 2013, On Track to Hit 33 Million Homes by Q1 of 2014broadcast homes in August. In addition, BizTV says it is on track to hit 33 million homes by the first quarter of 2014.

“We are extremely excited to see the growth of BizTV,” says Scott Miller, Executive Vice President of parent company Center Post Holdings. “BizTV is now in its fourth year of operations, and our affiliates see the value in providing their viewers with content to help them manage their business or personal finances.”

BizTV started 2013 with five affiliates including Atlanta, Dallas, Denver and Salt Lake City. New affiliates include WPBH 60.2 in Philadelphia, KHMP in Las Vegas, KCTU 43.4 in Wichita, WGGS in Greenville, South Carolina and WBFT 46 in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina.

Additional markets are scheduled to come online in New York, Fresno, Bakersfield, Kinston, North Carolina, Cleveland and San Diego.

Miller credits the growth to the economy, “With the uncertainty in Washington and Wall Street, more Americans are interested in getting into business for themselves or managing their personal finances. BizTV gives them the tools they need to do both.”

Interested affiliates can contact Mark MacGregor, VP of Affiliate Relations for BizTV at mark@biztv.com or 727-686-4415.

BizTV is the home for your business. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, small business owner or just managing your family’s assets, BizTV can help. BizTV finds the resources you need to manage your money, start your latest venture or grow your business.

Centerpost Holdings is privately held and based in Arlington Texas. It’s properties include, BizTV, Penny Sports, BTRN, LTRN, Austin I Lab, Everything Internet, College Real Estate, Key-Linx broadband, and various real estate holdings.

If you don’t get BizTV in your area, find out how here!

You can also watch BizTV live online on Ustream.tv/biztv.

Are you a fan of BizTV? What’s your favorite show? Share in the comments!

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