Why A Fractional CFO Service Might Make Sense For Your Business

As your small business has grown more successful, its financial picture has probably become increasingly complex. But bringing a skilled, experienced CFO onboard in a full-time capacity may prove a steeper challenge for your payroll and recruiting resources than you would prefer. The good news is that you don’t have to choose between having a CFO you can’t really afford and having no CFO at all. That’s because Fractional CFO services can supply you with all the executive-level financial wizardry you need, at least for this stage of your company’s evolution.

We have done several posts about working with The Pony Group as a Fractional CMO. Here are some of the reasons a Fractional CFO service might prove the right fit for your business’s needs.


6 Tips for Project Managing Programmers

Project managers are critical to the success of a software development project. They help a team establish goals, align on a path forward and change course as unanticipated obstacles come up during the project. But mastering project management, specifically when leading developers, takes expertise and nuance. Having managed several website redesign projects and with experience building and developing several platforms for startup and mature companies, The Pony Group has learned several lessons for running successful website and development projects with programming teams. Managing programmers incorrectly can ruin what could otherwise be a successful project.

As you work to improve your project management style, consider these six tips to better manage programmers.


Optimizing Your Content for Digital Assistants and Voice Search

Between Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google Assistant, it’s never been easier to interact with a digital assistant. Add in Samsung’s Bixby and Yandex’s Alice and the market seems positively crowded. But, these technologies aren’t just a fad – they’re here to stay and they are already having a noticeable impact on the way consumers search for and find content. Optimizing content for voice search is now a must for any business.

Google reports that 20% of mobile queries are now voice search, and according to a Northstar Research study (in partnership with Google) 41% of U.S. adults and more than half of U.S. teens now use voice search every day.

The number of consumers searching by voice is only going to grow, so how can you ensure they find your content?

We put together a few quick and key ideas for consideration in the new world of voice search:


2018 Technology Trends Guide: What We Can Expect From Tech

When starting a new business or thinking strategically about your growth, it is important to take inventory of the technology trends that are emerging each year. We researched and put this guide together in an effort to put some important technologies on your radar for 2018.

With technology evolving rapidly, advances in business and retail are on the way. A few future technology trends that we focus on are:

•AI Product Design
•Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technologies
•Electric and Driverless Cars
•Mixed Realities
•Machine and Data Learning


Tips For Using Fractional CMO’s, Freelancers & Remote Employees

Letting your employees work from home (or anywhere else in the world) can reduce your office overhead, make your company more attractive to new talent and ensure maximum efficiency from your team. Additionally, hiring freelancers, remote employees, or fractional CMO’s can help you get exceptional talent, regardless of where your offices are physically located.

It can seem like a major change for a business to not hire someone that is in your office every day, or even working with your business full-time, but more data and statistics are showing that freelance and remote workers are becoming a workplace staple in companies small and large. According to Upwork, it is expected that by 2027 a majority of the workforce will be freelancers, and by 2020, according to the Freelancers Union, 50% will be freelancing as a part of their career.

For many HR departments and business owners, utilizing flexible workforces and remote employees can be a new challenge. Here are some smart tips for putting your “away team” to work as effectively as possible.


Essential Guide for Business Owners Looking to Hire Freelancers

Around the financial collapse of 2008, we saw the beginning of a fundamental change to the world of employment. The “gig economy” that emerged is driving more people to freelance and more businesses to hire freelancers. People who lost their jobs in that period set up their own businesses.

Evidence also suggested millennials were beginning to shun the traditional workplace for the same reason; today, as much as 50% of millennials in the US work freelance. It’s clear that what in past generations may have been a stop gap has become a career choice. The gig economy and freelancing are here to stay, and it’s self-sustaining for marketing consultants, content writers, web developers and many more. For the rest of the workplace, this large body of freelancers is a useful resource.


5 B2B Marketing Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore in 2018

At the beginning of 2018, marketing leaders at business-to-business (B2B) firms face more pressure than ever to deliver new and innovative strategies. DataStax CMO Karl Van den Bergh believes “marketing is the most rapidly evolving corporate function.” We researched and boiled it down to the top B2B marketing trends to keep an eye on this year.

While goals may vary, the most effective campaigns this year will likely require new approaches. While some trends are more hype than substance, the following B2B marketing tactics are research-backed and ranked among the most effective methods. 


3 Cost-Effective B2B Lead Generation Strategies For 2018

If you fail to generate new leads, you won’t have any potential customers in your pipeline. If you don’t have potential customers, your revenue is eventually going to dry up. If this happens, your business is going to be in real trouble. To help you get your year off to a great start, we put together a few quick, cost-effective B2B lead generation strategies that you can put into action this week.

Having an effective method in place to generate new leads is critical; however, it is also challenging – especially in the realm of B2B marketing.


2018 Marketing Strategy Planning Guide

The holidays have arrived and 2017 is coming to a close. As a business owner, this is often one of the few times of the year that you are able to take a step back and review your business. What many entrepreneurs and business owners forget, however, is that you need to look back in order to move forward and grow your successes. We’ve put together this basic 2018 Marketing Strategy Planning Guide to help you navigate your company’s marketing efforts and plan for an exceptional 2018. Free marketing strategy planning worksheet.


How To Start Your First e-Commerce Apparel Business

Starting a business can feel like a daunting endeavor, but there is no better time than now to start an apparel business and 2018 should be the year for you to finally take the leap.

The tools available to get started have lowered the barrier to entry, but the fundamentals of starting a successful company have largely remained the same. Like building a house, it is important to start with a strong foundation, before you worry about the extra finishes like the flooring color or the ceiling fans. Without the solid foundations in place for your apparel business, the house will collapse, so spend time building your business the right way. Here is a checklist to help you start or grow your apparel empire:


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