Author: Courtney Huckabay

Can Fresh Focus on German Restaurants Save Them?

Yelp Data Scientist Carl Bialik says German food ranked number 83 of the 100 biggest restaurant categories in growth. Unfortunately, all across the country, German restaurants are calling it quits. Converting traditional German eateries into biergartens and transforming menus into fresh takes on German cooking could be the trend that saves them.

Top Pool Design Trends Local Contractors Will Be Swimming In

"Like an infinity pool with no end in sight, so goes the styles that set the pace for pool design trends in 2018. High-end, resort-style pools are at one end of the scale," Lyon Financial reports. "But any backyard pool can achieve that semblance of refinement with a few carefully chosen colors and finishes. Even pool depth makes an architectural and functional statement that can exclusively define any new pool installation."

5 Craft Beer Trends to Watch in 2018

"What does 2018 have in store for beer?" the editors at FSR Magazine asked leaders in the craft beer segment. "They say the future carries so much promise. They gazed into the crystal growler and saw what trends are fermenting for 2018."

Demand for Classic Pickup Trucks Heats Up

"Classic pickups are becoming a favorite item at collector auctions," CNN Money reports. "For example, auction prices for 1947 to 1955 Chevrolet 3100 pickups have risen 33 percent in the past three years, according to the collector car market watchers at Hagerty Insurance. Prices for newer 1973 to 1987 GMC trucks have risen 22 percent, and prices for big 1945 to 1968 Dodge Power Wagons have gone up 34 percent."

Video! AE Prospects by Month to Engage Local Bridal Shop

This month's Sell Smarter Awards features Jessica Davis & Leanne Dedow of Spectrum Reach.

Studies Say More Protein, More Weightlifting for Those Older than 40

"People who would like to become physically stronger should start with weight training and add protein to their diets, according to a comprehensive scientific review of research," Gretchen Reynolds writes. "The review finds that eating more protein, well past the amounts currently recommended, can significantly augment the effects of lifting weights, especially for people past the age of 40. But there is an upper limit to the benefits of protein, the review cautions."

Desktop Audience Still Larger Than Mobile Audience

Website visits are plateauing in the U.S. – and the battle for visitors is increasingly being fought on smartphones. But despite mobile devices capturing the majority of digital minutes, the U.S. still features more desktop than mobile unique visitors, according to a report from comScore.

Older People Projected to Outnumber Children for First Time in U.S. History

The year 2030 marks an important demographic turning point in U.S. history according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 National Population Projections. By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 residents will be retirement age.

9 Food Trends to Incorporate for Food Truck Success this Season

Food truck owners can look to the future for ways to grow their business and create more culinary magic with the help of food trends. Adopting upcoming food trends can keep a business current and competitive and give cooks the inspiration needed to be a trendsetter too. Check out these ways food truckers can incorporate food trends for 2018 into their food trucks.

Make Your Own Rules to Achieve Work-Life Balance

Darius Foroux follows the rules. Maybe you should too. In the ongoing quest for work-life balance, laying down some ground rules might just be the tactic that sticks for you. It's like our time in school – a few rules set up much-needed structure for success when followed. As an entrepreneur, Foroux calls them his work rules in his productivity blog. They are powerful and effective in their simplicity.

Close to Half of All B2B Product Researchers Are Digital Natives

Digital natives who grew up with the internet and smartphones have transformed the way B2B buyers research purchases, qualify vendors and make purchases — changing the rules of the game for marketers and product managers, Harvard Business Review reports.

AE Adds Value to Pitch with Value of a New Customer Data

Chase Henderson was working hard to upsell accounts in his pipeline as the new kid on the block at Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas. One specific client did very minimal advertising with his company. He knew the owners of a portfolio of rehabilitation and senior care centers were always looking to gain more patients and fill rooms.

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