Karolyn Hart

Karolyn Hart is the President and Founder of InspireHUB Inc.

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5 Essential Security Tips for Working in the Age of Zoom | InspireHUB

 

It was no April Fool’s joke when the CEO of Zoom, Eric S. Yuan, apologized to the world in a blog post for the privacy and security challenges their platform is experiencing.  With almost 200 million users a day, the impact has been immediately felt as organizations of all sizes are wondering what the implication of this could mean to their business. Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and Apple both made the decision to completely ban Zoom from their organizations and as leaders begin to learn about other troubling headlines with Zoom (such as the US attorney general investigation or the lawsuit over data sharing with Facebook) they may wonder if they should be doing the same. (Take a breath. It's not all doom and gloom!)

The team of InspireHUB has been working 100% remotely for seven years and our experience provides a unique vantage point.  With that in mind, we reached out to our cyber security partners (CyberSC) and asked Founder Dominic Vogel to provide his insights into some practical tips that should be taken into consideration regardless of what video platform you use.

 

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Rescue Your Small Business by Transforming to Digital FAST! | InspireHUB

 

The global pandemic has left many small business owners uncertain of their future and grappling with the reality that almost overnight the commerce world as we know it has become almost exclusively an online model.  For small businesses that rely on their retail and physical storefronts to produce revenue, this transformation can be daunting. It’s important to understand that if ever there was a time to move your business into the digital world, that time is now.   The sooner, the better in fact. It won’t just help reduce the loss of revenue but will continue to serve you in the future.

We’ve got some practical ideas to help you quickly make the digital jump your business needs to survive.  Our skilled team has helped clients achieve this in one week because of our experience.  While you may not be able to move as fast, you can still get moving, and we hope this article will help to rescue many more businesses and jobs then what we can get to. 

 

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Samir Husni on how the Coronavirus is changing the future for magazines. | InspireHUB

 

In just a few short weeks, the world as we know it has fundamentally shifted.  Even prior to the global pandemic, magazine publishers around the world were facing a myriad of ever-increasing concerns.  Some of these were addrressed in the 2017 New York Times article that discussed “The Not-So-Glossy Future of Magazines,” outlining how large magazines had lost readers and advertisers to more nimble online competitors.  Others included debates around what the proper print versus digital mix is for readers.  

What the general consumer may not have understood was the print industry had been enjoying a very steady and healthy increase and was predicted to reach $821 Billion by 2022. In 2018, research from Freeport Press indicated that “When it comes to our magazines, we read more, read longer and subscribe more often to print than digital.”

However, these industry trends and statistics no longer apply in this new world where the coronavirus is being said to stay active for days on surfaces.  It brings a level of complexity that many in the magazine publishing industry may not have even considered.


How to be a good digital neighbor: Implementing Lessons from Mister Rogers during Coronavirus

 

Last week, people awoke to the news of countries closing borders and companies sending home their employees. Our team was lucky. We felt virtually no disruption because we’ve been working 100% remotely for five years. I’ve been doing it personally for seven. We realized that we have benefited from many of the lessons that working remotely had taught us; most especially that being a good neighbor can happen without physical proximity.

Critics have challenged this notion for years, claiming that a remote team cannot possibly be as close as a team that physically works together. Yet we are living proof that physical proximity is not what determines close relationships, innovation, or success.

Sharing those lessons felt like the right thing to do, and in the midst of writing an email with a quote from Mr. Rogers on how neighbors help others, we had an epiphany.


5 reasons independent agencies should be building on closed-circuit Digital Experience Platforms | InspireHUB

 

A shift has happened in the digital world.  Small, independent agencies and freelancers are giving larger well-established agencies a run for their money.  Since 2018, there has been growing confidence among senior executives at large brands. Brands who once saw a small agency as a potential "risk" are changing their tune and now view the small agency as providing a level of agility that is now required for businesses to compete.

The IHUBApp Digital Experience Platform (DXP) is now rapidly being used by digital agencies around the globe for exactly this reason.  We put together the five main reasons your digital agency will want to consider the IHUBApp as you look to disrupt the established agencies in your local community for yourself.

 

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Suddenly remote? 5 Critical tips for companies struggling with the Coronavirus quarantine.

As the Coronavirus has spread around the world, businesses are requiring employees to work from home and grappling with the practical implications of suddenly needing to manage a distributed workforce.

InspireHUB is a 100% remote company and has been managing an international staff of digital nomads for over five years. As the creator of the IHUBApp Digital Experience Platform, we also have had agencies and clients use our platform to build employee hubs to help improve their connection and engagement.

From this unique vantage point, we decided to share the internal guidelines and tips that have helped us become high-performers and produce at the award-winning level with the hopes of you making the most of the situation.


3 Things You Can Do to Boost Communications with Non-Desk Employees | InspireHUB

Looking for ways to cultivate better communications with your non-desk personnel? They're often the members of your team most at risk of being left out of important conversations. These 3 "best practices" can be game-changers!


Three easy steps to kill a company culture. | InspireHUB

Healthy companies don't happen by accident. They're the result of an engaged leadership that creates a culture of care. Studies show that happy employees are more productive and their companies have a healthier bottom line.

So why does the Gallup poll tell us that nearly 70 percent of employees are actively disengaged?

Here are 3 things we get wrong and how to fix them ...

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