April 16, 2020

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The following excerpt is from Robert W. Bly’s The Content Marketing Handbook. Buy it now from Amazon | Barnes & Noble 

Design plays an important role in the success of your content. Long before they read your words, readers will begin judging the value of your content by its appearance.

Here, according to desktop design guru Roger C. Parker, are 10 of the most common graphic design mistakes and how to avoid them:

1. Overuse of Color

The overuse of color does a disservice to readers who print white papers on inkjet printers. Avoid solid-colored backgrounds behind the text. Such pages can cost several dollars each in ink supplies. In addition, bright colors can create distractions that make adjacent text hard to read. Finally, text set in color is often harder to read than black

Imagine you are a business leader operating a decade from now. Your organization has become the unassailable leader in its market. How did this happen?

In years past, you were competing head-on with several other players. Each time you tried to move ahead, your competitors kept up with you. You watched what they did, and if you noticed them doing something new, you would try it out yourself to make sure they didn’t build a lead over you.

But now, you have left your competitors behind. Your organization has been able to command higher margins and win business more easily. Suppliers and financiers beat a path to your door. The best talent wants to work for you, and you can afford to pay them more than your competitors can. If this continues, you may be able to dominate your industry for decades to come.

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Cash is king in the current economic climate. Given this, managers of privately held companies trying to attract and retain top-tier talent are fighting with one hand tied behind their backs. Most of these companies aren’t offsetting the amount of cash they spend on compensation by creating meaningful equity programs — this is how they can change that.

Tech startups have for long known that paying equity is crucial to attracting top-tier talent. Startup owners typically give up about 7 percent equity to initial employees before any large rounds of financing and 54 percent equity to investors and employees by the time they reach Series A funding, according to an analysis of over 10,000 cap tables of VC-backed companies by Morgan Stanley’s Shareworks.

Related: The Pros and Cons of Working for Equity

Analysis from Institutional Shareholder

While production of continues to be in full swing due to its being an essential commodity, manufaturers are finding it hard to reach consumers at the retail level.

Lack of workers to pick up stock from distributors, transport problems and shortage of packing material are among several factors that have led to branded edible oils struggling to reach retail stores, forcing consumers to opt for unbranded ones.

“Only 20-25 per cent retailers are being reached. This is because While supply chain issues from factory to distributor level have largely been sorted, the wholesalers are not getting labourers to take the stock to retail stores. Moreover, several retailers are also not opening shops and the ones who do, shut early in the day,” said Anghsu Mallick, deputy chief executive officer at Adani Wilmar, which manufactures and ‘Fortune’ brand of in