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Hard Work Won't Make You Successful -- But Doing This Will

I don’t blame anyone who has become frustrated and disillusioned with the working world. It is a huge disappointment to grow up and realize that most of what we’ve been taught about how to be successful is bad advice. We were taught “Just work hard at whatever job you get, and things will work out.” That’s false. Working hard at your job does not get you much. When you work hard at a job where the boss doesn’t value your efforts, all your hard work gets you is taken for granted. Just working hard by itself will exhaust you and shorten your lifespan without any benefits to you. There has to be more to success than merely working hard, or millions of people around the world would be a lot more successful than they are! If you are at work right now, think about the investment of time and energy you are making. Imagine that you only went home to sleep for four hours a night, and gave up all the rest of your personal time to get more work done. Imagine that you practically lived at your de…

Facebook Expands Local Ad Products For Businesses With Multiple Storefronts

Facebook is expanding location-specific ad products for businesses with multiple storefronts. (AFP/Getty Images)
Businesses with multiple storefronts can now translate into even more advertising deals for Facebook.
On Thursday, Facebook FB +4.63% announced the launch of two new local marketing products  aimed at making it easier for businesses with multiple locations to create local ads for each store and better understand customers in each area.
The first new tool allows businesses to easily create location-specific ads based on each of their “Pages.” The update allows businesses to use the Pages for each of their locations to pull in different ad copy, links and call-to-action buttons, making unique ads for individual stores. For example, a cafe using the product, called “local awareness ads,” could choose to automatically insert a different city name in their ad, depending on the location of the people seeing the ad. People in San Francisco might see, “Join us for dinner in San Francisco,” while those in Dallas would see “Join us for dinner in Dallas.” Call-to-action buttons such as “call now” or “get directions” can also be created to direct the user to whichever store is closest to the user at that moment. Business must have at least five locations to use the tool, Facebook said.
“If you’re a merchant with multiple locations, you’d need to make separate ads,” said Facebook’s director product marketing for ads Matt Idema. “This makes it really easy to do those campaigns.”
The second product is a new data tab for businesses within “Page Insights” aimed at making it easier for businesses to know how to tailor their marketing to best reach customers. The new tab has information for local businesses about the people near their stores. The tab, for example, can give businesses information about foot traffic near each store at different times of the day and on different days, which helps businesses know when people are most likely to go to their store. The tab can also show businesses aggregate demographics of people nearby, such as gender or age and whether the people are local or tourists. And for the first time on Facebook, businesses can see the percentage of people nearby who have seen their ad. 
“These are new capabilities for local businesses to create more relevant ads and drive better results through Facebook’s products,” Idema said. “It’s a dramatic change for businesses using the Facebook products today.”