20 most popular BusinessZone blog posts of 2012

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Our editors and members wrote hundreds of blog posts in 2012 which attracted tens of thousands of reads. Here are the 20 most popular posts from the past 12 months.

1. Need business inspiration? Take it from a nine-year-old entrepreneur

2. What is a hashtag and how to leverage # on Twitter

3. For sale: 600 Twitter followers for £5

4. The Apprentice episode one: Who lost their shirt?

5. Starbucks' tax tricks are killing small businesses

6. A lesson in why criticising your competitors should be avoided

7. Five alternatives to traditional bank finance

8. 10 top tips for answering telephone calls professionally

9. Flipping 'eck, Lord Sugar might be right again

10. The Apprentice 2012: The candidates revealed

11. Is the term 'small business' dismissive? A debate with the founder of Twitter

12. How successful companies are marketing themselves today

13. Why we shouldn't be celebrating the new small business bank

14. Here we go again! Claire's Accessories accused of copying designs

15. The definitive guide to how to measure the ROI of your social media activity

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About Dan Martin

About Dan Martin

Dan Martin has 10 years experience as a journalist writing about entrepreneurs and the issues that affect them.

After three years working as a researcher for Sky News, he joined BusinessEurope.com as a reporter. This was followed by two years working as news editor for Startups.co.uk during which time Dan also contributed to Growing Business magazine. In 2006, he joined Sift Media as business editor before being promoted to editor of BusinessZone.co.uk. He also has responsibility for UK Business Forums, the UK’s most active online forums for small business entrepreneurs. In addition, Dan founded The Pitch, BusinessZone.co.uk's nationwide competition for small business owners. He host the grand finals in 2009 and 2010 in front of an audience of 300. 

As well as interviewing many entrepreneurs, Dan has written content for leading business organisations such as the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, British Chambers of Commerce, Forum of Private Business, Investors in People and Business Link for London. Among the publications that have quoted Dan are The Times, Mail On Sunday, Financial Times, Personnel Today and Bristol Evening Post. His articles have also been published by publications including eGov Monitor, Virgin Express in-flight magazine and Personal Success.

Dan regularly speaks at events about small business and social media issues. Among the events he has presented at are the National Federation of Enterprise Agencies' annual conference, Learning Technologies, Publishing Expo and World of Learning. He has also chaired high profile debates featuring senior representatives from Business Link and the Federation of Small Businesses and Dragons' Den judge James Caan.

Dan was named the 10th most influential political blogger on Twitter by the Independent and won the public award for best B2B tweeter at the Golden Twits 2010. He also organised the Bristol Twestival, part of a global Twitter driven charity initiative, in February 2009 and March 2010. Volunteers from 175 cities around the world organised events using the social network. In total, $350,000 was raised for charity: water in 2009 and $500,000 for Concern in 2010. In Bristol, £1,500 and £5,600 was raised.


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