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Tricks, Tips and WebTool Links

I’ve found, in my way around the web, some very handy marketing tools.  As we know some are here today, upgraded, changed and then gone.  In the meantime… we should try the ones that work and help you manage your time with your Small Business or personal needs.
Feedback on these or other working tools are welcomed and appreciated.

This is an ongoing POST.  Will be updated as new webtools are added.  Please feel free to add your favorite webtool to the list, in the comment section below.
I’ll be updating this list as we continue to find new and exciting tools to help our online presence.

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http://amb.vis.ne.jp/mozilla/scrapbook/

ScrapBook is a Firefox extension, which helps you to save Web pages and manage the collection. Key features are lightness, speed, accuracy and multi-language support.

http://www.bufferap.com

Buffer makes it super easy to share any page you’re reading. Keep your Buffer topped up and we automagically share posts for you through the day. Schedule multiply posts and go relax, complete another project… work efficiently, not harder.

http://www.techsmith.com/download/jing/default.asp

JING:  Download Free, no virus per Norton.
The always-ready program that allows you to instantly capture images and videos—then share them with anyone. Jing is a great tool for adding basic visual elements to all of your online conversations.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2012 in Get Connected Tools

 

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Mobile Picture Branding ~ Are we there yet?

Picture it Forward

I’m not telling you something you probably didn’t already know, but yes, I’m bringing up the subject of Instagram.

Today’s mobile shopper is looking at picture products.  Going to the brand pictures familiar with shopping, ie: Target, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s and more.  Product branding, as I’ve mentioned is so important for your Small Business on the internet.  Branding by pictures is just as important.  Instagram is new on the mobile horizon, but is expected to move right on up to compete with social media as we now know it.

A product of Facebook, Instagram is seeing a rise in consumer signup over the past few months.  More and more consumers are using the Instagram App, available on iPhone and Android, as they are using Facebook, Twitter, Google* and Pinterest.

Marketing studies reflect that 80 million consumers are being ignored. Sound like a fair number that can be pulled your way, right?  Also, sounds like there’s a need for you to get on board the mobile speed train and get off the platform. Are you up to making the changes necessary to jump ahead?  This is your ticket to get your photos noticed, your products seen and stop hitching a ride on the marketing tail when you can be at the head, seeing the potential future and destiny of your store.

Everyone in the retail business as we know, started with a Small Business store or idea, but it’s growth and insight that have led the “giants” of our day, to the forefront.  Don’t be left behind due to lack of information, potential and positive energy.  You don’t have to have a mega marketing budget to get just as much as the big guys, but you do have to think smart about what are the marketing options around you that can be used to increase awareness about your business.

If you are not including Instagram ( a FREE marketing social tool) as part of your social media strategies, which should be a part of your overall marketing campaign, you are missing out on a golden opportunity.  Instagram is world wide, think of all the people missing out by not seeing you, so snap that photo and let’s see your goods!

“While faith makes all things possible, it’s engagement that makes all things profitable.”

Product:  Instagram App. (check your google play for this app)  This is a free application download.
See instruction for your mobile device on download.
Instagram sign up
Instagram for Android

Taylor: Native By Designz
Marketing Tip Observer

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Small Biz Bloging

 

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Business Blog ABC’s

tell-your-story-icon     Do you know your Business Blog ABC’s ?

As the online WWW community keeps updating, formatting, searching, pushing the envelope with techniques and new Q’s to take in, are you ready?  Does the mere thought of blogging about your business, informational topics or products give you the willies?  Does your page look blank after 5 minutes of thoughtful thinking?  Let’s start at the beginning and make it a routine project with a few simple ABC’s.

I’ve talked about “why branding” has an impact, on the movement of your business, in a few of my blogs and as you continue to build your online business you will want to add more marketing tools. Now I’d like to share how valuable adding a blog, as a marketing tool, is beneficial in the social networking community.  What I’d like to share with you is a few suggestions on expanding your ABC’s for Blogging Content.

ABC: Always Be Creating. Content in blogging keeps your audience tuned into what you are talking about. Look around your social network and find that special something, whether it’s informational or an actual product, that you can bring to the forefront in your blog.  You don’t have to be a wordy nerd, but you do need something that will enhance or entertain the lives of your audience.  Suggestion:  What drives you to succeed in business?  What is the best attribute of your product(s) that makes it stand out from others in the same venue?

ABC: Always Be Clicking.  Use that “LIKE” button on Facebook, be supportive of businesses and friends you know are in your social network. Numbers are nothing without being noticed.  Expand out, don’t keep yourself in the same venue, you won’t stand out, if you are sitting in the same circle day after day.  That “click” says a lot about the person behind it.  Pay attention, respond and soon you will have a growing network that will follow your business and topics of interest.

ABC: Always Be Commenting.  Did you know that “Conversation” is the driving force behind content building of your blog, and in your community?  Without talking to your peers, your friends and your audience, you miss out on what’s actually going on in the community around you.  Bringing that conversation of interest to your blog causes two things to happen; interest and interaction.  Conversation stirs the soul and actually, I want to read something I didn’t know about your business or product.  Keep up with what’s going on in your industry and let others know that you exist by bringing intelligent comments to their thoughts, questions and ideas.

ABC: Answer Beneficial Content.  By this I mean, what pushes you to want to comment, help, or to further push the topic? Give good feedback to those that want your input or ask for information.  Those are the people that will embrace you and help you push outward in the social network community.  Cherish the circle you create as it will go with you and grow with you.

Blogging for Content is a never ending roll you will play in marketing your business and building a presence within the social networking community.  It is rewarding within itself.  Remember to publish to online papers that will pick you up and connect you even further.

Now it’s up to you to think about what other “ABC’s” you can share while building that communication, friendship and content among your peers and business associates; while taking your business to the next level.

As a Small Business owner, I’m always interested in what you have to say and how you empower your business and yourself with a blog.

Comments are encouraged. Your business link, always welcome, and yes, link your Blog too!
Blogging by: NativeByDesignz©2012

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Small Biz Bloging

 

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