Sunday, August 31, 2014

Quip App - for streamlined collaboration

App similar to Google Drive for collaboration... Quip.

Quip app

Mobile App Considerations

6 considerations:

  1. Repeat Purchases
  2. Special Offers / Loyalty Programs
  3. Speed
  4. Location, Camera, etc.
  5. Referrals
  6. Frequent Changes to Catalog

Push Notifications on a Mobile Device... Good Marketing for a Small Business

App notifications.  Powerful marketing for a business.

Me?  I'm impressed on how the Belk Departments Store App effectively leverages this marketing tool.

The Power Of Push Notifications For Small Businesses image push notification mobile shopping app do and dont 600x303

The linked article below indicates:

6 out of 10 have downloaded app from their preferred brand.

Of these, 7 out of 10 enable push notifications.!bNn5ye

Cool Google Tips

I like these 4 tricks / tips:

1. Reverse image search
2. Scientific calculator
Four Cool Google Tricks You May Not Know image Screen shot 2014 08 21 at 11.24.19 AM

3. Instantly convert all your units

WARNING: Google Apps for Business Terms of Service

Like most, I don't spend enough time reading terms of service.

Yes, I have a concern on these Terms of Service for Google Apps for Business. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

Google Drive uses that do NOT involve Docs, Sheets, or Slides

Three Uses For Google Drive That Don't Involve Docs, Sheets, or Slides

3 uses for Google Drive that do not involve docs or sheets:

  1. Your own private You Tube (nice strategy)
  2. Digitizing and organizing receipts (my personal favorite... go paperless)
  3. Automatic cloud backup (files are ready where you are)

Google Gives Businesses a Hand with Google My Business

Nice features of 'Google My Business'... for small businesses

Powerful Google Drive features

My personal favorite of the following... Power Linking
  • Docs
    • Research Tool- blank when first opened, but it will begin to auto-suggest research topics based on what you write.
    • Power Linking - linking to other articles
  • Sheets
    • Chart creation
    • Map It - Geo Map option Google Apps Productivity
  • Slides - PowerPoint file integration
  • Hangouts - participate in a video chat while making file edits

Google Dorking

And now the Feds have issued a warning to U.S. businesses to be on the lookout for Google Dorking activity as a sign of hackers.

Google Dorking means using Google’s advanced search techniques to dig up information on the web that doesn’t easily pop up during a normal search.

More at...

How To Use Google To Search A Single Website

Cool tip... "Site:"

5 questions to ask before buying a Chromebook

Save money, but consider trade-offs.  A summary of questions:
  1. Tight budget?
  2. Need for power?
  3. Super portable?
  4. Commitment to MacOS and/or Windows?
  5. Comfort level with cloud?

What Do Schools Risk By Going ‘Full Google’?

Agreed... 'Full Google' considerations for a school:


  • Relatively cheap laptops
  • Google Apps for Education - classroom digital asset management
  • Instant homework feedback for teachers 
  • Streamline workflows
  • Improved citations
  • Online discussions / homework help
  • Greater student engagement
  • My personal favorites
    • Integration of a less expensive suite of software tools (Google Drive) for school AND home use (including Gmail)
    • Easier to use products
  • Digital divide
  • Student privacy
  • Future Google support?
  • My personal concern
    • Teacher adoption

LA Johnson/ NPR

5 Things to Know About Google Drive

google drive1 5 Things to Know About Google Drive

My favorite... I use my iPhone to scan a copy of a receipt and send it to Google Drive.  Priceless for easy access if needed in the future.  Google Drive's search is wonderful to assist with quick navigation to files too.

5 Useful things about Google Drive (

  1. Upload and share videos in a similar manner as YouTube
  2. Scanned receipts - move yourself to paperless storage
  3. Sync with data on cloud
  4. Research tool 
  5. Hangout 

More at

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Separate work from play with these tips

  1. Use separate Browsers
  2. Multiple Windows User Accounts
  3. Multiple Google Accounts
HP DataPass

Thank you PC World!

Google Drive has enjoyed a 99.985% availability

90 minutes down per year... nice

Google Drive for Work update: 15,000 clients, 99.985% availability, 0.3% penetration

Mobile Payment Benefit for Small Business

How Can A Mobile Payment App Help Your Business?

Cash Flow

Google has 5 of the top 10 apps

ComScore says these are the top 10:

1.  Facebook
2.  Google YouTube
3.  Google Play
4.  Google search
5.  Pandora
6.  Google Maps
7.  Gmail
8.  Instagram
10. (Tie) Apple Maps
10. (Tie) Yahoo Finance

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Manage the cloud with these apps

Ah... my previous post had a concern about managing cloud resources.

Here is are cloud management applications for consideration...

Manage the cloud

IOS Photo Transfer to PC or MAC over WiFi


Good leadership, especially to those who don't use these alternative cloud backups.  Myself, I'm concerned about one day running out of free space in Google Drive.  :(

Tips - 5 Ways to Save Money on AdWords

Strategic insight is always helpful...!bG5AE7

Small business knowledge of BYOB and BYON

Helpful tips for small businesses and BYOD - Bring Your Own Device / BYON - Bring Your Own Network...

Digital Hand Mouse Pointer Computer

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Venture Asheville's Strategy for a High-Growth Startup Ecosystem

Asheville's startup ecosystem is taking off. Josh Dorfman, Entrepreneurship Director for Venture Asheville, explains how nurturing high-growth ventures can transform Asheville, NC into a thriving hub for top-tier entrepreneurs who build world-class companies.

Learn how Venture Asheville’s new strategies and vision are designed to catalyze a high-growth entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Monday, August 11, 2014

10 cool new features in Google Drive

The updated UI includes a unified
  1. Plus someone into a comment
  2. File sharing
  3. Offline mode
  4. Finding someone on doc
  5. Bookmarks individual sections
  6. Office compatibility mode
  7. Revision history
  8. Shortcuts & Add-ons- Type Ctrl + / 
  9. Pride
  10. Mirror image

9 reasons to ditch the Apple iPhone for Android


  1. Choice
  2. Screen size
  3. Battery
  4. Display quality
  5. Flexible operating system
  6. Money saving
  7. Sensors
  8. Smart watches
  9. Smart cases
My favorite... 'money saving'

10 SEO Tools for Small Business

#1 - Google:
  • AdWords
  • Webmaster Tools
  • Analytics
  • Trends 

Are Businesses Relying Too Much On Google?

Agreed... Facebook has quickly become an advertiser and small business owner's sanctuary, as likes and followers are not often lost once created. 

Tip: What tip would give you a small business about social media?

It is all about your customers...

New service lets Google Drive users discover accounts with permissions to their storage files

Good idea for users that heavily share Google Drive files...

File Sharing Tool - Google Drive - File Sharing Access - Illustration

Friday, August 8, 2014

Google making it easier to unsubscribe from email lists

I welcome this change!

"Rather than having to hunt through the small print at the end of an email, or scouring the text for a hidden link, you'll soon find the unsubscribe option right at the top of emails. Announced via the official Gmail Google+ page, Google describes the change as "a win for everyone"

Google making it easier to unsubscribe from email lists


Read more:

Google Tweaks Search Algorithm To Reward HTTPS

google logo

Powerful action from Google!

Google is now rewarding websites that run a secure connection.

Note, I tested my Web Tech Czar website security level and configuration at and got straight A's.

This free online service performs a deep analysis of the configuration of any SSL web server on the public Internet.

More details at:,2817,2462132,00.asp?mailingID=071CA5EDEE89AD97AE713A328A8A05DD

Monday, August 4, 2014

Google Drive vs Dropbox on iPhone and iPad: From pricing to usability

Cloud Storage

Personally, I've become a fan of Google Drive because of the integration of Google Gmail and the suite of Docs, Sheets, and Presentations.

Read more at:

Google My Business SEO Tips

For small businesses:
  1. Bing Places
  2. Yahoo Small Business
  3. Google My Business 
If you are running a small business you should be listed on all of them.

But ultimately you will have to focus on just one. This B&B owner has chosen the Google My Business route. This is a summary of her search engine optimization (SEO) Google My Business strategy:
  • To post events
  • Promotes other businesses in area 
  • Blogs about the local region 
  • Contributes to forums 
  • Responds to user reviews
  • Participate in Hangouts 
  • Posts photos
  • Shares her connections
  • Monitors her site’s traffic and analytics
  • Gets advice from experts
  • Dabble with AdWords 
  • Uses an outside consultant to help 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Google iOS Maps - 'Near You'

Google iOS Maps now has a 'Near You' function.

'Near You'
Weather, Walk, Time of Day, and
Top Businesses 'Near You;

11 Ways to Get More Followers for Your Google+ Business Page

Nice article... 11 Ways to Get More Followers for Your Google+ Business Page:

google+ page followers

#1: Share Page Content From Your Profile
#2: Use Hashtags
#3: Follow Memes and Trending Topics
#4: Get on What’s Hot and Recommended
#5: Ask for Follows
#6: Circle Other Profiles and Pages
#7: Add a Google+ Badge to Your Website
#8: Be Personable
#9: Share Content in Communities
#10: Attend Google+ Events
#11: Use +Post Ads

Google is stealing away Microsoft’s future corporate customers

I agree... "Google is capturing Microsoft’s future customer base. Perhaps this doesn’t hurt as much now, but as today’s smaller companies grow into tomorrow’s leaders, will they eventually switch to Microsoft products? Or will they stick with Google? (Or, also possible—but less dramatic—both?)"