Monday, September 29, 2014

Local SEO Speeds Up Small Business Growth

Local SEO is important for most small businesses.

According to this article it:
  • Stamps your existence
  • Eases content marketing efforts
  • Provides validity for your business
  • Creates mobile interest
  • Leads convert quicker
 URBAN FARM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-goehst/how-local-seo-speeds-up-small-business-growth_b_5830646.html

5 Software Tools To Help Market Your Business


5 Software Tools To Help Market Your Business image 5softwaretools 600x338

Nice summary of 5 tools for business marketing using:
  1. HootSuite
  2. Infusionsoft
  3. Google Analytics
  4. MailChimp
  5. Word Press

How to write high quality articles with these 5 time-saving tools

Considerations of structuring an outline, entertaining the reader, online marketing tools... efficiently.

Tools detailed in this article:

  1. Evernote
  2. Dropbox
  3. Google Drive
  4. Gmail
  5. CloudHQ

http://www.business2community.com/content-marketing/write-high-quality-articles-5-time-saving-tools-01011205

Microsoft Office, Apple iWork or Google Docs: which is best?

Agreed...
"Office 365 suite is the most rounded and offers the best features overall, both online and offline."
However, Google Docs is encroaching as a free product that is easier to use with integration to Gmail and as a leader in the Google Drive products.

Office 365

http://www.techradar.com/news/software/business-software/microsoft-office-iwork-or-google-docs-which-is-best--1260520/2#articleContent

Google Touts Cloud For Small Business Growth

Notable...
Small businesses that use more than two types of cloud services grow 26 percent faster and are 21 percent more profitable on average than those that don't use cloud tools, according to a new report from Google and Deloitte.
Why?
  • Cost
  • Innovation 
  • Security
  • Flexibility
http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/7209-google-cloud-small-business.html 

11 tech tools to boost real estate agent productivity... #1 is Google Drive

Nice summary comparison for real estate online transaction management systems...
  • Dropbox is best for storing and sharing, but lacks the ability to collaborate.
  • Evernote is best for organization and individual creativity. Due to the 100-megabyte file limit, it’s not as effective for storing large video and presentation files.
  • Google Drive is best for collaborating and group creativity. Collaborators can share files and the system tracks changes in real time. Google Drive has the largest file limit (up to 5 terabytes). Another cool feature about Google Drive is that it allows you to edit using voice commands.
http://www.inman.com/2014/09/29/11-tech-tools-to-boost-agent-productivity/

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

BYOD: Just 30% of employees trust employers with personal data

You bring your mobile device to work, there is a real good chance your employer will monitor your mobile device activity.

BYOD: Just 30% of employees trust employers with personal data
http://www.itproportal.com/2014/09/22/byod-just-30-of-employees-trust-employers-with-personal-data/#1 

North Carolina Small Business Center - BYOD (Apple) Class

Class continues on Friday, 9/26 at 2:00 p.m. at the Statesville Workforce Development Center.  

Register at the NC Small Business Center website:

-------------------------------------------------------------------

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Business Insider: Google is giving startups $100,000 in cloud computing credits for free

Google just announced a new program called Cloud Platform for Startups, where it will give away $100,000 in cloud computing credits to startups that are less than 5 years old and generate less than $500,000 in annual revenue. 

http://www.kyivpost.com/content/business/business-insider-google-is-giving-startups-100000-in-cloud-computing-credits-for-free-364453.html

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

7 Awesome Productivity Apps for a Successful Start-up Business

Business 2 Community

My favorite...

Individual Productivity Apps
  • Mailtracker
  • Focus Lock
  • MyBlogU
  • DemandBase
Team Productivity Apps and Software
  • Project Management
    • Trello
    • Asana
  • Join.me
  • Document Storing & Sharing
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
  • Remote Workforce Solutions
    • Crystal Ball
    • Yuuguu
  • 10,000ft
  • Acunote

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Apple announcements include Apply Pay, bigger devices

Next generation of consumer payment? 

Users can pay with Apple Pay by waving their phone next to a reader and add a credit card to their Apple Pay account snapping a photo of their card and authorizing it using the phone's fingerprint reader.

And I like the direction of bigger screens!

APPLE IPHONE

http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/news-wire/2014/09/09/apple-unveils-two-bigger-faster-models-at-iphone-6.html?ana=e_du_pub&s=article_du&ed=2014-09-09&u=PAJK8gpY+RaBbcxfq26b7Q0289900e&t=1410291429&page=all