Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Google Drive Vs Dropbox – Comparison Of Cloud Storage Cost

Google Drive provides more storage for free (or paid).

Google Drive storage of these files do not count toward your quota:

  • Photos smaller than 2048×2048 pixels don’t count towards space quotes
  • Neither does Google files created in 
    • Documents
    • Drawings 
    • Notes
    • Spreadsheets 


Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Brand recognition and a 'Message in a bottle'

How clever!  QR code and an app... and you can have a message in a bottle.

Beer Brand Lets People Attach Video Messages To Their Bottles

Argentinian beer brand Andes lets people record personal video messages and attach them to beer bottles using QR codes.


Monday, December 22, 2014

BYOD - in 2017 70% of mobile professionals will conduct work on personal devices

How does your business manage employee devices?

"70% of mobile professionals will conduct their work on personal devices by 2017

Is mobile device management (MDM) and are 'Policies and Procedures' available in your business to protect your digital assest?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Google adds Docs, Sheets, & Slides shortcuts to App Launcher


It's not a tic-tack-toe board.

Although the App Launcher in Google Chrome is something I am warming towards; it's nice to have my favorite Google Apps in a Launch grouping.


Hangouts Dialer can now be used as a system dialer, replace your phone for good

As a Hangouts Dialer myself, I'm glad to see this enhancment... but it appears I'll need to wait for the iOS version.

Google is working towards making it easier to dial numbers from outside of the Hangouts app.

"Today we’re launching an update to Hangouts Dialer. You’ll now be able to use Dialer to place calls initiated from other apps like your browser or Maps, directly from the Hangouts Android app. Just select Hangouts Dialer when you’re choosing your call method."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Map creator in Google Chrome... Nice

I really like 'Google My Maps.'  

Tired of texting or email the same directions over and over?

An image-map is worth a lot when communicating directions; especially to places not yet mapped in Google Maps.

So... I've created my first map to the Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center in Flat Rock, NC (those are my blue lines in the map below).

Here is where I believe Google Drive will come-in.  The map link is shared similar to how other Google Drive files are shared in Google Drive.


By searching the topic 'Google My Maps' I was able to use Chrome to create a customized map, linked above.

Here is the Google Maps URL I used: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/ .

Note that I did not find 'Google My Maps' in Google Drive yet (as suggested in the article below).



Google shuffles its notification interface around, puts most functionality in Google+

Google+ notifications...

Was... a bell...

Now... a circle with a bell... with simpler functionality...

"We know notifications are an important way for you to remain connected to the content and people you are interested in on Google+. To this end, we are adding a dedicated view of notifications to the Google+ desktop site.

You can now browse notifications by clicking on the bell at the top right corner of the Google+ page. The new tray is a simple list that allows you to quickly scan all notifications and view the relevant content with a single click."


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

8 Cybersecurity Resolutions to Make for 2015

I am a fan of password vaults. 

 A business should consider a password vault to help manage all of a user's passwords and allow for centralized account management across various different applications.


Sunday, December 7, 2014

4 Unique New Social Networks You'll Want to Use for Business

  1. Conspire - LinkedIn notched up? - Determines how strong your relationships are to make the most meaningful connections to potential professional contacts.
  2. Heard - rating system that is based on what you've visited and up-voted before, ensuring that you only see what's appropriate and relevant for you.
  3. Spot.IM - Allows you to turns your website into its own self-contained social network called a Spot. Instead of promoting your content on external social networks, where it's competing with other publishers' content, creating a Spot will foster a community driven entirely by your own content.
  4. tsu - Get paid for the content you post on social media?


Saturday, December 6, 2014

BRCC SBC's Seminar - Growing Your Brand in 2015

Gary presented a solid 7 and 1/2 hours of quality content at today's Blue Ridge Community College Small Business Center and has indicated more great content is coming in 2015.

Additionally, he has challenged us to grow our small business brand in 2015 with actionable strategies around:

  • Company name / tagline, websites, logos, trademarks
  • Business cards, brochures 
  • Social media, videos and many great internet marketing references
Class attendees - meeting notes are linked below.  Comments are welcomed on this blog page and/or in the shared document. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ULIK8WGHqbZV-3xYXgNrFLoBuMSC_i1VaGvX4gyZyZo/edit?usp=sharing

Again, a big Web Tech Czar thank you Gary.  

Friday, December 5, 2014

Hi Wire Brewing and 1MillionCups at Mojo Coworking

Many thanks to Mojo Coworking for hosting Adam Charnack of Hi-Wire Brewing for Wednesday's One Million Cups AVL.

It is great to see Asheville's  entrepreneurship growth.

Monday, December 1, 2014

ScaleUp WNC and Highland Brewery's Oscar Wong

Oscar Wong, Highland Brewery founder was the guest speaker at today's AdvantageWest Economic Development Group - ScaleUp WNC presentation.

When asked about internet marketing and his business, Oscar indicated:

  • Although he originally did not think he needed a website, a few years later  they added a website and have reaped rewards since.  Highland Brewery does not use a lot of print media because it is so expensive and have found digital media to provide much value.
  • Through social media and the the digital media platform they have 'done quite well' because they can better track the media and the responses.

Google sold more Chromebooks to US schools than Apple did iPads in Q3

Google Education users are the product consumers of our future.

Google Chromebooks is the value-added hardware for students to achieve thier educational goals.

Do you have a Google strategy for your business?
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Web Tech Czar is here to assist your business in implementing a Google strategy.