Social Media 101 – Part 3 – LinkedIn

Why Use LinkedIn?

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Your Digital Footprint

Sometimes I feel like an evangelist when it comes to LinkedIn. It seems I tell the same story over and over, from slightly different angles, but is it the same story. Get your LinkedIn Profile it top notch shape. Clean it up as if your were going on that ultimate date. Polish it until the shine is so deep it is a mirror. Your profile is your meal ticket. LinkedIn is where recruiters go fishing. LinkedIn is where references are checked, LinkedIn is where the rubber meets the road for jobs, referrals, and references. LinkedIn is the Human Resources Department of the future. This may sound a bit extreme for some, so lets look at real world claims an see what we can bring to light. Continue reading

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Social Media 101 – Part 2 – Fundamentals

Social Media Fundamentals

 Today we’re going to look Social Media. Social media seems to be today’s buzz. The hottest newest marketing thing, but really it is something you been doing all along. You interact with people, you engage them, you talk with them – remember that phrase with them – you mix all that up and they do business with the people they trust. This is important. This is the way businesses been done for a long time.

Now for the question that is always going to be asked. A question that is going to be asked and seems to be asked over and over again is  What’s in it for me?

What’s in it for me?
 I’m doing fine. If your business is great and you want to keep it just the way it is, then maybe you would be best to move along because you don’t need changing. Yes, for some businesses this can be totally ignored. That is a personal choice and small businesses, especially in smaller towns, or smaller markets just Continue reading

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Social Media 101 – Part 1 – The Buzz

Social Media and How to Startup!

The Buzz of this year (and probably several years) is the phrase Social Media. Everyone is an expert. Speakers everywhere are casting their nets to rake in clients. Webinars promise the answer. Social Media secrets are being revealed by executives and movement leaders everywhere. Each guru has their set of ‘secrets.’ The desire to find the magic bullet can be so intense that the research can go on and on and on. The list of things to do, sites to register, pages to write, search engine optimization tricks, branding , site metrics, return on investment, and a hundred more items seem to be beckoning to consume every minute of your day. What is one to do? Continue reading

What are people saying?

How is your business rated?

One of the oldest adages is ‘The Customer is always right.’ Is it still true in the context of todays’ social media? Lets take a look at the effect of what customers say can have on your online profile. Lets further look as to how this can have an effect on your business.

When chatting with your customers, it goes without saying to listen to what they have to tell you. If they are raving about your service or product the it is the right time to simply tell them you are on YELP and TripAdvisor. They already know what to do! You don’t have to ask and some of the fine print in the social websites discourages fishing for ratings.  So, encouraging them to rate your business on YELP.com,  TripAdvisor.com,  UrbanSpoon.comFourSquare.com,  Google PLus and Google.com is really not necessary.  When you ask customers directly about how you are doing, or did, be prepared for feedback. there are always some customers who Continue reading

Linkedin – One Million Connections!

Linkedin-logoImagine … everyone wants a million connections, a million friends, and a million a month flowing in effortlessly. Many search for the magic bullet, secret tip, little know tidbit of knowledge, ultimate marketing plan that will overnight skyrocket them into the number one position on the internet. Fame and fortune can be yours, says the ad, just click here and give us your credit card and we will turn you into an instant success. Just follow our simple directions.

Have any of you ever heard any of these claims? Continue reading

Why Use Linkedin?

Who needs Linkedin?

Linkedin – Who Needs it and why?

 

Why Use LinkedIn? This is a question that is asked quite often. Some believe that LinkedIn is only for those looking for a job. Often people think they are too busy to take the time to create a good profile. On and on excuses go and why argue. Everyone gets to make their own choices. So lets take a look and why utilization of LinkedIn is such a valuable tool for today’s business people. Whether you are fully employed, secure and happy with your job, or a job seeker LinkedIn can help you. Whether you are an independent consultant,  a Realtor, a plumber, a programmer, a health care professional, an actor or a recent graduate, LinkedIn is a tool to help further your career and those to whom you are connected.

In today’s world it is not uncommon to look up or Google someone to see what Continue reading

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Why Use Yelp?

YELP - Urban GuideWhat is YELP

YELP is an online urban city guide that allows people express their opinions about businesses and share those opinions with the world. Many use YELP to locate great restaurants or businesses based upon the reviews of others. Everyone can participate in sharing their knowledge about businesses, places, and locations where they have experiences.

Why Yelp?

YELP enables you to share your insights so others will have an inside guide to places to visit. We have used YELP all across the southwest and have had stellar results in locating wonderful restaurants, parks, monuments, museums, and more. locating places we might never have known about, or even considered is a really wonderful experience. Sharing our experiences on YELP gives some of that experience to others.

YELP.com is rated as the 137th busiest site in the world and the 30th busiest site in the United States. YELP Shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

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What is Open Source?

In brief, open source software is software which meets the following criteria:

  1. Unrestricted redistribution. Open source software can be redistributed either for free or at a profit.
  2. Source code. The source code (i.e. “blueprints”) for the software must be made available.
  3. Derived works. The source code can be used to produce derived works.

For the complete details of what open source is, please refer to the open source definition as provided by the Open Source Initiative (OSI):http://www.opensource.org
OpenOffice.org is OSI-approved as conforming to the open source definition.

Thanks
Charley Carlin

Bayard-NM

Open Source Software

Open Source

As software has been a sizable investment for many companies it is quite important that we address the open source software programs and their capabilities. Imagine being able to do all things required to run your home or business. Well you don’t have to imagine  for long as the software is here and available now. The savings per PC are nice however, when you multiply the savings throughout an office the savings are huge.

Open Source Programs and Open License Software


Recommended by The Web Game

  • WordPress – for creating websites
  • Open Office – for word processing – spreadsheets – presetnations – data bases
  • Gimp – for photo manipulation
  • Filezilla – for FTP (File transfer Protocol)
  • Android – for cell phones and tablets
  • Audacity – for audio manipulation
  • CutePDF – for creation of PDF documents
  • VLC – for playing movies and media

This list is always under update and is part of our support for Open Source which delivers wonderful function software for all applications without the cost of licensing.

As Always, Charley

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What is WordPress?

WordPressWordPress can be anything you want it to be. This may seem like an odd statement, but as you look at WordPress sites around the world you can easily see that WordPress can be anything from a very advanced complex site to a basic blog, with all flavors in between. One of the big keys here is that you can have a WordPress site and begin posting information almost immediately  and the site can grow as you do! WordPress is part of an Open Source  Initiative software to build maintain and update websites. it is used by millions worldwide. WordPress powers, at last count, over 15% of the world’s websites. The software is free and open source and was first developed by Matthew Charles “Matt” Mullenweg.
As Always, Charley

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What is OpenOffice?

OpenOffice.org Writer is a full-featured word processor. It features unique tools such as the Navigator and Stylist. These make changing the formatting throughout a large document easy as 1-2-3.

OpenOffice.org Calc is a full-featured  spreadsheet. It has a vast number of statistical and scientific functions. It can
create pivot tables, charts and more.

OpenOffice.org Impress is a full-featured presentation tool that allows the user to create and modify diagrams and pictures right within the application.

OpenOffice.org has support for various databases, including open source databases such as MySQL and PostgreSQL. This combination allows users to do tasks that used to be done with Microsoft Access.

OpenOffice.org Draw is a powerful drawing tool. It has support for both vector and bitmap images. With the Connectors tool you can create complex diagrams and
charts.

OpenOffice.org has a one-click PDF export feature that lets you create PDF files. This feature 

makes exchanging documents in a standard read-only file format a simple task. The creation of PDF files normally requires third party add-on tools. With OpenOffice.org this feature comes built-in.

OpenOffice.org can export presentations and drawings to the Macromedia Flash format (.swf). You can view your presentations in any web browser with the Flash plug-in. Now recipients do not have to install any special viewer in order to view your presentation.

All these features coupled with a zero price tag make Open Office a very intelligent choice for the future.

Thanks, Charley