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Mind Mapping: Draw Your Conclusion May 10, 2010

Filed under: Organization Tips,Virtual Office Tools — Amber @ 12:27 pm
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Mind mapping is an activity that might be very familiar with those who understand that they are visual learners, though it could help many of us.

Think about a story you read as a child.

Do you remember the words on the page?  – or –

Do you remember the pictures that you were able to build in your mind with each of the author’s details?

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Keywords and Categories and Tags! Oh My! January 25, 2010

Filed under: Organization Tips,Web and Blog Site Tips — Amber @ 5:27 pm
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I like labels, don’t you? Search engines do too. Without them, it’d take forever to find anything.

It’s time we all learned how to use them and make sure our work is found in relevant searches.

This article is for all of those amazing bloggers and copy writers who have fabulous content, but aren’t getting found due to a lack of or inaccurate labeling!

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Social Media: Starting Out Right January 8, 2010

Using Social Media for your business can be a great marketing tool, when used effectively and correctly.  That’s right – correctly!  But who makes up the rules?  Who says what works for one business is the “correct” way and will work for all businesses? 

Every business, just as every person, has its own style.  I love to share Social Media tips. I love to share uplifting words and be a positive influence. I love sharing quirky moments during my day or funny things my kids do or say on the social sites.  Some “experts” say this isn’t the proper way to use social media.  But, I say, use social media in the way that will benefit you and your business the most. 

Does it work for me?  Well, my favorite thing to hear from potential clients is “ I like your style!”, and I hear this regularly. To me that’s starting out right.

  I personally don’t want to follow or befriend someone that’s ALL business.  I believe I was put on this earth to have fun and make a little noise.  I’m not saying go break all the social media rules, but have some fun with your social networking platforms.  

Here’s some tips:

–          Start out slow.

–          Join the sites and find a few friends or people to follow  – watch how they interact with others.

–          Build your followers, friends and fans organically over time.

–          Find articles, blogs and helpful resources and post links to them for your follower’s benefit.

–          Be yourself and genuine – it shows!

Remember that what works for one business with Social Media doesn’t work for another.  If Social Media is working for you then you are doing it correctly. 

One of my favorite quotes about Social Media came from Mari Smith  and it’s so true. “Be consistent. Be patient. Be ready.”

Here’s what I’m saying: Establish an online presence, be respectful of others, provide great content and have fun.   Now that you have a few tips for starting out – Go get ‘em!


Helpful Google Search Tips January 6, 2010

Filed under: Social Networking — Jennifer Gallaher - VAbyJen @ 10:21 pm
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As we all know, there are several different search engines out there like Bing, Yahoo, Ask or Google that yield great results for whatever it is we are looking for at the time.  It could be travel or vacation information, job searches, real estate, celebrity news or a variety of other things.  I personally tend to lean towards Google for most of my searches.  I have found that Google offers me more choices than other search engines have.  In addition, there are several tricks I have learned while utilizing this site to narrow down my searches and obtain better results.  I have listed them below to help you out as well: 

  • Tracking flights – Enter airline and flight number to see if flight will be on time.
  • Locating packages – Enter the word “track” + tracking number and a link to the status page should pop up.
  • To find a verbatim phrase – Use quotation marks around the word (ex: “chakra locations”); this will take away many of the irrelevant links that would otherwise pop up.
  • Finding PDF’s, Excel spreadsheets or PowerPoint presentations – Type in the words “filetype:pdf”, “filetype:xls” or “filetype:ppt” after the word/phrase you want to look up (ex: Hyundai Accent owner manual filetype:pdf).  This search will yield only those files directly related to the preferred file type.
  • To look up movie times – Enter the word “movies” + the city or zip code for theaters in your area
  • To find a person’s address – Enter the person’s home phone number and if it’s listed an address should pop up.

Good luck with your search results and I hope these tips come in just as handy for you as they have for me!


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