Category: Tech Tuesday.

vcitaIf you are a business owner that regularly speaks to prospects or clients and you have to manage a consultation call calendar, then I have the perfect calendar management solution for you! I’m a big fan of using and promoting vCita, a client engagement platform created specifically for small businesses. I know there is a plethora of client management systems being offered online, but I have searched for a long time, finding vCita to meet my needs so that I’m not having to communicate back and forth with someone to schedule a call session with them. I’ve used Genbooks and TimeTrade, but I found it unsatisfactory for my needs.

Just a handful of the features you will find on the vCita platform includes the following:

  • self-service online scheduling
  • business invoicing 
  • online credit card payment processing
  • client management

They have a free version of their platform, but if you want to be able to customize your calendar or invoicing system even more, then you can look into their upgrade packages here.

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What I really like about vCita the most is the ability to integrate their widgets and contact forms onto my website. If you visit my blog today, you will find the following pop-up window come up for you if you want to immediately contact me. Otherwise, my contact page has a way to contact me as well or it gives you the ability to go ahead and schedule a call with me with just a click of the schedule button.

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This is the web form I have on my website contact page…

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I would recommend giving vCita a try and see if it works for your business. I couldn’t do without it!

Of course, if you have a different scheduling platform that you want to share with me, please feel free to do so in the comment box below.

Until tomorrow (Day 8 of The Ultimate Blog Challenge)!

what-is-an-infographic_383x307pxToday’s Tech Tuesday topic is something that I have come across recently in my research on visualization marketing…a new wave of marketing that’s extremely popular using your Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn profiles. A day doesn’t go by that we don’t see images splashed all over our Facebook newsfeeds, some of which come complete with quotes and tips. Have you ever wondered how people create these images so quickly? Sure, they may have a graphic designer on their team, but there are actually free (and fee) platforms that allow you to create these quickly and easily without paying a designer for them.

Different kinds of visual marketing come in the form of shareables (images with text), infographics and slideshows. I’ve compiled a list of different platforms you can visit and try your hand at all these different kinds of visual marketing concepts. Feel free to comment or share what you found to be your best graphic design platform yet.

For Infographics

For Shareables 

For Slideshows

Lastly, I also came across the font called the Chalk font, which I see a lot of this being used in graphic images. I found different versions of the font here: http://www.fontspace.com/category/chalk

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As my “easy Sunday” post, I want to share an a quick and easy tip that I would ordinarily wait to post on my weekly themed posts called “Tech Tuesday”, but why wait? Today is just as good as time as ever. If you have ever wanted to learn how to transfer your web files or media files via FTP (or File Transfer Protocol) to your website server or vice versa, then watch the short video tutorial I created below.

Of course, you can always use your Media Library in WordPress to upload media files that way (that also includes Word docs, PDF files, Excel spreadsheets, etc.), but if you have really large video or audio files, then using FTP will allow you to upload these large files without limitations on the file size. Depending on your hosting plan, you should have plenty of file space on your host server.

Another reason why you may want to use FTP versus using your WordPress media library is you have the ability to upload non-WordPress web pages, like stand-alone sales pages to your host account.

Watch this short 5-minute tutorial video on how to FTP files from one server to another. Then feel free to leave a comment or question below.

NOTE: I use the FTP client called FileZilla to transfer all my files and they do have a version for Macs. You can find the download for it HERE.

Until tomorrow (Day 28 of The Ultimate Blog Challenge)!

Warmly,

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Here is a no-brainer tip for you…if you manage several social media platforms and want to conjoin them into one place for easy access and quick posting to more than one platform at a time, then you NEED to subscribe to the now very popular HootSuite program. It’s what I use and it’s what I recommend all of my clients use who want to add social media marketing to their business plan. It’s a free, web-based program unless you decide you want more of the automation features.

About three years ago, when Twitter had become very popular in its infancy, what I thought was a great way to manage my Twitter account, turned out that it didn’t have everything that HootSuite had at the time. I was using the software download called Tweetdeck. I had a good friend and colleague of mine introduce me to HootSuite, so I gave it a try and I’ve been hooked ever since.

One of the biggest features that HootSuite offers is the ability to integrate the following social media platforms into your logged in dashboard:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Google+
  • Foursquare
  • MySpace
  • WordPress
  • And apps like Bufferapp, Instragram, YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr, Mailchimp and Constant Contact, and more…

I know Pinterest is not listed above, but it’s a matter of time that HootSuite will add their platform to their program soon. I know I’ll be adding my Pinterest account as soon as it become available for HootSuite.

One of the other popular features that I like about HootSuite is its ability to allow you to schedule tweets into the future, either one tweet or post at a time or a bundle of tweets uploaded at one time (bulk upload with Pro paid account). This feature is a great time-saver when you are streamlining your marketing and trying to market on the run. I’ve done that before!

  • Some of the other features not mentioned above are:
  • Custom analytic reporting
  • Ability to search and follow other Twitter accounts quickly and easily
  • Teams and conversations
  • Message management
  • Tight security

Give HootSuite a test drive and tell me if it’s not what you need to manage your social media marketing. There’s no excuse not to implement this kind of marketing if you have a great tool like HootSuite to pull it all together in one place for you to manage.

Until tomorrow…(Day 30 of the Ultimate Blog Challenge)

Warmly,

As a small business owner and someone that has access to numerous client passwords, not to mention my own set of passwords, it is hard to keep these all updated in one place. Most people I know write down the passwords, but then they end up misplacing what they wrote down. I’m one of those people that will create a password, but won’t write it down somewhere in case I need it again. About a year ago, I finally came up with a password-keeper solution that I just cannot do without. Granted there are a large number of automated password keeper programs, this is one I highly recommend and I use it daily.

1Password

I use 1Password to take care of all the guess-work around passwords that I need to have access to daily.

Here is a list of features that make this software so popular:

  • Automatically Save and Fill Web Site Logins
  • True Integration With Web Browsers
  • Support for Popular Web Browsers
  • Strong Password Generator
  • Rock-Solid Security
  • Securely Organize Your Life With Wallet Items
  • Secure Notes
  • Stay Organized
  • Get Access to Your Data Anywhere
  • Automatically Keep Your Data in Sync on PCs, Macs, and iOS devices

You can download 1Password free for 30 days. After the 30-day trial period, the cost to continue to keep 1Password active on your computer is $49.99 for Windows or Mac. They have multi-user licenses you can choose from also. You can find their pricing here.

I hope this information was helpful to. Each Tuesday, I like to share different technical software programs I use. Look for the next techie tip to come to you next Tuesday!

Until tomorrow,