Jazz Up Your LinkedIn Profile in 5 Easy Steps

If you are going to use your LinkedIn profile to promote yourself or your business, be sure you jazz it up a bit.  Make sure your content is informative and interesting and that you use the new features and tools to add color and content. Even if you don’t want to spend much time on LinkedIn, try our 5 easy steps. They will give your profile depth and make you more interesting to your connections. 1) Make sure you profile is complete with present and previous positions, education, awards and specialties. 2) Give and request recommendations and endorsements.  Write thoughtful recommendations for connections that point out an exceptional or unique circumstance or attribute. Don’t be shy, request recommendations from connections that will share your talents and achievements. The new Skills and Expertise Endorse from your contact's profile page is a quick, easy way to show your … [Read more...]

Top IT Trends for 2012

In keeping with our new year’s tradition, we have compiled our list of the top technology trends for 2012. We scanned the available data, reviewed our previous predictions and made some leaps of faith. We are optimistic about the economy and expect many delayed IT expenditures to be completed this year. Advances in business technology continue their steady progression with many smaller businesses adopting leading edge technologies.  This year will be interesting for consumer electronics.  Maybe Steve Jobs left his next great invention in the Apple pensieve. Local Data Centers – As Cloud Computing gains acceptance and market share, more business will move their equipment and applications to their own private cloud.  Companies will look for neighborhood data centers that are accessible and provide boutique services. This provides an opportunity for IT service providers and managed … [Read more...]

Using Facebook to Promote Your Business in 5 Easy Steps

Facebook can be used to promote your business by building an Official Page.  You can open a Facebook business account that has limited privilege or you can use your personal account to create a Company Page.  Facebook only allows an individual one account and it is a violation subject to your account being terminated if you create more than one account. If you choose to attach a business page to your personal page, you can promote your business to your friends by suggesting that they “like” your page.  Whether you use a personal or business account, you can promote your business with ads. You can mix your personal and business page by sharing posts, photos and sharing with friends or you can keep them completely separate.  This is determined by your security settings, how you post information and who you confirm as a friend. If you worry about what family or high school friends are … [Read more...]

Using LinkedIn to Promote Your Business – 5 Easy Steps

The possibilities for using LinkedIn to promote your business are practically endless. If you don’t know where to begin or are having trouble finding the time, try our five easy steps for promoting your business with LinkedIn. First, you need a personal LinkedIn page.  Make sure you have completed your profile and have a flattering position summary for the company to promote.  Additionally, your profile should be 100% complete. Next decide how you will accept connections. LION (LinkedIn Open Network) members connect to almost anyone that requests whether they know them or not.  More conservative members only link to people they personally know.  This is your choice and you can adjust your settings to share or hide your connections. There are many security settings that control how much or how little of your information is shared.  If you are concerned about sharing information, … [Read more...]

Add a Tweetmeme Retweet Button to Your WordPress Post

Adding a Tweetmeme retweet button is a smart idea.  It allows readers to easily retweet your blog post to their Twitter followers.  It is easy to add the button to your WordPress blog using the Shortcode API functions. The button with 22 tweets / retweet is a static graphic example that shows a button ready to retweet. The button with 2 tweets / tweeted is a static graphic example that has been retweeted from that page. To use the Tweetmeme retweet button, add the following to your post: tweetmeme source=Your_Twitter_Account only_single=false Be sure the statement is between square brackets [ ] so it will be read as a Shortcode.  Also insert the Twitter name that you want the retweet to reference.  It will show as @Your_Twitter_Account after the RT. Some instructions show as “Your_Twitter_Account” or ‘Your_Twitter_Account’ but the single or double quotes are redundant because … [Read more...]