Category Archives: Small Biz Tools

3 Free Video Conferencing Tools for Business

Video conferencing gives businesses a way to bring teams together outside of the traditional office meeting.  It also allows a regional business to expand nationally or even internationally with “in person” meetings online.  This technology is growing in use and features, and small businesses would be wise to brush up on the potential tools available! […]

Make Your Lead Follow Up Easy With Hubspot Sidekick

Hubspot is well known for their online marketing software, and their tool, Sidekick, provides another way to make business marketing life easier.  Sidekick integrates with Gmail and other email clients and is available for users of the Chrome browser, as well as for iPhones and iPads. Overview of Features: Displays contact profile information for any […]

Gmail Tricks and Tips

Every small business owner or marketing manager is regularly on the lookout for online tools that streamline the daily workflow and increase productivity. When it comes to achieving those goals, there seems to be no limit to Gmail’s ability to deliver. Try some of these great Gmail tricks and tips to help keep marketing objectives […]

How to Maintain your Privacy Online

I’ve always said that the web changes quickly.  The tools, methods, and capabilities of online tools never cease to evolve. One area that is really evolving is online ads and the technology behind them that tracks, learns, watches, and educates companies on your behavior online.  Yes, being anonymous online is not as easy as one […]

Content Curation and Web Traffic with Sniply

Advancements in technology happen all the time. When a “point of pain” is addressed with a new technology solution, it’s always time for celebration.  I’m celebrating this new service, Sniply, for the pain point it solves for businesses using social media! Snip.ly is a service which allows you to have the power of social media […]

Google Search Shortcuts for Saving Time

I’m all about saving time! Being efficient is HUGELY important to me.  I’m definitely a GTD (Get Things Done) kinda guy and I love shortcuts to help me accomplish more faster. I’ve been stacking up some Google shortcuts and I thought it was about time to compile and share a few! Did you know that […]

Smartphone Apps for Business: Should your Business Have One?

The statistics continue to astound… 90% of American adults have a cell phone (Pew Research 1/2014), As of the end of September, 72% of U.S. mobile users have a smartphone (comScore Report). We have become a mobile computing society. For businesses, this means there is an important need to consider how to reach and do […]

Pinterest Insights: Tailwind App Delivers for Businesses

I was recently introduced to a great tool that helps businesses gain insight into how Pinterest can help their company better reach their target market. This unique software is designed to help companies discover the pins, trends, and pinners that can boost their business visibility.   With Pinterest being the #2 source for driving volumes of social […]

Hyperlapse for Business: How to use for Business Growth

Wondering if and how you can use the new Hyperlapse App for your business? Interested in discovering how businesses are using Hyperlapse right now? Then stay tuned!  This episode is all about the new Hyperlapse App by Instagram and how it can be used by small and medium sized businesses. It’s all about keeping it […]

Website Redesign Keys You Need to Know!

The web changes.  It changes rapidly. It changes continually.  This means your website must change.  What worked in web design 3-4 years ago can be outdated and lead to poor performance today. As we all know, smartphones have increased nearly 100 fold from three years ago and so businesses now need to take into consideration […]

Finding Great Content to Share with Feedly

Social Media Marketing is a demanding task. Have you ever felt burnt out on creating posts and content to share? The return on web traffic and engagement can be great for your business but it’s a reality that we can indeed reach capacity of “doing” and the need to create more content all the time […]

How to Make Simple Animations for Social Media Sharing

Did this image capture your attention? In a time when visuals and imagery rule on the web, animations are a great way of capturing attention. Did you know that Twitter recently started supporting animated GIFs, and that Pinterest also does? In this tech tip post for online marketers, I’ll share one simple tool for making simple animations for social […]

Small Business on Google Plus: Why be active there?

  Is your business considering Google+? Wanting to know how to expand your social media marketing and how Google+ might help you? Are you a local business looking for a boost in local search ranking? Listen in on this Halftime Mike Podcast episode where Mike and Donna Gilliland dig into the reasons a small business would […]

9 Online Marketing Methods to Grow Sales

  Every business is  interested in growing sales and there are multiple online marketing methods to do so. To have the opportunity to increase your sales online means: “Getting in front of the right people in the right places. It also means directing them to the right place online with the right message for them.” […]

Canva Button Comes to Web Tools

Recently, Canva announced the launch of the “Canva Button” that allows the Canva design manager to be accessed within your favorite tools. Our TabSite software for contests and growing leads is thrilled to be one of the early release partners! What is the Canva Button? In short, Canva access and power within web-tools like TabSite! […]

Collaboration: The Key to Small Business Growth

One often overlooked key for small business growth and sustained success is collaboration! In This Episode In this episode I dive into some of my story on business growth and how collaboration with others played a key role.  Collaboration is related to but different than partnering.   It’s not about merging with others, though that […]

Growing Business Online: Identifying your Ideal Customer

Wanting to use Social Media more and better in your business?  Wanting to hear some practical strategies for using Social Media more strategically in your business? In This Episode I get the opportunity to interview Wendy McClelland, a coach, consultant, and  Social Media trainer from Abbotsford, British Columbia.  We go through the key steps she […]

Great Social Media Content Providers 2014

Just wanted to share a quick post to my community to recommend these three blogs to you!  Social Media Examiner recently published the winners of their “Top 10 2014 Social Media Blogs” contest and I’m thrilled to have three friends on the list.  If you need resources, these are three blogs to sign-up to get […]

How to Massively Improve your Digital Marketing – Part 3

Stop!  Review.  Plan Changes.  Then proceed! Your Digital presence cannot be static.  It’s time to review your digital marketing and make changes to succeed. This is the last post in the series of “how to advance your business online.”  The first two posts are available here: How to Massively Improve Your Digital Marketing  How to […]

Cloud Storage-A No Brainer for Small Biz

So are you a Dropbox, SugarSync, Drive or Box person?   What’s your favorite? You do use a Cloud storage service don’t you? Cloud Storage Services Offer Flexibility and Peace of Mind The advancements in cloud-based computer file storage systems in the past few years have made it a simple and helpful method that business […]