Sunday, May 31, 2009

#twtrcon Kara Swisher: Twitter not so good for complex news stories and analysis.
#twtrcon. Paul Saffo: "News no longer breaks, it Tweets."
#twtrcon Small biz wants to know if Twitter will suck up all my time and if people will really buy what I have to sell?
#twtrcon Big business wonders "what should be my Twitter strategy?"
#twtrcon. Big biz asks diff questions about twitter than do small businesses
#twtrcon Banerji from Twitter says it still isn't mainstream for most people. Easy to forget here.
#twtrcon Who owns Twitter accounts related to your company? The company or the account holder? Panel disagrees!
#twtrcon Twitter for community: it's just bartending, wthout the beer
#twtrcon Twitterville author says Twitter business often starts with silly, personal things: "Nice blouse."
#twtrcon R U making $$ on Twitter? Carl's Jr.: Yeah / Dell: Yeah / KogiBBQ: Hell Yeah. Small business wins!
#twtrcon what's the best time to tweet? Test it by tweeting same thing 5x in a day, and see which gets most retweets.
#twtrcon Tip from Stephanie Nelson at Dell Outlet: "Try to find the 'Tweetspot' - what's the right number of tweets?"
#twtrcon Tip from Beth Mansfield at Carl's Jr. "Not everone is listening all the time."
#twtrcon Tip from Beth Mansfield, Carl's Jr. says: "Be funny." And delicious.
#twtrcon Stephanie Nelson from Dell Outlet says: "Twitter is meant to be a 2-way medium"
#twtrcon Mike Presad from Kogi BBQ says: "Don't Tweet too much."
RT ashiftinaction @ashiftinaction 16 Twitter Tips for Small Business Owners http://budurl.com/gc28
#twtrcon Jobaba.com offers a marketplace to reach local small businesses via Twitter
#twtrcon Hammer says "It pays to be a geek and an early adopter of technology.
#twtrcon Q: Does Hammer use ghosts? A: I'm afraid of ghosts!
#twtrcon Hammer asked: "Where were you when key figures were assassinated in the '60s?"
#twtrcon The Hammer tried to do "the first social media driven autobiography"
#twtrcon - MC Hammer has 700K followers. Why?
#twtrcon Jeremy Pepper uses Twitter to solve immediate problems, burps in the system, not long term issues
#twtrcon - but what about customers who refuse to be satisfied?
#twtrcon - Twitter is a public channel, so can get wider "credit" by helping them
#twtrcon - is help via Twitter really scalable? Comcast has 10 people doing it
#TWTRCON: Twitter demographics are 18-45 urban dwellers and early tech adopters - no duh
#TWTRCON: Here's good advice: don't ignore sales in favor of lastest fads
#TWTRCON: Advice is to be honest and genuine. Isn't that always good advice?
#TWTCON: Twitter experts on stage say there are no Twitter experts yet
LeBron out, Kobe in. Worst. Finals. Ever?

Friday, May 29, 2009

Small Is The New Large - working URL - http://ping.fm/lR2Ef
We wrote the bMighty Manifesto just before the crash last September. But it's more true now than ever. SMALL IS THE NEW LARGE http://ping.fm/KVX6w
bMighty.com gives away computer to business owner http://ping.fm/7nOl0 Stay tuned for more contests!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Last week I discovered "Social NOT-working" http://ping.fm/3XrTK This week I learned to call Social Media "SoMe." Perfect, isn't it?

Friday, May 22, 2009

Tech takes center stage at San Francisco Small Business Week event: We all got Windows 7 (Release Candidate) DVDs! http://ping.fm/UHNg4

Thursday, May 21, 2009

PayPal shares its e-commerce insights - plus 5 tips for SMBs http://ping.fm/daEFT
Affordable Tech Alternative #17 (Last one!): Plan A: A Vacation Without Connectivity | Plan B: Wi-Fi On The Plane http://ping.fm/MnsWF
4% of City of London workers use their laptops in bed, often 2-6 hours per week. Security company makes hay: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2009/05/prweb2434214.htm
Small Business Week? Isn't small business too big for just one week? Mighty rANTs! http://ping.fm/xQdj9
#Interop I've always wondered how to tell if your PC i in a Botnet. ESET says its SysInspector app can tell. Has anyone tried it?
Affodable Tech Alternative # 16: Plan A: Gigabit Ethernet | Plan B: Ethernet http://ping.fm/x8GqW

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tech Alternative #14 (counter-intuitive version): Plan A: Windows XP | Plan B: Windows Vista http://ping.fm/o4qP9
Check out Gayle Kesten's coverage of National Small Business Week - http://ping.fm/W1bmW

Monday, May 18, 2009

Affordable Tech Alternative #14: Plan A: An E-Commerce Site | Plan B: An eBay Storefront http://ping.fm/WdgrY
Social Networking... and Social "Not Working" - small businesses speak out http://ping.fm/5PHpZ
Advice for Entrepreneurs from TiEcon 2009, or Starting Up Is Hard To Do http://ping.fm/HKTVE
Affordable Tech Alternative #13: Plan A: Trade Shows | Plan B: Virtual Events http://ping.fm/wJk25

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Entrepreneur tip from TiE Con: In an interview, if they ask about salary instead of equity, you don't want them.
Entrepreneur tip from TiE Con: If you're doing it for the money, you oughtta be a VC, not an entrepreneur
Entrepreneur tip from TiE Con: If you have a VP of Marketing or VP of Sales who isn't a founder, you're already screwed.
Entrepreneur tip from TiE Con: Startups are not jobs. You are on a mission.
Entrepreneur tip from TiE Con: If you're doing a startup, you're certifiably crazy
Affordable Tech Alternative #10: Plan A: Microsoft Exchange Server | Plan B: Gmail http://ping.fm/vA1tC

Friday, May 15, 2009

Affordable Tech Alternatives #9: Plan A: A Massive Marketing Campaign | Plan B: Search Engine Optimization http://ping.fm/V0dUL
Tech Alternative #8: Plan A: 3G | Plan B: Wi-Fi http://ping.fm/qIoqr
Tech Altenative #7: Plan A: Microsoft Office | Plan B: OpenOffice http://ping.fm/7jD7o
Can you say "Tweetup"? Guy Kawasaki explains how to create a twitter following - http://ping.fm/RoCWy

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tech Alternative #6: Plan A: In-Person Meetings | Plan B: Videoconferences http://ping.fm/zGWez
Small businesses need to find someone else to be "The Hammer" on collections so that they can keep good client relations
1 SMB @Intuit Town Hall is getting benefit from Stimulus Bill -- who'da thunk it?
Almost all of the SMBs have Web sites, 2/3 have updated it in last week
Online advertising not used by SMBs @Intuit Town Hall - one restaurant owner had used Google Ad Words, but gave up
All but 2 of small businesses @Intuit Town Hall get most of their new business through word of mouth
Only 2 out 14 SMBs @Intuit SMB Town Hall use email marketing
80% of SMBs at Town Hall say they will boost marketing spending this year
14 small businesses talking about tough times @Intuit Town Hall
Tech Alternative #5: Plan A: New Servers | Plan B: Virtualizing Existing Servers http://ping.fm/KzRRN
Tech Alternative #4: Plan A: Blogging | Plan B: Tweeting http://ping.fm/IOOgL

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tech Alternative #3: Plan A: iPhone | Plan B: BlackBerry http://ping.fm/NQxaD
Tech Alternative #2: Plan A: Bluetooth Headset | Plan B: The Crappy Little Wired Headset That Came With Your Phone http://ping.fm/T8oDf
Tech Alternative #1: Plan A: Macbook Air | Plan B: MSI Wind http://ping.fm/rhwPS
I appreciate the best. I'm settling for less. 17 "Plan B" technologies for SMBs: http://ping.fm/oWd8O

Monday, May 11, 2009

Windows 7/Windows Server 2008 RS due this year - a big deal for SMbs - http://ping.fm/fIpdm
Netgear isn't just wireless any more -- rolls out SMB storage enhancements http://ping.fm/tQ8uE

Friday, May 8, 2009

Small business owners are buying millions of Netbooks - for themselves, not their employees! http://ping.fm/BffQn

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Is - cough - swine flu a business risk - cough - as well as a health risk? http://ping.fm/FkhwF Cough.
Anonymity is no defense. It turns out that botnets are increasingly targeting smaller companies. http://ping.fm/Ffeti
Comcast loses title of Wost Company In America to AIG. http://ping.fm/IgbW2 Once again Comcast can't finish the job.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009