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
#twtrcon 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 -
We wrote the bMighty Manifesto just before the crash last September. But it's more true now than ever. SMALL IS THE NEW LARGE gives away computer to business owner Stay tuned for more contests!

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Last week I discovered "Social NOT-working" 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!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

PayPal shares its e-commerce insights - plus 5 tips for SMBs
Affordable Tech Alternative #17 (Last one!): Plan A: A Vacation Without Connectivity | Plan B: Wi-Fi On The Plane
4% of City of London workers use their laptops in bed, often 2-6 hours per week. Security company makes hay:
Small Business Week? Isn't small business too big for just one week? Mighty rANTs!
#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

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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

Monday, May 18, 2009

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

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

Friday, May 15, 2009

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

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tech Alternative #6: Plan A: In-Person Meetings | Plan B: Videoconferences
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
Tech Alternative #4: Plan A: Blogging | Plan B: Tweeting

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

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

Monday, May 11, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Small business owners are buying millions of Netbooks - for themselves, not their employees!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2009