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If you’re a small business owner, freelancer, or consultant—odds are you do research for your business. Chaos To Clarity’s slide deck will help you think about your research strategy and ...

If you’re a small business owner, freelancer, or consultant—odds are you do research for your business. Chaos To Clarity’s slide deck will help you think about your research strategy and introduce some great tools to make the process easier.

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    • Digital Success™ Research Skills & Strategies for Business December 12, 2009 www.ChaosToClarity.com ©2009 Chaos To Clarity LLC. Chaos To Clarity, Success in a Digital World, Digital Success and the Chaos To Clarity logo are trademarks of Chaos To Clarity LLC.
    • What We Do ➡ Websites, Blogs & Facebook Fan Pages ➡ Social Networking & Media Classes ➡ In-person & Online Customized Coaching ➡ Group Learning & Interactive Talks 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Meet the Team Jo Golden, MS, PhD, specializes in education, communication, and moving through conflict around learning and change in the digital world. Jo believes in starting wherever you are and working with you to establish confidence, competence, and practical self-education strategies for the future. She brings over 12 years experience to supporting clients as a digital strategist and web content wrangler. She guides clients to develop compelling stories on the Web via websites, blogs, social networking, and social media. jogolden.com Tracey Holinka, MS, supports clients by teaching you how to make the most of computers and the Internet while getting your business or professional self online. She brings over 12 years experience to steering projects and providing advanced computer coaching, creating compelling Websites and blogs, as well as developing customized social networking automation processes for clients. She believes that technology ought to be clarified by professionals, not cloaked in mystique to exclude everyone else. traceyholinka.com 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Be Successful in the Digital World ➡ Digital Success™ requires: ‣ Self-education ‣ Computer and Web savvy (Digital Survival™) ‣ The right tech tools for the job ‣ A web presence ‣ An effective network 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Research ➡ Requires searching, finding, tracking, saving, storing, and retrieving data—even before you start making sense of it. ➡ Find it. ‣ Credible source? True? Supposed to be? ➡ Be careful on the Web ‣ Antivirus ‣ Phishing ‣ Firewall 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Research Considerations ➡ Choose tools carefully, based on: ‣ What you want to do with the information ‣ Comfort with computers ‣ Software you’re using ‣ Computing environment (Mac, Windows, home, work, etc.) ‣ Making it work for you 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Essentials ➡ A plan ➡ A procedural map ➡ Able to determine if source is credible ➡ Can you trust that it's true? ➡ Check your plan, map, sources, and path every so often ➡ Track sources/citations 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • What's Your Story? ➡ Comfortable with computers? The Web? ➡ Computer and Web search skills? ➡ How do you feel about directing your own education using the Web? ➡ Confident about deciding who to trust? ➡ Willing to follow a series of steps, consistently? 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • What's Your Story? ➡ Rate attention to detail 1-5, 5 is highest ➡ Learning is easier with... ➡ Work with…? ‣ Reading ‣ Audio ‣ Videos ‣ Video ‣ Audio ‣ Documents ‣ Images ‣ Webpages ‣ Demonstration ‣ Electronic books ‣ Demonstration 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • What's Your Story? ➡ How do you like to get your content? ‣ Email ‣ Website or Blogs ‣ RSS ‣ Podcasts (audio & video) ➡ What do you need / want to keep up with online? 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Collecting Information ➡ Pick sensible formats easy to convert or repurpose ➡ Tag/label systematically and immediately ➡ Use different tools to capture and mark ‣ Screen capture tools ‣ Bookmarking tools ‣ Collection & organization tools 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Screen Capture Tools ➡ Screenshot Pimp (Firefox add-on) ➡ Fireshot (PC only) ➡ Screengrab (Firefox add- on) ➡ Snagit (PC only) ➡ Grab (default Mac tool) 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Bookmarking Tools ➡ delicious (social bookmarking) ➡ Read It Later (syncs across computers) ➡ Add bookmarks in your browser 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Tools for Collecting & Organizing ➡ Zotero (individual/collaborative) ➡ ScrapBook (Firefox add-on) ➡ Evernote (individual/ collaborative) ➡ Diigo (individual/collaborative) ➡ Email ➡ Google Reader (individual/ collaborative) 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Making Sense of What You Find ➡ Map ➡ Write ➡ Visualize Data ➡ Read ➡ Ponder ➡ Discuss in your networks 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Mapping Tools ➡ Inspiration ➡ Webspiration ➡ MindManager ➡ OmniGraffle (Mac) ➡ Strengths and Weaknesses of Mapping Software 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Everyday Research ➡ Collect Information ➡ Find it easily when you ‣ Readability reduce the noise need to ➡ Tag it (descriptive—what ➡ Convert and repurpose— is it, what does it work with it in the format represent, etc.) that’s best for you ➡ Where did it come from (citation) ➡ Store it or mark its place (put it away for later) 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Research for Business ➡ Project related ➡ Marketing ➡ Sales ➡ Product innovation ➡ Purchasing ➡ Insurance ➡ Tracking your personal brand 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Lot’s of Niche Content Social Networks Social Media Deep Web LinkedIn® Great
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    • Search ➡ Search Engines. ‣ Gotta search? ‣ Use the best tool for the task. ➡ Specialized search engines ➡ When might you use: ‣ Google (http://www.google.com/) ‣ Bing (http://www.bing.com/) ‣ Wolfram Alpha (http://www.wolframalpha.com/) 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Branding / Reputation Management ➡ Search regularly ‣ Google ‣ Bing ➡ Automatic searches ‣ Term based-use all ➡ Capture offenders - Google Alerts - Social Mention Alerts ‣ “print to” or “save to” pdf - twitter search ‣ screen capture ‣ Page based ➡ Ask for offending - backtweets (search tweets for links to specific url) material to be removed 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Need support? We’re here to help. ➡ Thinking about a large project? ➡ Start off on the right foot ➡ Try a 2-3 hour consult to flatten your learning curve ‣ Get Strategy ‣ Learn how to use the right tools most effectively 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • We’ll Get You Where You Need to Go ➡ Work with a technologist and an educator ➡ Move through information noise ➡ Our knowledge base is theoretical and experiential ➡ We don’t babble, bore, or confuse ➡ We act as advocates and guides 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com
    • Social Networking Success for Businesses and Professionals Online Workshop Wednesday, January 20, 2010 3-5pm (ET) Register Today
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    • Connect with Us Become a fan See what we’re tweeting Watch our how-to videos Visit our blog 12/12/2009 Research Skills & Strategies for Business www.ChaosToClarity.com