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Learn how to use FREE tools to manage the overwhelming flow of information that economic developers need to follow.

Learn how to use FREE tools to manage the overwhelming flow of information that economic developers need to follow.

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  • Webinar: Using RSS Feeds for Economic Development Time Management \\\\ Presented by Derek Pillie for LEDO Suite by Cirrus ABS on April 7, 2011 for an online webinar. You can find us at: http://www.LEDOsuite.com (project page & news updates), http://twitter.com/LEDOsuite (twitter), http://www.facebook.com/LEDOsuite (facebook), http://youtube.com/user/CirrusABS, and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/companies/cirrus-abs
  • Webinar: Using RSS Feeds for Economic Development Time Management \\\\ Presented by Derek Pillie, for Cirrus ABS. You can find Derek: http://www.LEDOsuite.com (project page & news updates), http://twitter.com/dpillie (twitter), http://www.facebook.com/dpillie (facebook), and on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/dpillieI have worked in the economic development field in northeastern Indiana for a number of years and have been through Indiana’s Economic Development Course. I just started with Cirrus ABS a few months ago as the Project Manager for the LEDO Suite because I have a passion for making economic development organizations more effective at attracting outside investment.
  • Webinar: Using RSS Feeds for Economic Development Time Management \\\\ Why are you here? - Let’s talk about why you were motivated to click on that link to sign up for this webinar! As more and more activity related to economic development occurs online, there’s more and more information to sift through and stay on top of to “keep up with the Jonses.” In order to stretch your personal resources you need to get the greatest value for what you do… you can achieve all this by using a simple, free tool.
  • Webinar: Using RSS Feeds for Economic Development Time Management \\\\ What will you learn?I generally kick off our webinars with a brief description of what we’re going to cover over the next half hour or so.If you don’t feel like we’ve addressed these points by the time we’re done, I welcome you to call me out on it! I’ll try to address any of your questions at the end of this presentation.As always, much thanks to Kevin Mullett and Bill Gardiner at Cirrus ABS for their help preparing this webinar. Kevin is our general technology guru who does a number of these presentations and Bill is our Sales Director.
  • Webinar: Using RSS Feeds for Economic Development Time Management \\\\ About Cirrus ABSWe’re not going to dwell a great deal on this, but I want you to know we’re not a fly-by-night operation and we do know what we’re talking about when it comes to online technology and marketing. Cirrus ABS has been finding ways to help make organizations more effective since the Internet became relevant to many of us.We really are the best of both worlds… great creative people to generate effective designs and great content as well as knowledgeable technical folks that can assemble great custom solutions!
  • Webinar: Using RSS Feeds for Economic Development Time Management \\\\ About Cirrus ABSWe build projects for large companies and small businesses… we do design work and we build the backbone that runs the website.A recent development has been an improvement of our content management system that has allowed the company to develop industry-specific solutions like the LEDO Suite for economic development organizations among other specialties.
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    • 1. Using RSS Feeds for Economic Development Time Management //
      Derek Pillie
      LEDOsuite.comtwitter.com/LEDOsuitefacebook.com/LEDOsuiteyoutube.com/user/cirrusabslinkedin.com/companies/cirrus-abs
    • 2. Using RSS Feeds for Economic Development Time Management //
      Derek Pillie
      LEDOsuite.comtwitter.com/dpilliefacebook.com/dpillielinkedin.com/in/dpilliejust search for “derekpillie” or “dpillie”
      Project Manager – LEDO Suite
    • 3. RSS Feeds // Why are You Here?
      • You know that the success of your economic development organization means attracting new businesses and supporting existing business
      • 4. You know quality intelligence is one of the most important assets for an economic development professional
      • 5. You know there is a tremendous amount of intelligence available online
      • 6. Information and messages about you or your community
      • 7. Information about what your competition is up to
      • 8. You need a better way to gather and process all of this information without spending too much time away from your other responsibilities
    • RSS Feeds // What Will You Learn?
      • What does RSS stand for, why does it exist and how will it help me?
      • 9. What information you need to find and subscribe to relevant RSS feeds
      • 10. What tools you can use to help process the inbound information from these feeds and turn data into actionable steps
      • 11. How RSS Feeds can have social media implications that will help improve your organization’s online visibility
      • 12. How to sort through information and make good decisions about the ongoing management of your RSS feeds.
    • RSS Feeds // About Cirrus ABS
      • 15 Years Experience in Online Marketing and Website Development
      • 13. Hybrid company that offers the best of marketing and technology firms
      • 14. 25+ employees
      • 15. Full staff of technical & creative personnel
      • 16. Clients ranging from Fortune 500 to small local businesses
    • RSS Feeds // About Cirrus ABS
      Cirrus ABS Core Competencies
      • Corporate Marketing Solutions - Strategic Consulting, Website Development, Online Marketing, Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
      • 17. Platform Solution Development
      • 18. Vertical Market Solutions
      • 19. Economic Development, Education, Insurance…
      • 20. Corporate Solutions for Distributor/Dealer Networks
      • 21. Franchise Solutions
    • Website Leads// Cirrus ABS ED Clients
    • 22. RSS Feeds // Other Cirrus ABS Clients
    • 23. RSS Feeds // What does RSS Mean?
      RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication
      RSS is a standardized format used to publish frequently updated websites like blogs, newspapers or media, etc.
      The idea of syndicating or broadcasting website content is almost as old as our company!
      The first actual RSS feed was developed in 1999
      Feeds didn’t see widespread adoption by website users until recently
      RSS feeds mean you can bring information from sites you visit to ONE source, processing the information on your terms without having to visit multiple websites!
    • 24. RSS Feeds // What does RSS Mean?
      How did RSS feeds develop?
      Netscape (an early browser) developed a proprietary channel that was later replicated by AOL, Yahoo and Google
      They needed to develop a format that could easily process and display information in real time from content partners
      RSS 0.9 was born in 1999, but was primarily used by the media and their IT departments for web applications
    • 25. RSS Feeds // What does RSS Mean?
      How is RSS used today?
      The advent of blogging encouraged the development of technology to read and manage RSS feeds
      As Internet users were able to manage these feeds on their own, more sources started developing tech- nology to read these feeds
      The first actual RSS feed was developed in 1999
      Feeds didn’t see widespread adoption by website users until recently
      RSS is an extremely useful too for website design, but can also be harnessed to dramatically improve YOUR productivity!
    • 26. RSS Feeds // Where do I find an RSS feed?
      The simple answer? Just about ANYWHERE!
      Public awareness of RSS feeds really took off when Microsoft Explorer adopted the orange and white logo Firefox had been using for feeds
      That logo is now ubiquitous, most browsers will recognize when there is a feed available on a website (see below for example)
      If there is a website that publishes information YOU are interested in, more than likely it has a feed you can manage!
    • 27. RSS Feeds // Unconventional RSS Sources
      So you know the sites you frequent have feeds, but there ARE other uses!
      Track your Newman!
      Everyone has someone they compete with, that challenges them – for Jerry Seinfeld, it was Wayne Knight’s Newman
      LEARN FROM THEM!
    • 28. RSS Feeds // Action 1
      Identify your target
      Perform a Google News search for your target
      Google News will generate an RSS feed for your search
      Perform a Twitter search for your target
      • Use http://search.twitter.com
      • 29. Twitter search will generate a feed for the query
      Enter your target’s website into ChangeDetection.com
      • Set up an account
      • 30. Create an RSS feed for your alert
      You can now quickly and effectively keep tabs on your competition!
    • 31. RSS Feeds // Unconventional RSS Sources
      You can use the same tools for tracking your competition to monitor YOUR community’s reputation
      Just change your search parameters, look for target terms or key community organizations that people might talk about online.
      Use Google News and Twitter searches to monitor mentions of these events!
      You can use Twitter’s advanced search capabilities to monitor all Tweets within a specified radius of a ZIP Code!
    • 32. RSS Feeds // Unconventional RSS Sources
      You can also use your RSS feeds to find content to write about or share on your own website!
      Identify information sources that cover topics that might be of interest to your target audiences, odds are they’ll publish something you can comment on or add value to for your own audience!
      Feeds can help to identify people you’d like to engage with via social media.
      Content generation is one of the most frequent complaints we receive! Use RSS feeds to conquer this challenge!
    • 33. RSS Feeds // Processing RSS Feeds
      There are lots of choices out there!
      Ultimately you have to choose the reader or aggregator that is going to best meet your needs if utilizing RSS feeds is going to work for you.
      While you can pick any of these, we’re going to talk about Google Reader
    • 34. RSS Feeds // Using Google Reader
    • 35. RSS Feeds // Using Google Reader
      There are many reasons why I choose Google Reader to manage my feeds.
      (For the record, I started out as a Bloglines user)
      From a value and productivity standpoint, Google Reader beats out the competition in a few ways:
      It’s FREE
      It is easy to organize
      It is easy to move quickly from one article to the next
      You can “quickly” bookmark items that deserve more attention later
      You can work in an offline mode if you’re not connected to the Internet
    • 36. RSS Feeds // Action 2
      Setup Google profiles for you & your organizationhttp://www.google.com/profiles
    • 37. RSS Feeds // Using Google Reader
      The keyboard is your friend!
      Flipping through articles can move very quickly once you learn a few simple keystrokes – principally “j” and “k”!
      You can use the keyboard to move from one story to the next, move from one folder to the next, bookmark an item for later viewing, and the list goes on. This simple innovation can actually save you a ton of time!
      See the entire list at: http://www.google.com/support/reader/bin/answer.py?answer=69973
    • 38. RSS Feeds // Using Google Reader
      Social integration
      You can easily track or subscribe to items people you know share via Google Reader, as well as see any comments that were made about the item
      If you’ve used Gmail or Google Bookmarks, you’re familiar with the “star” system Google uses to save important items – this system lets you click items that deserve more attention so you can review them later.
      You can very easily share items via Facebook, Twitter, Email, or through Google Buzz by using the like feature
    • 39. RSS Feeds // Action 3
      Make a group!
      One of the great ways to manage your time reading RSS feeds is to group them into subject areas.
      Going back to the earlier slide you’ll notice I had a series of folders that covered different topics. I rank these groups in order of importance so I don’t have to churn through 300+ articles in one sitting, I can pick and choose which groups I read.
      Groups allow you to focus your time on the most important information.
    • 40. RSS Feeds // Using Google Reader
      Working offline
      It seems people have no problem finding hotspots or connecting to online services via their smart phones, but offline access still has advantages
      For folks that tend to travel often, until the airlines allow you better access to wireless signals, having the flexibility to access your feeds offline can be a productive way to spend the time you can use your devices on the plane.
      If you “take your work home” being able to read and digest the events of the day offline might be a great way to keep you focused on work that can get done while you’re in the office.
    • 41. RSS Feeds // Bookmarking Good Content
      Where do you store all this great content you find?
      There are many different services you can use, with varying degrees of functionality.
      Each service has its own advantages and disadvantages – del.icio.us will automatically generate a blog post of items you save!
      I prefer using Evernote because it lets me file items in “virtual filing cabinets” but also tag items so that I can find topical material easily no matter where it’s filed.
    • 42. RSS Feeds // Use Content You Bookmark
      You’ve found it, you’ve stored it, now what?
      We’ve just reviewed a system that will allow you to consume vast amounts of information in a relatively short time, in theory saving time from your work day
      You need to identify your own strategy for using this information in a way that will be most effective for your organization. Prioritize functions we described that are critical and figure out a process that lets you use this information to better position your organization.
      You need to identify your own strategy for using this information in a way that will be most effective for your organization.
    • 43. RSS Feeds // Manage Your Feed Profile
      This isn’t a one-time thing, it’s a process, it MUST be managed!
      You’ll need to evaluate the effectiveness of your system and the relevance of your feeds on an ongoing basis.
      Google Reader does provide you with some tools to analyze the value of your various feed subscriptions
      Just because you’re not reading all of the items in a feed doesn’t mean it has no value, evaluate each of these on a case by case basis
    • 44. We'll Help You Master Internet Marketing!
      These days it’s more important than ever for you to reach new investors, satisfy existing businesses, find new efficiencies, and improve your local business climate. The Web is the way to do it. We can help!
      Call Derek Pillie at 1.877.817.4442 to find out how we can improve your online visibility.
      Please take our post-webinar questionnaire at http://svy.mk/ihqhik

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