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Free Technology Tools for Better Engagement, Efficiency & Cost Controls.
The internet has many tools to help improve your productivity, organization, client collaboration and marketing – all for FREE. Are you taking advantage of these tools? In this fast-paced session, participants will be introduced to online tools for your day-to-day business processes, including alternatives to big-name software packages. We’ll cover what the tools can do for you and where to get them. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore new ways to solve common problems with uncommon tools.

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  • Free Technology Tools for BetterEngagement, Efficiency & Cost Controls Jennifer Reissaus, MAS Advertising Specialties Alliance Duquesne University Small Business Development Center Entrepreneurs Growth Conference May 12, 2012
  • Free Technology Tools12.May.2011
  • Free Technology Tools Content will be available for download.12.May.2011
  • Free Technology Tools Overview- Marketing- Organization- Doing / Seeing Stuff- Alternatives to Big Software- Collaboration Tools12.May.2011
  • Free Technology Tools- Marketing- Organization- Doing / Seeing Stuff- Alternatives to Big Software- Collaboration Tools12.May.2011
  • Marketing - Slideshows12.May.2011
  • Slideshare12.May.2011
  • Slideshare12.May.2011
  • SlideshareBy Category By Tag 12.May.2011
  • Slideshare12.May.2011
  • Slideshare12.May.2011
  • Slideshare Usefulcontent = more views 12.May.2011
  • Slideshare12.May.2011
  • Slideshare• PowerPoint presentations, OpenOffice files, Word documents, Adobe PDF Portfolios and Keynote (for Mac users)• Stored online; share publicly or privately.• Add audio to make a webinar.• www.slideshare.net12.May.2011
  • SlideshowsHow could you use slideshows?- Useful information that speaks to your target market- Customer-specific presentation- Case study collection- What’s new in your industry- ??? 12.May.2011
  • Marketing – Stock Images12.May.2011
  • crestock12.May.2011
  • crestock Read this!12.May.2011
  • crestock www.crestock.com12.May.2011
  • iStockphoto Free Photos! Free Vector Files! Free Audio! Free Video! Free Flash!12.May.2011
  • iStockphoto12.May.2011
  • iStockphotoRead this! 12.May.2011
  • iStockphoto12.May.2011
  • iStockphoto www.istockphoto.com12.May.2011
  • Marketing - Surveys12.May.2011
  • Surveys - Zoomerang12.May.2011
  • Zoomerang12.May.2011
  • Zoomerang12.May.2011
  • Zoomerang zoomerang.com12.May.2011
  • Surveys - SurveyMonkey12.May.2011
  • Surveys - SurveyMonkey12.May.2011
  • Surveys - SurveyMonkey12.May.2011
  • SurveyMonkey surveymonkey.com12.May.2011
  • Marketing - SurveysHow can you use surveys? - Vote on golf tournament prizes - Choose apparel styles - Ask subscribers to choose next article topic - ????12.May.2011
  • Marketing - Email12.May.2011
  • Email Marketing - MailChimp12.May.2011
  • Email Marketing - MailChimp- List Management- Templates- Autoresponders- Segmented lists- Unlimited images- And more….12.May.2011
  • Marketing - Email mailchimp.com12.May.2011
  • Free Technology Tools- Marketing- Organization- Doing / Seeing Stuff- Alternatives to Big Software- Collaboration Tools12.May.2011
  • Organization – Bookmark in the Cloud In the Cloud????“The term cloud is used as a metaphor for the Internet, based on the cloud drawing used to depict the Internet in computer network diagrams as an abstraction of the underlying infrastructure it represents.” - www.wikipedia.org Cloud = Internet = Online 12.May.2011
  • Organization – Bookmark in the Cloud del.icio.us OR www.delicious.com12.May.2011
  • deliciousPlays nice with Firefox……and with Internet Explorer…… 12.May.2011
  • delicious12.May.2011
  • delicious Use the button Or - Right Click to see the dialog box12.May.2011
  • delicious12.May.2011
  • delicious Tags, not folders In the cloud – access anywhere12.May.2011
  • Organization – Web Notebooks / Clippers12.May.2011
  • Zoho Notebook• Clip portions of web screens or entire screens• Text & Images• Organize into notebooks• Sections within notebooks• Stored in the Cloud12.May.2011
  • Zoho Notebook12.May.2011
  • Zoho Notebook Right Click to see the dialog box12.May.2011
  • Zoho Notebook Or use Quick Link12.May.2011
  • Zoho Notebook12.May.2011
  • Zoho Notebook notebook.zoho.com12.May.2011
  • Evernote12.May.2011
  • Evernote Finds text in graphics!12.May.2011
  • Evernote• Shines as a capture tool• Replaces notebooks / scraps of paper / napkins / Post-It notes 12.May.2011
  • Evernote• Shines as a capture tool• Replaces notebooks / scraps of paper / napkins / Post-It notes 12.May.2011
  • Evernote• Sync between online / desktop / mobile device• Free iPod/iPhone App• Android now available 12.May.2011
  • Evernote www.evernote.com12.May.2011
  • Organization – Web Notebooks / ClippersHow can you use Web Notebooks? - Collect information on clients / prospects - Collect information on upcoming events - ????12.May.2011
  • Organization – Email• Email – use the filters!• “Filter” or “Organize” or “Rules”• Automatically send emails to folders (or tag) based on sender, subject, etc.12.May.2011
  • Organization - EmailEmail – view by Thread / Conversation Topic - Read entire thread before commenting - Keep track of the conversation12.May.2011
  • Organization - EmailBefore 12.May.2011
  • Organization - EmailAfter 12.May.2011
  • Organization - EmailHow to (MS Outlook): 12.May.2011
  • Organization – To-Do Lists12.May.2011
  • CheckVist12.May.2011
  • CheckVist12.May.2011
  • CheckVist12.May.2011
  • CheckVist- Multiple Lists- Hierarchical within list / collapse-expand- Due Dates / view by due date- Tags / view by tag- Color tasks to show priority- Search for text, tags, due dates – in one list or across all lists- New features added based on user voting12.May.2011
  • CheckVist www.checkvist.com12.May.2011
  • Finding a Meeting Time12.May.2011
  • When Is Good12.May.2011
  • Finding a Meeting Time www.WhenIsGood.net12.May.2011
  • Free Technology Tools- Marketing- Organization- Doing / Seeing Stuff- Alternatives to Big Software- Collaboration Tools12.May.2011
  • Doing / Seeing – Transferring Large Files12.May.2011
  • Transferring Large Files• File Transfer / Share• File Sync• Online Backup – FREE to 2GB• Version History• Premium plans available• www.dropbox.com12.May.2011
  • Transferring Large Files• FREE – Send files up to 100MB ea• Premium plans available• www.yousendit.com12.May.2011
  • Transferring Large Files• FREE – 5GB storage• Send files up to 25MB ea.• Premium plans available• www.box.net12.May.2011
  • Doing / Seeing – Screen Capture OLD WAY• PrintScreen – Copies full screen image to clipboard. (Then paste to image editing tool to crop, crop, recopy, insert into document.)• Alt-Printscreen – Copies active window image to clipboard.• Right-click on image – Download image as saved file. Insert file into document.12.May.2011
  • Doing / Seeing – Screen Capture NEW WAYSnippy – - Draw around exact portion of screen needed – automatically copies to clipboard (then paste into document.) - Press shift to draw rectangle instead of free-form. - www.bhelpuri.net/Snippy/ to download & install 12.May.2011
  • Snippy12.May.2011
  • Snippy12.May.2011
  • Snippy- Download executable (snippy.exe) to your hard drive.- Add a shortcut to the executable to startup folder.- Click on Snippy icon in SystemTray to use.12.May.2011
  • Doing / Seeing - Creating PDF Files Installs as a printer12.May.2011
  • CutePDF12.May.2011
  • CutePDF12.May.2011
  • CutePDF• Universally-readable format• CutePDF.com12.May.2011
  • Doing / Seeing Shortening URLshttp://ppai.org/NR/rdonlyres/50D28EED -E869-47EC-8563- 4E1DC4DF3A0D/0/DimensionalMailin gs.pdf12.May.2011
  • Doing / Seeing Shortening URLs12.May.2011
  • TinyURL Customize your link12.May.2011
  • TinyURL12.May.2011
  • TinyURL12.May.2011
  • bit.ly12.May.2011
  • bit.ly Log In to customize your link.12.May.2011
  • bit.ly ReportsClick Traffic 12.May.2011
  • Free Technology Tools- Marketing- Organization- Doing / Seeing Stuff- Alternatives to Big Software- Collaboration Tools12.May.2011
  • Alternatives to MS Office12.May.2011
  • Alternatives to MS Office - OpenOfficeWord ExcelPowerpoint VisioAccess 12.May.2011
  • OpenOffice- Opens Microsoft Office files- Save as Microsoft Office files- Windows, Linux, Mac version- Files stored locally- www.OpenOffice.org12.May.2011
  • Alternatives to MS Office - Google Docs More than a search tool…..12.May.2011
  • Google Docs12.May.2011
  • Google Docs12.May.2011
  • Google DocsWordExcelPowerpointPublisher 12.May.2011
  • Google Docs- Opens Microsoft Office files- Save as Microsoft Office files- Files stored in the Cloud / Export to local drive- docs.Google.com12.May.2011
  • Zoho Excel WordProject Access Powerpoint 12.May.2011
  • Zoho- Opens Microsoft Office files- Save as Microsoft Office files Files stored in the Cloud / Export to local drive- Use Google Gears for offline access- Many apps to explore!- Zoho.com 12.May.2011
  • Alternatives to Adobe Photoshop12.May.2011
  • Photoshop Alternatives – The GIMP • The GNU Image Manipulation Program • Closest free alt. to Photoshop • Windows, Unix, Mac • Great tutorials • www.gimp.org12.May.2011
  • Photoshop Alternatives – The GIMP12.May.2011
  • Photoshop Alternatives – paint.net • Another close alt. to Photoshop • Windows • Great tutorials • www.getpaint.net12.May.2011
  • Photoshop Alternatives – paint.net12.May.2011
  • Alternatives to Adobe Illustrator12.May.2011
  • Inkscape12.May.2011
  • Illustrator Alternatives – Inkscape• Opens SVG, SVGZ (zipped SVG), PDF, and AI files• Other file types with assistance (EPS, CDR, CGM, SK1)• Save as SVG, SVGZ, PDF, Postscript/EPS/EPSi, AI• www.inkscape.org• wiki.inkscape.org 12.May.2011
  • Free Technology Tools- Marketing- Organization- Doing / Seeing Stuff- Alternatives to Big Software- Collaboration Tools12.May.2011
  • Collaboration Tools12.May.2011
  • Collaboration ToolsWhy?• Keeps everyone informed.• Easier for the client – no repetitive e-mails, everything is in one place.• If a client project – you get insight into decision makers & decision process.12.May.2011
  • Collaboration Tools – Zoho• Collaboration integrated into many Apps• www.zoho.com 12.May.2011
  • Collaboration Tools – Zoho• Collaboration integrated into many Apps• www.zoho.com 12.May.2011
  • Collaboration Tools – Google docs / Shared Space sharedspaces.googlelabs.com Google labs app12.May.2011
  • Collaboration Tools – Google docs / wave wave.google.com Google labs app12.May.2011
  • Collaboration Tools – SpringNote springnote.com12.May.2011
  • Collaboration ToolsHow would you use a collaboration tool?• Develop client’s brochure content / wording / design• Design promotional campaign – timelines, content, responsibilities• ?????12.May.2011
  • Real-Life Scenario Brainstorm Ideas for next presentation Pull Clipart Create custom background Survey recipients about topics Create presentation Receive Create project plan Post presentation meeting request Find meeting timeResearch & bookmark content Shorten link URL CollaborateSnip visual content from Web Email presentation link 12.May.2011
  • Free Technology Tools Top 3 you will use & How you will use them12.May.2011
  • Free Technology ToolsWhere do I find this stuff?12.May.2011
  • lifehacker12.May.2011
  • lifehackerSearch for#hivefive +subject 12.May.2011
  • lifehacker3. Followup1. CallForContenders2. Results 12.May.2011
  • lifehackerReadthecomments!12.May.2011
  • lifehacker lifehacker.com12.May.2011
  • dogpile12.May.2011
  • dogpile12.May.2011
  • dogpile12.May.2011
  • dogpile dogpile.com12.May.2011
  • Kim Komando12.May.2011
  • Kim Komando12.May.2011
  • Kim Komando komando.com12.May.2011
  • Where to get this presentation bit.ly/TechToolsEGC2011 Questions?12.May.2011
  • Free Technology Tools Please fill out the Evaluation Form Thanks for attending bit.ly/TechToolsEGC2011 Jennifer Reissaus, MAS www.asalink.com Advertising Specialties Alliance MarketingThatSticks.com jmr@asalink.com12.May.2011