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  1. 1. Websites for Small Business Steve Holt, Director of Instructional Technology Center & Web Services
  2. 2. Communicating w/ customers <ul><li>www.constantcontact.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emailing your customers with product promotions, tips & tricks, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.tatango.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group text messaging </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.eyejot.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software-free, online video messaging service </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.webex.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online video conferencing </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Saving money <ul><li>www.youconvertit.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.zamzar.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t buy that expensive software just to create files you need, convert it! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Office 2007 PDF plugin </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acrobat is expensive, so create PDFs for free with Office 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.yousendit.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Send large files via email for free (100 MB) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.tucows.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Freeware and shareware </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Saving money <ul><li>http://skype.com/business/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make calls to anywhere </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Traveling smart <ul><li>www.jiwire.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for free WIFI spots around the country </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.yapta.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They monitor your flights for you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.bing.com/travel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They predict if ticket prices are going to go up or down </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://www.atmlocator.info/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ATM locator </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Get information <ul><li>www.whitepages.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.switchboard.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.google.com/reader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Let Google monitor key words for you and they’ll notify you via email </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find zip codes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.bennetyee.org/ucsd-pages/area.html </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find area codes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Text 46645 (googl) for anything </li></ul>
  7. 7. Managing finances <ul><li>http://quickbooksonline.intuit.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manage your business finances online. Allow multiple locations to use it. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.mint.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free service to manage your finances, consolidate all your online finance accounts, track your investments, manage your bills, manage your budget </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Get Help <ul><li>www.protonic.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free tech support for your technology problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.calculator.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free online calculators for just about anything </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.sprouter.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for others that might be doing the same thing that you are doing </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Increasing productivity <ul><li>www.microsoft.com/word </li></ul><ul><li>www.microsoft.com/excel </li></ul><ul><li>www.microsoft.com/powerpoint </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watch tutorials, learn something new, get help </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.gethuman.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t waste time on the phone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.logmein.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Connect remotely to your computers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.google.com/docs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborate together </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Be conscious <ul><li>www.freecycle.org </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Get rid of stuff you don’t want, find stuff you need… for free! </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Protect yourself <ul><li>www.mozy.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.fileqube.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://skydrive.live.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free online file storage </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.10minutemail.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>It only works for 10 min. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.google.com/latitude </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Find out where your employees are </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Make money <ul><li>www.google.com/adsense </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ads get placed on your website by Google and you get $ every time someone clicks on them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.google.com/adwords </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google creates an ad for your business and places it on other websites </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Market with social media <ul><li>www.youtube.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.vimeo.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Video speaks louder than words </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.facebook.com/pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the ‘fan pages’ feature to connect with your customers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.involver.com (apps for your page) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.twitter.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time updates for your customers and supporters. Use as a help-line. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Social media inside <ul><li>www.yammer.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow your employees to collaborate and share </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.socialtext.com </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow your employees to collaborate and share a little bit more </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. QUESTIONS? Steve Holt [email_address] 731-881-7609 www.utm.edu/itc

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