Podcasting, blogs and business tasks online: Summary from May 5, 2009

sbbuzz: Jumping right in with Q1: Are you doing your business banking online? Why or why not? #sbbuzz

  • fsphotography: Q1: Yes, I do. So easy to manage my accounts and it’s free!#sbbuzz
  • Timberry: Q1: We’re using several local banks but using almost all of the online facilities they make available. #sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp: Q1 – The local bank we use has online services, but they are not as easy to use as they should be, so no, not for business. #sbbuzz
  • jonedm@sbbuzz Q1: Yes, online as much as possible, including PayPal. 24/7 access and free. #sbbuzz
  • scoblitz@sbbuzz I do – very convenient, electronic data rocks, and being green is nice as well. #sbbuzz
  • deneki: Q1: We use a community bank and all of their online services. #sbbuzz
  • dawnriversbaker: Q1: Don’t they advise small biz owners to develop relationships w/their bankers? Can you do that & still use online svcs? #sbbuzz
  • pmohara: Q1: We do all banking online – bookkeeping, bill paying, invoicing. SOOO much easier to keep track of. Paper just stacks & glares. #sbbuzz
  • Whistletree: We use online banking, more convenient and both partners can view transactions. #sbbuzz
  • KlehmerCSC: Q1 We use community banks and some of their online services! We like te meet our bankers one on one to build a personal relationship #sbbuzz
  • toddeury@sbbuzz – Banking online? YES! Easier to track funds, bills, payments. Faster and easier than the old check-book.(Blah!) #sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp: I still have to drive to the bank twice a week because we get paid primarily with checks. #sbbuzz
  • jonfollett#sbbuzz Q1: We’re using online bill pay from our bank. Occasionally get paid using PayPal, but mostly by check.
  • SvyATL: Q1 4 Personal banking, convenience and ability to monitor transactions for safety reasons. Too much identity fraud out there.#sbbuzz #sbbuzz

 

sbbuzz: Q2 What other business tasks have you taken online and why? Time savers, cost savers, environment savers? #sbbuzz

  • bradfordshimp: Q2 – Our CRM, Accounting, and Document Sharing are all done online now. #sbbuzz
  • rongraham1@sbbuzz, on Q2: most of the rest of our tasks are computer-based, and our online presence is more important to us than it looks. LOL #sbbuzz
  • imaginestudios: Q2-bill paying & just about everything else. Time & money saving, easier to communicate with vendors & clients, faster than mail #sbbuzz
  • deneki: Q2: Everything! CRM, accounting, doc sharing, payment processing, others. Our company doesn’t own a server. #sbbuzz
  • scoblitz@sbbuzz Q2 As many as possible really. CRM, time tracking and invoicing are the biggies. #sbbuzz
  • jonfollett#sbbuzz Q2: We’re using Web-based systems for CRM, project management, and marketing as well as numerous communication tools.
  • Timberry: Q2 online is pervasive throughout the business. Accounting, CRM, file sharing, code snippets, scheduling, some meetings too #sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp: Also have been building a business completely online with@nrohrbach – all collaboration done via Twitter, Skype, Google, Basecamp#sbbuzz
  • fsphotography: Q2: For my business, I use a lot of share folders online for pictures. Also, I manage all my contact online. #sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp@Timberry Very good idea on the PDFs. Paper trail has been one reason our office hasn’t fully converted online. #sbbuzz
  • pmohara#sbbuzz Q2 we do it all online- collaboration, purchasing, scheduling, communicating, even gift buying.
  • mattharrell: Q2, same as everyone else. Google Docs, Salesforce, etc. Did you hear that the city of NY is using Google Docs? #sbbuzz
  • chelpixie: Q1 and Q2 Yes, banking online and I do everything online, it’s part of being digital and freelancing now. #sbbuzz
  • chelpixie: Q2 billing, invoicing, communication, CRM, time tracking. It saves me time and money to communicate with clients via digital world #sbbuzz

 

sbbuzz: Q3 from @bradfordshimp: Do you blog and how do you use it for your business? #sbbuzz

  • imaginestudios: Q3: I post monthly newsletters on blog to reach a broader audience & show them what they can get every month. Plus articles, etc. #sbbuzz
  • chelpixie: Q3 I do blog, I try to use it to answer people’s questions, share social media thoughts and share things that are helpful to others #sbbuzz
  • jonfollett#sbbuzz Q3: Been micro-blogging with Tumblr. Also writing articles for industry publications to boost visability and establish expertise.
  • rongraham1@sbbuzz, on Q3 – I blog personally, and have done for five years. But now the customers I serve want to start in, and I’ll help. #sbbuzz
  • pmohara#sbbuzz Q3: We do lot of blogging. Most popular series is “Our Users Are So Smart” showcasing ideas from our user forums.
  • Timberry: Q3 yes, 1400 posts in 24 months, I love it, I’d like to think it relates to business fairly easily. Maybe just rationalizing. #sbbuzz
  • fsphotography: Q3: Blogging it’s time consuming and when you start you can’t stop or you lost all readers. Maybe, one day, I will do a photoblog… #sbbuzz
  • miawv: Q3 Yes! The blog is mostly for tips/resources for our customers, including interviews of small business owners for lessons learned. #sbbuzz
  • scoblitz@sbbuzz Q3 I blog for Web Worker Daily which is great visibility for me. I am working on adding a blog into our biz site now. #sbbuzz
  • deneki: Q3: Been blogging daily since December. Great way to stay ‘top of mind’ with prospects, partners and customers. #sbbuzz
  • desireescales: I blog weekly and podcast as well. Blogging and my website have been the heart of all my marketing efforts for over 8 years. #sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp: I think blogging regularly really helps you to become much better at what you do. #sbbuzz
  • SteveStrauss: Blogging is better for my SEO than almost anything else I do#sbbuzz
  • dawnriversbaker: Q3: I’m a content provider so blogging IS my business – or part of it, at least. #sbbuzz
  • miawv: Q3 My personal blog is mostly about marketing topics that interest me, and I keep a public diary of my online marketing quests. #sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp: I think every business owner should be able to write something at least once a week that will be useful to his or her target market. #sbbuzz

 

sbbuzz: Q4 from @ToddEury: How do I get my podcast out to MORE people without spamming? #sbbuzz

  • imaginestudios@sbbuzz @ToddEury Q4: Follow @barefoot_exec. She’s like the queen of podcasts & could give you some tips. #sbbuzz
  • chelpixie: Q4 find people who talk about your niche and follow them on Twitter, create a page on Facebook and invite people to check it out #sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp: Q4 – Reframe that – how do you get more people in to your podcast. Make it inviting and engaging, attractive. #sbbuzz
  • chelpixie: Q4 talk to the people who want to know about your podcast subject, get to know who they are and invite them to listen #sbbuzz
  • fsphotography: Q4: Use iTunes #sbbuzz #sbbuzz
  • imaginestudios: Q4 Join groups on Facebook in your podcast subject area that allow you to post “ads” on their walls, discussions, etc. #sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp: Q4 – Interview some people with big followings and do a good job, they will send listeners. #sbbuzz
  • dawnriversbaker: Q4: For that matter, podcasting is still pretty much in the early adopter phase and hasn’t yet gone mainstream, believe it or not. #sbbuzz
  • rongraham1@sbbuzz, on Q4 – I actually gave up on podcasting after four tries because I wasn’t sure how to gain an audience. #sbbuzz
  • desireescales: Q4: Todd, your audience is very niche. I don’t know if pharmacists r out there online listening 2 podcasts. Don’t b discouraged. #sbbuzz

 

sbbuzz: Q5 Do you provide any products/services in multiple languages? What tools do you use to maintain it? #sbbuzz

  • imaginestudios: Q5: None yet, but thinking of having one of our books translated into Spanish. Would need to outsource! #sbbuzz
  • fsphotography: Q5: I offer my services in English and I French but it will be to hard to maintain to system online so I just do it in English #sbbuzz
  • mattharrell: Q5: We are hoping to break into Europe with MemberHub.com. Technology is making it easier to internationalize for software. #sbbuzz
  • desireescales: Q5: We’ve done several translated websites, blogs and podcasts. Spanish is number one language. I know, no surprise there. #sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp: Q5 – I have a hard enough time with English – perhaps someday I will write a book that will be translated, but other than that… #sbbuzz
  • pmohara#sbbuzz Q5: we’ve thought about translating FAQs to other languages – but upkeep in English is already a challenge.
  • Timberry: Q5 we support Spanish and would like to support six languages at least … very hard to do because our product is content heavy #sbbuzz

 

sbbuzz: Q6 What online tools are you using for hiring? Job boards? Do you pre-screen them in Google & social media? #sbbuzz

  • SteveStrauss: nothing beats craigslist for online hiring in my book #sbbuzz
  • desireescales: Q6: We’re fortunate enough that talent comes to us. We used to use Craigslist, but its received such a bad rap these days…sigh…#sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp: Here is some personality testing for hiring – http://bit.ly/17ryq2(expand#sbbuzz
  • mcolacurcio: Joined late. Q6 – We’ve had a lot of success with LinkedIn. Also use AJAX local forums for dev hires. #sbbuzz
  • Timberry: Re Q6 we’ve had good luck with Craigs list and more recently LinkedIn#sbbuzz
  • bradfordshimp: On the personality testing link – that is an idea from The Ultimate Sales Machine on hiring superstars, interesting ideas #sbbuzz
  • GetAMC: Q6: ive had NO luck w/ Craigslist- but I’m convinced it matters whr U R. Our west coast offices have had a lot of luck w/ it. #sbbuzz

 

sbbuzz: Q7 from @mcolacurcio: Who are your favorite small biz bloggers?#sbbuzz

 

sbbuzz: Q7+ Along the same lines, what are your favorite small business podcasts /shows? #sbbuzz

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