Posts Tagged ‘Systems & Tools’

Grumble, Bumble, Facebook Trouble

Icon Written by Alora on June 3, 2010 – 10:53 am

What does it say about your business if you bans access to Facebook and Twitter? I think it says a lot about your culture — most of which isn’t good.

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A List of Lists for Entrepreneurs

Icon Written by Alora on March 17, 2010 – 11:10 am

As if year-end wrap up lists weren’t enough fun by themselves, I thought I’d share another particularly good ‘list of lists’ specifically designed for small business owners. SmallBizBee compiles a list of their most popular published list, to create the Top 10 Small Business List Posts of 2009 master list. Ranging from topics such as […]

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Lies, Damn Lies and SEO

Icon Written by Alora on February 12, 2010 – 10:55 am

One of the reasons that I have always loved being in the web business is because things constantly change.  When I first got online in 1993, we used bulletin board systems and monochrome monitors.  When I got my first tech job in 1996, everything was about corporate Windows networks and preparing for Y2K (remember that?).  […]

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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Icon Written by Alora on February 2, 2010 – 10:30 am

Personality tests are one of my favorite types of brain candy.  I find something innately amusing about trying to discern something about someone’s psyche from how they answer a quiz or the way they seat themselves around a conference table during a meeting.  Whether there is validity to them or not is always secondary to […]

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Using Tech to Make More Businesses Non-Tech

Icon Written by Alora on January 22, 2010 – 10:30 am

I grew up in a family-owned business.  I remember, back in the early 1980’s, when my mother (the bookkeeper) got her first computer for the business: it was a Data General and it was bigger than our dishwasher.  It had five-and-a-quarter floppy disks; it had virtually no RAM to speak of; and it came with […]

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Information Economy Sources

Icon Written by Alora on December 14, 2009 – 11:58 am

As a business owner, part of my job every day is to stay on top of the news — particularly as it relates to both my community and my industry. Once upon a time, that would have been courtesy of a subscription to a local business journal or a few targeted trade publications. But these […]

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To Say Agile, Or Not to Say Agile… That is the Question

Icon Written by Alora on May 6, 2009 – 7:41 am

I had an interesting conversation yesterday after I gave a presentation. I was talking about the necessary functions — particularly when it comes to communications, documentation, change management and entry/exit criteria — of project management in an Agile development process. The “interesting” conversation I had afterward was because one of the attendees (in a private […]

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A Web 2.0 of Small Business Solutions – FreshBooks, Outright, BatchBlue, MailChimp & Shoeboxed

Icon Written by Alora on May 3, 2009 – 7:42 pm

What do FreshBooks, Shoeboxed, BatchBlue, MailChimp and Outright all have in common? Aside from being Web 2.0 businesses who serve the small business market, they are also the founding member organizations of The Small Business Web. An exciting initiative that launched earlier this year, The Small Business Web is a partnership of businesses dedicated to […]

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Interactive Austin Conference Overview

Icon Written by Alora on April 29, 2009 – 7:53 pm

This week was the second annual Interactive Austin Conference. Focusing on the value of social media for business, AI09 convened a broad spectrum of experts, locals and practitioners to share, debate, network and learn about how to take advantage of social media for the benefit of business. Keynotes Starting off the day was industry leading […]

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Language, Innovation & Social Media for Business – Sam Lawrence at Interactive Austin

Icon Written by Alora on April 27, 2009 – 1:48 pm

The former CMO of Jive Software, Sam Lawrence, spoke to a crowded room at Interactive Austin this morning. His message was on the lessons needed to specifically apply in order to make social media work in your business. How We Say What We Say One of the challenges social media evangelists face is based on […]

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