Monthly Archives: September 2011

Dial M for Mobile

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In an increasingly mobile technological world there is no time like the present to learn how to exploit the available accommodations. For instance as a Management major at the University of Nevada, Reno, I am often engaged in team or group activities that typically require a certain degree of accountability and  face-time. However, with the creation of Google applications like Google Docs, not only can you edit and share work with your entire group in real time but you can each work from seperate computers in different locations. Almost entirely eliminating the excuses of time or location constraints and allowing each individual member to offer much greater degrees of reinforcement for one another.

Therefore it may be in your best interest to take a peek at the current available line of Google Products, things they have in store, and great hidden features. While trying to devise a way you can use them to make your life easier and more convenient. Of course Google is only one of many innovative sources of mobile technology. Company’s like Apple are always looking to the future with things like this here. Nevertheless, wherever you come across these tools be sure to maximize their potential and share them with others. This will only increase the practical applicability of the tool.

Coincidentally this brings me to the part of the post where I share a local business or artist of personal interest who advocates or uses social media or networking. This time it is a local business that I came across while being a member of one of the aforementioned groups at the University of Nevada, Reno. American Arborists are your professional tree services specialists and understand the importance of online marketing to reach a much broader customer base.

American Arborists (Ask For Jeff@americanarborists.net)

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The Unusual Suspects

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Although I myself am not an individual who is money motivated or looking to translate blogging into some sort of instrument for achieving lucrative ends. Andy Warhol’s sentiments resonate within my subconscious,  “Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” So I wouldn’t consider it inconceivable to actualize a small fortune by aptly capitalizing on the multitude of online provisions available at my disposal. Simply considering a list of top young entrepreneurs and how they became wealthy. Using the internet to make money actually seems quite plausible and as if it’s a matter of finding one’s niche. Admittedly there is presumably a generous amount of work that coincides with attaining a high level of success at an individual level on the internet. Nevertheless, if your working to improve your own well-being it should be work you want to do anyway.

Looking beyond the scope of personal achievement I would also like to impress upon the importance of small businesses utilizing their available online resources to promote sales. Whether it’s a matter of merely advertising or offering special online promotions there is plenty that can be done. Here’s a website called Hubspot that offers various reasons why small businesses should blog and covers an array of topics related to internet marketing. Learning to leverage social media in favor of your small business could be essential to its development and growth. Especially since almost all the available online avenues for marketing or branding are absolutely FREE  and after you get everything set up and running most of the rest of the work can be automated or easily manipulated.

Subsequently I would like to highlight a local business that not only do I frequent but has taken it upon themselves to garnish a strong online presence. Grassroots books developed a unique user-friendly website with connections to a majority of the major and minor social media/networking sites. Offering special online promotions and vigorously using the internet to develop customer relationships.

Grassroots Books Home Page

No Country For Old Mind-Sets

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For anyone who doesn’t believe that social-media and social-networking sites are an ever evolving and substantial platform for individual or corporate branding, connecting, and expansion. I would encourage you to take a peek at some statistics I came across on a fellow blog site(Web Strategy) about how much time collectively the globe spends on these types of websites. The figures are both staggering in the sense that they demonstrate the acute extent to which these mediums are used but also how rapidly the online populace is expanding. So not only can you reach millions of people instantly but you can do it the world over.

Consequently, there is no time like the present to become an active participant in such a sphere of influence. Dispel any preconceived notions you have about how people use sites like Facebook or Twitter and develop or discover your own ways to capitalize with these tools. No matter how insignificant you think your thoughts or opinions are, the great american author Mark Twain once said, “Our opinions do not really blossom into fruition until we have expressed them to someone else.” Furthermore the internet offers a ludicrously comprehensive array of topics to offer up insights or even distinguish oneself as an authority in the field. The worst decision someone could make is not to get involved because if you’re not trying to connect then you won’t. It’s really that simple. Although it seems cliché, every connection you make really could be the one that changes your life.

So by starting this blog, a google+, LinkedIn, and so on, this is my attempt to connect with an otherwise currently faceless mass of internet users while still providing some benefit to those who already know me. For instance, in the about me section of this blog and every social networking site I am currently a member of, you can find a distinguished photo of me taking by Tony Contini Photography. A courtesy he actually provided to me after I contacted him on Facebook. Below is a link to his website and I would highly recommended him for any of your photographic needs.

Tony Contini Photography

Dr.Stranglove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying & Start Relating

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The Russian writer Fydor Dostoyevsky once noted in his famous novel Crime and Punishment;“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.” However, he wrote this in the 19th century and as Bob Dylan once wrote, the times they are a changing, I earnestly believe people in our modern society have begun to disassociate themselves from one another more than ever. Though I wouldn’t argue the avenues and means of connecting socially the world over have clearly grown in the past few decades. I would argue that there is a very large amount of individuals vastly underutilizing these tools and their potential(both the person and the mechanism). As the internet and web offerings continue to expand, connecting with someone is literally becoming as easy as the click of a mouse.

Thusly, I have created this blog to fish out some reasons,methods, advantages, and so on, that coincide with actually relating to others. Be it within the context of your community, your country, your planet, or anyone you deal with regularly or irregularly. I believe there is genuine value that can be derived from building and maintaining relationships the world over. I will use this blog and would like to insist ANYONE else feel free to help contribute to its content accomplishing the aforementioned goal or how it expands accordingly. As this is my first post and I am only one person, I have elected to start small and within the framework of my own background. 

Now you may have gathered from the design of my blog that I am an enthusiast of the arts. Especially when the artist is someone who graduated in my very own graduating class in high school. A gentlemen by the name of Topher South elected to write and publish his very own book by the name of The Difficulty Machine and below is the link to purchase a copy. My own way of advertising for my community and the unique individuals within it.

Topher South’s Book