Tech Thursday Round Up – June 3, 2010

  • RatePoint Introduces Facebook Integration to Boost Small Businesses’ Competitive Advantage
  • 12 Hours of Technology for Growing Businesses – June 11th NYC
  • Why Smaller Business Should NOT Buy Unproven Technology: Google Nexus One
  • Cbeyond Uses Mozy
  • Microsoft Office 2010. It Rocks. Get It…BUT
  • Small Biz Competitions, Contests & Awards
  • 30 Reasons Why Old Fashioned Websites and Email Marketing Are Best for Growing Businesses

RatePoint Introduces Facebook Integration to Boost Small Businesses’ Competitive Advantage
New Facebook features showcase small-business voices to broad audience
ratepoint.gifNeedham, Mass., May 26, 2010 – RatePoint Inc., a leading provider of customer reviews, testimonials and online reputation management services, today announces new small business social media tools for Facebook. The new features provide small businesses with a competitive advantage to collect and promote reviews to a bigger audience through a multi-solution platform.
Through this launch, small businesses have more resources to leverage RatePoint through social networks including Facebook and Twitter. Small businesses can add the customized RatePoint tab to their Facebook profiles so customers can browse and submit reviews directly via Facebook. A new email newsletter share bar allows small businesses to provide news updates, coupons and promotions with Facebook fans. Additionally, multiple Facebook fan pages now can be managed through a single RatePoint account.


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12 Hours of Technology for Growing Businesses – June 11th NYC
12hoursoftech.pngProduced by Smallbiztechnology.com and part of Internet Week NY, 12 Hours Of Tech brings together leading technology companies to share their insight on how to use some of the hottest technologies to save time, save money, boost revenue, increase customer service and raise profits.
This all day event, from 8am to 8pm (including a reception from 6pm – 8pm) brings together leading technology experts such as Carbonite, Constant Contact, Yousendit.com, Yelp, Vertical Response and others to share their insight and expertise in how you can use technology as a tool to grow your business. Visit http://12hoursoftech.com for more details and to register.
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Why Smaller Business Should NOT Buy Unproven Technology: Google Nexus One
nexusone.JPGGoogle, this past January, decided to sell cell phones directly to customers.
This is fine and good. However, earlier this month (four months from their initial launch) Google decided to stop selling the phone as it was not selling well.
Android, the Google operating system is selling quite well on a number of cell phones from carriers / hand set vendors, but Google selling direct was not so successful.
What does this mean to you? Read more on Smallbiztechnology.com
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Cbeyond Uses Mozy
cbeyond.gifATLANTA (May 25, 2010) — Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY), a small business communication and IT services provider to more than 52,000 small businesses across the country, today announced it has partnered with industry leader Mozy, a subsidiary of EMC Corporation, to provide cloud-based online data storage and data backup services for not only PCs, but now for servers. With Cbeyond’s new Secure Backup service, small businesses can now get data backup and protection services using some of the most advanced technology available in the world.
Cbeyond’s online data storage services give small businesses a quick and easy solution by simply downloading software and connecting to the Cbeyond network. There is no need to purchase additional hardware, software, or services – Cbeyond enables small businesses to encrypt files for backup and long-term data storage, optimize storage space, schedule automatic backups, and set e-mail alerts to better manage their data all from the PC-based product dashboard and CbeyondOnline service management portalâ„¢.
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Microsoft Office 2010. It Rocks. Get It…BUT
Logo_MSFTOffice2010_187x54.jpgOffice 2010 has made dramatic improvements in usability, in particular its menu system. Across its suite of applications it has made major improvements in making your life easier to work with information and data.
Microsoft Excel 2010 is almost “fun” to use and how you can manipulate data and see it in action is pretty neat. Microsoft Power Point 2010 is much more powerful and easy to use, in fact you can even make minor updates to VIDEO from within Power Point – very, very cool.
Some other major enhancements…Read the rest on Smallbiztechnology.com.
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Small Biz Competitions, Contests & Awards
Don’t miss the latest roundup of competitions and awards for growing businesses on Smallbiztechnology.com, published every other week in partnership with Small Business Trends.
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30 Reasons Why Old Fashioned Websites and Email Marketing Are Best for Growing Businesses
Social media is a very important method of marketing, sales and branding for many businesses. It does work, and is a communications medium that should not be ignored. However, many businesses are caught up in the euphoria of social media and neglecting two of the most important marketing vehicles of their business: their website and email marketing. Read Ramon’s article on OPEN Forum here.

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