Tech Thursday Round Up – August 5, 2010

  • Constant Contact Adds New Document Hosting and Image Editing Services to its Suite of Online Marketing Solutions
  • Turn Data Into Information: Make Better, Faster, Smarter Decisions
  • Central Desktop Featured in Intuit App Center’s “Work from Anywhere” Promotion
  • BlackBerry’s Hidden Mojo and Its Plan for Small Businesses
  • Instant Online Screen Sharing – Join.me from LogMeIn in Public Beta
  • Apple: It’s Now Showing That It Loves Your Business
  • Alibaba.com: If You’re Looking for Chinese (and other) Suppliers, Get To Know It.


Constant Contact Adds New Document Hosting and Image Editing Services to its Suite of Online Marketing Solutions

Thumbnail image for constantcontact.jpgWaltham, Mass. — August 04, 2010 — Constant Contact®, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTCT) has unveiled enhancements to its Email Marketing and Event Marketing tools that make it easier than ever for customers to create effective online marketing campaigns that build lasting customer relationships. Small businesses and nonprofit organizations now have the ability to share and reference all types of .PDF documents with Constant Contact MyLibrary and Constant Contact MyLibraryPlus, increasing the value of communications to their customers. Users can store up to 5 documents or images for free with MyLibrary, or can upgrade and receive up to 50 MB of document/image storage, plus a sample stock image gallery, for only $5 per month with MyLibraryPlus. With easy access to documents and images from a central location, small organizations can launch email and event marketing campaigns more quickly than ever.


Other new capabilities include:
Enhanced Image Editing — Constant Contact has integrated with Picnik®, the leader in free image editing, to provide users with enhanced, hassle-free image editing capabilities. Customers can edit photos with one click and easily crop, rotate, and resize in real time.
Enhanced Event Themes — A time-saver for event organizers, this feature provides coordinated themes (colors, logos) through all three phases of the event (invitation, homepage, and registration form).
Improved Contact Management — Constant Contact has made several new upgrades to its contact management system, including enhanced bounce management and upload functionality for Gmail® and Microsoft® Excel®; users save time through more efficient contact management functionality.
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Turn Data Into Information: Make Better, Faster, Smarter Decisions
Thumbnail image for mydialslogo.pngThis month we hosted a webinar with Wayne Morris, CEO of myDIALS about how you can leverage data as a strategic asset in your business.
We discussed how growing businesses must stop making “educated” guesses and being overwhelmed by information, and use technology to harness their streams of data and turn it into rich, strategic information to make solid decisions and grow your business. Watch the recording on Smallbiztechnology.com
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Central Desktop Featured in Intuit App Center’s “Work from Anywhere” Promotion
Free Version of Online Collaboration Tool Available Now
Thumbnail image for centraldesktop.gifPASADENA, Calif., – August 3, 2010 – Central Desktop, a leading Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) social technology platform provider, today announced it is among the featured tools in Intuit’s “Work from Anywhere” promotion, running now until August 21. In the promotion, Central Desktop is offering a free version of its online collaboration solution for consultants, Central Desktop for Professional Services.
The Intuit “Work from Anywhere” campaign is focused on providing the tools necessary to keep small business owners connected to their work, employees and clients at all times, regardless of their locations. Central Desktop for Professional Services allows consultants to collaborate with clients and manage multiple projects from anywhere at any time, using only a web browser. Small business owners who sign up to try Central Desktop or one of Intuit’s other featured apps will automatically be entered in the Intuit “Work from Anywhere” Sweepstakes for a chance to win a free Flip MinoHD camcorder.
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BlackBerry’s Hidden Mojo and Its Plan for Small Businesses
blackberry_logo.jpgOn the occasion of SMB Nation East 2010, Mark Amszej, SMB software product manager for Research In Motion (RIM) discusses with Smallbiztechnology.com the new and (older but not so well known) software that BlackBerry has for the small business market.
Unfortunately Apple’s iPhone has taken the lead in “wow” but BlackBerry’s got some interesting software, applications and features that many businesses might not be leveraging. Watch video and read the recap on Smallbiztechnology.com
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Instant Online Screen Sharing – Join.me from LogMeIn in Public Beta
logmein_logo.gifDespite the ubiquity of web conferencing products, only four percent of information workers use such tools on a daily basis. Ad hoc, on the fly online meetings are almost unheard of. Most online meetings (i.e. WebEx, GoToMeeting, LiveMeeting) are large, prescheduled, and formal.
LogMeIn is looking to change that with a new service called join.me that is now in public beta. It allows for near instantaneous sharing of screens without the registration fields, plug-ins and other process-laden steps required to start an online meeting.
Think of join.me as the Flip cam of online meetings – an inexpensive, lightweight product so quick and simple that it opens the door to new use cases and adoption far beyond anything seen to date with today’s heavy, feature-laden web conferencing products.
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Apple: It’s Now Showing That It Loves Your Business
apple.jpgBusinesses have always used Apple products. The businesses were mainly design shops who liked Apple’s superior design software. However, for most businesses, Windows computers from Dell, HP, Lenovo, Gateway, Toshiba, Acer and other vendors still took the lion’s share of computer marketplace.
For businesses that used Apple products they relied on technology consultants who often specialized in Apple products.
That’s about to change.
Apple retail stores will be staffed with experts who will focus on the small business market. (Thanks for the heads up Media Bistro)
The Wall Street Journal writes Apple is targeting smaller, local businesses that it can reach through its chain of nearly 300 retail stores, according to two Apple employees familiar with the company’s strategy. The new jobs could pay up to $80,000 a year, one of them said.
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Hottest Tech in NYC: Summary of NY Tech’s August Meetup – NYTM – (Texai, Bing, Eventros, Twillio)
Today, as I’ve done a few times before, I attended the New York Tech Meetup. It’s an event with almost 1,000 people all watching short demos of tech companies (mostly startups) and usually a fun and interesting speech in between.
The companies this evening were all cool, but I’m only writing about the business focused ones here… read the rest on Smallbiztechnology.com
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Alibaba.com: If You’re Looking for Chinese (and other) Suppliers, Get To Know It.
alibaba_logo.jpgI’ve heard so much about Alibaba.com, the online resource for connecting suppliers (many Chinese) with buyers around the world. I asked them a few questions about Alibaba.com and have the interview here.

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Ramon Ray, Editor & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com . Editor and Founder, Smart Hustle Magazine Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook