Tech Thursday Round Up – September 2, 2010

  • Six Tech Guidelines and Rules For Technology SUCCESS In Your Business – Adrian’s Network Virtual Networking Event
  • SohoOS Business Management Platform now Open for Business
  • Constant Contact’s Emails Get More Social
  • One-quarter of Small U.S. Businesses Expect the Gulf Oil Spill Will Impact Business
  • New List of Upcoming Events, Conferences and Webinars for Growing Companies
  • Stop Scratching The Surface of Twitter. Learn, Go Deep & Boost Profits

Six Tech Guidelines and Rules For Technology SUCCESS In Your Business – Adrian’s Network Virtual Networking Event
September 16th, 8am
adriansnetwork.JPGJoin Ramon Ray on this month’s virtual networking call to learn WHY it’s important to INVEST in technology; WHY you should hire a TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT…and…well dial in to hear the full guidelines and rules! Don’t forget! After the discussion there will be a regular virtual networking session. Click here for more details and to register.


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SohoOS Business Management Platform now Open for Business
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SohoOS
opened its gates recently in general availability mode, providing a complete web-based business management solution for small and Micro businesses. The SohoOS management platform integrates numerous features every small business needs in order to survive in today’s challenging market. It also includes fully integrated social tools.
“Small and micro business owners, fresh entrepreneurs as well as freelancers are all faced with the difficulty in finding a good business management solution that is both affordable and fits their needs. Trying to find the right solution in a market packed with solutions is no simple task. If small and micro businesses around the globe work together, chances of competing with the corporate world become reality, not just a dream” says Ron Daniel, Founder and CEO of SohoOS.
Over 15,000 small businesses already signed up and work with SohoOS, enjoying a full suite of features that include a complete CRM solution, payment processing, inventory and price books, marketing and sales tools as well as additional 3rd party across vertical web services.
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Constant Contact’s Emails Get More Social
Integrated One-Click Facebook and Twitter Features Make It Simple for Small Organizations to “Go Social” — Broadening their Awareness & Generating Bigger ROI
Thumbnail image for constantcontact.jpgWALTHAM, MA — August XX, 2010 — Constant Contact®, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTCT), a leading provider of email marketing, social media marketing, event marketing, and online survey tools for small organizations, today announced the addition of new features that integrate with Facebook® and Twitter®, and make it simple to create truly “social” marketing campaigns. Leveraging the combined power of email and social media, small business and nonprofit customers can now share their marketing messages via the world’s largest social networks — expanding the reach of their messages, attracting new customers, and generating more brand buzz.
With one click, users can include a Facebook “Like” button that makes it easy for Friends and Followers to share messages across the web. The new “Tweet and Share” option allows users to automatically post their email campaign to their Twitter feed when it is sent. After sending an email, they can also tweet it again — or share it on Facebook and other social networks. In addition to leveraging Facebook’s “Like” button, Constant Contact is the first and only email service provider to make Twitter’s new Tweet Button available for email sharing.
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One-quarter of Small U.S. Businesses Expect the Gulf Oil Spill Will Impact Business
Capital One Bank’s National Small Business Barometer Survey
capitalone.gifMcLean, Va. (August 24, 2010) – Capital One Small Business Banking today released the results of its Small Business Barometer survey for the second quarter of 2010. The quarterly survey polls small businesses across the nation, gauging their current financial condition and business projections for the next six months. Survey results for the second quarter of 2010 suggest that many U.S. small businesses are experiencing stable or improved financial performance, but an increased number of businesses surveyed have grown more cautious about near-term plans for adding employees and spending on business development and investments. For small businesses looking for growth opportunities, survey results suggest that most will have access to any financing or credit needed.
“Survey results for the second quarter of this year suggest that financial performance has stabilized or even started to improve for most small businesses surveyed in the U.S., continuing a trend we first observed in the first quarter,” said Robert M. Kottler, Executive Vice President of Small Business Banking at Capital One. “However, compared to results from the first quarter, small businesses are slightly less optimistic about economic conditions and an increased number of small businesses plan to hold off on capital investment and job growth plans for the next six months.”
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New List of Upcoming Events, Conferences and Webinars for Growing Companies
Labor Day is almost here and summer’s winding down, but there are lots of great upcoming events to help you learn, connect and jump into Fall.
Check out the latest list of events, conferences and webinars for growing small businesses and entrepreneurs, which is brought to you every other week by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.
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Stop Scratching The Surface of Twitter. Learn, Go Deep & Boost Profits
twitter2.pngTwitter is a VERY powerful tool for your business. To find customers, communicate with the customers you already have and research information about your industry. If you are just “tweeting” and not diving deeper, you’re not getting as much out of Twitter as you could be. One way to do that is to ensure you get the regular updates from Biz Stone, founder of Twitter. Of course this also applies to LinkedIn and Facebook…go deep.
Biz Stone’s latest newsletter has all sorts of new goodies about Twitter – check it out here.

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Ramon Ray, Marketing & Technology Evangelist, Smallbiztechnology.com & Infusionsoft. Full bio at http://www.ramonray.com . Check him out on Google Plus, Twitter or Facebook