Microsoft Office Online

Microsoft Office Online

Microsoft has made online versions of its well-known Office programs available for free.  Coupled with a OneDrive account (Microsoft’s cloud storage) and 7 GB of free storage, Office Online will make working remotely and collaborating with co-workers much easier. There are online versions of Excel 2013, OneNote 2013, PowerPoint 2013, and Word 2013 available at office.com.  ZDNet reports, “Microsoft is adding commenting to the editing mode in Word Online, allowing users to make comments and changes simultaneously with other co-authors/editors.” Office Online runs in your web browser.  You sign in with a Microsoft account (whatever you used to activate Office on your computer.)  You can make a new Microsoft account by going to the … [Read more...]

QR Codes for Small Businesses – What Do You Stand to Gain?

QR Codes for Small Businesses

Marketing specialists and agents are benefitting from the growing number of smart phones and their users. Reaching customers is now easier than ever and QR codes play an important role in this process. Some of the reasons why you should consider incorporating QR codes into your business strategy include: Free Promotion Your customers can quickly and easily “follow” or “like” your business when you create codes that link directly to your Facebook page or Twitter account, as opposed to having to search for it on the internet. QR codes also allow people to pin your products on Pinterest and share blogs and other links through their social media venues. Improving Customer Relationships No different than other business owners, you may … [Read more...]

How to Use Windows 8

How to Use Windows 8

With the end of support for Windows XP, more and more people are having to switch to a new OS.  In addition, when you buy a new desktop or laptop, chances are, you will get Windows 8.  Windows 8 is a hybrid OS.  An attempt by Microsoft to marry the versatility of a tablet with the depth of utility of a PC.  Many long-time Windows users are frustrated by Windows 8 when they first encounter it, so I thought I’d offer a few tips to make the transition easier. Basic navigation tips On your Start screen (where the square shortcuts for different applications can be seen) there are some hidden menus.  If you move your cursor to the top right corner, a menu will pop up with the options of Search, Share, Start, Devices and Settings.  Start … [Read more...]

The Right Strategy to Get More Visitors to Your Site

The Right Strategy to Get More Visitors to Your Site

Every website can be improved, however good it is. In fact, you never want to settle for ‘good enough’, particularly if your website is part of a business. It’s unlikely that 100 percent of the visitors to your site take the precise action you want, so there is always room for improvement until they do. Determine your sales path When thinking about how to attract more visitors to your site, it is first important to figure out the primary goal of your website, and then work backwards. For instance, if you are selling a product online, the path for your visitors is likely to visit your homepage, navigate to the product sales page, click the order button and then complete the order form before they finally arrive at your thank you page. … [Read more...]