Category Archives: Marketing

Video: How to Cancel a Linkedin Connect Request You Meant to Customize

Don’t you just hate it when you’ve clicked the Connect button on Linkedin only to realize you won’t be able to customize the message? Unless you’re on that person’s profile page, that’s going to happen.

Suite Tuesday. I hope you'll click Like, Share, and Comment on this video

 

 

 

Here’s how to cancel a request if it hasn’t been acted on.

Video: How to Add a Video (and Other Media) to Your Linkedin Profile

If you haven’t added video or other media to your Linkedin profile to showcase your service or product, what are you waiting for? It’s quick and easy (I recorded from a free Linkedin account before the anticipated update, and this still works).

 

Here’s how to insert a video from YouTube, an article from a Website, and a file.

Hope this helps. Feel free to comment and share. #SuiteTuesday

PEACE.

 

How to Delete Multiple Messages on the LinkedIn Free Account

Did I miss something? I’ve searched and see no way to do this. School me if I’m wrong.
It’s unbelievable that on the free LinkedIn you STILL cannot easily delete multiple messages. They just pile up, year after year.
 
I found this video on YouTube that shows how to delete multiple messages, but still no way to delete all at once.
And this is the code you’ll need. (When I use this, I first click to show all Unread messages.)
$(‘.delete-action’).each(function() { $(this).click(); $(‘button.yes-btn’).click(); });
 

If you know a better way, please leave in the Comments.

PEACE.

 

Facebook Keeps Showing Me Old Posts – How to Fix That

A few weeks ago, I noticed that Facebook kept showing me the same posts with one or two new ones. I finally figured out why and how to fix it.

  1. Go to the Home view.
  2. Scroll to find News Feed.
  3. Click that drop-down, and click or tap Most Recent.

Facebook keeps showing old postsThat’s it, but keep checking because Facebook keeps switching it back. At this writing, I didn’t see any way to change it permanently through Options. If you have a tip to make that happen, please leave in the comments.

PEACE.

 

Peggy Duncan, Small Business Influencer 2014 Top 100 Champion

smallbizwinnerTop100-125x125-b1[Charlotte NC, September 26, 2014]  Peggy Duncan, personal productivity expert and founder of The Digital Breakthroughs Institute (training virtually from Charlotte NC), has been named a Top 100 Champion in the 2014 Small Business Influencer Awards.

The Small Business Influencer Awards honor those who are influential to small businesses in North America, through the products, services, knowledge, information or support they provide to the small business market.

The Awards are designed to recognize the unsung heroes of small businesses – those who support and encourage entrepreneurs and small business owners, and help them achieve success and stay successful. The Champions are selected by a panel of judges steeped in the small business market, who considered the contributions of the nominees over the past year toward:

  • advocating on behalf of small businesses,
  • providing products or services that address the unique challenges faced by small businesses,
  • revolutionizing how small businesses do business or how they solve business challenges,
  • helping small businesses grow, or otherwise
  • impacting small businesses in a significant way.

Duncan is a personal productivity expert, trainer, coach, and consultant who helps her clients develop faster, smarter ways to get things done. She was formally trained at IBM and was recognized by the chairman for automating and streamlining processes that saved her department close to a million dollars a year. She travels internationally as a conference speaker, and helps audiences spend less time working but get more done.

About The Digital Breakthroughs Institute

Duncan is also the curator and lead trainer for The Digital Breakthroughs Institute, a membership Website of how-to video tutorials, DigitalBreakThroughs.com. Its focus is on improving productivity with better organization and technology. She’s also an award-winning technology blogger (SUITEMinute.com). Her books include: Conquer Email Overload with Better Habits, Etiquette, and Outlook; The Time Management Memory Jogger™; Just Show Me Which Button to Click! in PowerPoint; Get Organized at Work and Make It Easy; Shameless Self-Promotion: Do-It-Yourself SEO-Search Engine Optimization; Computer Magic! in Word 2007-2010; and Finding Your Way on a PC with Windows 8.

Journalists tap into her expertise often, and she has appeared on NPR, CNN, TODAY, Black Enterprise Business Report, and the US Virgin Islands PBS affiliate. She’s been cited in Fortune Small Business, O-The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Essence, Fitness, Self, Black Enterprise, Entrepreneur, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Duncan received a BBA in marketing and a train the trainer certification from Georgia State University in Atlanta. She is a 2012 Small Business Influencer Champion, a top productivity expert to follow on Twitter, and a top service awardee from SCORE Association.

“You never know who’s listening and implementing your advice and tips. I loved hearing from people who voted for me, and it was just what I needed to hear,” says Duncan.

Anita Campbell, CEO of Small Business Trends and one of the co-founders of the Awards, says “Influencers are those who play crucial roles in the small business ecosystem, but who often are in the background. The Top 100 Champions have distinguished themselves in some way. We’re delighted to see the wide range of Champions and Honorable Mentions this year – including journalists who’ve spent decades covering small business issues, corporate leaders whose names may not be widely recognized but who impact small businesses by influencing the offerings within their companies, vendors large and small that support small businesses, analysts who aid our understanding of this market, and entrepreneurs who have a strong voice among their small business peers.“

Awards co-founder Ramon Ray of SmallBizTechnology.com notes, “Being recognized by the community as a Top 100 Champion also reinforces with employees that their dedication and hard work has paid off. The Awards are intended to provide that added boost in motivation and morale that can make a big difference in results. We’re also delighted at the Honorable Mentions, who definitely bear watching over the coming year!”

About the Small Business Influencer Awards

The Small Business Influencer Awards, now in their fourth year, enable the small business community to nominate and show their support for those that influence and support them. The Awards have an open nomination period, followed by community voting, and then a judging period by a group of industry-knowledgeable judges.

The Small Business Influencer Awards initiative is produced by Small Business Trends, an award-winning online publication, serving over 6,000,000 small business owners, stakeholders and entrepreneurs annually, and SmallBizTechnology.com, a media company that produces online content and live events educating small and mid-sized companies on how to strategically use technology as a tool to grow their businesses. The Awards can be found on the Web at: SMBInfluencers.com.

CONTACT:

Peggy Duncan, Founder
The Digital Breakthroughs Institute
pr at peggyduncan.com
Twitter: @peggyduncan

Anita Campbell, CEO
Small Business Trends LLC
admin a/t smallbiztrends.com
Twitter hashtag: #SMBInfluencer

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Get Media Interviews by Showing Up in Google–DIY SEO

Shameless Self-Promotion: DIY SEO by Peggy DuncanA reporter from Pilates Style magazine is interviewing me tonight about managing email. When she typed “email overload expert” in Google, I’m on the first page. That’s how I get all my interviews. I’d never heard of this popular magazine, and I certainly would not have thought to pitch them a story about email.

On another note, this month, I’m quoted in three different articles in SUCCESS magazine. Didn’t have to do a thing but be available for questions.

http://www.success.com/article/our-10-favorite-productivity-apps

http://www.success.com/article/1-on-1-stay-focused

http://www.success.com/article/the-productivity-dilemma-to-do-or-not-to-do

It’s so much easier to let them find you when they need your expertise than it is to figure out who, when, and what to pitch. Order my ebook, Shameless Self-Promotion: DIY SEO, and find out how to get your business found online based on what you do or sell.

PEACE.

How to Frame a Photo and Upload to Your LinkedIn Profile (with videos)

I wanted my photo on LinkedIn to stand out so I framed it. Here’s how I did it.

  1. Create a new PowerPoint file, and click Insert, Picture, double-click desired picture to insert onto the slide.
  2. Click the picture to select it. The Format tab appears.
  3. Choose a frame or orientation (on the Format tab, in the Picture Styles group).
  4. Choose frame (Outline) color (in the Picture Styles group).
  5. Change height and width (in the Size group). Mine is 1.66″ H and 1.2″ W.
  6. Right-click on the picture, Save as Picture. (When you right-click, you might see Move, Copy. Reposition the mouse and try again.)
  7. Edit your LinkedIn profile to add your picture (see video below).

PEACE.

Uploading Contacts to LinkedIn from a File–Staying Connected (with video)

I made a commitment for 2014 to do a better job staying connected with past and current clients by first connecting with them on LinkedIn. I’d exported ONLY my Client category from Outlook into a .csv file and had to figure out how to upload that to LinkedIn. Here’s a quick video to show you how.

How are you planning on staying connected with your clients? Please leave a comment below.

PEACE.

How to Get Press for Your Small Business When You Can’t Afford to Hire for PR

I’m a solopreneur and wear all the hats. I’ve been interviewed for my expertise as a personal productivity expert by national TV, radio, and press: TODAY show, O Magazine, NY Times, Washington Post, Real Simple, Men’s Health, Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, and many more. I don’t pitch. A journalist will contact me one to two times a month, sometimes more depending on the time of year.

What Works

When journalists started calling me, I asked two simple questions:

(1) How did you find me? Answer: Google.

(2) What did you search when I showed up? Answer: Personal productivity expert, time management expert, or email overload expert (I noticed they always added the word “expert.”)

I’d never paid attention to keywords or search engine optimization before, but, fortunately, everything I was doing online was it! That was an eye opener, so I started doing more. Now, most of what I do online is to keep me on that first page of Google, focusing on my blog (http://www.SuiteMinute.com), my YouTube channel (http://YouTube.com/user/digitalbreakthroughs), Google Plus, and SlideShare (http://SlideShare.net/peggyduncan).  I even wrote a booklet about it (Shameless Self-Promotion: DIY SEO) and started giving seminars.

Shameless self-promotion is all about promoting what you know and feeding it to Google using free resources so you don’t spend one red cent.

Bottom line: When a busy journalist is looking for an expert, you want to make sure they can find you based on what you do, what you know, or what you sell. When a high-priced PR agency pitches a story to the media and they bite, they’re going to want to interview some more experts…just make sure they can find you.

Proud Example

I was contacted by the NY Times to write an article on email overload. When they searched “email overload expert” on Google, I appeared on the first page. They studied my blog so they knew I could write. They contacted me to write this article on reducing bad email habits.

What methods have you used to get press on a regular basis? I hope you’ll leave a comment below. 

PEACE.

How to Reorder or Rearrange Groups in LinkedIn Navigation (with video)

If you’re on LinkedIn, you’ve probably joined lots of interest groups. You can rearrange the group order so when you want to visit, your favorites are at the top. Here’s a how-to video that shows you how easy it is to reorder the navigation.

This video was updated on December 9, 2013.

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PEACE.