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WP Wednesday Podcast
Information and interviews featuring the WordPress website CMS, plugins, themes, SEO, digital marketing and other aspects of internet technology.
Feb 17, 2021
Google Mobile Indexing Is Here!
Host : Marv Dorner @BeBizzy Show Notes Link : https://bebizzy.com/news/google-mobile-indexing-starts-in-march-2021/ Affiliate Link : SEMRush
Feb 5, 2021
Should IUse Hero Images?
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/should-i-use-a-hero-image/ Affiliate Link : WP-Rocket Speed up your WordPress website in just a few clicks with the most powerful caching plug-in in the world, WP Rocket. I use it on many of our websites and I can't recommend this plug plug-in enough to optimize your WordPress site. So to speed up your WordPress site, go to bebizzy.com/rocket and check it out. This is an affiliate link so BeBizzy. I guess that would be me, does make a couple of bucks and we appreciate the support.
Jan 27, 2021
Does Google Value Hidden Content Less?
Host : Marv Dorner @BeBizzy Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/google-value-hidden-content/
Dec 23, 2020
2020 Technical Changes at BeBizzy Consulting
Host : Marv Dorner @BeBizzy Subject : Hardware, software and web app changes made during this awesome 2020 at BeBizzy Consulting Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/technical-business-changes-in-2020/
Dec 17, 2020
WordPress 5.6 is Available!
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Topic : WP 5.6 is available to download and install on your sites. Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/wordpress-5-6-is-available/?et_fb=1&PageSpeed=off Shameless Affiliate Links - please help support the show by purchasing these recommended products here * DIVI WordPress Theme by Elegant Themes * WP Rocket Site Optimization Plugin * Namecheap Domain and SSL Registrar
Nov 25, 2020
Fonts in WordPress : Episode 120
Host : Marv Dorner @BeBizzy Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/fonts-in-wordpress/
Nov 18, 2020
What Technology Do You Need to Manage Your WordPress Site?
Host : Marv Dorner @BeBizzy Shownotes : https://bebizzy.com/news/what-technology-do-you-need-to-manage-your-wordpress-site Try CSS Hero to manage your site's css easily (affiliate link)
Jul 1, 2020
Sending Email With Your WordPress Website
Host : Marv Dorner @bebizzy Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/sending-email-from-your-wordpress-website/
May 13, 2020
Online Education Opportunities
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Topic : Website to take online classes Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/online-learning-opportunities/
Apr 20, 2020
Do Headings Affect Your SEO Rankings?
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Topic :Do Headings Affect Your SEO Rankings? Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/do-headings-affect-your-seo-rankings/
Apr 8, 2020
Protecting Your WordPress Sites With Good Passwords
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Topic : Setting secure passwords for your WordPress website Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/protecting-your-wordpress-sites-with-good-passwords/
Apr 6, 2020
Conduct Online Meetings with UberConference
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Topic : Best video conference solution - Uberconference Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/conduct-meetings-with-uberconference/
Apr 3, 2020
Adding Notifications to Your WordPress Site
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Topic : Adding Notification to WordPress Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/adding-notifications-to-your-wordpress-site/
Mar 31, 2020
Best Methods for Sharing Files
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Topic : Methods of sharing files. Show Notes : Best Methods for Sharing Files
Mar 26, 2020
Getting Inspiration For Your Website Redesign
Host : Marv Dorner - BeBizzy Consulting Topic : Finding inspiration when redesigning your website Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/inspiration-website-redesign/
Mar 22, 2020
Using Sounds, or Lack Thereof, To be Productive
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Topic : Silence, Music, Podcast and Apps to be Productive Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/what-sounds-can-mae-you-more-productive/
Mar 12, 2020
Plan For Technical Issues Working From Home
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Subject : Working from home Show Notes available at : https://bebizzy.com/news/anticipating-technical-challenges/
Jan 27, 2020
Remember Paper & Pen? The Thinkers Notebook
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Guest : Jerod Morris, Chief Creative Thinker of Thinkers Notebook Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/remember-paper-pen-the-thinkers-notebook/
Jan 15, 2020
10 Reasons You Should Be Using Gsuite
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/10-reasons-you-should-be-using-gsuite/
Jan 7, 2020
My Three Words for 2020
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Shownotes : https://bebizzy.com/news/my-three-word-2020/
Dec 23, 2019
Great Website Hosting : InMotion Hosting
Host : Marv Dorner (@BeBizzy on Twitter) Guest : Robert Hood - Assistant Product Line Manager for both WordPress and Dedicated Hosting at InMotion Hosting Show Note Link : https://bebizzy.com/news/great-website-hosting-inmotion-hosting/
Dec 19, 2019
Speeding Up Your WordPress Site With WP-Rocket
Host : Marv Dorner Show Notes Link : https://bebizzy.com/news/speeding-up-your-wordpress-site-with-wp-rocket/
Dec 17, 2019
Using Digital Marketing Methods in Your Business
Host : Marv Dorner @BeBizzy on Twitter Show Notes
Dec 11, 2019
My Favorite Apps and Plugins - Episode #100!
We made it! Episode #100! Host : Marv Dorner - BeBizzy Consulting Show Notes Link : https://bebizzy.com/news/my-favorite-apps-and-plugins-episode-100/
Dec 10, 2019
Notion - Great Place to Store Notes, To-Do Lists, a CRM and more
Dec 5, 2019
My Favorite Internet Memes from 2010 - 2019
Host : Marv Dorner - BeBizzy Consulting Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/my-favorite-internet-memes-from-2010-2019/
Dec 3, 2019
Making Sure You Keep Your Inactive Twitter Handle
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/news/saving-your-abandoned-twitter-account/
Oct 10, 2019
Time To Check If You Own Your Digital Real Estate
Host : Marv Dorner Topic : Owning Your Own Digital Name Show notes available at : https://bebizzy.com/time-to-check-if-you-own-your-digital-real-estate/
Sep 30, 2019
Elegant Theme's DIVI WordPress Theme - with Keegan Lanier
Host : Marv Dorner Guest : Keegan Lanier of Keegan Lanier Media Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/elegant-themes-divi-wordpress-theme-with-keegan-lanier/
Sep 20, 2019
Squirrly - WordPress SEO Plugin
Host : Marv Dorner (@bebizzy) Guest : Florin Muresan (@florin_muresan) Show notes available at https://bebizzy.com/squirrly-seo-wordpress-plugin/
Aug 15, 2019
Comments or No Comments on WordPress?
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Topic : ShouId I allow comments on my WordPress website? Show notes : https://bebizzy.com/comments-or-no-comments-on-wordpress/
Aug 13, 2019
Additional Uses for Forms On Your Website
Host : Marv Dorner - BeBizzy Consulting Topic : Uses for forms on your website besides a basic contact form Show Notes : https://bebizzy.com/additional-uses-for-forms-on-your-website/
Jul 26, 2019
Basic Technology Troubleshooting Steps
Host : Marv Dorner Topic : Troubleshooting steps and technology preparedness Show notes available here : https://bebizzy.com/basic-technology-troubleshooting-steps/
Jul 16, 2019
Using Two Factor Authentication (2FA) For Better Security
Host : Marv Dorner Topic : 2FA (Two Factor Authentication) Show Notes Available at : https://bebizzy.com/using-two-factor-authentication-2fa-for-better-security/
Jul 12, 2019
Best WordPress SEO Plugins
Host : Marv Dorner Topic : Best SEO Plugins for WordPress Show notes availalbe at : https://bebizzy.com/best-wordpress-seo-plugins/
Jul 8, 2019
Using UTM Tracking in Your Digital Strategy
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Topic : Using UTM Codes in your Marketing Strategy Show notes available here : https://bebizzy.com/using-utm-tracking-in-your-digital-strategy/
Jun 19, 2019
Increase Site Speed By Decreasing Image File Size - #WPWednesday
On our first #WPWednesday episode of the BeBizzy Break Podcast we discuss ways to increase your site speed by decreasing the image file sizes. Host : Marv Dorner Topic : Changing resolution, file types, compression and other image factors to make a WordPress site load faster. Show notes : Available at https://bebizzy.com/increase-site-speed-by-decreasing-image-file-size/
Jun 18, 2019
Should You Be Your Own Social Media Manager?
Host : Marv Dorner of BeBizzy Consulting Guest : Kathi Kruse of KruseControlInc.com Topic : Job Description for a Social Media Managers and whether or not you are a good fit to manage your own social media for a business you own. Show notes can be found at : https://bebizzy.com/should-you-be-doing-your-own-social-media/ Kathi Kruse's original post : Job Description for a Social Media Managers : A Complete Guide 2019
May 28, 2019
How To Choose and Use WordPress Plugins
Host : Marv Dorner Guest : John Overall of WP Plugins from A to Z John and Marv discuss WordPress plugins in depth with topics ranging from how to choose the right plugin, things to consider before AND after installing them, some security issues, and even touched on Classic Press. Notes and more available at the episode post : https://bebizzy.com/how-to-choose-and-use-wordpress-plugins/
May 20, 2019
Why I Left Dropbox for Sync
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/why-i-left-dropbox-for-sync/
May 15, 2019
Why & How To Stop Using Internet Explorer
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/why-how-to-stop-using-internet-explorer/
Apr 23, 2019
Is It Time For A New Business Phone System? Try Jive!
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/jive/
Jan 30, 2019
Run All Your Business Processes From One Tool – Accelo
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/run-all-your-business-processes-from-one-tool-accelo/
Jan 24, 2019
Optimizing Social Media Posts with RiteKit
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/optimizing-social-media-posts-with-ritekit/
Jan 16, 2019
Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile - Interview with Donna Serdula
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/optimizing-your-linkedin-profile/
Jan 9, 2019
The "I Need A Website" Scam
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/the-i-need-a-website-scam-and-do-you-accept-credit-cards/
Jan 8, 2019
How and Why To Use WordPress Plugins
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/how-and-why-to-use-wordpress-plugins/
Jan 3, 2019
5 Things You Need To Know About WP 5 - Gutenberg
Show Notes at : https://bebizzy.com/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-wp-5-gutenberg/
Aug 30, 2018
Episode 72 - Mind Mapping To Solve Business Problems
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/using-mind-maps-to-plan-your-business/
Aug 22, 2018
Episode 71 - Shared Inboxes
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/shared-email-inboxes-bebizzy-break-podcast-ep-71/
Aug 8, 2018
Episode 70 - Landing Pages
Show notes : https://bebizzy.com/what-are-landing-pages-and-why-do-i-need-one/
Jul 11, 2018
Episode 68 - Bluestacks
Show notes : https://bebizzy.com/bluestacks-run-android-apps-on-your-computer/
Apr 4, 2018
Episode 67 - Should You (and your customers) Delete Facebook?
Show notes at : https://bebizzy.com/deleting-facebook/
Mar 28, 2018
Episode 66 - Samsung Galaxy S9
Before we get into the main portion of the podcast, I have a few smaller items to talk about; a cautionary tale and two reasons to back up. * Cautionary Tale : woman has a computer break down, needs to write an article on her iPhone. Instead of using one of dozens of apps, she instead chooses to write the article on the tiny iPhone keyboard and uses her texting app, thinking when it’s done she can send it and then migrate it to a computer. Being mostly done one evening, she left the app running and went to sleep. The next morning, she picked up the phone, hit the space key, and ERASED everything she had previously written on her article. There is NO WAY to recover that information. Had she used one of the many office or note taking apps available for little or no cost, this would not have been an issue. * Backup Reminder One : Was asked by ANOTHER person last week if it’s possible to recover photos lost on a now-defective iPhone. This individual has never turned on their iClou…
Feb 21, 2018
Episode 65 - Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Samsung Note 8
Google Pixel 2 XL vs. Samsung Note 8 Weeks ago, I promised a comparison between the Google Pixel 2 XL vs. the Samsung Note 8 smartphones. I purchased the Pixel 2 XL prior to Christmas in 2017, and as a #brandpartner for Verizon wireless, I was given a Samsung Note 8 a few weeks ago to test and talk about. I've finally got a few weeks under my belt of using the phones at the same time to do basically the same things, and I'm finally ready to give my impressions. The Basics First of all, I'd like to preface the comments on the comparison of the Google Pixel 2 XL vs the Samsung Note 8 by stating you can't go wrong with either of these phones. There are differences, and frankly if you could combine the two of these phones you'd have the perfect smartphone... and probably the most expensive. So I get it, you can't have everything in one phone, but a guy can dream, right? A couple of other things before I continue. I use both phones with a plastic cover on the back and a glass protector…
Feb 12, 2018
Episode 64 - Make Sure You Have Backup Systems
Always have a backup system! Ever been in a position where your data is corrupted to the point of not being able to do work? Or how about a critical piece of hardware doesn't work and you're dead in the water? Back in my tech support days, a guy called in and said he was losing $1000's of dollars a day because his internet connection was down. We went around and around trying to get him up and running, and had to run a technician out because it appeared to be a line issue. Again he stated it would cause him to lose $1000's a day! $20, $40 or $50 a month for a second internet connection doesn't seem like too tough of a purchase when you're losing that sort of money a day. How this topic emerged was I just worked on a night club's sound system last night. After an hour or so of troubleshooting the entire system while it was LIVE entertaining nightclub customers, I narrowed it down to the sound board was freezing (confirmed with dozens of similar issues on search). We really had three…
Feb 12, 2018
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 63 - Upcoming Changes for Google Mobile Results
Episode 63 - Upcoming Changes for Google Mobile Results Added as a Verizon Brand Ambassador * Will be getting some equipment from Verizon to review and provide feedback. * My initial phone from Verizon is the Samsung Note 8 https://www.verizonwireless.com/smartphones/samsung-galaxy-note-8/. I'll be comparing very soon to my Google Pixel 2 XL. https://www.verizonwireless.com/smartphones/google-pixel-2-xl/ * Initial review is that if you could combine these two phones you would have to perfect smartphone. * Samsung S9 announcement is coming very soon. It seems to be focusing on the camera in the S9 Google Mobile Results Changes In early January 2018 Google announced some upcoming changes to the search results that will be presented based on the type of device used to access the search. One of the ranking factors that will be used in presenting mobile results as of July 2018 will be page load speed. In the past, page load was not a high ranking factor for mobile results, so…
Dec 27, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 62 - My Three Words for 2018
My Three Words for 2018 Several years ago I read a post by Chris Brogan, a recognized marketer and social media evangelist, regarding his three words. Each year he selects three words that will guide him throughout the year’s business landscape and pull him towards his goals. I’ve done the exercise for several years as well and have enjoyed the thought process, and have achieved success… well, some of the time. Last year’s words were : traction, focus, and education. My web hosting business jumped from 15 to nearly 70 websites (traction), my goal was to launch at least one website per month and I got 10 out of 12 (focus), and I received amazing SEO training from one of the most respected experts in the field (education). So, minus a few hiccups, I would say I did pretty well. But this year will be better. My Three Words for 2018 So that brings us to my three words for 2018. The focus for 2018 will be to adjust focus from BeLoud Entertainment, my wedding DJ company, to BeBi…
Dec 14, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 61 - Performing a Social Media Audit
Host : Marv Dorner, BeBizzy Consulting Guest : Donna Amos, Solopreneur Solutions How To Get Started Performing a Social Media Audit This is the perfect time of year to do a social media audit to prepare for next year. * Create a spreadsheet with the social media platform, the URL, and name on profile and the description * Also include number of fans/followers, and the date of the last activity * Make sure everything is consistent (name, images, colors, etc) * Start auditing individual social platforms for traffic Where is Your Traffic Coming From? Now that you’ve audited the general items of the individual to make sure everything looks and feels the same, it’s time to start looking at Google Analytics for indicators that visitors to the website are coming from the various social platforms. You can also get some valuable information from the social media platform data. * Facebook Insights * Twitter Analytics * LinkedIn Company Page Analytics In addition to using…
Nov 30, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 60 - Are You Innovating?
Host : Marv Dorner, BeBizzy Consulting We're back from a short Thanksgiving week break for Episode 60 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast and we're talking about why you should allow some time for innovation and not just running your business. This is a very short episode of the podcast due to a lingering head cold, but the main points talked about are : * Freakonomics Radio Podcast - Stephen J. Dubner talks to economists about how we seem to be running out of ideas that are able to scale quickly and without millions of dollars. * Google's 80-20 Formula - It Can Work For You - from SmartStorming.com * Why Did Google Abandon 20% Time for Innovation? - from HRZone.com
Nov 15, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 59 - Your Technology Is Good Enough
Host : Marv Dorner, BeBizzy Consulting On Episode 59 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast, we talk about the passing of another geriatric internet property, Compuserve, a renewal of the browser wars with Firefox Quantum, and why your technology is good enough. Tech News * Compuserve Forums * Joins Microsoft Paint and AIM as old tech services being shut down in 2017. * Compuserve was the first major online service provider before AOL took over * The Forums were the last service of the once-proud ISP to remain functional * The service will be terminated on December 15, 2017 and odds are if no one would have said anything, you never would have known. * Firefox Quantum * New browser from Mozilla that promises to be faster, and use less memory. * Some extensions may not work, so beware Your current tech is good enough * FOMO - Fear of Missing Out * There's always a faster, shinier, and more "feature rich" device * And while there's something to be gained with tech tha…
Nov 1, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 58 - Overcoming WordPress Objections
Show notes : https://bebizzy.com/overcoming-wordpress-objections/
Oct 27, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 57 - Google Pixel 2 XL
In this episode we talk about the newly launched Pixel 2 XL android smartphone, and why you should get one. BBP : Episode 57 - Google Pixel 2 XL The Pixel 2 XL is the anxously awaited android smartphone from Google. It runs a stock version of Android O(reo), and is loaded with a lot of great features. Here's the specs * Operating System : Android 8.0 * Cameras : 12.2MP Read - 8PM Front * Processors : Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 * Display : P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440x2880 pixels (18:9 ratio), Corning Gorilla Glass 5 * Memory & Storage : RAM-4GB Storage 64GB & 128GB * Dimensions : 6.2x3.0" * Colors : Black, White, Blue * Batter : 3520 mAh * Sensors : Active Edge squeeze technology * Ports : USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 * No headphone jack * No expandable memory slot * Materials - Aluminum unibody - Water and dust resistant Google Pixel 2 page at the Google Store There have been discussions of screen burn-in, a bluish tint and a few other things. * Screen bu…
Oct 19, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 56 - Capterra
In this episode we talk about how Capterra can help you find the right software solution to manage your business. BBP : Episode 56 - Capterra Tech News Windows 10 Fall Creators Update released on Oct 17 * As always, running updates has certain risks, as talked about on last week's podcast * Make sure you have plenty of time to run the updates, possibly a couple of hours. * Always back up and know there's that small chance the backup may fail and you'll either have to revert back, or it could cause your system to become unstable. * Features. * People Integration - You can now pin friends, co-workers, business partners, family members, etc to the task bar for easy access. It can even be used to contact via Skype * Fluent Design - a new design language from Microsoft regarding animations and effects. Some included changes are blur effects, easier resizing of apps and windows and a "shinier" design for the Start Menu. * You can also pin website shortcuts to the taskbar. T…
Oct 16, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 55 - Have You Updated Today?
In this episode we talk about managing your passwords and updating technology to stay secure. BBP : Episode 55 - Have You Updated Today? Tech News Yahoo Email Hack - Now up to 3 Billion accounts, apparently every yahoo account. - announced by the new owner, Verizon * No credit card information in the breach, but * Suspect part is that the new intelligence was just recently obtained AFTER the deal closed to buy Yahoo. Equifax update - there's a good chance the company will have to pay penalties to affected consumers going north of $1B. * For the record, $1B comes to just over $7 per possible affected user. Cortana is now rollout out into Skype. You should start seeing it appear in private and group chats to offer assistance for scheduling and other items. * Will also appear in the Android and iOS versions soon. * Still not sold on voice systems like Google, Amazon or Siri, but I hope to become more reliant on it when the new Pixel 2 phone arrives * Microsoft claims 141…
Sep 19, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 54 - Equifarked
In this episode we talk with Sara Hawkins about the Equifax breach and what you can do now. BBP : Episode 54 - Equifarked Tech News * Apple Announced three new iPhones yesterday at the new Steve Jobs auditorium at the spaceship * Wireless charging * New A11 Bionic Processor * Glass backs * 2GB RAM ?? * No OLED * Camera can shoot in 4k * $699 and $799 * Preorder is Sept 15 and available Sept 22 * FaceID failure during demo, but basically it will unlock with the camera and your face * Black, White, and new gold color * iPhone X * Bezel is all but gone * No home button * Case is glass and stainless stell * $1000 sale 10/27 with shipment on 11/3 * Screen is an OLED display made by…. SAMSUNG! * The home button and power button are combined to be the Side Button * Long press for Siri, double click for Apple Pay * Two hour increase in battery than the iPhone 7 * Better flash, slow motion recording and of course 4k * Other phones cost * S8 :…
1 hr 31 min
Sep 7, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 53 - Scott Wild Talks About Planning a New Website
Show notes : https://bebizzy.com/planning-budgeting-new-website/
1 hr 16 min
Aug 31, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 52 - Insecure Website Warnings & Dropbox Paper Updates
In this episode we talk about upcoming Google Chrome warnings that will be displayed for website forms not protected by SSLs and a little about Dropbox Paper. BBP : Episode 52 - Insecure Website Warnings & Dropbox Paper Updates * Dropbox Paper has released some updates * Users can now preview Dropbox Paper docuemnts before opening them. Very helpful for admins or project managers. * Usera can also now create folders on mobile devives and move Paper documents to them. Great for those of us who work on phones or tablets a good portion of the time. * And finally, users can now delete files on their mobile devices. A little less useful for many of us IT guys and creatives who NEVER delete anything, just archive it. * Google Chrome will now start displaying a "Not Secure" warning on webpages not protected by an SSL and including a form asking for passwords or credit card information. * This means that if your site requires or requests any of this, the warnings will be shown t…
Aug 23, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast - Episode 51 : GoDaddy Smartlline
In this episode we talk about Android Oreo, Skype, Chromebook Bluetooth issues, Facebook bandwidth limitations and GoDaddy Smartline. BBP : Episode 51 - GoDaddy Smartline * New Android version is officially Oreo. * Google announced this on during the solar eclipse in New York. * Faster, better battery life, better copy and paste, picture in picture. * No specific date on release, but most compatible devices should have it by the end of 2017 * https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDLc-QPFNs0 * My phone situation * The cell towers seem to be back up as my connection is much better * However, I did choose Skype as my inbound/outbound backup. * Worst part is now when I get a phone call, my phone, my Chromebook, my iPad and my computer all ring. I finally stopped leaving Skype on all the time on my Chromebook, so that removed one of the devices. * One issue I've discovered is common with Chromebooks in general is a bit of an issue with Bluetooth audio. Seems that streamin…
Aug 10, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 50 - Change Your Passwords... Again
EPISODE 50!! AND, it's our one year anniversary. So all around a big day for the BeBizzy Break Podcast! In this episode we talk about what NIST has recommended for a new password strategy. BBP : Episode 50 - Change Your Passwords... Again First of all, congratulations to Dana and her team at the North Dakota Recreation and Parks Association on their new website. We launched http://NDRPA.com earlier this week. It's a Wordpress site with a calendar, subpage navigation and more. Check it out! Also, I rescued two websites earlier this week from hacking. I'll use this as my weekly reminder for all of your to back everything up. Websites, databases, financial information, personal photos... everything. Better to put a little bit of prevention and spend a little bit of money now than pay a bunch of money to possibly recover (or worse, possibly NOT recover) lost data. Passwords Back in 2003, Bill Burr (not the comedian) was a mid-level manager at NIST, the National Institute of Standard…
Jul 28, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 48 - Can You Hear Me Now?
Have a favorite small or home business phone system tip? I'm looking for help! BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 48 - Can You Hear Me Now? I am currently having a problem with my phone. A few weeks ago, my mobile phone connection has significantly dropped off in my home office. I'm in a basement with only a small window directly above my head to the outside world. I get nearly no bars on my phone connection, and my 4G LTE is suspect. So, I'm looking for some possible solutions to make phone calls with my clients a reality. So far I've considered : * Skype In and Out * Relatively cheap * Sound quallity is suspect * Ooma & Vonage * Extra equipment including a desktop phone * Upfront cost then relatively cheap * Grasshopper and RingCentral * Established, proven product * Little bit more expensive per month * Still needs some additional equipment * Other VOIP Solutions * Cost is low * Worried it goes away in a year * Technology is sometimes good, sometimes…
Jul 19, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 47 - Joining, Participating In & Hosting Twitter Chats
Have you joined a Twitter chat? What has been your experience if you have? Are you ready to host a Twitter chat? BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 47 - Joining, Participating In & Hosting Twitter Chats One of the biggest big advantages of the Twitter platform is for large groups of people to unite around a common topic to entertain, educate and provide a common voice. Leveraging that to learn about a topic is a great way to keep up with just about any category or specific subject. But joining a Twitter chat can be a little tricky, and for many of us, scary. First of all, forget the scary part. You can join without anyone even knowing you're there, so let's just get that out of the way now. So that leaves the technical part. It's usually as simple as following a hashtag. Tools like Hootsuite and others allow you to both follow a hashtag, and even create a seperate stream with only that hashtag, which makes it really easy to play along. Joining a Twitter Chat Some easy tips * Parti…
Jul 12, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 46 - #NetNeutrality Day of Action
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 46 - #NetNeutrality Day of Action Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting Today's episode is a quick view of #NetNeutrality. If you're unfamiliar with Net Neutrality, it's simply the call to ensure the same speed, access and availability for all websites... basically what we have now. Many companies, and of course some internet providers, would love to have priority access to the web, making their sites run at full speed, and throttling the rest of the websites. Many people and companies are speaking out in defense of net neutrality, including Tim Berners-Lee, the man many credit with inventing the internet. Join in the discussion and defend Net Neutrality by getting involved on Twitter using the #NetNeutrality hashtag, communicating with friends, family and elected officials, and supporting the companies listed on this article from the Verge. Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subsc…
Jun 28, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 45 - Own Your Digital Data
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 45 - Own Your Digital Data Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting You own your business name, your equipment, maybe you even own your building. But I bet many of you don't own your digital business presence. I'm talking about your domain names, your social media pages, Analytics and more. Here's some tips on owning your digtal data * Google Business Listing - Make sure you use an email address owned by the company to create and manage the business listing. By not doing this, I've seen the process become very involved just to change the hours of operation. * Google Analytics - Same as above... use an email address belonging to the business to create this account. We've had an issue where we could not move an account to a client and therefore couldn't use the existing account to manage everything without creating a new Analytics account. * Social Media - Picture this... you fire the employee in charge of social media. They created…
Jun 21, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 44 - I HATE Printing
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 43 - Facebook Groups Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting One of the best things about owning my own business(es) is I get to make all the decisions regarding business processes and what I want and don't want to do. Well, almost all the decisions. Sometimes I still need to fire up the printer... like this morning, only to find that I'm out of paper. You see, I print so infrequently that it's IMPOSSIBLE to know when I'm on the edge of running out of paper. But the bright side of this inconvenience is that I got the immediate therapy of complaining about it on my podcasts, and using it as an opportunity to give some tips on making your office paperless. What you need to print * Contracts * Invoices * Meeting agendas Why digital intead of print? * Offsite backups - fire, water, carelessness, etc can ruin your print documents. Digital files can be secured and backed up in several locations in case there's a problem * Accessab…
Jun 15, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 43 - Facebook Groups
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 43 - Facebook Groups Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting Ever been looking for a way to bounce a new idea, get some feedback on something you created, or just want some like-minded people with whom to talk about your business or interest? Facebook Groups is your solution! There's a Facebook Group for just about any topic you can dream, and most are actively looking to add new members. We discuss why you would join a Facebook group, or would want to create your own and some of the benefits and challenges of each choice. Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!
Jun 7, 2017
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 42 - The Samsung Chromebook Pro
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 41 - Flash! Ah ahhhhhh! Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting FINALLY! I've been waiting for the Chromebook Pro from Samsung for several months and it arrived late Monday afternoon. I spent the time between then and now putting it through it's paces and have determined it's everything I've envisioned... almost. I've posted a review of the device here : https://www.bebizzy.com/samsung-chromebook-pro-review/ I loved the size, weight, screen and function of the site. Not happy with Chromebook's inability to see/use the inserted SD card with Android Apps. Have you bought the Samsung Chromebook Pro or Plus? What are your thoughts? Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!
May 17, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 41 - FLASH! Ah Ahhhhhhhh!
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 41 - Flash! Ah ahhhhhh! Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting Do you flash? Not the trenchcoat in public type, the watch animation or other things on the internet type. If your website uses this technology, it's time to finally move on before you lose your customers! All of the major internet browsers, Safari, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox, have officially dropped support for the Flash plugin. Some will still allow you to install, but you have to go in to the settings and turn it on, then remember to turn it off again. None of the major mobile devices including iOS and Android will display Flash animations. That means that unless your visitors are running old computers, or tech savy enough to turn Flash on to watch, then turn it back off for security, you will lose that visitor... maybe forever. Here are some options : * If you are only using a Flash animation spash screen, see if it can be removed without killing your searc…
May 17, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 40 - Polarr
Apr 26, 2017
BeBizzy Break - Episode 39 - GSuite & Mailbird
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 39 - GSuite & Mailbird Hosted by : Marv Dorner, owner of BeBizzy Consulting Ever get the feeling that someone's watching you? That happened to me this week, as I started to look for a replacement for my Outlook replacement, Mailbird. The problem was that although I had hundreds of contacts saved in my various GSuite email accounts, there was no way to easily sync to or from GSuite. On many occassions I was either grabbing email addresses from my phone or having to log into the web interface to gather the email addresses so I could send. Just this morning, I recevied an email from Mailbird claiming they had a new Contact Manager ready to roll out, all I had to do was update Mailbird, click a few things and BOOM!, contacts. The scariest part was that it worked EXACTLY like it was supposed to work, and now I don't have to look for a new email system. Way to go, Mailbird! Check them out if you're a GSuite or Gmail email user. And if your NOT a GSuite use…
Apr 19, 2017
BeBizzy Break - Episode 38 - Why Hire A Copywriter?
Happy Easter, and thank you for all the birthday wishes, everyone! There was a huge Windows exploit identified last week, and Microsoft has published a patch for Windows 7, 8 and 10, but not for Vista or XP since they have recently stopped support for those operating systems. Run your updates, kids! Also, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming out on Friday and is rumored to be THE smartphone in regards to performance and features. If you're in the new market for a new device, check it out! Why Hire A Copywriter? Copywriters are one of those skillsets that we all need, but we rarely think about until it's too late. On today's BeBizzy Break Podcast I talk about why you would want to hire a copywriter for your websites, press releases, or other marketing pieces. These can include : * You don't have time to write your website or marketing content * You're too close to your business to write for possible clients * Website content is not something you've written before * Keeping a con…
Apr 12, 2017
BeBizzy Break - Episode 37 - Wave Accounting
Happy Tax Week, everybody! Episode 37 - Wave Accounting This week I am happy to be joined by Rob Maurin from Wave to discuss this awesome, FREE, accounting and invoicing software. We discuss some of the many features of this powerful business tool that will help you with your : * Accounting * Invoicing * Recurring Invoicing * Expense Tracking * Payroll * Mobile Invoicing * And much, much more. I've been a user for several years and couldn't be happier with the ease and completion of the system. Check out the interview with Rob, then head over to http://waveapps.com and take Wave apps our for a drive.
Apr 5, 2017
BeBizzy Break - Episode 36 - Golfing - Good for Business?
FORE! Golf is a fun activity participated in by many in the business community. Should you be one of them? Golfing - Good for Business? There are many reasons why whacking a little white ball around a park can help you and your staff land new clients, get better at what you do, and just create a great environment for you to conduct informal business. Some other benefits as posted for the MGT Open are : * It's a 5-hour meeting. Good luck landing that with a client or even with your staff. * Golf reveals the true character of both your potential clients, and yourself (so be careful). * Business Golf is ideal for developing exclusive business leads, thanking clients and staff, brainstorming and team-building. And more! Check out the link to the PDF. And don't worry if you're a poor golfer, the game can actualy help if you're not just a little better than the person you're meeting with. And there are games like a scramble, best ball, or others that can help golfers with a highe…
Mar 29, 2017
BeBizzy Break - Episode 35 - Happy World Backup Day!
Happy World Backup Day, everyone! Well, maybe a couple days early, but we like to celebrate data backups all the time around here. EP 35 - Happy World Backup Day! Before we get too far, I'd like to wish a Happy 23rd Birthday to my daughter! We'll see you this weekend and celebrate the best way you know how, by going to a hocke game! Now, on to other important matters. * March 31 is World Backup Day. Back. Your. Data. Up. That is all... * I lied, that is NOT all. Your data is your business! Throw on top of that all your photos, your music, personal financial documents and more, and there are few things in life that would make things as difficult as recovering from a data failure. * At the VERY least, back up your data to an external hard drive or to another computer. * Personal Cloud storage devices are relatively cheap and easy to add to a home or office network. * Data companies like Dropbox and Carbonite have built a business out of managing backups for you. Check th…
Mar 21, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 33 - Charity In Business
In episode 33 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast we chat a bit about the benefits of engaging in charitable endeavors in our community or just as a business. Some of the benefits include : * Make your community a better place to live * Respect from others for donating time * Networking connections with others that are donating time and energy to causes
Mar 13, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 32 - Rich Brooks and Why We Use Contact Forms
One thing we've been told for years is that you need an email address in order to do business. I agree with that statement, but in regards to where that email address is used, I'm not in favor of listing email addresses on a website. Email Address or Contact Forms? I am, however, a huge fan of forms, and this week's BeBizzy Break Podcast features an interview with Rich Brooks from the Agents of Change Podcast on that very subject. What are the benefits of using a form? * Not divulging email addresses to potential spammers * Guiding possible leads by asking questions in the form. * Inputting form information into a CRM. * Pushing the form to multiple recipients, or to a specific person where applicable. A few more things about Rich Brooks. First, tickets for the annual Agents of Change Digital Marketing Conference are now on sale. The conference takes place in Portland, Maine, but it's also streamed online and available via on demand video. Jay Baer is the keynote and more…
Mar 1, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 31 - Case of the Googles
Host : Marv Dorner, BeBizzy Consulting We're talking about Google Keep, Google Docs, and Google Chromebooks today on the BeBizzy Break. But first, we're proud to annouce the launch of our newest website, Path To Pono. Contact Sandy Thompson with questions about recruiting great employees, developing leadership in your organization, and helping your family with substance abuse. Now, on the Googles. * Google has finally brought Google Keep into the GSuite environement in the web version (desktop and browser) * Easily import Keep notes into Google Docs * Google Keep is the notetaking app available on all devices (Android, iOS and in your browser) that takes audio, handwriting, images and itemized lists. You can also color code, and tag notes for ease in search and identification. * Samsung Chromebook Pro - my next tech purchase (when it gets released) * Chromebooks allow you to live in the Google environement for documents, the Chrome browser, photos and more. And now ther…
Feb 23, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 30 - Niche Websites
Host : Marv Dorner, BeBizzy Consulting Today on the BeBizzy Break Podcast we talk about why you would want to have a landing page or niche website for your product or services instead of just putting them as an additional page on your current website. Some of the things to consider are : * Really sit down and brainstorm if your product is a niche, or a broader product. * What keywords should you be targeting with your website and marketing * Find an appropriate domain name, and this doesn't always have to be your main corporate name, it can be specialized or customized to make it more noticeable. * Same goes with your logo, if you can customize your current logo to handle this specialized part of your business, do so. Or create a new one. Or just use your main logo. * Develop your strategies for marketing using both traditional and digital marketing. Does the imagery and content match the domain name? Is it attracting the proper demographic? Is it targeted? * Think about…
Feb 16, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 29 - Chelse Simon from the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce
Are you a member of a local chamber of commerce or other business organization? What are some of the benefits, and challenges, you face by being a member, or NOT being a member? Episode 29 - Chelse Simon from the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce Today we talk about those challenges and opportunities with Chelse Simon, Amanda Schweiter, and David Leingang of the Bismarck-Mandan Chamber of Commerce. They touched on some of the networking, leadership, volunteering and other opportunities that Chamber members and non-members can take advantage of within the Chamber. We also talked about why or why not your chamber could be active within the political arena and how chamber members can either get educated or share their experince with other business professionals. Take advantage of your local chamber by contacting their leadership either through the web, on the phone or just go there in person, and see how joining can benefit your small or solo business. We did talk about some tech is…
Feb 9, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 28 - Using Live Video
Want to see what the BeBizzy Bunker looks like? Check it out at https://www.facebook.com/bebizzyconsulting/ ! So why would you want to be using live video to promote your business? Using Live Video There are many ways to use live video to keep your business in front of your current and potential clients. * Live Events * Bar showing performers live * Conference or seminar walking around showing displays and vendors * Sales tour * Restaurant * Behind the Scenes * TV news team * Radiio studio * Back room getting product ready for sale * This podcast! * Interviews * Training * Q/A Sessions Keep in mind there may be interruptions, you can't use copywritten material, and everything else that can happen live. Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!
Feb 1, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 27 - Is It Time To Dump Microsoft Office?
New year, new tools! It’s time to finally get rid of paying $10/month for Microsoft Office and Is It Time To Dump Microsoft Office Short answer? Yes! I’ve decided it’s time to dump paying monthly for Microsoft Office and pay a one-time fee for WPS Office of $79. This provides a great office solution completely compatible with MS Office files for up to three years for 25% of the price! So, if you don’t use Office very often and are looking for a great way to still conduct business with people who do use it, WPS Office has a great FREE version, or a paid version (pay monthly, quarterly, or annually). I’ve been using it for a few months and recommend making the switch today. By the way, if you’re using Microsoft Outlook for your Gmail or G Suite emails, Mailbird is a great product I’ve been using for that as well.
Jan 25, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 26 - Make Wordpress Faster
There are two complaints when a client is discussing the option of moving to Wordpress. * Wordpress isn't secure. Something I discussed in a previous blog post - Is WordPress Safe? * How can I make my slow Wordpress site faster? And besides being a recent blog post, we discuss that on this week's BeBizzy Break Podcast. Make Wordpress Faster Of all the things that will make customers leave your site before they consume any of your information, images, videos or any other sort of content, a slow loading site is #1 on the list. Many things cause slow sites, and on today's episode of the BeBizzy Break Podcast we will talk a bit about them. * Making your server run better and serve up the pages quicker. * Installing and turning on page caching to make sure returning visitors see pages faster * Compressing and resizing images to decrease the file size being sent to the brower. * Turning off and removing unused plugins and themes on the page to reduce the number of calls and p…
Jan 18, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 25 - Sara Hawkins and her 10 Tips To Prepare for 2017
Welcome to episode 25 of the BeBizzy Break! Today we're going to bring back Sara Hawkins to talk about some basic business, website and tech planning for 2017. During the long intervew we discuss : 1. Consider incorporating if you have not already 2. Get an EIN if you are a sole proprietor 3. Consider what big expenses you may need, plan for them 4. Create an expense tracking system 5. Create, Review, or Update Website Policies 6. Create or Update contracts you use 7. Do a year-end analysis of what you did well and what could have been better 8. Plan out when your legal filings are due and put them on your calendar for the year 9. Review the images on your website; get a subscription to stock photo site or use quality free sites like unsplash, new old stock, death to the stock photo, good free photos (owner of site shares pix), stocksnap.io, gratisography (Ryan McGuire of Bells Design), Life of Pix (LEEROY creative agency) 10. Create Guest Blogger guidelines or agreements T…
1 hr 10 min
Jan 9, 2017
BeBizzy Break : Episode 24 - Content, Content & More Content with Monica Miller
Guess who's back... back again. It's 2017, suckas! A fresh slate for your business, websites and personal lives. It's time to talk about your website content. * Why is good content important? * How do you write good content? * Where do you publish good content? * How do you format good content? * Is it just as important to NOT post if there's nothing to say? * How do you promote the content? Great topics with some good take-aways from guest Monica Miller of MonicaWrites.com.
1 hr 3 min
Dec 15, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 23 - Dropbox Paper and Podcasting
♪♪ Ohhhh the weather outside is frightful, but the Bison are playing for a title. And I have places to go, but it's too cold, it's too cold, cold to snow.. ♪♪ BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 23 - Dropbox Paper and the Why's and How's of Podcasting * Dropbox Paper was announced last week and I started playing with it. It's a meeting management application that allows one to take notes, assign tasks, embed files and videos, and collaborate. Check it out. * Why and How Should I Podcast * Here's a simple list of what you neeed. * Software : Audacity is a free app, so $0 * Microphone : A decent microphone will cost less than $100 through Amazon. The one recommended by many of the podcasting experts is the Audio-Technical ATR2500-USB * Place to Host/Distribute Your Files : I use Podbean for it's ease on submitting to iTunes and other resources. * Why Would I Podcat? * Works like a blog to get a message on your expertise out to the audience * It's primarily pass…
Dec 7, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 22 - The Gacillia Nut Website Scam
Oh sure, first another blizzard, and now I almost get sucked into a nut website scam? Set BS detectors to stun! EP22 - The Gacillia Nut Website Scam I almost got taken by a scammer this week. I was approached, through text (?) by a gentleman who wanted a website built for his computer based in Washington DC. I do some work with a company out of Boston, and also have had past clients out east, so this wasn't totally out of left field. But something just didnt sound right. Below is the text sent to me... "I have small scale business which i want to turn into large scale business now it located in and the company is based on importing and exporting of Agriculture products such as Kola Nut, Gacillia Nut and Cocoa so i need a best of the best layout design for it. Can you handle that for me ?. so i need you to check out this site but i need something more perfect than this if its possible .http://www.agroamerica.com.... the site would only be informational, so i need you to give me an es…
Dec 5, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 21 - Happy Wordpress 4.7 Eve, Google Handle and Chromebooks
Happy Wordpress 4.7 Eve, everybody! Start backing things up and getting ready to upgrade! Episode 21 - Happy Wordpress 4.7 Eve, Google Handle and Chromebooks * Wordpress 4.7 is scheduled to drop tomorrow (12/6/2016) with promised security updates and more. * Start updating and backing things up in preparation. * Google Handle is available for the Chrome browser and iOS. * Makes it easy to create a task from an email and set a reminder to the Google calendar. * Chrome app to use in browser and iOS app available. * Thinking about getting a Chromebook, are you using one? * Also, we will be bringing Sara Hawkins back once or twice a month, so if there's a legal topic you would like us to talk about, send it to bebizzy.com or @bebizzy on Twitter! Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!
Dec 1, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 20 - Change Your Google Password (again) & Sara Hawkins
Well, we're digging out from our first big blizzard of the 2016-2017 winter here in North Dakota, but that hasn't stopped us work-from-home guys from getting stuff done. And just to warm up a bit, I took the opportunity to talk to Sara Hawkins about some basic legal issues this week BeBizzy Break : Episode 20 - Change Your Google Password (again) & Sara Hawkins * Googlian - a malware attack was found on over 1million Google accounts that came from compromised phones. For sure, change your password, and you may want to take other precautions if you feel your phone and account has been compromised. * Sara F. Hawkins joins the podcast today in the first of a series of interviews centering around why and when you would want to engage an attorney as a small or solo business owner. Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. And as always, leave the technical stuff to us…
Nov 28, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 19 - Twitter Suspensions, 9.4 Billion in Mobile Profit, and Milebug
Happy Week After Thanksgiving, everyone. Hope you had a wonderful long weekend, or OK short weekend if you were working. Episode 19 - Twitter Suspensions, 9.4 Billion in Mobile Profit, and Milebug * Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, got his Twitter account suspended by accident last week. I've had this as well. What can you do once this happens? * Smartphone PROFIT for the 3rd quarter was $9.4 BILLION globally. Out of that, Apple gobbled up 91% of that profit. * Microsoft continues to attempt to make it OK for the LinkedIn purchase with the EU. Now opening Outlook to 3rd party app developers in regards to LinkedIn info * Real News - What is real news? Can you actually build something to filter out "semi-real" news? How does this affect advertising? * Milebug - Awesome Android and iOS app to track mileage and other expenses. I've been using it for years and highly recommend it. Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe…
Nov 21, 2016
BeBizzy Break Podcast : Episode 18 - Closing Datamarket, Get AMP'd & Corrected Facebook Data
Happy Monday, everyone! Just a quick podcast today as I'm heading out of town for a client meeting. * Google has announced last week that while it likes mobile sites to be build with AMP (accelerated mobile page) in mind, it will still show desktop site results above AMP sites, even in mobile searches. * Takeaway might be to put AMP design on the back burner and focus on responsive right now. * Microsoft Azure Datamarket is closing March 31, 2017. * Start looking for alternatives now to avoid the rush * Facebook acknowledged it found reporting issues in video views and more back in September and it has adjusted numbers accordingly. * The company has promised to bring in more 3rd party data reviews to ensure the accuracy of information. That's it for today! Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!
Nov 16, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 17 - Google Photoscan and Holiday Marketing Tips
Oh the weather outside is frightful... or at least it will be in a few days. Big storm a'comin' to the midwest and heading east. But inside here on the BeBizzy Break Podcast we're just talking about the holidays and your marketing. * Google Photoscan - need to digitize your old photos and upload them to social media or a secure cloud location? Photoscan will do just that. Available for the iOS & Android devices you can easily scan any old photo or document and keep it digitally. * Mandy Edwards from ME Marketing Services joins the Break to discuss getting your small business ready for the holiday season with some tips on making your digital locations as well as your traditional marketing efforts a bit more seasonal. Have a great weekend everyone! Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!
Nov 14, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 16 - SSLs, Wearable Security and My Dislike for Yahoo! Mail.
It's November 14, 2016... and it's 56° in North Dakota. Something's not right. But on today's BeBizzy Break Podcast I talk a little bit about: * Yahoo! Mail, and why you should get rid of that thing moving to Outlook.com or Gmail * Why you should start planning on getting an SSL installed on your website to use HTTPS, even if you don't collect secure information and just want it to maintain your current search position. * And wearable device security. Don’t forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!
Nov 9, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 15 - Scribblepost, IE Loses Bigtime, and President Trump?
Well, it's the day after election day. Hopefully all of your candidates and measures passed, and if not, lick the wounds and get back to work, right? Today we are talking about Scribblepost, a wonderful task-management system that I've been using for a few months. Paul Berkovic joins in from Australia to talk about the app and how you can use it to manage your business and your day better. We also spend some time on : * Election results and how we can celebrate/mourn the results, we really have to get back to working on our business * Microsoft lost 300 Million browsers last year, mostly to Chrome. * And, Wordpress 4.7 is coming, so get ready. Don't forget to send us any suggestions for apps to review or people to interview. And subscribe to the BeBizzy Break Podcast on iTunes and Stitcher Radio. And as always, leave the technical stuff to us!
1 hr 12 min
Nov 3, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 14 - Laguna, Microsoft Teams & Lastpass
Episode 14 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast. On this episode we talk about: * Microsoft Teams - a Slack competito * Team chat communication and file sharing * Introducting Microsoft Teams - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKU-FMzZFF0 * Microsoft Introduces a trade-in program from Macbook Pros to Surface devices. * Program ends November 11, 2016, so hurry up! * LastPass - making the mobile app free! You can use Lastpass to manage secure passwords across all of your logins and keep it safe with one secure password * Mobile traffic from StatCounter has finally passsed desktop. 51% of all web traffic is now mobile. - Have you updated your website yet? * Get ready for Snapchat Glasses - codename Laguna * Video camera sunglasses going on sale in the coming weeks * Synced to smartphone and snapchat accounts * Video files up to 10 seconds * Hype - Live Video Broadcasting app from the creators of Vine * * Creators were not happy when Twitter announced Vin…
Oct 31, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 13 - Goodbye Vine, New SPENDY Computers, Google Keywords & Death to the Apple Startup Sound
Happy Halloween, everyone! We're celebrating by releasing Episode 13 (ooooooohhhh, spooky) of the BeBizzy Break Podcast where I talk about : * New Apple Macbook Pro and Microsoft Surface Studio computers launched last week at big prices. * Goodbye to Vine * Speaking of goodbye's... the Apple startup sound won't be included in new computers or operating system updates. * Google has announced throttling of Google Keyword Planner tools for those not spending an un-announced threshold with AdWords. * Alternates include using MOZ Keyword Explorer, SEMRush, Search Metrics, and KeywordTool,io. Or it might be time to hire a dedicated SEO person * Looking for your favorite task management software and/or app. Send them to @bebizzy on Twitter.
Oct 26, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 12 - LinkedIn Company Pages, Surface Studio & Toggl
Sorry we missed Monday's broadcast, but I was on SuperTalk 1270am to guest host the Tech Ranch radio show and most of the afternoon/evening at an open house for Harvest Events, a new wedding venue in Mandan, ND. But on Episode 12 today I discussed : * The Smartwatch is dead, or not... * Mac Sierra 10.12.1 was released, upgrade today! * New beta LinkedIn Company Pages are being rolled out to some * The new Microsoft Surface Studio all-in-one computer was announced today: * 32GB RAM, 2TB HD/SD storage, four USB 3.0 ports, MiniDisplay port * Surface Dial - haptic feedback device that can be placed on the touchscreen * Hinge allows the 28" monitor to be laid perfectly flat for document markup, design work and more. * True Scale function features a 1":1" actual scale. * $2999, available for pre-order today * Toggl * Great time-tracking app I have used for a few months * Pushes time, projects and client info to virtually any device in almost real time…
Oct 20, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 11 - Docking Station, Mac Rumors & Surface-gate
In Episode 11 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast we chat a little about: * The debates are finally over, can I have my social media back yet? * My fancy new Dell D3100 docking station connected to two 23" monitors. * The rumors emerging from the pending Mac announcement for next week including the Magic Toolbar. * Microsoft's new booking service through Facebook that will allow tickets and food to be sold right from the social media site. * Change your LinkedIn password! Czech officials caught a Russian hacker that compromised over 100million accounts in 2012. * Belichick is smashing Surface tablets on the sideline of New England Patriots games. * Samsung is replacing Note 7's right at the airport. * And I'll be appearing on the #VZWBUZZ (#ad) Facebook Live stream tomorrow (Friday, Oct 21) at 3pm CT. Join the chat from 2-3pm, then watch me live!
Oct 12, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 10 - Death of Note 7, Verizon Pixel Updates & Kiss Me On First on LinkedIn
Episode 10 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast features some commentary on : * Why do you still have your Note 7? Samsung has stopped the sale and replacement, so turn it in! * Verizon promised to push Google Pixel updates at the same time as unlocked phones. * http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2016/10/12/13258286/verizon-google-pixel-fast-android-updates * Verizon is also asking for a $1B decrease on the offer to buy Yahoo! due to some information regarding Yahoo!'s screening account information for intelligence informaton, and the 2014 data breach that affected around 500 Million subscribers. * Twitter is being shopped around... still. Why hasn't Google just written a check yet? * And if you're going to "friend" me on LinkedIn, at least wait more than an hour to try and sell me something. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Sticher Radio, and PocketCasts!
Oct 5, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 9 - Carrie Drephal of TechnologyHub and the Google Pixel
We missed an episode earlier this week due to a sick dog, but that's all under control so we got back on track with a great interview with Carrie Drephal of the TechnologyHub conference taking place Oct. 13 in Appleton, WI. We talked a bit about the conference, but focused mainly on how to get the most out of any conference from the eyes of an organizer, not a business person or attendee. We also took a look at the Google hardware announced at yesterday's live stream including the Google Pixel phones, the Google Home, Google Wi-Fi and more. You can pre-order the Google Pixels from the exclusive provider, Verizon, by clicking here!
1 hr 6 min
Sep 29, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 8 - Rob Port of SayAnythingBlog.com, Goofy Wants To Buy Twitter, and More
Episode 8 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast features : * An Interview with Rob Port of SayAnythingBlog.com and the Rob (Re)Port on WDAY in Fargo, ND. * Old media is dead... again. * I got Yext Certified! * Car buying is dead... soon. * And some stuff about the debate.
1 hr 16 min
Sep 26, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 7 - Google & Twitter, Yahoo Breached, a C-64 Fixed My Car?, and the Debate
Episode 7 of the BeBizzy Break Podcast features some discussion on : * Google, Microsoft or Verizon interested in acquiring Twitter? What does that mean for the social media platform? * Yahoo was breached back in 2014. Change your password now! * When is it time to give up on your old technology and move to something modern and possibly more reliable? * Project AirGig * And tonight's Presidential Debate
Sep 22, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 6 - CoSchedule & Back Up Your Stuff!
Joining me today is Nathan from CoSchedule, a great content marketing platform that will help you keep your social media, blog and other marketing vehicles on task. And, I go on a rant about the Samsung Note 7 recall, and backing up your phone and computer.
Sep 19, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 5 - New Office, iPhone 7 & WP Updates
Today we talk about the move to a new office space, the iPhone 7 and its lack of a headphone jack, and new updates to Wordpress and the Divi theme.
Sep 7, 2016
BeBizzy Break : Episode 4 - Tobi Walter from Shoeboxed
Episode Four of the BeBizzy Break Podcast features a great interview with Tobi Walter from Shoeboxed, joined by Claudio Amand. Shoeboxed is a receipt and expense organizer that allows users to uploaded scanned or photographed receipts and organize them for easy presentation to accounting and tax preparation staff. I've been a user for several years and couldn't run my businesses without it. Tobi also talks about how Shoeboxed is being used for banks and financial institutions, and hints at some additional functionality.
Sep 6, 2016
BeBizzy Break - Episode 3 - Cables, Sports, Upgrades and ManageWP
Today's episode was delayed a day as I celebrated Labor Day sorting through a mountain of cables and ancient technology, watched some college football on my tablet, thought about upgrade possibilities, and wondered out loud what would happen to ManageWP as it announced it was purchased by GoDaddy. As always, send me any app, website or interview suggestions to @BeBizzy on Twitter, or visit BeBizzy.com and drop me a note there. Don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and send us a review!
Aug 31, 2016
BeBizzy Break - Episode 2 - Scott McCarthy, Silicon Plains
Interview with Scott McCarthy, VP and co-owner of Silicon Plains, a managed services provider in the Bismarck, ND area. If you're interested in the services Scott and Silicon Plains provide, reach out to them at http://www.siliconplains.net .
1 hr 3 min
Aug 28, 2016
BeBizzy Break - Episode 1 - FargoConnect & Moto Z
Initial "test" podcast of the BeBizzy Break. We'll talk briefly about FargoConnect, a digital marketing conference on August 30, 2016, and also about a new smartphone, the Moto Z Droid. Using this podcast to test out the equipment and other portions of the recording before launching the full-on interview portion soon. Have a suggested topic or interview? Send them to me via http://www.bebizzy.com or @BeBizzy on Twitter!