Here is a quick gMail tip for a HUGE #productivity boost…
If you’re like me, email is a serious part of your life. Often times you open your gMail inbox to send an email.. but once you get in there, you immediately start reading and replying to your latest emails… and often times FORGET why you opened your email in the first place.
This happen to me several times when communicating with the people behind this website.
SO – I figured out how to compose and send an email without opening and seeing your gMail inbox (the no-inbox approach)… Here is how it’s done….
Simple How To: Send an email w/o opening gMail
You will need:
To be logged into your gmail account in your browser of choice
Step 2: When you want to send an email without opening your inbox… open that bookmark.
(I usually open it in a new window by holding apple (CMD) and clicking.. or with a mouse, click down on the mouse wheel to open a new window)
Done… and the best part is that since you’re logged into your Google account – it still drops down the names of people you’ve emailed and are in your contacts list.. AWESOME!
NOTE: With the new gMail compose & reply being laid on top of the inbox, it seems this trick still works, BUT it ruins and links or images you might have in your signature. I’m still looking for a way to compose an email without viewing your inbox AND without ruining your signature. Stay tuned…
Hope this helps.. I know it makes my life a lot easier.
I recently learned about this company called Social Solutions. They make their money by selling a software to non profit companies.
Learning about their business model made me think about how profitable software companies must be… check out the “thought flow” I had (below).
Here are the reasons why software is awesome, written from a user, developer, and sales person of software’s perspective.
#1: Everything is Software
You don’t really realize it, but if you think about it – you’re using software right now.
As a matter of fact – anyone device that connects you to the internet uses software! Computers, phones, credit card processing machines, etc…
Ever burned a CD? You used software.
Have you every wrote an essay or paper? Did you do it by hand? No, you used software.
So software is everywhere and I’m guessing that people don’t even realize when they are using it.
Why is software everywhere, you ask? Because of the next 3 reasons below:
#2: Software Makes Things Easy
Software solves problems, makes things faster, and probably most importantly: it makes things easy.
Sometimes a piece of software will come out that allows you to do things that you previously couldn’t do before (TweetDeck is a decent example: allows you to manage multiple social media accounts from one application).
Have you ever used Adobe software? Dreamweaver makes editing HTML very easy. My man Chris Freeman knows all about this.
Software takes tasks that would usually require classroom training and makes them push button.
AND now-a-days, cloud-based software (which is basically any software that you can access from anywhere that you have an internet connection) is revolutionizing and accelerating the software industry… Google Apps (like GMail, Docs, Calendar) & SalesForce are good examples of cloud-based software.
#3: Software Sells Itself
Most of the time you don’t really need to “sell” software.
The software sells itself!
How many other industries can say their product sells itself?
I just remember a Chris Rock stand up:
Drug dealers don’t sell drugs. Drugs sell themselves. It’s crack. It’s not an encyclopedia. It’s not a f**king vacuum cleaner. You don’t really gotta try to sell crack. Ok?
You will never hear a drug dealer say: “How am i gonna get rid of all this Crack?”
The reason for this is simple: see reason #2 above 😉
Burn CD’s, manage your accounting, write and format papers, browse the internet… all things that you need to do, so you buy software!
#4: Software is Ultra-Profitable
So you’re telling me that I can develop something one time and sell it unlimited times? So wait, when someone buys my product, I don’t have to make it from scratch in order to deliver it?
Think about this: when a business wants to grow, it has to get more customers.
In service based businesses, when you get more customers you also have to hire more people, fill more seats, which costs you in both payroll expenses but also administrative headache.
In traditional product based businesses, you have to add to your manufacturing line or supply chain when you grow.
In software companies, all you have to do is have a couple support people and maybe a development team (to improve your software)… both of which you could outsource 😉
It’s no wonder that of the top 20 riches people in America (according to Forbes), 8 of them were running software companies!
Profitable Software Company Thought Flow
Social Solutions sells software to help companies organize their operations and track the company’s efforts to the outcomes they produce… most of their clients are non profit companies… some non profits get government grant money… non profits have to spend money (in order to show no profit at the end of the year) — SO –> Social Solution is indirectly getting government grant money… AWESOME!
Do you have an idea for a software that could be valuable to a particular niche?
Already work for or own a software (or software related) business? I admire you and wish you the best! … just make sure you’re ethical and providing value – because otherwise, you won’t be around for long.
How To: Play a YouTube Video in the Background of iPhones
Here is a step by step guide to playing a youtube video while doing other things on your iPhone.
The youtube video will play in the background much like the iPod app or Pandora app plays in the background while you text, use the maps, check out your calendar or the weather.
Open the youtube app & find your favorite video
Let the video load to the point where it starts playing
Press the home button
Double click the home button to bring up multitasking
Swipe to the right to find the media buttons (rewind/play/pause/forward)
Press the play button
MULTITASK! – go text, map, whatever your heart desires!
Yet Another Way To Multitask YouTube Music Videos!
Alternatively, you can:
Start playing a youtube music video (like steps 1-2 above)
Press the home button
Lock the iPhone
Click the home button once to show your background – then double click the home button to bring up the media controls on the locked screen
Press play – since the last piece of audio you played was the youtube video, that will start playing
Unlock your iPhone and MULTITASK – since you locked your iPhone from the home screen, you return to the home screen with the youtube video playing in the background and you’re free to do whatever you want!
That’s all there is to it – play youtube in the background on your iPhone by following those easy steps above!
It’s kind of just like another social media site, complete with profiles, commenting, and event scheduling.
The main difference is that Meetup focuses on the niche — both topically and geographically.
Users can create “meet up groups” and invite those who are interested in certain topics to join. The creator of the group is then responsible for organizing a “meet up”.
The meet up can be in person or over the internet, using GoToMeeting or something like that.
It Gets Your Clients Too!
One of WebMechanix’s most recent clients actually called us because they saw me on Meetup. She said that she noticed I was an active member of the a Baltimore SEO group and since she was in the market for SEO, she decided to give us a call. Awesome?
List of Meetup Groups
Here is a list of Meetup groups that I am currently part of:
I just realized that you can easily tell what I’m into just be reading the group names… hahaha — Maybe I should join some skiing and tennis groups to round out the heavily weighted Internet Marketint Business groups!
That’s all for now – check out http://www.meetup.com – hope to see you out there!
As technology gets perpetually faster, smarter, and just better.. certain excuses, that were once fail proof, can no longer be used. Here is a look at some technologies that have nullified certain excuses… especially work excuses by text.
Picture Text Messages (MMS)
With cell phone and cell carrier standards of 2010, most people have camera phones and the ability to send picture sms text messages — so for instance:
An employee texts the boss to say “I’m stuck in traffic, going to be late”.
When the employee gets into work that day, the boss asks the employee about his phone. He finds that the phone has a camera and is able to send pictures over text.
The boss tells the employee that next time he is stuck in traffic, send a picture of the brake lights.
So anytime there is an excuse that can be proved by sending a picture text message – you can’t really use it anymore.
That Stupid Beep When You’re On The Phone
You know when you’re calling someone and you hear that beep at the end of each ring? That means the person you’re calling is currently on the phone.
If everyone knows about this, then when your friend calls and you’re on the other line – you can’t use any excuse that isn’t “I was on the other line”.
You can’t say, “Sorry I didn’t pick up, I was in the shower”, or “I was driving” – because the other person heard the beep and knows you were on the phone!
There are certainly many more examples … I’ll be back to update this as I think of them — if you know of any, comment below.