Punch.in, for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad from Punch Technologies, is the old time clock for punching in and out of work activities. It also lets you see what your co-workers are doing, and collaborate with them through text, image and voice notes.
Recently, PhishMe, a private security service, sent out an email with a cute cat picture and a note that said “Check Out These Kitties” They wanted to learn how many people would click on something like that without thinking any further. Four million people did within hours.
“Lean Analytics,” by Eric Ries, $30 from O’Reilly, or $16 from discounters, gives you the ins and outs of using data to build a successful business.
The book is full of examples from businesses of all sizes. One of the author’s insights is that big data can be overused. You may find out that a certain
SmartMoney.com has a calculator for figuring out interest costs, mortgage rates, savings required for retirement, likely future unemployment rates and a whole bunch of stuff. Type “calculator” in the search bar to get to the options. The site does not seem well organized but you’ll get to what you want eventually.
You could use text to tell a story but according to an old Chinese proverb, a picture is worth a thousand words. (Actually, that proverb is constantly misquoted. The character in the original Chinese does not mean a thousand or even ten thousand words, but simply very many.) Studies show that people learn and retain information six times faster if they have pictures.
If you make YouTube videos, podcasts, radio or TV programs, you’ve probably looked for music to go with the action. We ran into this problem when we did a podcast on BlogTalkRadio a couple years ago. It’s illegal to use copyrighted music without paying for it.
Moo.com offers business cards, and some free. We got a card one half the width of a normal card from an artist who restores books. It’s called a mini-card and it had her photo and info on the front and another photo covering the back. Looked nice.
We all tend to forget about the thousands of email and social networking contacts we have, but a new program called “Nimble” brings them together in one place.
It’s a business-oriented program, something like “Salesforce,” but more social. The CEO is Jon Ferrara, who founded the contact management software company Goldmine and sold it for more than $100 million several years ago.