We’re all busy, and time does = money. And, of course, we all want to save money! In light of that, here are 3 simple business tools to help you do just that; in 3 very different ways.
We are all familiar with Bit.ly, the slick tool marketers and business professionals can use to mask affiliate links or shorten long urls. But did you know there is a way to shorten urls and help people at the same time?
Bit.ly and the American Red Cross have teamed up to create Hope.ly, a creative way to shorten links and help those in need at the same time. Bit.ly offered to team up with the Red Cross in hopes of duplicating the success of the hugely popular Ice Bucket Challenge connected to A.L.S. Association.
Users simply enter a link, shorten it and then share it via t heir social media or other business channels. The shared pages will include a small ribbon to invite additional donations. Once the Hope.ly link is clicked, it reveals what resembles a banner ad atop the page, proclaiming, “Someone wonderful shared this page — to help people in need through the American Red Cross.”
The hope behind Hope.ly is that if more people are given the option to donate, it will be instrumental in raising funds and spreading a little extra hope to those in need.
Here is last Friday’s ezine tip about how to reactivate links to files in Dropbox. If you’d like to get our tips delivered to your inbox each and every week, you can sign up for them here on our website!
If you are a Dropbox user, you may have noticed an email from them in the past few weeks talking about “web vulnerability that affects shared links to documents containing hyperlinks.” What this means is; Dropbox users can share links to any file or folder in their Dropbox. Files shared via links are only accessible to people who have the link. However, shared links to documents can be inadvertently disclosed to unintended recipients through a variety of scenarios.
Dropbox’s solution, as a precautionary measure, was to disable shared links that were created before May 5 to file types (such as PDF or Word docs) that might contain a hyperlink. Basically, if you’ve created an optin that has Dropbox hosting the freebie for new users to claim, that link will now error out , leaving your new or potential customer high and dry .
The good news is that Dropbox does give you the option to override their choice to disable your links, but it needs to be done manually. Those who are comfortable with the risk can click a button to dropbox.com/reenable_links and reactivate all disabled shared links in your Dropbox. If you choose to reactivate all disabled links in your Dropbox, there is a helpful tutorial to assist with that process.
There are several web browsers to choose from now-a-days, but my web browser of choice is Chrome … and has been for a while. It’s easy to use, but it also has some great extensions you can add to make it super easy to do things on the fly. Here are the 9 specific extensions/add-ons I use on a continuing, if not daily basis. They are … [Read more…]
JigsawBox is an online coaching tool that was created by coaches, for coaches. This unique tool provides the ability to have a private online area clients can access any time, a place to give clients interactive solutions without the coach having to be present, and the ability to sign up and coach new clients 24/7.
This application was created by Nicola Bird as a way for her clients to access her expertise in a flexible and affordable way. JigsawBox boasts the ability to create text, audio, and video products from a single platform which allows coaches to break free from the limits of one-to-one coaching. These trainings can be complete with written questions, homework, and forums that clients can work through at their own pace. JigsawBox is like having unlimited hours for your coaching business.
Creating training modules (“jigsaw pieces”) is easy with drag-n-drop feat ures that allow customization of training packages for individuals or groups. Jigsawbox also has features like PayPal integration and the option to design JigSawBox to mirror website colors and branding.
JigsawBox has a free 14 day trial, is around $67/month, and is great way to keep your coaching sales funnel full.
Try it … you might like it!