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timeforcake: Video, e-mail tip and more

Watch modern-day elementary school children try to make sense of the objects placed before them. Objects like record players, Atari video game cartridges and rotary phones. How can you not love the boy who guesses that a floppy disk is some sort of camera? Or the girl who comments that the Nintendo Gameboy looks like a tazer.

If you remember much from the ’80s or ’90s, this video will not only remind you how quickly technology is evolving, it also may make you feel … old. (I was pleasantly surprised, though, that there was one item, shown at 1:39 in the video, that I wasn’t familiar with! I felt momentarily puzzled but a quick Google search told me the item was an 8-track.)

View the video here: http://tinyurl.com/4swrlae (This three-and-a-half minute video is in French but contains easy to read subtitles.)



Do your outgoing e-mails end with your name? If so, you’re overlooking one of the easiest marketing opportunities available: the simple e-mail signature.

You send out many e-mails each month. Some recipients know you. Others do not. Some recipients know a little about what you do, others know little to nothing. Providing non-intrusive information at the bottom of your e-mails gives new people the opportunity to learn about you, others the opportunity to refresh their memories about what you offer, and friends, colleagues and clients an easy way to retrieve your contact information when needed.



Which of the following pieces of information would help market your company or be of use to e-mail recipients?

>Your position at the company

>Company logo

>Phone numbers

>Fax #

>Website address

>Company tagline or description

>Skype name

>Link to your Twitter account

>Link to your Facebook account

>Link to your LinkedIn account

>Pleasant invitation for people to contact you in regards to certain topics with questions

>List of services you specialize in

>Photo of yourself

>Link to a map of your store

>Link to a page where people can sign up for your newsletter

>Current promotion

>Link to your company’s page on a reviews site like Yelp! or TripAdvisor.com

To learn how to add informative e-mail signatures to the bottom of all e-mails you send, Google “add e-mail signature XYZ program” (without the quotes, and with XYZ program being the e-mail program you use).

1. http://tinyurl.com/4u6lfko – Tips on ensuring you have an effective LinkedIn profile.

2. http://tinyurl.com/4bj5eu5 – Easily create free flash banners for your website, blog or online ads. (Or pay a small fee for banners without watermarks.)

3. http://tinyurl.com/c5749h – For those short on space: here’s a simple, cool, DIY way to store your keyboard off your desk.

4. http://HowMuchFish.com – How much fish can you safely eat? How much nutrition is in each bite of certain fish? Neat site. Neat “Seafood Calculator.” (Well, neat for people that enjoy eating fish.)

5. http://tinyurl.com/ld9qcm – How Google looks at spam complaints. (Not surprisingly, sites that affect more users get higher priority…)

erin pheil is the owner of timeforcake (www.timeforcake.com), a Web design/development studio in Frisco. She can be reached via e-mail at erin@timeforcake.com.


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