Thursday, May 14, 2009

Who's on Your iPod?

First generation iPod.Image via Wikipedia

Many people buy iPods so they can listen to music while they're on the go.

The iPod came into my life so I could listen to audiobooks while I was exercising. Exercise is my favorite thing to do - NOT! - so it was my hope that listening to a book would provide the necessary motivation.

And then I found podcasts. Currently my iPod is 90% podcasts and webinars and only about 10% music (mostly classical).

So, who's on my ipod?

Janelle Elms: Janelle's OSI Rock Star site contains hundreds of hours of podcasts and webinars all related to eCommerce and online selling. Comprehensive information that is essential to know if you want your business to succeed.

John Jantsch: These
Small Business Marketing podcasts are mostly interviews with the movers and shakers in the 'internet marketing for small business' world. Informative and inspiring.

Jay Berkowitz:
The 10 Golden Rules podcasts include tips about leading internet marketing trends, interviews with superstars in the field and interesting contributions from the 10 Golden Rules staff along with the 'song of the week.' A delicious sampling that delivers the goods.

AuctionBytes: eCommerce Industry SoundBytes provides an excellent overview of the eCommerce world as Ina Steiner interviews leaders in the field.

StartupNation Radio: There are several channels here but I like the 'Tips for Entrepreneurs' podcasts best. These address subject areas not found in some of the other podcasts.

Anita Campbell: Small Business Trends Radio is an hour-long radio program featuring in-depth interviews with small business experts. A wide variety of topics are covered and some of the most interesting/helpful are the stories from the trenches which include abundant tips and advice for the small business owner.

Dave White:
Dave's eBay and Beyond: Basics to Business podcast and streaming video provides candid, informative and timely information for eCommerce entrepreneurs.

Walt Kolenda: Brainstorming Bonanzle is full of information not just about the Bonanzle platform but about eCommerce selling in general. Topics are always relevant, timely and informative.

John Lawson: Your boy, John 'colderICE' Lawson serves up knowledge along with his winning personality during the B.S. Walks podcast and live streaming video. Definitely a spicy new flavor and perspective on eCommerce!

Debbie Levitt: Debbie Levitt, CEO of AsWas, hosts a call-in radio show called Talking eBay with AsWas which encompasses eBay, website selling strategies, branding, marketing, design, business models, tools and social media.

Who's on YOUR ipod??

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Social Media Tool: PeopleBrowsr

Image representing PeopleBrowsr as depicted in...Image via CrunchBase

Recently I've been trying out several tools that are meant to help social media users keep track of their social networking activities.

PeopleBrowsr was highly recommended so I decided to check it out. While it's very promising with an abundance of features, I found it a bit confusing and a less intuitive than I had hoped.

However, I had the good fortune to meet Joe Cascio, an independent software developer, at a local Tweet-up last month. He knows all about PeopleBrowsr and has contact with the developers.

Joe graciously agreed to discuss PeopleBrowsr and answer questions as today's guest on our 'Tips From the Top' podcast at 11:00am EST.

As I've tweeted about my PeopleBrowsr experiences over the past week, I received a number of helpful replies from people on Twitter who are associated with the company (@SHHHE & @PeopleBrowsr). A big 'Thank You' goes out to them for their offers of assistance & links to information.

Below are several screenshots of PeopleBrowsr. It may be helpful to refer to them during the podcast.

Please join us at 11:00am EST on our Tips From the Top podcast for a discussion of PeopleBrowsr features. The chat room will be open so join us and ask your questions!

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Giving Works!

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eBay has a program that helps sellers who want to contribute some or all of their auction proceeds to a charity of their choice.

The program is called Giving Works.

Perhaps you've come across listings with a distinctive blue & yellow ribbon icon next to them. That ribbon icon denotes a charity auction.

Many eBay buyers specifically look for charity auctions when they go to purchase an item.

These auctions typically bring in a higher closing price because buyers know some or all of the proceeds are going to charity.

An excellent example of an eBay seller using Giving Works is John (
ColderICE ) Lawson. He is currently running a Giving Works auction where 100% of the proceeds will go to fight Breast Cancer. You can see him explain the auction here:

John has other charity auctions up as well. You can find all the auctions here or go to eBay and type 'colderICE' into the search box to locate them.

If you've ever thought about 'giving back' why not try eBay's 'Giving Works?'

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