ec Newsletter #26
Hello from a rather chilly Gisborne.
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The Next Big Thing (according to Google)
Every so often people ask me – “what’s next…?” We’ve got connections and the use of the web to very nearly “everywhere and always on” so just how can this get better…?
Many people I talk with have little “free” time to engage with the new tools such as Blogs or Twitter or even proven business builders good old newsletters – I’m starting to say to them – now is the ideal time to learn to do something that will be beneficial to your business.
Times seem to be tight for some geographical areas or some industries – it’s time to question all spending and to explore new ways of doing things.
Google has a new way to communicate within your teams, with your external suppliers and with your customers.
This revolution is called “Wave”
The engineers at Google set out to design what email would look like – if it was designed today with all the combined knowledge about workflow and the current crop of “digitally native” Web 2.0 aware netizens.
It provides a new platform that replaces your email – includes things like Instant Messaging, Twitter and Blogs and allows you to post anything in a Wave onto your web site – or someone else’s (if they let you).
One of the nice “team-ware” features is that a “Wave” can be edited by anyone that you let so it’s very easy to create a “wiki-like” live document for your policies and procedures.
Another feature is the ability to “play-back” a linked discussion so you can see how things evolved and who said what.
Users of your “wave” can also see you typing characters in real time – a huge bonus over the “standard” instant messaging where often you end up having almost separate conversations with the person you are IM’ing with.
And don’t panic about your spelling – Google Wave has a really good spell checker that can even differentiate between “been” and “bean” in your sentences.
This is also notable as Google is releasing this whole platform as open source software and want other developers to extend the core code and also develop third party “Gadgets” and “Robots” that extend the use of Wave.
More information can be found here:
And the original launch can be found on YouTube here:
We’ll be playing with Google Wave as soon as we can – sign up for yourself at wave.google.com and they will let you know when it is open for general use.
Here's the dates and times of our next Webinars about Webinars:
Fri, Jun 5, 2009 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NZST
Fri, Jun 12, 2009 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NZST
Fri, Jun 19, 2009 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM NZST
Here are a few ideas how you could use Webinars:
A wedding caterer could use them for prospective customer once per week to run through their full service list with example photos of layouts and options for that special day.
A bed and breakfast operator could host a Webinar with a walk though of the rooms available as well as some ideas of local sights and places to visit.
A professional services consultant could use the Webinar to give some tips and hints about improving their customer's bottom line.
If a new client visited your web site they could register online for the upcoming Webinar easily and quickly.
If a potential new client contacts you during the week then let them know the Webinar will be available - it's a great way of getting engagement in an interactive way.
FREE e-c Toolset Webinars
Free E-C Toolset training Webinars - see www.ectoolset.com/help for date and times.
We have training webinars on alternate Tuesdays to the newsletter so they next one at 9:30am on Tuesday 9th June.
This is in a question and answer format – if you’d like to come long please register on the web site and let us know ideas of what you would like us to cover.
Headphones with a microphone works best to participate but you can simply use your computer speakers and type questions in through the keyboard.
The format of the new E-C Toolset training Webinars is for you - our users - to run the session.
We want to know what you are finding hard to do using the toolset - and we'll step you through how to do it the best most time effective way.
We'll also be taking notes about what you are asking - and will look to improve the process - if there's a better way of achieving the end results - lets all work towards it...!
So do please make the time - we'll try and have these free webinars every two weeks (except where I end up having travel commitments - but I'll be training up the guys to take my place) - and we'll also look at having one after hours every so often - so let us know if you are keen - but can't make it to the 9:30 am webinars.
And if you don't know what a Webinar is - come along every Friday to our "Webinar about Webinars" - everything you need to know about how to participate in a Webinar - and how to hold your own...!
As always - email email@example.com with any comments or questions or feedback.
Also as everyone talks with clients - tell them we have the sessions every Tuesday - it's on the off week with the newsletter - so one week newsletter - next webinar and so on...
I was hooked on Mad Magazine when I was a teenager – I can’t remember how I first found out about it – but here’s a modern equivalent – www.cracked.com
Sometimes the humour is borderline offensive and inappropriate – but a little bit of that every so often must be healthy – judging by the laughter around here when we visit web sites like this – enjoy a good laugh…
Have you seen the E-C Help section lately...?
It is available at www.ectoolset.com/help/
We've also archived these newsletters at www.ectoolset.com/news/
That's it for now - please do let us know what you think of the newsletter - and of the e-c toolset and thanks for your business...!
Cheers and thanks again