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My Recent Blog Posts This is a compilation of some of my most recent writings (with some graphics and co-proofing help) at the digital agency, Mindgruve where I currently work. Let me know if you like any of them by … Continue reading


Interactive Video Resume; Mike Roberts; Part 1 – Intro This is an Interactive Video Resume for Mike Roberts. Mike Roberts is actively pursuing new career opportunities. To view his resume and learn more about his job search, please visit his … Continue reading

Best Note Taking Software?

 Below is a question I received via email from a friend of mine about note taking software and my answer and recommendations. I thought it might also be helpful for some of you even though it was a quickly written email.


 You seem to be more organized than I when it comes to probably many things, but specifically putting ideas on paper.  I really love evernote for quick ideas or whatever to jot down.  What program do you use for your main note taking?  

Trying to find something better for school.  I will be trying a trial version of circus ponies notebook, have you ever tried it?


 Lol, well I try to be organized. There are a lot out there and many are very similar with small differences. For example, Evernote is great because it is a mobile app, has a website that you can update with a full keyboard on a computer and has search and photo functions. Catch is similar and works well too. For PC, I found Microsoft OneNote to work really well for notes of all kinds; it’s a really robust piece of software.

 Another type of very helpful software for me are mind maps. A quick search will give you a dozen providers. These are great for brain storming and coagulating information and organizing it. I look for something that doesn’t need to be downloaded, lives on the cloud so I can access it from any computer with internet, I can publish them so anyone can see or give specific access, and obviously free. For an example of a mind map that is actually a resource for online collaboration tools, check out: http://www.mindmeister.com/maps/show/12213323. I have used http://www.Mindmeister.com and am looking at using http://www.thebrain.com/ which might be a little more user friendly. You can copy website or article links, upload documents of all kinds, color coordinate, and on with these programs. There is a whole section on mind mapping in that resource map above.

 I’m typically a fan of stuff that can be accessed on the cloud. I can use it at work, home, on my phone, at my parent’s house, on my girlfriend’s computer at her house or wherever I happen to be at. So Evernote and Mindmeister work well for that. I use Google docs a lot too, but that isn’t exactly a note taking program. I haven’t found a replacement for Onenote for Mac, but the notebook function for word works pretty well and much better than Evernote for something like taking notes in class. You can organize, write lots of content, and actually record audio too. It shows where the audio matches up with what you’re writing. I’ll keep my eye out for some better things when I come across them too. I haven’t tried Circus Ponies Notebook, but it looks cool

 I hope some of that jumbled stuff is helpful. What are you currently using?




 What do you use? Any suggestions?

Read the 2nd part to this post about how bloggers can get the most out of Evernote with SEO and link building tips.





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Students Turn Page on E-Mail Communication

Students Turn Page on E-Mail Communication

Students are moving away from e-mail communication and are more inclined to send text or instant messages. As this migration continues, look for campuses to also pull away from e-mail accounts. With Facebook, Twitter, texting, and instant messaging constantly evolving, there really is no way to predict the most common form of communication in the next five years.

Read full article: “How Will Students Communicate?”
(Inside Higher Ed, Jan. 6, 2011; NACS.org)


Mobile Shoppers Have Leverage Mobile shoppers, those savvy consumers who use handheld devices such as smartphones and other gadgets to search for deals while standing inside a store, are in a better position to bargain with retailers for a lower … Continue reading

Assign a Social Network Manager

Every retail store should have at least a Facebook and/or Twitter presence today. Making the most of that social network, however, is key to the success of the effort.

As a business, be sure to assign someone from the store to be the manager of your social network presence. This article provides a step-by-step process in choosing the right person for the job. If several people will be contributing to the social network, assign someone to filter the information and take ownership of the overall effort.

See full article: “How to Select a Facebook Community Manager”

(SocialMedia Examiner, Dec. 23, 2010; NACS.org)

Let Facebook Sell Excess Inventory

Can’t figure out how to rid your store of that seemingly unsellable stock? The company featured in this story allowed customers visiting its Facebook page to vote on merchandise from a collection about to be discontinued, with the promise most popular item would be priced at a discount.

The winning product sold out quickly at the discounted rate. This is just one more example of how stores can use social networks to better their business.

See full article: “Clothing Retailer’s Secret Weapon: The Facebook ‘Like’ Button”
(Fast Company, Dec. 28, 2010; NACS.org)

Manufacturers Go Direct to Customer

A growing number of companies are taking the direct-to-consumer approach. Fossil, Dickies, Columbia, The North Face, and Timberland are selling their wares online directly to customers, in addition to their store channels.

See full article: “More consumer manufacturers selling online, competing with retailers”
(Star-Telegram, Dec. 28, 2010; NACS.org)

J.C. Penney Catalog on Facebook

JCPenney Co. put its entire product catalog on Facebook. If you can see it in the store, it can also be seen on the company’s Facebook page.
Small and large retailers alike have dabbled in social network marketing, but none have taken it to this level. The more people become comfortable purchasing online, the more profits will be had through social networks. What are you doing to tap into this channel?
See full article: “J.C. Penney Moves Entire Product Catalog to Facebook”
(practical ecommerce, Dec. 16, 2010; NACS.org)