Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Nighthawk Solar to export Solar Lights to Pakistan & Afghanistan

Office Divvy ™ provides co-location facilities and outsourced operations to Startups, Entrepreneurs, and Small Business.  In a ceremony on June 22, 2010, Office Divvy ™ member Nighthawk Marketing (the maker of the Nighhawk Solar Light) assigned representation and distribution to Karachi-based Equip International for solar light distribution in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The signing ceremony took place in Palm Coast, FL.  Nighthawk Solar co-founder Tim Howard, and Equip International representative Anjum Ahmad were accompanied by press, select business-people, and government and economic-organization leaders including,
  • Palm Coast Mayor, Jon Netts
  • Vice Mayor and Councilwoman, Mary DiStefano
  • Councilman, Holsey Moorman
  • Councilman, Frank Meeker
  • Councilman, Bill Lewis
  • Palm Coast City Manager, James Landon
  • President of Flagler County Chamber of Commerce, Doug Baxter
  • Enterprise Flagler Director, Greg Rawls
  • Palm Coast Economic Development Team Leader, Beau Falgout
  • Office Divvy co-founders, Lisa Ekinci, Sim Taing, and Ky Ekinci
Here's a slide-show from the event:



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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: "Email is going away!"

Facebook's Chief Operating Officer, Sheryl Sandberg says "email is going away."

Ms. Sandberg says only 11% of teenagers today email daily, and that the notion "I can't imagine life without email" is going away:




Huffington Post ran a survey based on this speech. It seems most folks do not agree that the email is going away anytime soon. Here's a capture of the survey results as of June 17th:



What do you think?

Is email going away anytime soon?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Foursquare - A Smartphone Game that's good for Business

I'll tell you from get go, that I like Foursquare...  What is Four Square?  It's an adorable geo-location based game, exclusively played through smart-phones, in real life, with real people, involving real locations and venues. 

When you actually visit a real venue (bar, restaurant, hotel, club, conference center etc.) you pop up your smartphone, and "check in" using Foursquare, indicating that you are at that establishment at that given time.  It broadcasts your location to other users you're connected with on foursquare, and you can even set it up to send the announcement to your facebook and twitter friends.

Foursquare serves as a game, pairing virtual rewards with real activities. Users earn badges as they visit different spots. When you visit one location enough times you become the Mayor.

I proudly hold the mayorship of 17 places in Palm Coast. That's the advantage of being on 4 Square in a small town, there is little competition. :)  By the way, if you are on Foursquare, you can find me and befriend me: Ky on Foursquare

Now, let's get to the real meat here, which is Business! Foursquare is good for business.  As a business owner, when people check in at your venue you're getting a free visibility out there = Free Marketing!  You can also add specials, even broadcast messages to those who check in at neighboring establishments.

Here is an example: The other day I was at the Taco Bell in Palm Coast, at the drive-through line.  I visited twice before the week prior, and became the Mayor of Taco Bell.  When I grabbed my Blackberry to check in at Taco Bell on Foursquare, I noticed the following message, alerting me that there is a "Special Nearby" other than where I was, that is a Taco Bell.


When I clicked on it, I saw this:


Basically, Starbucks in Palm Coast, FL was humoring me for being the Mayor of Taco Bell, and offering $1 off a Frappuccino. Now if you ask me, the offer is not good enough, and Starbucks, a giant corporation, is obviously running a centralized campaign that include all Starbucks locations on Foursquare because I've seen this elsewhere also.

But think of it from the standpoint of a small business owner, how powerful a small business can be on foursquare. I'll even give you examples if you're familiar with Palm Coast, FL:
  • Life Thyme Cafe or Dominic's Deli at City Walk, 
  • Mezzaluna in European Village,
  • Jim's Hot Dog Cart located at Sears parking lot 
These are the establishments in more or less the same neighborhood that can dominate the Foursquare-landscape with specials, and do well, too.

There is so much opportunity for small business owners to use Social Media and make real connections, acquire real customers, and create loyalty.  Foursquare is just one social media & networking application, but it can be a tremendous platform for Small Business, especially if you own a cafe, restaurant, bar or club type of venue...

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On a side note, today (June 16, 2010) there are 350 plus foursquare meetups taking place in over 60 countries with thousands of people attending.  Office Divvy ™  is hosting a Foursquare Meetup in Palm Coast between 5:30 PM and 7 PM.


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Co-Founder, Office Divvy
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Social Media = Positive ROI

Not many words needed here:

Sunday, June 13, 2010

America Loves Small Business!

"Small business" love of Americans is clear in these Gallup poll results -- 95% of Americans have a positive image of Small Business!





The love is shared both by Republicans and Democrats:




It doesn't matter if you're a conservative, moderate, or liberal, you still love Small Business:




So, it's safe to say:




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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Twitter Search Now Reads URLs behind Shortened Links

Twitter Search is improving quite a bit.  It's now able to read the URL behind the shortened link from both bit.ly and Hootsuite's ow.ly.

See the example below...

In two of my tweets there are no keywords or phrases that match "Flagler County."   However, the URL in both links is pointing to http://palm-coast-flagler-county-florida.blogspot.com/ and the twitter search is able to pickup the "Flagler-County" portion of the URL from behind the shortened links:


Next time you're searching something on twitter if the results do not contain the keywords or the phrases you're searching for, don't be surprised; it's not a miracle, it's just that twitter search is adding value by looking at the actual URL. :)

For those who are new to twitter (and for those who are not on twitter), how do you search twitter?  There are many ways, but you can start with using the twitter search engine at http://search.twitter.com

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

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Friday, June 4, 2010

What motivates your employees -- Money? Think again!

In this lively "RSA Animate" episode, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace gets illustrated...

This is a must watch (or your money back):



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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How to Hide/Unhide Your Friends' Farmvile Updates on facebook

Few days ago I wrote a blog post titled, "How to Hide Friends' Annoying Farmville Updates from Facebook" and since then at least a dozen people asked me if I could do a quick video on that showing how that works.

Games like Farmville seem to intrude your fleeting facebook wall by default, showing status updates by your friends on your timeline with automatic updates as your friends play the game.

So here is how to disable these game updates, not just for Farmville but for the rest of them, from appearing on your facebook timeline:



I hope this helps. :)

By the way, we're doing a series of twitter and facebook workshops in Palm Coast. If you're anywhere in Flagler or Volusia County (Flagler Beach, Daytona, Ormond Beach etc) and plan on using facebook or twitter for professional and personal branding, you might want to attend these small-group workshops: www.OfficeDivvy.com/Workshop



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Monday, May 31, 2010

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