5 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Co-workers

    Do you have to work with people who are located in another city or country?
    What do you do when you need to work with others on a project but all those people are spread all over the world?

What to do if you don’t have an access to expensive platforms like Microsoft Exchange?

Applications you can use to communicate with others:

  • e-mails –> who didn’t do that? Sending tons of e-mails with 10th version of the document. It’s useful when only 2 people are working on it but when you have a lot of people who need to collaborate with each other then it’s a problem
  • google docs –> in case if you don’t want to collect many versions of the same documents, you can use application by google – which allows you to share the documents on-line, make changes in the document by others, post comments, etc. Type of documents you are able to share/edit: word, spreadsheets, presentation, form, drawing. You can also chose between many templates.
  • skype –> which gives you options: sending files, chat box, video calls, etc.
  • jamcloud –> it’s a free social music app that allows you play music and watch videos with your friends in real time. Create listening rooms with an international audience where you can chat about what’s playing and vote. With a library of over 325 million songs and videos. So if you need to talk about some songs/video you can do that watching it at the same time with people all over the world.
  • linqto –> It’s a many to many live online app. Easy to use, no download is required, and is available as a Facebook application. A standard URL is also provided as an additional entry point to the live site. This application is not free, version 1 cost $8/month

What on-line application can you suggest?

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What is the Hubspot?

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    Have you ever wonder what’s the Hubspot or Social Media Examiner?

HubSpot Inbound Marketing Software helps our 4,000+ customers generate traffic and leads through their websites, and convert more of those leads into customers. HubSpot software includes tools for: blogging, landing pages, lead nurturing, marketing analytics, content management, social media, SEO, CRM integration, email marketing, and more.

    Hubspot it’s a Internet Marketing Company. What they did (and that was great) they started from sharing content by e.g. providing a lot of webinars. I think that it’s similar case study to Social Media Examiner, where Michael Stelzner decided to share content and not trying to sell at first.
    So what Social Media Examiner is all about?:

Social Media Examiner is a free online magazine designed to help businesses discover how to best use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to find leads, increase sales and generate more brand awareness. Technorati and AdAge rank us as one of the world’s Top 100 business blogs. Our more than 92,000 email subscribers look forward to our daily original content.

    Here is an example how Hubspot is trying to get business closer to their service – by offering free 30-days trial, here’s a video:
    I think that’s a great, new way of promoting and building your brand by creating and sharing content and not trying to sell as much as possible right away. I understand that it takes more time and efforts (?) to achieve goals this way but at the same time you are able to build a strong and well-known brand and have a big number of followers/viewers/users/subscribers.
    The moment you have your own business and you need professional support – where will you go to find that? Would you chose company you know or try the one you don’t know? I bet you will try the one you know, right? I think that Social Media Examiner and HubSpot started from building their brands and when they become recognizablevia social media they decided to launch next stage of their business plan – sale.

So what is your strategy?

Social Media Success Summit 2011

Social Media Success Summit 2011If you are looking for social media top-experts or you want to find any most-update information regarding social media strategies. There is one place right where you can get all of that:
Social Media Success Summit 2011

Discover how to use social media to attract and engage quality customers, and quickly grow your business

Michael Stelzner invited the best of the best experts, e.g.: Mari Smith, Brian Solis, Jeremiah Owyang, Steve Garfield, Hollis Thomases, Frank Eliason, Guy Kawasaki, Jay Baer, any many others.

thousands of participants, thousands questions, overload Twitter accounts (participants are tweeting during the webinar and sharing the important knowledge with others). Tips and tricks how and what to do, what are the new trends in social media.

If you still asking yourself a question – is it worth to be there? I would recommend the question: why aren’t you there yet?