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The Dropbox owned Mailbox App is shutting down…

So as many of you know I love Mailbox and have been using it since it was in beta. Well I just received an email from them telling me as of February 26, 2016 it’s over. They mention over services are using their swiping and reminder features but in my opinion none of them accomplish this as well. Between this and the demise of Sunrise Calendar I’m running out of favorite apps! Maybe instead of using 3rd party I’ll just wait until Apple or Google rip them off become inspired? We shall see, in the mean time here is the official email I received tonight. See you all on #techblab!

It’s with heavy hearts that we let you know Mailbox will shut down on February 26, 2016.
Mailbox ignited a shift in mobile email and many of its innovations are now ubiquitous across the industry. It’s been a great journey, and we’re proud of this impact and grateful to the community that helped make it possible. 
When the Mailbox team joined Dropbox in 2013, we shared a passion for simplifying the way people work together. And solving the email problem seemed like a strong complement to the challenges Dropbox was already tackling.
But as we’ve increased our focus on collaboration, we realized there’s only so much an email app can do to fundamentally improve email. We’ve come to believe that the best way for us to improve people’s productivity going forward is to streamline the workflows that generate so much email in the first place.
We know saying goodbye to Mailbox will be hard for many. To help make the transition to a new email client easier, we’ve created guides and export tools. For more information about how we’ll be winding down Mailbox, please visit the Mailbox website.
Thank you to everyone who helped bring Mailbox to life, whether by spreading the word, letting us know what you liked (and didn’t like), or simply using the product. You taught us so much, and we’re deeply grateful.
—The Mailbox Team

#Techblab Episode 23 – Video Production

#Techblab Episode 23 – Video Production featuring special guest Mimika Cooney! @mimikacooney

 

Here is the link to the special offer of $500 Mimika’s Video Course
Use code: Early (expires Nov 15, 2015)
Mic Stand
Light Ring
Movo LV1 Lavalier Clip On Mic
Telepromter

#TechBlab Episode – 22 Smart Outsourcing

Catch the replay: REPLAY!
Subscribe to our next show!
Beauty Supplies for Men & Women
Fresh Direct Online Grocery
Laundry Service
Child Care/Adult Care/ Pet Care
Handyman
Delivery/Posting
Alcohol
Enforce

25 Tasks to Outsource to a General Virtual Assistant

1.    Email Management/Filtering
2.    Setting up Autoresponders (Aweber, Mailchimp)
3.    Booking appointments with clients
4.    Following up with clients/customers (sending thank you and other reminder emails)
5.    Receptionist duties (answering occasional calls)
6.    Calendar Management
7.    File Management (organizing files using Dropbox etc)
8.    Database building (eg. updating email or contact lists on your CRM)
9.    Research on certain topics for blogposts, newsletters or others
10.  Personal errands (purchasing gifts for loved ones / family members online)
11.  Hotel and Flight Booking
12.  Transcription (transcribing voicemail, video or audio, podcasts etc.)
13.  Taking down minutes of meetings
14.  Creating basic reports (reports on weekly tasks, deliverables, sales)
15.  Preparing Slideshows (Powerpoint Presentations)
16.  Liaison between you and other team members
17.  Recruitment (source for other team members like writers or graphic artists)
18.  Set-up Social Media Accounts (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube)
19.  Manage and update Social Media Accounts
20.  Manage your Blog (Basic WordPress Skills)
21.  Publish posts on your Blog (content you provided)
22.  Filter  and reply to comments on your blog
23.  Answering support tickets (with the use of Zendesk)
24.  Blog commenting (to increase links to your site)
25.  Participating in discussion forums or message boards (more promotion!)

Tasks to Outsource:
Contact Lens & Glasses
Amazon Subscribe & Save
Man Packs

#TechBlab Episode 19 – Entrepreneur’s Toolbox

– Google for Work
– Trello
– Dropbox
– OneDrive
– Evernote
-OneNote
Zoom
Clickfunnels
Asana
Slack
Hire VA/Temp Staff
PostPlanner
Buffer
Freedom – Block Distractions
Canva
IconFinder
Convertkit
Stormboard – online brainstorming
Domain Search
Stripe
GumRoad – Sell digital files
Alibaba
AliExpress
Moo Cards
A/B Testing for Websites – Optimizely
Xero
Sqwiggle – Team Collaboration, Chat, Video
Fiverr/Fever
Audible
Meetup
HARO
Shopify
Theme forest
On Demand business advice
99 Designs
Open source Legal Documents
Product Hunt
KickStarter
Cloudflare
 
Sunrise Calendar-
Flux for eye strain
Marks
Scrivener
Mindset Mindmanager
Asana
Smart sheet
Harvest for time tracking
HubSpot
Yesware
Nimble
17 Hats
Appear
Plus and Minus

#TechBlab Episode 14 – Tools for Managing Your Social Media Channels

Catch the reply here: bit.ly/techblab14

-Buffer (FB, Twitter, Pinterest) – Free + Paid
http://bufferapp.com
-Hootsuite (FB, Twitter, Instagram) – Free + Paid
-Tailwind (Pinterest) – $9/month
-IFTTT (If this then that) – Free
http://ifttt.com
– PostPlanner – $7/month
– CoSchedule – $15/month
Buzz sumo
– Manage Flitter
http://manageflitter.com – Free + $12/month option
quuu.co
Twitter Cards
The Everthing Guide to Twitter Cards:https://blog.bufferapp.com/twitter-cards-guide
-Tweetlead.io
Url shortener with call to action
– http://snip.ly/
Video call to action
Overvideo
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/overvideo-text-music-video/id810713114?mt=8
Text on Images
Wordswag.co
BuzzSumo
www.socialoomph.com
Tagboard.com
Goodbits.io (also connects with Buffer) pretty awesome people
Some tools to check on username when starting out in social media. I think keeping usernames across social channels is important:knowem.comnamechk.com,namecheckr.com
Use “tweriod.com” to find out when my followers are online
SocialBro.com can also help determine the best times to tweet based on your audience

#TechBlab Episode 13 Mobile Photography (Apps/Tips)

It’s time to think twice before you buy a regular old point and shoot nowadays. Alex Koloskov gives a great demonstration HERE to show you exactly how amazing the camera phone can be. Below is the link to watch the show, and all of the accessories & apps discussed are listed below.

Catch the Replay: Bit.ly/techblab13

Accessories


olloclip is a family of mobile photo lens systems for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch & Samsung Galaxy S. Includes fisheye, wide-angle, macro and telephoto lenses. – http://amzn.to/1PhbwBq
SHOULDERPOD – Professional smartphone equipment. iPhone 6 tripod mount holder & grip handle
Professional smartphone equipment for mobile creatives. iPhone 6 plus tripod mount holder and grip handle also for Samsung Galaxy S4 S5, Sony Xperia Z1, Nexus 5, Nokia Lumia, HTC One

Xshot Camera Extenderhttps://xshot.com/
XShot GoPro Poles, Selfie Sticks, and Camera Extenders – the original since 2007. Travel-ready gear for your camera or mobile phone to handle any adventure!
E‑M10 – System Cameras ; Micro 4/3 Cameras – OM-D – Olympus
System Cameras ; Micro 4/3 Cameras

iKross –Wireless Bluetooth Monopod Selfie Handheld Extendable Stick Pole with Mount Holder –http://amzn.to/1hpgoGG


Apps

Camera +
http://campl.us/
Adobe Photoshop Fix by Adobe
https://appsto.re/us/5ItN9.i
TouchRetouch HD by Adva-Soft
https://appsto.re/us/y5Zrw.i
Photo Blender – Double Exposure & SuperImpose Image Effects by YALING TU
https://appsto.re/us/5wDi2.i
FilterStorm
http://filterstorm.com/
iWatermark
http://plumamazing.com/iphoneipad/iwatermark-pro/

Android & iOS Apps

Snapseed
Android
IOS
VSCO
Android
IOS
PhotoFunia by Capsule Digital Ltd
Available on almost every device you can think of

#TechBlab Episode 12 – SEO 101

Catch the replay here!

Host:
– Saad / Sean
Special Guest/Expert:
– Lindsay Schuster (Confirmed)
– Marc Levy (Confirmed)
Resources:
-Google Keyword Planner
Google Webmaster Tool / Google Search Console
Google PageSpeed Insights
Google Local Business Page
Help Image
Moz Pro:
HARO (Help a Reporter Out)
Open Link Profiler:
Backlink Watch:
SimilarWeb:
BuzzSumo:
Google Alerts:
Seed Keywords
Semrush
Secockpit
Oodlesuggest
Reporting Tools
http://raventools.com/
http://static.googleusercontent.com/media/www.google.com/en//webmasters/docs/search-engine-optimization-starter-guide.pdf
http://backlinko.com/seo-tools
http://seotoolsforexcel.com/download-seotools/

#TechBlab Episode 01: Having your own website vs just a social profile

Tech Blabs Top 5 reasons you need a website

  1. Credibility – If you want to look professional you need a website not just a Facebook page.
  2. It’s your hub – Not everyone looks at the about page & pictures. Some only look at recent posts.
  3. Build your list – You can’t post something and assume everyone will see it. Have an email sign up on your site and you have more access than ever to be right in front of your client or customer.
  4. You own it – Social media is always changing, and thats not always good. You change your website when YOU want.
  5. Sales – You’re limited to selling on Social. Social is a great way to send people to your web store where they can neatly find all your items.
Options for creating a quick personal website:
3. Wix
4. Weebly
Options for creating a quick blog
Options for creating Landing pages/profiles: