Quick Steps are yet another handy tool in Outlook to help you keep your mass of messages organized. Combined with PSTs, tagged searching, and the other Outlook features I’ve written about here, Quick Steps helps Outlook be a great hub for your email communications.
I have a spam problem. I get about 20-30 comments every week! The thing is, 99.8% of those comments are from bots or from people posting bogus comments.So I am closing it down. No more comments. But I want to hear from you!
Repurposing existing design work for another deliverable is a great way not only to make better use of your design budget, it helps you achieve a consistent look and feel across projects. But this means having to do some up-front planning and having to keep your projects organized. Keep your files clean as you work, or plan on time after the deliverable is sent off to clean up the files.
What are the common-sense rules to naming files? Does it really matter? Even though your computer allows you great flexibility in naming files, think ahead to how the file will be used. Take pity on the user that will have to type that name into a web browser, and be mindful of how the name will look once the escape codes are entered in place of spaces.
Want your clients to be happy with your PowerPoint templates? Give your client flexibility by inserting graphics as individual elements: Don’t merge all your graphics into a single graphic. Also, be sure not to call it a “template” until it really is a template.
Sellers and bloggers need your feedback and comments, so take the time to give feedback when you can. For sellers on sites such as Amazon, feedback that “everything was as expected” is better than no feedback at all. Be sure to place blame (and credit) where it belongs, and try to stay constructive and fair.
I purchased a new ZAGGKeys PROplus keyboard, but then immediately saw an article that showed an overwhelming preference among users for the Logitech Ultrathin. Since my ZAGG was still just a day old, I ordered the Logitech to do a little in-house comparison test.
The more you can do to manage the massive amount of information in Outlook and keep it organized, the better. Rules, along with managing PST files, indexed searching, and consolidating your inbox will help you accomplish this.
Especially for those of us with multiple businesses, using the appropriate email address for your correspondence is important. By consolidating your emails into a single inbox, email maintenance is much easier.
Put outlook data to use for you by tagging it or filing it — keeping it searchable so you can be a hero two years down the road by being able to pull up even the most obscure tidbit of information.
In a recent discussion with a friend who was ready to replace her computer, she asked my advice about whether she should switch from Windows to Mac. Following are the main points I think anyone should take into account when considering this switch. (Full disclosure: I own a Mac but rarely use it — I [...]
Giveaways typically have multiple purposes. They are a way to attract people to your booth, they provide a way for you to collect leads which hopefully turn into sales, and they are a way for you to promote your brand to prospective customers. However, these purposes can sometimes be at cross-purposes. Exhibiting at a tradeshow is expensive. Get the most from your tradeshow budget by not just driving “traffic” to you booth, but by driving “prospective customers” there.
No matter how great you are at planning, we all get hit with rush projects sometimes. Having a great working relationship with an agency is your first step toward being able to pull of small miracles when you need to do a rush project. Be aware of the risks, look at where you can simplify what you need, and be sure to let your agency know you appreciate their work.
In everything in life, you get what you pay for, and online printing services are no exception. Customer service became the final deal-breaker that caused me to choose just one of these services for all of my future online printing needs.
An accurate estimate requires takes time, which costs an agency money to develop and pulls resources from other projects. Give them time to get you the right estimate, and respect their time, and you’ll have gone a long way toward developing a good relationship with them.
Reduce the risk of heartache from a corrupted Outlook file by dividing your stored emails into multiple PSTs. You’ll be better organized, your Outlook will perform a bit better, and you’ll be more likely to be able to retrieve at least some of your data in the event of an Outlook crash.
There are many tools available to help you quickly get a site online. If you want to do the work yourself, then regardless of the tool you choose you will need to invest some time to learn it–so make that investment of your time in a tool that seems to have the most to offer.
I wanted a good way to track projects that was also easy for my team to share and my client to see. MS Project was overkill, and I didn’t want to keep emailing spreadsheets around. I looked at 5 tools, and am very happy with the one I ended up using.
Macs are great, and so are PCs. Assuming you already decided on a PC, what do you need to consider when you go to buy one? Get the best computer you can afford so that it will remain a good tool for you throughout its life.
You don’t have to call it a “blog” in order to have a spot on your website to say what you want to say. But if you call it a “blog,” you must keep it current or it will be worse than no blog at all.
Every time you communicate for your company, you are wasting an opportunity if you don’t use your brand. Use letterhead PDFs for all your emailed documents to help keep your brand in front of your customers.
Rolling up feedback is more important than you think. Not rolling up your feedback can add hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to the cost of your project, add extra rounds of revisions, and increase the risk that important feedback will be missed.
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- Outlook “Quick Steps” Automation
- Comment Spam: I Give Up
- Good Design Housekeeping
- Naming Your Files
- PowerPoint Graphics Tips
- Comment Karma
- Comparing Two iPad Keyboards: ZAGG and Logitech
- Outlook Rules 101
- Consolidated Outlook Inbox
- Five Steps to Plan a Website
- Choosing a Domain
- Outlook Productivity: Tagged Searching
- Considering a Switch from Windows to Mac?
- Tradeshow Giveaways & Promotional Gifts
- Why Rush Jobs Are Evil
- Online Printing: Customer Service is King
- Estimate Etiquette
- Getting Organized With Outlook PSTs
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