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Graphics tools for Facebook pages

Very useful listicle post from Lisa Waite Bunker at Pima County Library.

Fab graphics tools for Facebook pages

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“Every 4th Tuesday of the month businesses and nonprofits based in Pima County can come to the Idea+Space at Main Library and get expert help with their social media presence. They can get guidance on what platforms to start with, brainstorm ideas for content, or learn about how to use analytics to assess their success.

One of the things we commonly talk about is voice and tone, and how to balance marketing messages with more shareable posts that help build a strong following.

You could do this by re-sharing topical posts you find on other pages or blogs (crediting the source, of course), but for those who have their own ideas and branding here are some free tools that will help you create professional-looking graphics or your own humorous “memes.”

Can’t afford Photoshop or a designer? Try making your own signs, posters, and cards
Pixlr: An image editor you don’t have to download
Canva: templates to make graphics the perfect size for social media; also has an infographic generator (available as an iPad app: Canva)
PosterMyWall: templates for signs and flyers
WordSwag (iOS devices only) Highly recommended

OK, how do I find photos and graphics to use?
Pixabay
: searchable royalty-free stock photography and clipart
Morguefile: searchable royalty-free stock photography
Make your own infographics: Piktochart, Venngage, Easel.ly
Make your own humorous “memes”: Keep Calm and…1, Keep Calm and…2, MakeaMeme, QuickMeme, ImgFlip.
More: Ultimate Guide to Finding, Customizing, & Using Free Images for Blogs

Lists of those odd, interesting days of the year
Chase’s Calendar of Events: classic and authoritative
Days of the Year includes some of the quirkier holidays
Brownielocks
Foodimentary: national food holidays
National Day Calendar

Stephen

Posted on: August 5, 2015, 6:34 am Category: Uncategorized

Here’s a step-by-step guide to taking your business online

Here’s a step-by-step guide to taking your business online

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sc/small-business-e-commerce-infographic-2015-7#ixzz3gz3EYTay

Paypal The Startup Roadmap_FINAL

http://www.businessinsider.com/sc/small-business-e-commerce-infographic-2015-7?IR=T

Stephen

Posted on: August 5, 2015, 6:25 am Category: Uncategorized

College textbooks 1,041 percent more expensive now than in 1977

College textbooks 1,041 percent more expensive now than in 1977

http://www.salon.com/2015/08/03/college_textbooks_1041_percent_more_expensive_now_than_in_1977/

“Incoming college freshmen will be paying 1,041 percent more for their textbooks than their peers did in 1977, according to NBC’s review of Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Nicole Allen, a spokeswoman for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, claimed that the dramatic increase is the result of students being “captive consumers,” incapable of buying anything other than the books they’re assigned. But such sentiments don’t accord with the reality that many students purchase used copies — which are still very expensive — or rent books on a semester-by-semester basis.

Most students, however, do purchase textbooks, if only so they can sell them back for a quick infusion of cash at the end of the school year. An NPR investigation in 2014 found that while the price of textbooks has continued to increase, the amount students are actually spending on them plateaued in 2002.

NPR surmised that the availability of online venues like Amazon and Chegg.com, as well as a movement toward open-source textbooks in the hard sciences — where the majority of the most expensive textbooks can be found — has created an environment in which students can get away with only paying $320 per semester on books.

Which is still, of course, criminally more than their peers did in 1977.

Watch a short video on the phenomenon via NBC News at http://www.nbcnews.com/feature/freshman-year/college-textbook-prices-have-risen-812-percent-1978-n399926.”

Stephen

Posted on: August 5, 2015, 6:04 am Category: Uncategorized

Almost one mobile phone for every person in the World already and by 2020 completing the conversion to all smartphones and mobile broadband

Almost one mobile phone for every person in the World already and by 2020 completing the conversion to all smartphones and mobile broadband

http://nextbigfuture.com/2015/07/almost-one-mobile-phone-for-every.html

In 2015 there are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, up from less than 1 billion in 2000. Globally 3.2 billion people are using the Internet of which 2 billion are from developing countries.

By end 2015, there are more than 7 billion mobile cellular subscriptions, corresponding to a penetration rate of 97%, up from 738 million in 2000.

The number of Chinese mobile phone users accounted for 94.5% of its total population by the end of June, latest data showed.

In the first half, China saw 6.88 million new mobile phone users, bringing the country’s total mobile phone users to 1.29 billion, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) said in a statement.

The ratio of mobile phone users to population was higher than 100% in nine provincial-level regions, including Beijing, Shanghai, as well as provinces of Guangdong and Zhejiang.

China will have 1.3 billion mobile phone users by the end of 2015.

India is nearing 1 billion mobile phone users.

The switch of all mobile phones to smartphones is also rapidly occuring

The number of users choosing broadband mobile internet services (3G and 4G services) reached 674 million by the end of June, accounting for 52.1% of all mobile phone users.

Many African countries are lagging with about 33% mobile phone penetration and 20% mobile broadband.

Mobile broadband internet for developed countries is about 86%.

Mobile broadband already accounts for over three-quarters of connections in the developed world and, by 2020, the figure will reach 92%. In contrast, less than a third of connections are currently on higher speed networks in the developing world. However, this is projected to nearly reach two-thirds of connections by 2020. In absolute terms, the number of mobile broadband connections in developing markets will increase by 3.1 billion over the period.

Fourth-generation (4G) mobile network, which offers faster Internet access than previous modes, witnessed explosive user growth last month, with total 4G users up 24.69 million from a month earlier to 225 million.

Mobile broadband connections will account for almost 70% of the global base by 2020, up from just under 40% at the end of 2014. Smartphone adoption is already reaching critical mass in developed markets, with the devices now accounting for 60% of connections. It is the developing world—driven by the increased affordability of devices—that will produce most
of the future growth, adding a further 2.9 billion smartphone connections by 2020.

The mobile ecosystem is a major driver of economic progress and welfare globally. In 2014, the mobile industry generated 3.8% of global gross domestic product (GDP), a contribution that amounts to over US$3 trillion of economic value across 236 countries. This figure captures the direct, indirect and productivity impacts of the mobile ecosystem, but does not include broader socio-economic effects. In the period to 2020, mobile’s contribution will grow at a faster rate than the rest of the global economy, contributing 4.2% to the world’s GDP by the end of the period.

The projections for 2020 do not include possible game changers like the Google Loon project for stratospheric solar or the next generation of global satellites from Google, Elon Musk and others.”

Stephen

Posted on: August 4, 2015, 6:22 am Category: Uncategorized

HBR: 7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change

HBR:

7 Things Leaders Do to Help People Change

https://hbr.org/2015/07/7-things-leaders-do-to-help-people-change

“We found two that had little to no impact, thereby providing useful guidance on what not to do:

  • Being nice
  • Giving others incessant requests, suggestions, and advice.

We then analyzed the behaviors that did correlate with an exceptional ability to drive change. We found eight that really help other people to change. Here they are, in order from most to least important:

1. Inspiring others.

2. Noticing problems.

3. Providing a clear goal.

4. Challenging standard approaches. 

5. Building trust in your judgment.

6. Having courage.

7. Making change a top priority.”

Stephen

Posted on: August 4, 2015, 6:13 am Category: Uncategorized

How to Effectively Use Visual Storytelling [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Effectively Use Visual Storytelling [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://www.searchenginejournal.com/effectively-use-visual-storytelling-infographic/136436/

How to Effectively Use Visual Storytelling | SEJ

Stephen

Posted on: August 3, 2015, 6:37 am Category: Uncategorized

The Three Types of Problem in the World

The Three Types of Problem in the World

http://www.onlydeadfish.co.uk/only_dead_fish/2015/07/the-three-types-of-problem-in-the-world.html

Simple-comlicated-complex

“I rather liked this delineation of the three different types of problem in the world, featured in a paper on reform in the healthcare industry by Brenda Zimmerman of York University and Sholom Glouberman of the University of Toronto, and quoted in The Checklist Manifesto:

  1. Simple problems are ones like baking a cake from a mix. There is a recipe.
  2. Complicated problems are ones like sending a rocket to the moon. They can sometimes be broken down into a series of simple problems. But there is no straightforward recipe. Success frequently requires multiple people, often multiple teams, and specialized expertise. Unanticipated difficulties are frequent. Timing and coordination become serious concerns.
  3. Complex problems are ones like raising a child. Once you learn how to send a rocket to the moon, you can repeat the process with other rockets and perfect it. One rocket is like another rocket. But not so with raising a child, the professors point out. Every child is unique. Although raising one child may provide experience, it does not guarantee success with the next child. Expertise is valuable but most certainly not sufficient. Indeed, the next child may require an entirely different approach from the previous one. And this brings up another feature of complex problems: their outcomes remain highly uncertain. Yet we all know that it is possible to raise a child well. It’s complex, that’s all.”

Stephen

Posted on: August 3, 2015, 6:19 am Category: Uncategorized