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Solutions Out Loud Podcast Episode #10 – The “Prevention and Planning” Episode

by Steve Fisher on February 20, 2009

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Available now for your listening pleasure is Episode #10 of Solutions Out Loud, the Network Solutions podcast that covers news, business trends, tips for small businesses and anything else that is relevant to you our faithful listeners.

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In this episode we talk about Valentine’s Day and shared domains, we provide some tips on preserving your data and task planning. Liner notes are below:

Week in Review Segment:
Joe Loong:
Did you survive Valentine’s Day? Just revisiting the shared couples’ vanity domain. The value of a domain name that’s associated with your identity is important (though parents naming their kids according to domain availability, as reported a year or two ago, seems a bit much), which is why sharing one is so perilous.

Jill Foster:
Preserving your online data for your business
Does the online presence for your business face digital amnesia?  Mary Fumento, guest contributor to Women Grow Business discusses why some companies face this predicament.  And she explains what steps to take to better preserve online data.  Bottom line, just because your business content is searchable now via Google or even the Internet Archive, that doesn’t mean your data will remain preserved or available.  She raises reasonable concerns and plenty of steps on how to resolve them.

Business Tips Segment:
Jill Foster:
Biz tip:  Write down your plan or short term tasks
Honestly I can forget how powerful this step can be in terms of writing things down.  Whether it be overall business strategy or shorter term project goals, crafting a visual plan or task list can help move action forward.  And voice-to-text tools can provide that writing-down continuity to document to-dos when in between meetings (thoughts on www.jott.com).

Joe Loong:
Biz tip:  You don’t have to be a startup to have an elevator pitch.
You should be able, in one sentence, to tell a stranger what it is your business does. You can develop it in the context of your business plan; you can also tailor it to your audience — (The Mom pitch, the Fellow Traveller pitch) if they’re in the same field, you might be able to use more jargon to deliver more precision, or frame it in reference to other things (“Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice… with Zombies”). But no matter what, it’s got to be concise.

Week Ahead:
Steve Fisher:
More Business Plan and Marketing Plan Series chapters

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