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  • drdianehamilton 12:11 pm on May 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Business Cards, , , , , , , qrcode.kaywa.com, , , , , website,   

    Using QR Codes to Get a Job or Promote Your Business 

    You probably have seen QR codes and don’t even realize it.  Perhaps they were on a marketing ad or a flyer someone handed you.  You might have seen them on a promotional piece or on a poster at a local store.  It may have looked so under-stated that you probably passed right by it and didn’t give it a second thought.

    Start looking for them.  You’ll be surprised at how many places are using them.  What are they?  Think of them like a bar code that lists a lot more information and can direct you to specific websites.  Companies are creating these codes to be used with smartphone apps.  This is an example code that I created for my book, It’s Not You It’s Your Personality:

    It’s really simple to make one.  You can go to a site like Qurify.com and type in the information you want to be encoded.  It may be something as simple as a website address.  You can go to the Qurify site and type in your website URL address. If you don’t have a website, consider putting in your Linkedin profile page.   Click on the Qurify button and then download the image it creates as a jpeg file.  Now you can take this file and put it on your business cards, on your resume, or on any other information you create. 

    Anyone who has a QR Reader app on their phone can simply start the app on their phone and point it at your code.  When they do that, they will be directed on their phone to the URL address you entered on Qurify.  It couldn’t be easier. 

    This can really make you stand out from the rest in the job search.  Just having that code on your resume will make those that don’t know what it is, look into it why it is on your resume.  For those that do know what it is, they will appreciate how technologically you savvy are.

    If you have your own business and want to promote different parts of your website, these can be useful as well.  To show examples, I created several of these QR codes for Dr. Robert Spies’ plastic surgery site.  To see how they work, first download a free QR Reader app onto your smartphone.  Then open that app and point it at the codes listed below.

    This code directs you to information about facelifts:

    This code directs you to information about tummy tucks:

     This code directs you to information about breast augmentation:

     By having different QR codes like this, you can customize your marketing material to direct people to the appropriate websites.  For companies like a plastic surgery practice, this can be a very effective tool to target people that have a strong enough financial background to own a smartphone as well as those that are interested enough to point their phone at the code for more information.  It is a great tool to specifically target the appropriate population. 

    To find out more about how these codes work, check out information from the guys at how stuff works technology podcast. 

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  • drdianehamilton 6:12 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Bibliography, , , , , , How to cite, How to list references, References, website,   

    What is the Difference Between a Citation and a Reference? 

    Today’s Ask Dr. Diane:  What do professors mean when they say to include citations and references?

    Students are often required to have both citations and references when creating their college assignments.  There can be confusion as to what the difference is between a citation and a reference.  Cornell explains, “a citation occurs when you use a specific source in your work and then follow up with the proper bibliographic information; plagiarism issues arise when you use a specific source, but fail to indicate what you have borrowed, and/or fail to provide proper bibliographic information a reference is the bibliographic information that guides readers to your source.”

    It may seem easier to understand when given examples of each.  Here is an example of a citation:

    “Canadians can celebrate that smoking rates have dropped dramatically in Canada in the past three decades” (Reutter, 2001, p. 13). 

    You may also paraphrase what others have written.  Here is an example of how to do this correctly:

    According to the Canadian Lung Association (2008), most people who quit smoking use a combination of methods. 

    These should be included within the body of the document. They should not be confused with references.  References should be included on the separate Reference Page.

    An example of how to list references on a Reference Page is listed below.  Keep in mind that formatting will not show up correctly on a blog.  The first line of each reference should be at the left margin and each following line should be indented 1/2 inch.  Here is an example without the indentations showing up:

    References

    Canadian Lung Association. (2008). How to quit. Retrieved May 26, 2008, from http://www.lung.ca/protect-protegez/tobacco-tabagisme/quitting-cesser/how-comment_e.php

    Reutter, L. (2001). Health and wellness. In P. A. Potter, A. G. Perry, J. C. Ross-Kerr, & M. J. Wood (Eds.), Canadian fundamentals of nursing (2nd ed.) (pp. 2-30). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Harcourt Canada.

    It is important to note that many students think they should just include references to show the sites they visited or read to complete the assignment.  This is not correct.  References should be listed to explain where the citation information was obtained.  If a citation was not listed within the document, it doesn’t make sense to list a reference.

     
    • Kimberly Hardy 10:59 pm on February 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The differences between a citation and a reference, is that the citation is a quotation from or reference to a book, paper, or author in a scholarly work. A reference is the information that guides the readers to the source.

    • Vicki Oldham 4:16 pm on September 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This information is so helpful It explains things in simple terms, easy to understand. I am an older student taking online courses and I work full time, so I need to have things broken down for me to grasp the meaning as quickly as possible. So, thank you.

  • drdianehamilton 4:39 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Data collection, , , Publishing and Printing, website   

    New Study by Krux Digital Shows Data Leakage on Popular Websites 

     

    Data leakage occurs when an external entity, often without a publisher’s consent, collects data about a user while the user is on the publisher’s website. Krux Digital has recently released information from their study that found tracking tools on major websites were installed without the company’s knowledge.

    According to earthtimes.org key findings include:

    • 31% of all data collection was enabled by parties other than the publisher, often without their control or consent
    • 55% of all companies collecting data on a Web site also brought in other companies to collect data as well
    • 27% of all collection was conducted by parties that are potentially competitive to publishers in media or data sales
    • 167 different companies were observed participating in active data collection across just fifty publisher sites, few of whom appeared to be doing so in the publishers’ interest or at their request

    To find out more about these results, click here.

     
    • Quint Magos 5:02 pm on November 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      We all need information. What else is an advantage but the pursuit of something with information that others do not possess? however, to get it in an underhand manner is disconcerting to its giver…especially when he doesn’t know he’s doing it.

  • drdianehamilton 2:16 pm on October 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Dr. Diane Hamilton Radio Interview, , , , Search engine optimization, , , website,   

    If You Aren’t Using Video to Promote You or Your Product, You Need To Read This 

    Image via seeklogo.com

    Cisco recently stated that 40% of all Internet traffic will be video in nature by the end of 2010. They increased that forecast to 91% by the end of 2014.  Are you using video?  I recommend checking out the forecasts that Cisco has made for visual networking by clicking here.  

    Videos can be an effective way to capture your prospective customer’s attention.  I wrote about the importance of self-promotion in my book, How to Reinvent Your Career.  A big part of self-promotion is using video.  In a recent radio interview, I discussed some tactics to using video to promote your products and services.  Click here, to listen to the broadcast. 

    Compukol.com recommended the following tips to help you with your video marketing:

    • Short videos: Make sure that your videos (whether you post them on your own website or a website like YouTube) are no more than 5 or 6 minutes long. If you have a video topic that you feel needs to be expanded way beyond the 5 or 6 minutes, it is a good idea to do a series of videos to cover the entire topic. People will be more inclined to watch and will really get a lot out of your videos if you feed them to your audience in small doses.
    • Sales pages: It is sensible to post your videos on your sales pages and to take that opportunity to discuss your products and their benefits or some business opportunity that you are offering to others. The video is helpful in making your potential customers comfortable and the points that you make in your video about your products are reinforced about your sales letter.
    • Key words: Search engines pay a great deal of attention to videos. When the search engines are looking at content and figuring out how to rank the various websites and their content, it is essential to do everything possible to make sure that your website appears as high as possible in the search engine rankings. You should do research to make sure that the keywords that you use in your content is optimum. You should choose keywords that will attract the kinds of leads and traffic that you want to pay attention to you and your business. Try to find out what your target audience is interested in and what they are looking for. Make sure that you include your keywords in headings, tags and resource boxes.
    • Clear structure and purpose: By using the appropriate keywords, you are ensuring that your video will be targeted properly. You need to make sure that your video answers the questions that your audience is thinking about when they start searching for answers. You need to make your communication and your content as clear as possible at all times.

    I think you can even make your videos shorter than 5 to 6 minutes.  I have found that people prefer less than 3 to 4 minute videos.  I also think it is extremely important to include a landing page website address on your video.  You must be able to draw your customers to your site.  If you have a landing page where they can sign up for a free newsletter, that is one really effective way to build a customer base.

    If you want more tips about how to make an effective video, click on the rest of the Compukol.com article by clicking here

    In my conversation in yesterday’s interview, we discussed how simple and inexpensive it can be to create a video.  If you have a flip camera or video camera, you are well on your way.  A video does not have to be elaborately produced to be effective. 

    Check out instructions from Youtube about how to make as well as optimize your video by clicking here.  For more general information about lighting, sound, etc. click here.

     
  • drdianehamilton 10:19 pm on October 12, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: PatientsLikeMe, , Scraper site, , , , , website   

    What is Web Scraping? 

    A scraper site is a spam website that copies all of its content from other websites using web scraping. The purpose of creating such a site can be to collect advertising revenue or to manipulate search engine rankings by linking to other sites to improve their search engine ranking. 

    There are now some sites that are working on finding out even more information about you through scraping.

    Scraping for Your Real Name

    PeekYou.com has applied for a patent for a way to, among other things, match people’s real names to pseudonyms they use on blogs, Twitter and online forums.

    Read PeekYou.com’s patent application.

    In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, they wrote about how scrapers broke into sites like PatientsLikeMe to find out information about patients to sell data about consumers to drug makers. To read this very interesting article, click here.

    It is disturbing to think that people are in medial chatrooms pretending to be patients in order to find out what drugs are being prescribed.  That kind woman you are chatting with about your hot flashes just may be a guy keeping track of your medical history.  For information on how to remove some of your personal details from the Internet, check out wsj.com/wtk.

     
  • drdianehamilton 3:51 pm on October 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , buzz words, , , , , , , jobsearch, keywords, , , resume writing, website   

    Optimizing Your Resume Using Keywords on Sites Like LinkedIn 

    In my book: How to Reinvent Your Career, I give a lot of tips about how to get an interview and obtain a job. Part of being successful in the interview process is to have a strong resume. Keywords are a big part of getting your resume noticed.

    You may hear a lot about using keywords when optimizing websites. Now that sites like LinkedIn are increasing their searching capabilities, you may want to revisit how you have worded your online experience to be sure you are including appropriate buzz or key words. Employmentdigest.net suggests the following:

    1. Go to web sites that represent companies and associations related to the candidate’s target industry in search of other buzzwords.

    2. Search LinkedIn profiles of users who have similar jobs to see what keywords they’re using.

    3. Go to association websites to see what keywords other industry professionals have used.

    The specific words employers seek relate to the skills and experiences that demonstrate your experience with the skills necessary to do the job. Both hard and soft skills will fall in this category. Industry- and job-specific skills are almost always included in keyword lists. Highly technical fields can also include specific jargon or terms that demonstrate subject expertise. Job titles, certifications, types of degrees, college names and company names also demonstrate an applicant’s qualifications. Awards and professional organizations can also be considered strong keywords.

     
  • drdianehamilton 1:53 am on September 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Content management system, , , , website,   

    Do You Need Help With WordPress? 

     

    I was interested in this press release as I have had a few issues with my WordPress stats screen lately.  My charts have not been showing up correctly in Explorer.  If anyone tries this service, I’d love to hear how they like it.

    PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 22, 2010 – Phoenix, AZ September 22, 2010 – Excelnet Media is proud to announce the launch of a new website for Professional WordPress Help. The website is aimed towards businesses or people who need WordPress support, WordPress consultation, or any kind of WordPress help. For those companies that need immediate help, Professional WordPress Help offers remote screen sharing for instant problem solving and tutoring. The website also offers WordPress tutorials for those who like to do it themselves. Professional WordPress Help offers WordPress theme customization and fully custom WordPress theme design and development. One of the main features of the company, is that they offer WordPress maintenance packages. All 5 packages include WordPress support, WordPress maintenance and WordPress consultations. There is no need to worry about upgrading WordPress, upgrading WordPress plug-ins, backing up WordPress and the database, because it is included in the monthly maintenance packages. WordPress is a very popular blogging and content management system (CMS). In 2009, WordPress won the Overall Best Open Source CMS award. WordPress allows users to update the content on their website or blog instantly without a webmaster or knowing programming languages. To find out more about Professional WordPress Help call 480-788-4343 or go to http://www.professionalwordpresshelp.com

     
  • drdianehamilton 10:48 pm on September 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    5 Useful Sites For Help With WordPress 

    Collection of WordPress statistics:  http://en.wordpress.com/stats/

    WordPress TV visual resources for all things WordPress: http://wordpress.tv/

    Video press – Upload and share videos on WordPress – converts your video into multiple formats:  http://videopress.com/?ref=wpcom

    WordPress beginners guide: http://www.wpbeginner.com/category/beginners-guide/

    How to create a slide show in WordPress: http://wordpress.tv/2010/04/14/using-slideshows-on-wordpress-com/

     
  • drdianehamilton 12:17 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Formstack, MailChimp, , Plugins, , TinyMCE, , website, ,   

    What is Formstack? Creating Forms on WordPress 

    WordPress has become the preferred blogging platform for many users online, and as it’s footprint expands companies are coming out with widgets and plugins to make the platform even more user friendly.

    Formstack.com has released a WordPress Online Forms application which makes the task of creating forms much easier for WordPress users. Formstack’s web form creator allows users to create forms with an easy to use HTML editor. There is no need for any additional software or programming to be done when using Formstack.

    Once the data has been collected, users can edit it, share it with others, interface it with third party application such as Salesforce, Highrise, and many others. Formstack even has their own API. Formstacks simple to navigate site even shares video showing how Formstack works.

    Formstack can be a valuable tools to small business, nonprofits, educators, web designs, and more. With Formstack there are no sign up fees, no minimum contracts, and no long-term contracts. They has packages to fit any size organization, and even offers a free version of Formstack.

    According to an article by Chris Lucas, their WordPress plugin features include:

    • Ability to embed a web form widget in your blog or site’s sidebar
    • Automatically embed any Formstack web form into a page or post using a short code
    • Native Formstack button on your WordPress Tiny MCE Editor (Menu Bar)
    • Works with Free and Paid Plans

    Here are just a few ways that you can use the it and the widget:

    Check out their video to highlight some of the features by clicking here to read the rest of the Chris Lucas article. You can also see their  WordPress Plugin page to view more screenshots as well as to download the plugin and get started using your Formstack web forms in your WordPress blog or website.

     
  • drdianehamilton 11:55 pm on September 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bloggertone.com, , , , , , Greg Fry, , , , website   

    How to Look Amazing on Linkedin 

    I recently put together a talk I am going to be giving to a group of career-seekers based on my book How to Reinvent Your Career: Make Money Doing What You Love.  I found an article today that covers some of the suggestions I will be discussing in my presentation.  I recommend reading Greg Fry’s entire article, but here are the highlights of the article at Bloggertone.com.  He  gives more detail about the following 15 things to make you look more Amazing on LinkedIn in the actual article.  Check out these highlights then click the link below to see the entire article.

    1. Make sure your profile is 100% complete.
    2. Make sure you have a unique LinkedIn URL and add it to your business cards and email signature.
    3. Why not rename “My Company” to the name of your company
    4. Rearrange your Linkedin profile to stand out.
    5. Update your status once or twice per day.
    6. Always personalize your LinkedIn invitations.
    7. Convert as many business contacts on your offline database online to LinkedIn
    8. Build up a number of quality recommendations.
    9. Join and participate in relevant Groups.
    10. Demonstrate your capability by answering questions.
    11. Add slides or even video to your LinkedIn profile using Slide Share or Google Docs.
    12. Use the Events section to find relevant offline events.
    13. Demonstrate knowledge by recommending books.
    14. Drive traffic to your website by adding a Blog feed to your profile.
    15. Nothing in business will every beat face to face interaction. Make a conscious effort to meet influential connections off line.

    via bloggertone.com – click here to read the full article with complete details.

     
    • Greg Fry 1:01 pm on September 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Diane

      I am delighted that you liked my LinkedIn artice and that you have decided to share it with your readers.

      Any questions you or your readers have feel free to tweet me at the address below.

      Greg

      Tweet me @careerscoacheu

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