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You're Invited! - AgniTEK Open House & First Friday

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Join us for great food from area restaurants and drinks to help us kick off our 5th Annual March Madness Tournament and celebrate First Friday and the opening of Haute Couture Boutique next door!

What: AgniTEK Open House & Haute Couture Boutique Grand Opening
When: March 2nd, 2012 - First Friday in Downtown Bryan, from 5 - 8 pm
Where: 214 North Main Street, Downtown Bryan, Texas

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Crafting Your Story

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Communications coach Carmine Gallo shares tips on how to craft your business story -- covering all the essential elements -- so you can tell it it in 60 seconds. He shares the four critical questions you must answer to get your message across to prospects. Carmine Gallo is a communications coach, a popular keynote speaker and author of several books including The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs and The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs. His latest is The Power of Foursquare (McGraw-Hill, 2011).

No mouse, just air

post image  Displair, a Russian company,has come up with a technology to project images into the thin air, and use gestures to move them. The prototype will certainly need improving to get anywhere near the computer-generated scenes of Tom Cruise flipping through photos displayed in the air in the Minority Report, but unlike the movie, Displair is real. The company uses a stream of cold fog to project images onto it and an infrared camera to capture gestures. Unlike oversized body movements which Microsoft Kinect analyze and process using motion camera and infrared depth sensors, Displair solves a bigger challenge of detecting and interpreting finer movements of hands. Yet Displair’s award-winning technology, developed in a student dormitory, has only 0.2 seconds lag time between gesture and computer reaction, compared to 0.1 second lag time of Kinect for Xbox 360, using up to 1500 points in its multi-touch screen system with 1 cm accuracy. Microsoft Research is also making advances in ge ...
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7 Things Every Employee Must Know About Marketing

post image by John Jantsch Founder, Duct Tape Marketing   Most companies invest in employee handbooks. These valuable resources detail rules, regulations, mission statements, policies and expected conduct. But they often ignore what might be the most important company knowledge—marketing. Any employee that comes into contact with a customer or client is performing a marketing function. Do they know how to represent the organization accurately and positively? Business owners should add marketing training to the ongoing development of every staff member. Teach new hires and conduct routine, perhaps quarterly, all-hands sessions. Here are the seven things to work into training your staff in marketing. 1. This is who we work with Write a paragraph that paints a vivid picture of the kind of client you seek. Include the kinds of problems or challenges that make your company the right one for them to do business with. Until you narrowly define the exact person or business that is you ...
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Hack Your Productivity: A Time-Management Geek's 10-Minute Solution

post image By Kaihan Krippendorff, Fast Company writer I just had the most productive week ever. I am a bit of a time-management geek. I’ve met and interviewed some amazing entrepreneurs, CEOs, and politicians. They all have one thing in common: They achieve more in less time than the rest of us. They each follow their own system, and I’ve tried some version of every one. But two weeks ago I tried something new. And with the early results in, it’s the clear winner. If you want to rip out of the gates in 2012 on fire, give this method a shot. It will take just 10 minutes a day. First, let me tell you what it’s not. This is not a visioning method. In other words, this method does not imply that by envisioning an outcome--a new job, a successful fundraising meeting, winning a sale--you will realize the outcome. My first roommate, and first officemate when I joined McKinsey, was the coach of the U.S. National Rugby Team in a prior life. He shared with me that he, and many elite athle ...
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10 tips for effective voice-mail messages

post image Have you honed your skills at "elevator pitches" — that is, the quick sales pitches to influential executives or potential customers that could be pivotal to your business? Voice mails are similar types of pitches worth becoming skilled at. Maybe a voice mail won't always make or break your business. Maybe it could just mean you have a partner for a weekend game of golf. At any rate, you want to interest someone in calling you back. And that's why, as an entrepreneur maximizing small business resources, it behooves you to make the most of voice mails—both in those you leave with others and in your voice-mail greetings to incoming callers. Here are 10 strategies to make your voice mails more effective and, ultimately, more beneficial to your business. First, tips on what to do when you're the one leaving the message. Get to the purpose of your call. In this lightning-paced day and age, businesspeople can't afford a lot of time for ambling chi ...
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Mobile Credit Card Processing: Benefits and Practical Application

post image Anyone who has ever tried selling something can tell you the importance of accepting credit cards. Whether you’re selling products at a trade show, delivering a product, or offering an on-site service, you don’t want to miss any sales opportunity just because you don’t accept credit cards. But you don’t have to buy expensive “wireless” terminals or bust your knuckles on manual credit card imprinters. With little more than your current cell phone and an inexpensive mobile credit card processing app, you can accept credit cards anywhere you are. Here are some of the unique benefits of mobile credit card processing: Real-time validation and payment processing Competitive per-transaction fees and low rates (both for keyed-in and swiped transactions) Compatibility with a variety of merchant accounts and payment gateways Easy online management and integration with accounting software Additional features like GPS location reporting, signature ...
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5 Tips for Making Your Brand More Social

post image What message does your brand convey to socially engaged customers? As we enter the golden age of social media, companies can no longer afford the luxury of tightly scripted, top-down messaging (e.g., “We’re the best! Take our word for it.”). Nor can a company simply opt out and remain silent (as epitomized in Northwestern Mutual’s “The Quiet Company” ad campaign of years past). As social media channels have increased, so has the need to communicate effortlessly and simultaneously. Just as presidential candidates now face the constant scrutiny of a 24-hour news cycle, companies are being called on to respond in real time across multiple media platforms. This is not a time for hesitation. To market effectively, companies need a consistent, compelling brand voice—one that doesn’t pause, mumble or clam up. Here are five ways to share your message comfortably and confidently. #1: Determine your brand personality The majority of small business ...
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Cell Phone Survival

post image Water and personal electronics are probably the two most essential elements in this modern life, yet the two don’t get along very well at all. Drop your Blackberry in the drink--or even simply spill your coffee on it--and often enough that’s the end of your device. A California-based company called Liquipel feels your pain, and has devised a clever nanotech solution to the water-meets-brand-new-iPhone problem via a thin, clear coating that causes water to wick right off the guts of your gadgets. Liquipel--that’s the name of both the company and the product--covers devices inside and out with a transparent coating thinner than a human hair that causes water to bead right off their previously moisture-sensitive elements. Properly sealed up with Liquipel, the company claims a smartphone can survive full submergence in water. And just to prove the point, you can see a new Liquipel-treated iPhone 4S back up that claim in the video above.
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10 Online Alternatives For Photo Editing

post image There are very few circumstances in which you have to work on other computer that doesn’t have Photoshop installed. What to do in such a moment? The easiest way is to visit one of these 10 websites, which are quite closely related to Photoshop. Not all features are always available, but the simplest will remain. I would like to say that a very big plus is a fact that these sites practically do not use your computer memory, so you can always be sure that none of your images will disappear. And you don’t have to worry about getting your computer crashed if you have slow one :) 1. Pixlr Pixlr is a perfect online image editing application that is designed for non professional users and allows them to easily edit images. It combines image design and paint tools with photo editing and adjustment features more convincingly than any other online image editing program. Major features:   Create an image or open one from your hard drive or a URL Save your image to yo ...
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