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10 Best Free Screen Recorders

10 Best Free Screen Recorders | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

The free screen recorders available out there have been listed by us below. You’re probably here because you want to prepare a presentation for the boardroom or class...


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Delis Than's curator insight, July 8, 2013 2:21 PM

add your insight...

 
congerjan's curator insight, August 9, 2013 7:14 AM

Give students the right tools and they will innovate!

Elena Evtukh's curator insight, February 26, 2014 5:24 AM

Современному педагогу необходимо уметь создавать дидактические материалы. Бесспорными помощниками в этом могут стать программы для захвата изображения и записи видео экрана.

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VoiceThread - Create interactive, multimedia slideshow presentations

VoiceThread - Create interactive, multimedia slideshow presentations | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
VoiceThread is an excellent online tool that promotes meaningful conversation through the use of visual prompts such as video clips, images, graphs, and more. This article gives step-by-step instructions to help educators create VoiceThreads that will engage students and stimulate thoughtful dialogue and collaboration.

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Melanie Cole's curator insight, May 27, 10:37 PM

Another tool that is just a bit more exciting than the standard PowerPoint presentation.

Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 7, 10:42 AM

VoiceThread is still around and still great.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 15, 9:48 PM
We use Voice Thread at my institution. It's a great tool for bringing life to discussion boards. 
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23 Brilliant Twitter Cover Photo Examples From Real Brands #twittermarketing #socialmediamarketing

23 Brilliant Twitter Cover Photo Examples From Real Brands #twittermarketing #socialmediamarketing | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

What do you think to yourself when you see someone's Twitter avatar is the default image of an egg? Chances are, you probably assume they are either inactive, a fake account, or someone not worth following.

While almost all businesses understand that the egghead approach isn't doing them any justice, they often fail to understand that a plain, flat Twitter cover photo can be equally as off-putting to potential followers.


Think about it: Would you rather engage with a company that has a header image featuring a dozen of their happiest employees working together on a cool project, or one that relies on a plain blue rectangle to do the talking?


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How to Use Competitive Social Monitoring on Twitter

How to Use Competitive Social Monitoring on Twitter | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
This competitive social monitoring strategy reveals what's working for industry leaders and what actions your brand can take today.

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Panos Fotiadis's curator insight, March 29, 4:54 AM
Interesting read 
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3-Step LinkedIn Social Selling & Lead Generation Process

3-Step LinkedIn Social Selling & Lead Generation Process | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Today companies choose who to work with based on who has become part of their buying journey. Your ideal clients are doing independent research and looking for information to help them make an educated choice about how they will spend their money and ultimately they will choose the company/person who has assisted in their buying journey.


The good news is that you can find these ideal clients, build a relationship with them and establish yourself as a trusted expert on LinkedIn.


Here is a daily LinkedIn social selling plan broken down into three manageable steps to help you effectively and efficiently manage your lead generation activities each day on LinkedIn....


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Melonie Dodaro shares a daily LinkedIn social selling plan broken down into 3 manageable steps to help you manage your lead generation activities. Nice 'n practical.

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Antonio Ormachea's curator insight, March 26, 12:09 PM

Melonie Dodaro shares a daily LinkedIn social selling plan broken down into 3 manageable steps to help you manage your lead generation activities. Nice 'n practical.

Gennia Holder's curator insight, March 26, 11:52 PM

Melonie Dodaro shares a daily LinkedIn social selling plan broken down into 3 manageable steps to help you manage your lead generation activities. Nice 'n practical.

Kelly Coffee's curator insight, April 4, 11:38 AM

Melonie Dodaro shares a daily LinkedIn social selling plan broken down into 3 manageable steps to help you manage your lead generation activities. Nice 'n practical.

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5 Tools to Convert and Edit The PDF Format

5 Tools to Convert and Edit The PDF Format | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
There are a number of tools that make working with PDFs a lot easier. Starting with a simple way to convert files, we feature five PDF related tools.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 27, 2015 8:21 AM

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, December 27, 2015 6:08 PM

Sites to convert from PDF to Word doc, embedded ebook with flippable pages etc.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 6, 3:04 AM

Une petite sélection des outils pour éditer ou convertir un PDF qu'on croit impossible.

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16 Call-to-Action Formulas That Make People Want to Click

16 Call-to-Action Formulas That Make People Want to Click | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Good things happen when you create killer calls-to-action. I would even argue that your website can’t be successful unless you produce great calls-to-action.

The ideal CTA, however, isn’t always easy to think of. Sometimes, you need a little nudge in the right direction.
If you’re sick of “click now” CTAs that aren’t working, improve your game with these surefire call-to-action formulas.

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Adrian Lee's curator insight, May 18, 12:39 AM
Every website or business brochure should include a Call To Action.
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Top 5 free online logo maker tools - TechieGIG

Top 5 free online logo maker tools - TechieGIG | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

I have got a few free online logo maker tools that are awesome ones to design professional logos. I am still trying out few of those tools and trying different designs to get a final logo for my blog.

 

During my Hit & Trial efforts, I have a collected list of few online logo maker tools that I would like to share with you so that you can use them whenever there is any requirement....


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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, June 1, 2015 5:17 AM

I am still trying out few design tools and trying different designs to get a final logo for my blog.  Try these ...



KellyLynnetteDesigns's curator insight, June 2, 2015 1:08 PM

Awesome tools to speed up the logo design process!

Vickens El Bey's curator insight, June 6, 2015 4:16 PM

Similar to Canva DEmocratization of Graphic arts..now anyone can do it that has time....

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How to add music to your Google Slides presentation

How to add music to your Google Slides presentation | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Google's presentation app doesn't support audio files, but with these workarounds you can still give your slides a soundtrack.

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, April 27, 2015 8:13 AM

Here is a great tip for adding music to your Google Slides Presentation.

Candi Whitman's curator insight, April 27, 2015 4:41 PM

Music always enhances.   Never put too much information on a slide.  That's what talking is for, and I like to keep them up only 10-15 seconds so you keep people's interest.  

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 1, 2015 11:34 AM

Adding music to your slides!  Love this idea for sharing pics:)

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From Virtual Reality to Interactive Documentaries: 'Sensory Stories' Showcases Immersive Storytelling

From Virtual Reality to Interactive Documentaries: 'Sensory Stories' Showcases Immersive Storytelling | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

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Debbie Elicksen 's curator insight, April 24, 2015 4:24 PM

Exciting times to be a content creator.

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, May 4, 2015 10:25 PM

Storytelling gets visceral. Exhibition allows audience to experience stories in a multi-sensual, personal and participatory way.

bladetriple786's curator insight, May 8, 2015 11:18 AM

The Missing Element for my documentaries...

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How To Improve Your LinkedIn Productivity With Third-Party Apps

How To Improve Your LinkedIn Productivity With Third-Party Apps | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Do you use LinkedIn to connect with business prospects and connections? This article shares two third-party apps to improve your LinkedIn communication.

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What Wearable Technology Means For Your Social Media Strategy

What Wearable Technology Means For Your Social Media Strategy | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Social media access is going to change with the practical use of wearable technology and your business will have to adjust to reach the right audience.

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A Marketer's Guide To Snapchat & How Brands Can Build Followers Through "Stories"

A Marketer's Guide To Snapchat & How Brands Can Build Followers Through "Stories" | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Haven't gotten your brand on Snapchat? The time could be right, given recent changes to the service. All you need to know on getting started.


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Andrew Greenyer's curator insight, February 11, 2015 9:07 AM

The 13-24 age group makes up about half of Snapchat’s estimated 100 million to 200 million users. It's a growing social network that brands are starting to use, leading to new marketing opportunities.

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Story Maps

Story Maps | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 12, 1:20 AM

Story Maps is a great alternative to PowerPoint.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 12, 1:36 PM
Interesting tool. 
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18 of the Best Google Chrome Extensions for Social Media Marketers - HootSuite

18 of the Best Google Chrome Extensions for Social Media Marketers - HootSuite | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
MomentumStayFocusdEvernote Web ClipperGrammarlyFigure it OutLastPassOneTabPinterest Pin It ButtonRiteTag Social Media OptimizerSearch in a GiphyRapportiveMozBarCheck My LinksPage Analytics by GoogleHangoutsChrome Remote DesktopMillennials to Snake PeopleHootlet

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drula eric's curator insight, June 18, 1:03 AM
Blog L'affichage est facile et tout le monde est en train de faire ces jours-ci. De plus en plus de gens sont les blogs ces derniers temps. Cependant, vous avez besoin de faire certains choix et plans relatifs à votre blog afin qu'il soit populaire. Mettre en œuvre les idées fournies dans cet article pour vous aider à développer le meilleur blog possible pour vos besoins. Efforcez-vous de maintenir une présence sur votre blog et être là quand vos lecteurs ont des questions. Prenez l'habitude de répondre aux commentaires des lecteurs. Une communication cohérente avec vos lecteurs peut aider à établir un lien solide entre vous et vos lecteurs qui résulte de l'échange d'idées avec l'autre. Si vous envisagez d'abandonner le blog, gardez à l'esprit que vos lecteurs seront déçus. Ne copiez pas les articles d'autres personnes. Si vous copiez une partie quelconque du blog ou un article de quelqu'un d'autre à la vôtre, vous pourriez être pris et il serait ruiner votre réputation. Il suffit de garder à l'esprit que dans le monde informel d'écrire un blog, la passion et l'originalité sont plus importantes que les compétences d'écriture sans faille. Gardez les messages blog court, doux et pertinents. Alors que vous voulez beaucoup de contenu, blogs qui sont trop longtemps peut lecteurs d'alésage. Le lecteur de blog moyenne ne cherche pas des descriptions de type de Shakespeare ou de matériel de lauréat. Ils veulent un blog lisible qui arrive au point!
Farid Mheir's curator insight, June 18, 6:32 PM

Some useful tools to upgrade your digital life for the summer.

Online Marketing Man's curator insight, June 24, 11:26 PM
How many of these tools do you already use? How many more COULD you make good use of?
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Presentious

Presentious | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Presentious turns your live presentations into recordings that pair your audio with each slide. It’s a powerful format that combines the narrative structure of slides with the context of commentary.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 17, 12:55 PM

Very simple to use tool to get your presentations recorded and online.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 21, 12:53 PM
Easy tool for recording audio with slides. I don't like that you can flip ahead thus getting the audio off sync with the slides, but it looks like you can control that. 
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Five Twitter Hacks to Skyrocket Your Engagement

Five Twitter Hacks to Skyrocket Your Engagement | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Social Media - Implement these five hacks, and in a couple of weeks you'll be connecting with people every hour.

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4 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship with Customers Using Social Media

4 Ways to Strengthen Your Relationship with Customers Using Social Media | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
One of social media’s most important business functions is that it enables you to connect with customers on a very personal level.

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Mark William's curator insight, October 5, 2015 1:46 AM

Here are the important tips to strengthen your customer relationship by using social media.  

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How to Create The Perfect LinkedIn Company Page

Your LinkedIn Company Page is an online beacon for both prospective customers and prospective employees. As such, it is a truly unique space on the web, one that blurs the lines between knowledge-sharing platform and relationship-building tool.

 

To help you make the most of your LinkedIn Company Page, we’ve put together this visual guide, which features several “Pro Tips” that LinkedIn has contributed, along with some visual examples we’ve gathered from top-performing Company Pages. So, flip on through and find some inspiration....


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Debi Slaver's curator insight, September 23, 2015 2:51 PM

Your LinkedIn Company Page is an online beacon for both prospective customers and prospective employees. As such, it is a truly unique space on the web, one that blurs the lines between knowledge-sharing platform and relationship-building tool.

Marco Favero's curator insight, September 29, 2015 9:51 AM

aggiungere la vostra comprensione ...

Jon Turino's curator insight, September 30, 2015 4:28 PM

Great advice here.

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7 Best Tools To Track Your Hashtags On Social Media — Smart Website Marketing

7 Best Tools To Track Your Hashtags On Social Media - Smart Website Marketing - Medium

In order to track the performance of your social media efforts, conducting regular social media analysis is a must. One way brands track their campaigns is by using memorable, unique, and relevant hashtags.

 

Hashtags are used to find and follow discussions about brands, promotions, or events. If managed correctly, hashtags will help you track how many people are participating in your campaign and what they are saying about your brand. To help you manage hashtags effectively, here are some tracking tools that you can use....


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 12, 2015 1:42 AM

Smart social monitoring toolsand tips to help you manage your hashtags better. Recommended reading. 9/10

Marco Favero's curator insight, August 12, 2015 5:53 AM

aggiungere la vostra comprensione ...

Jon Turino's curator insight, September 2, 2015 1:50 PM

Good list.

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Content Curation Lands on Google+: Introducing Collections

Content Curation Lands on Google+: Introducing Collections | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

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Nancy White's curator insight, May 12, 2015 5:38 PM

Excited to see how we might be able to set this up in our GAFE space - students already have accounts, so this is a natural fit to facilitate student curation!

Konstantinos Kalemis's curator insight, August 10, 2015 4:58 AM

 

 

Google has just introduced "Collections", for Google+, a new service which allows any Google+ user to group his posts by topic and to create public, shareable collections of his favorite links, articles, videos and images.

 

To use Google Collections, simply go to your G+ profile page and then select "Collections" on the drop down menu appearing on the top left part of the page.

 

"Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections."

 

You can either create new posts containing whatever type of content inside a collection, or assign an existing, published post to a collection you have just created.

 

You can create as many collections as you like.

 

Google+ Collections is available on the web and on Android (iOS coming later).

 

 

My comment: Google+ Collections adds opportunity for creating additional value to G+ users by letting interests drive community engagement. This is a feature that sooner or later any social network will offer. 

 

Free to use.

 

Try it out now: https://plus.google.com/collections/welcome ;

 

 

 

More info:

 

Official Google announcement: https://plus.google.com/+googleplus/posts/7ZpGWeou2sV ;

 

Featured collections: https://plus.google.com/collections/featured ;

 

See also the official review from Techcrunch:

http://techcrunch.com/2015/05/04/google-turns-users-into-content-curators-with-new-collections-feature/ ;

 

Video tutorial: https://youtu.be/gtVNkbtS9g8 ;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nurita Sánchez's curator insight, January 29, 3:13 PM

Cómo usar las colecciones:

http://www.ilusual.com/como-usar-las-colecciones-de-google-plus-guia

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25 Online Security Tools for Small Businesses

25 Online Security Tools for Small Businesses | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Here is a list of online security tools for small businesses. There are tools for cyber defense and secure communication. Included are encryption applications, security testers, secure communication tools, password apps, online security platforms, an open threat exchange, and a cyber security planner for small businesses. Nearly all of these tools are free or have free plans.

 


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When Social Media Influence Marketing Becomes the Brand

When Social Media Influence Marketing Becomes the Brand | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

What are the 6 keys of social media influence marketing and how can you parlay these keys into a personal or business brand?


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malek's curator insight, February 16, 2015 9:46 AM
Educational on the roots of social media influence
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The Best Online Survey Tools for Business

The Best Online Survey Tools for Business | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Searching for the Best Online Survey Tools for Business? Check out our blog...

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malek's curator insight, February 16, 2015 10:34 AM

Question Pro offer a free option that never expires. You are limited to 100 responses but can create unlimited surveys and polls. Depending on your needs this may be the quick and simple solution for you and a great way to familiarize yourself with the tool before purchasing a subscription. 

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Go Mobile with your Presentations

Go Mobile with your Presentations | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Spice up your presentations by going 100% mobile and allow your audience to follow in real-time on their own devices.

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Linda Jones's curator insight, February 11, 2015 9:59 AM

Looks like a tool with lots of potential.

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The Digital Marketing Skills Gap in 2015 - Digital Insights

The Digital Marketing Skills Gap in 2015 - Digital Insights | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

► About Us: iNeoMarketing provides Marketing Technology services, applications and support to B2B companies who may not have the required resources, knowledge or expertise. Visit us at ineomarketing.com. ◄


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marketingIO's curator insight, February 10, 2015 8:18 PM

I probably would've separated CRM from Big Data. Regardless, marketing technology vendors ought to be pretty scared by this.