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15 Top Business Startup Tips #Startups #MikeArmstrong

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When starting a business the strategy is to do some analysis on the Market Place and some market research (Google is a great place to do this).

1. Check what your competitors are doing and what markets they are aiming at and see if there’s a gap in the market.

2. Then once you see there is, think about what you story and message is and to what audience you are aiming it at.

3. Work on the branding so that it’s telling the right message to the right audience including the name very important.

4. Check the name is Free on Companies House / Registration, Google and all major social platforms.

5. Work on a content portfolio so that you can share the message and synergy messages as well as product and service info and other content, in many ways and to attract many different people in your target segment or segments, regularly with different messages without switching them off.

6. Set up all the things / assets a new business needs – well Optimised Website with Blog, Off-site Blog and a marketing / lead generation add on), Google and Bing Listings, Facebook Pages (for Company and target niches), Facebook Groups for Company and target niches).

LinkedIn Company Pages and Groups a format for profiles for all staff, Twitter Account or Accounts, Instagram, Directory Listings, Geographical and Niche Directories, Podcast, YouTube Channel, Tick Tock, Pinterest etc.!

7. Regularly post good content and squeeze good advertising messages in between with good offers and good call to actions, build up audiences and get them to visit part of your website, your online store, YouTube channel etc.

8. Add an email capture Form to your website for building a database to email too.

9.Go Networking

10. Add some landing pages and look at FB advertising and adwords etc.

11. Consider Selling on Amazon or Ebay,

12. Attend Events, Expos, maybe host some!

13. Consider trying Telesales and/or Field Sales / Solution sales etc.

14. Do some Organic SEO and link building strategies for your website and blog (podcast and YouTube channels etc.)

15. Do some Content Marketing in other sites and blogs and some PR etc.

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Morning Motivation from Dr John Demartini and Mike Armstrong

Morning all,

Please find some Inspiration and Morning / Daily Motivation from Dr John Demartini and his Dr John Demartini Quotes as well as Mike Armstrong and his Mike Armstrong Quotes #MikeArmstrongQuotes, Mike Armstrong Podcasts #MikeArmstrongPodcasts and Mike Armstrong Poems #MikeArmstrongPoems

Be grateful for that special gift!

You can also get more #MorningMotivation with this Mornings Motivational Episode on the Mike Armstrong Podcast #MikeArmstrongPodcasts #YouCanDoIt #YouCanDoItPodcast – https://anchor.fm/mike-armstrong9/episodes/Morning-Motivation–Thoughts-On-Motivation-From-Mike-Armstrong-inc–why-you-shouldnt-need-it-Yolo-ed6ff3

Or by listening to other Motivational Episodes:

Yesterday Morning Motivation!

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First Morning Motivate Episode – Get Creative during Lockdown Motivation –

https://anchor.fm/mike-armstrong9/episodes/Motivation–WelshBizNews-From-Mike-Armstrong-about-upcoming-Introbiz-NetworkingMasterclass-Events-ed1tha

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Good Morning and have a great day 👍 For more Inspiration, Motivation and Positivity please see our recently penned Coronavirus Poems – Kick Corona’s Ass #KickCoronasAssThe Upside of Coronavirus #CoronavirusUpsideHow to make a diamond #HowtomakeadiamondCoronavirus Business Poem #CoronavirusBusinessPoemThe Lockdown Choice #LockdownChoiceHow to Navigate the Wall #HowToNavigateTheWall

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7 tips for those looking to start a podcast…

1. Choose a Topic You’re Passionate About

Before you hit record, it’s a good idea to give serious thought to why you’re starting this podcast in the first place. And don’t take this step lightly! Starting a podcast takes a lot of hard work (maybe more than you think). Not everybody is cut out for it. But we’ll assume that you are.

A good starting point is to figure out which topic you can talk about naturally and endlessly. Your true passion. We all have one. What’s yours? A good measure is to do a test show with no notes or preparation whatsoever. Can you fill 30 to 60 minutes just talking about your topic off the top of your head and make it interesting? Good! You found your topic.

Now, search iTunes for other podcasts in your niche. Did you choose a crowded niche with many existing podcasts? Try to think of ways to differentiate your show from theirs. For example, you can choose a sub-niche with a more targeted audience.

2. Brand Your Podcast

Now that you’ve chosen your topic, it’s time to start crafting your podcast. Just like creating products or services, your podcast is its own brand. Branding your podcast starts with choosing a good name.

Pick something that is both memorable and speaks to your topic/audience. It’s my opinion that direct, descriptive names work better than abstract or overly creative names. Before you can hook your audience with your killer smile and groundbreaking content, you’ll need them to tune in. That’s why your podcast name needs to jump out and grab them. Remember that much of your audience will be discovering your podcast via iTunes or Google search. So it’s a good idea to include a keyword or two within your show’s name.

Next, you’ll need a logo. For a podcast, it’s important to come up with an attention grabbing logo and a show image for your iTunes listing. Again, it’s about crafting your brand to stand out in iTunes podcast search results.

3. Format and Structure

Will this be an audio or video podcast? It’s my belief that video podcasts have an easier time gaining traction with an audience simply because they are more personal. Aside from offering valuable content, you’re selling your personality, and video is the most effective and authentic way to do that. It’s a good idea to offer an audio-only version of the podcast for those who prefer to listen and don’t want to download bulky video files.

Now we need to structure the show. Let’s start with your schedule. Once a week? Once a month? Whatever schedule you choose, be sure to keep it consistent. A quick way to lose audience members is to release a show four weeks in a row, then go on hiatus for several months. People appreciate a regular schedule, and even a regular day of the week.

Finally, you need to choose your show length. Break it down into segments and allot a certain amount of time to each segment. I believe 30 to 50 minutes is a good length for an episode as it’s long enough to pack in quality, in-depth conversation, and short enough to fit within the typical work commute. Some prefer quick episodes of under 20 minutes each. Again, consistency is key. You don’t want to set your audience’s expectation for 45 minute episodes, then do a 15 minute episode.

4. Plan Your Content

Now it’s time to map out the most important aspect of your podcast, the content. Podcasts are no exception to the adage “content is king.” Your topics, conversation flow, personality, and overall engagement are what will ultimately determine the success of your podcast.

It’s a good idea to keep a running list of show topics. As soon as an idea strikes, note it down and plan it for an upcoming show. One way my co-host Dave and I come up with topics is to simply recognise when we stumble upon a great topic for a show. We’ll be having a spontaneous chat, talking shop about freelancing and web design, when suddenly it’s apparent we’ve hit on something interesting and relevant for the show. Write it down.

Some podcasts break each episode into segments. If your niche is somehow tied to current events, it may be a good idea to cover news topics as part of your show. Perhaps a guest interview is a main component in your format. Plan for each of these segments and keep in mind the timing and flow of each.

Finally, it’s beneficial to think about some kind of script for your show. This will be different for everyone. My preference is to have a few sentences written out beforehand to use as the introduction to the show; something to get it off to a strong start and introduce the topic and guest properly. The rest of the show’s topics are planned using short bullet lists indicating which points I want to hit on.

The idea is to make sure I’m covering what I want to cover, while keeping the delivery natural and somewhat improvised. Again, it’s up to you to find the right balance.

5. Record, Broadcast, and Edit Your Podcast

Now on to some of the technical aspects for creating a video podcast. Surprisingly, there are quite a few tools needed to piece together a working podcast. Here are the ones we use:

Blue Yeti USB Condensor Microphone— I strongly recommend investing in a quality microphone. It will drastically improve the audio quality of your show. The Yeti USB mic is reasonably priced and it delivers great sound.

Skype — All of our shows start with a Skype video chat. Now that Skype 5 includes the ability to have video conference calls, it’s a perfect choice for having a three-way conversation. Plus, the sheer popularity of Skype makes it easy on our guests who are already comfortable using the platform for online conversation.

ScreenFlow — This is a great app for recording and editing screencasts. It’s easy to use and packs in powerful editing features.

Blip.tv — With the finished recording edited and exported, it’s time to put it up on the web and submit it to the iTunes podcast directory. Luckily, Blip.tv makes all of this very easy. Plus it’s got great reporting tools to check the popularity and reach of your podcast.

BoinxTV — BoinxTV serves as our virtual control room, allowing us to produce a live web broadcast for our show. It has features to allow for quick switching between cameras and screens and other visual effects like captions and transitions.

Justin.tv or UStream — Both are viable options for when you want to broadcast live on the web. We feed our output from BoinxTV into one of these services to fire up the live show. We then embed the video and chat room right on our website for the audience to participate live.

CamTwist — This little utility allows us to route the video feed between BoinxTV and Justin.tv or UStream.

Audio Hijack Pro — This fun little app is used to route the audio from Skype into BoinxTV. Be sure to check out the psychedelic sound effects you can apply in the process!

Skype Call Recorder — This plugin for Skype adds functionality to let you record a Skype call. This can be useful if you’re only interested in making a recorded podcast (not broadcasting live). Plus, it comes packaged with handy utilities for splitting a conversation into individual movie files, and stripping an MP3 audio file from your movie file.

6. Grow Your Audience

With your podcast created and released to the world, now comes the hard part: promoting your podcast and growing your audience.

I’m a believer that if you focus your efforts on creating the most interesting and engaging content possible, you will naturally attract an audience and grow a community around your work. But there are a few things you can do to help move things forward:

  • Have a solid website. Something professional, clean and simple. The focus is your podcast, so let the design of your site support that. I recommend going with a quality, premium WordPress theme to get up and running quickly.

  • Build community around your podcast. Encourage your audience to participate in your live chat (if you have one). Ask for feedback, conduct surveys and polls, keep a close eye on your podcast’s analytics (via blip.tv). Know which topics garner the most interest from your audience and let your audience help shape the direction of your podcast.

  • Sharing is great. Ratings are better. As with any web content, social media integration is a must for your podcast to help your audience spread the word faster. If your podcast is largely distributed via iTunes, you’ll want to encourage subscribers to rate and review your podcast to help boost its standing within the iTunes directory. This is one of the best ways for your audience to help you get discovered.

7. Monetise Your Podcast

Just like starting a blog, starting a podcast should be about quality, authentic content first and monetization second. You can’t have the latter without the former. That said, there are several methods to monetize your podcast which are worth considering:

  • Try to sell advertising placements on your show. Just like advertising on a blog, this requires a significant audience in order to bring in real revenue. It also runs the risk of turning off your audience who may not want to hear plugs in between quality content.

  • A more viable approach, and one that may be more lucrative, is to simply build your personal brand using your podcast as the medium. Hosting a podcast — particularly a video podcast — is a great way share your personality and let your ideas shine. Today’s wisdom dictates that promoting your personal brand can translate into building a prosperous business. Just watch any video by Gary Vaynerchuk and I think you’ll agree.

Have Fun!

I hope you find this guide helpful as you plan your video podcast. No matter what niche you’re in — live or recorded, video or audio — the key is to have fun with it and let your passion for the topic shine through. Now press record and start podcasting!

This was taken from an article on Mashable called 7 tips to starting a successful podcast.

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7 Poems in 7 Days – #Coronavirus #Lockdown – #CoronavirusPoems | #MikeArmstrongPoems

Hello Readers,

Please find my #7PoemsIn7Days #Coronavirus #Lockdown #Poetry Collection. I haven’t written any poetry since I was a kid (now 42) but I was inspired to write a Coronavirus Poem on Sunday 12/4/20 and decided to write one a day for the next 7 days.

#MikeArmstrongPoems – Number 1 – 12/4/20

Coronavirus Poem – Kick Corona’s Ass #KickCoronasAss

So Coronavirus is here, it’s made us all Lockdown.

Lots of us are unhappy, it’s even made us frown!

But as the storm clouds linger, a new dawn is awaiting.

A time for fun and laughter and no more self isolating.

Let’s cheer on all the NHS and others on the front line.

Lets clap and cheer on Thursday evenings and show them all a good time.

When Entrepreneurs pull together they can get a lot achieved.

Making Ventilators, Facemasks and lots of PPE.

So now’s a time to stay positive, and don’t let Covid Win,

Let’s stop the virus spreading, it’s time to all stay in.

Don’t get down for too long, as storms will always pass.

Keep motivated and positive and let’s kick Corona’s Ass.

Mike Armstrong #PositiveCoronavirusNews

#PositiveCoronavirusNews #KickCoronasAss

#MikeArmstrong | #MikeArmstrongPoems

Written By Mike Armstrong On 12/04/2020

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#MikeArmstrongPoems – Number 2 – 13/4/20

An Entrepreneur Poem – How to make a Diamond #HowtomakeaDiamond

#Howtomakeadiamond

Diamonds are shaped in the Earth’s mantle, they take billions of years to form,

They start off as basic carbon, but under pressure they learn to perform,


Alone they would stay as Carbon, but by bonding they crystalise…

They take a transformation right before our very eyes.


So if you want to stay as Carbon, keep pressure far away,

Stay comfortable and relaxed, don’t try changing every day!


But if you want to sparkle, be coveted or desired!

Get busy all day building, work hard until your tired!


When you learn to adapt and change and handle all the pressure!

You’ll learn to bond with others and life will become much better.


So don’t delay but start today and build your pressure fund,

It won’t be long until your strong, a high class, solid diamond 💎

Written by Mike Armstrong On 13/4/2020

Copyright Mike Armstrong 2020

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#MikeArmstrongPoems – Number 3 – 14/4/20

The Upside of Coronavirus- #CoronavirusUpside

After weeks in total Lockdown, we’ve had plenty of time to reflect…

On all our real values, and what we can affect.


Lots of things in life are outside of our control!

But staying connected with loved ones, has to be our goal.


When the going gets tough, the tough get going,

we need to thank our front line staff, by ways that keep on showing.


We can get through any crisis when we stand strong together,

It not just now that we’ve proved that, it’s been like that forever!


So use this time to reconnect with all the people you did forget.

Learn lots of new things and have some fun, take your hours exercise and get out in the sun.


It won’t be long until Lockdown’s over and normal will return.

But hopefully much better now, with what we did all learn!

Written By Mike Armstrong On 14/04/2020

#PositiveCoronavirusNews #CoronavirusUpside

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#MikeArmstrongPoems – Number 4 – 15/4/20

Coronavirus Business Poem #CoronavirusBusinessPoem

As a business forced to isolate, being under Lockdown isn’t great.


We’ve been forced to furlough staff and close down the shutter.

“This isn’t fair”, we quite rightly mutter.


However we have to stop the spread of this disease,

Or it will rip through our population with so much ease!


How long we’re shut for, no one does know,

So we keep preparing until it’s time to grow!


If we can adapt to home delivery and the Internet,

we can keep on trading and that’s a safe bet.


But if not, we’ll keep on Marketing & building friends,

Preparing our business for when this all ends!


So whatever the case we’ll continue to stay strong,

and get through this Lockdown – no matter how long!


#PositiveCoronavirusNews

#CornavirusBusinessPoem

Written by Mike Armstrong on 15/04/20

Copyright Mike Armstrong 2020

#MikeArmstrong

#MikeArmstrongPoems – Number 5 – 16/4/20

The Lockdown Choice – A Coronavirus Poem #LockdownChoice

When in Lockdown over Coronavirus,

we need to search down deep inside us.


We need to decide to live in so much fear,

Or learn to let that fear disappear!


Those in fear will panic and moan,

over eat, stay unhealthy and stay stuck all alone.


Whilst those that are optimistic, happy & positive,

will learn new things, stay healthy and choose to still live.


You can’t manage things beyond your control,

But you can choose your response, so make positive your goal!


Avoid negative people and negative press,

And anything else that will add to your stress.


Be thankful for the extra time and leisure,

And for doing more things that gives you some pleasure.


The Lockdown won’t last for too long,

Then life will continue, the show will go on.


Hopefully you will heed my advice,

Decide to enjoy Lockdown and make it quite nice.


Written by Mike Armstrong on 16/4/20.

#PositiveCoronavirusNews

#CoronavirusPoem

#LockdownChoice

#ABL – Always Be Learning and Keep working on you!

Copyright Mike Armstrong 2020

#MikeArmstrongPoems – Number 6 – 17/4/20

#HowToNavigateTheWall #MikeArmstrongPoems

How to Navigate the Wall! #HowToNavigateTheWall

If you can’t get around the wall, don’t get upset and quit,

Stay Strong and in Control.

Work on a way that will fit!


If you can’t get around the Wall, try to get over the Wall,

Don’t let nothing stop you,

not even if you were to fall.


If you can‘t get over the Wall, don’t quit because of your fall,

Just pick yourself up and stand tall.

You will learn to get over the Wall!


When trying to learn how to get over the Wall.

Gain new tricks, you can do it, don’t stall.


Use your skills, don’t give up, try them all!

Be determined to defeat that Wall,


Go under the wall if you can,

Just don’t give up, be a Man!

If that doesn’t work, then don’t be a jerk, drive through that Wall in a Van!

Written By Mike Armstrong 17/4/20

#MikeArmstrong | #MikeArmstrongPoems

#PositiveCoronavirusNews | #CoronavirusPoem

Copyright Mike Armstrong 2020

#ABL – Always Be Learning and Keep working on you!

Copyright Mike Armstrong 2020

#MikeArmstrongPoems – Number 7 – 18/4/20

Fight The Negativity #FightTheNegativity

Everyday under Lockdown we hear about death and destruction,

But not about joy, success or construction!


The papers are full of negative news,

there’s nothing in them to keep us amused!


The media show us daily the infection rates getting higher,

But there not a lot said to give us that fire.


So choose an alternative whilst Lockdown days are so long,

give yourself lessons, and exercise yourself strong,


Do all the things you usually don’t have time to complete,

Contact family & friend but don’t over eat.


Take you hour a day exercise and take in all the views,

Get your mind motivated read #PositiveCoronavirusNews

Written By Mike Armstrong 18/4/20

#PositiveCoronavirusNews

#MikeArmstrongPoems

#7PoemsIn7Days

#FightTheNegativity

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The Lockdown Choice

The Lockdown Choice – A Coronavirus Poem

When in Lockdown over Coronavirus,

we need to search down deep inside us.

We need to decide to live in so much fear,

Or learn to let that fear disappear!

Those in fear will panic and moan,

over eat, stay unhealthy and stay stuck all alone.

Whilst those that are optimistic, happy & positive,

will learn new things, stay healthy and choose to still live.

You can’t manage things beyond your control,

But you can choose your response, so make positive your goal!

Avoid negative people and negative press,

And anything else that will add to your stress.

Be thankful for the extra time and leisure,

And for doing more things that gives you some pleasure.

The Lockdown won’t last for too long,

Then life will continue, the show will go on.

Hopefully you will heed my advice,

Decide to enjoy Lockdown and make it quite nice.

Written by Mike Armstrong on 16/4/20.

#PositiveCoronavirusNews

#CoronavirusPoem

#LockdownChoice

#ABL – Always Be Learning and Keep working on you!

Copyright Mike Armstrong 2020

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Morning Motivation from #MikeArmstrong – #MakePerfectMonents

Morning all..


Good Morning and have a great day 👍 For more Inspiration, Motivation and Positivity please see our recently penned Coronavirus Poems – Kick Corona’s Ass #KickCoronasAssThe Upside of Coronavirus #CoronavirusUpsideHow to make a diamond #HowtomakeadiamondA Coronavirus Business Poem #CoronavirusBusinessPoem Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

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Remote Work is the Next Operating System for Living

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Lockdown ‘should end in two weeks’ so UK can get ‘back to work’, says professor – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video The UK’s coronavirus lockdown should …

Lockdown ‘should end in two weeks’ so UK can get ‘back to work’, says professor

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Lockdown ‘should end in two weeks’ so UK can get ‘back to work’, says professor – #PositiveCoronavirusNews

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video The UK’s coronavirus lockdown should …

Lockdown ‘should end in two weeks’ so UK can get ‘back to work’, says professor

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An Entrepreneur Poem – How to make a diamond 💎 by Mike Armstrong…

An Entrepreneur Poem – How to make a Diamond…

#Howtomakeadiamond

Diamonds are shaped in the Earth’s mantle, they take billions of years to form,

They start off as basic carbon, but under pressure they learn to perform,


Alone they would stay as Carbon, but by bonding they crystalise…

They take a transformation right before our very eyes.


So if you want to stay as Carbon, keep pressure far away,

Stay comfortable and relaxed, don’t try changing every day!


But if you want to sparkle, be coveted or desired!

Get busy all day building, work hard until your tired!


When you learn to adapt and change and handle all the pressure!

You’ll learn to bond with others and life will become much better.


So don’t delay but start today and build your pressure fund,

It won’t be long until your strong, a high class, solid diamond 💎

Written by Mike Armstrong On 13/4/2020

Copyright Mike Armstrong 2020

#MikeArmstrongQuotes

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

An Entrepreneur Poem – How to make a diamond 💎 by Mike Armstrong…

An Entrepreneur Poem – How to make a Diamond…

#Howtomakeadiamond

Diamonds are shaped in the Earth’s mantle, they take billions of years to form,

They start off as basic carbon, but under pressure they learn to perform,


Alone they would stay as Carbon, but by bonding they crystalise…

They take a transformation right before our very eyes.


So if you want to stay as Carbon, keep pressure far away,

Stay comfortable and relaxed, don’t try changing every day!


But if you want to sparkle, be coveted or desired!

Get busy all day building, work hard until your tired!


When you learn to adapt and change and handle all the pressure!

You’ll learn to bond with others and life will become much better.


So don’t delay but start today and build your pressure fund,

It won’t be long until your strong, a high class, solid diamond 💎

Written by Mike Armstrong On 13/4/2020

Copyright Mike Armstrong 2020

#MikeArmstrongQuotes

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Some Pictures from an earlier Bike Ride – Love Cardiff Bay / Penarth Marina…

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Lights, Camera, Meeting! Are You Ready For Video?

Online meetings are soaring in popularity. There are some easy ways to improve how you come across to your leadership, colleagues and clients …

Lights, Camera, Meeting! Are You Ready For Video?

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Connection – The Isolation Buster!

Does anyone else feel like they are watching a science fiction movie? The streets show few signs of life, school buses are parked, and empty …

Connection – The Isolation Buster!

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

How to Keep Company Culture Alive While Working Remotely

2020 has started off with a bang. From the U.S. nearly going to war with Iran, to Kobe Bryant’s shocking death, to President Trump’s impeachment …

How to Keep Company Culture Alive While Working Remotely

Business and Sports News from Mike Armstrong – See http://mikearmstrong.me

Business, IT & Work From Home Advice From IT Support 4 U In Ireland…

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Numerous instances of online conferences being disrupted by pornographic images, hate speech or even threats can be mitigated using some platform tools.

Officials at Zoom have released tips for users of their video-conferencing platform to help avoid getting “Zoom-bombed” by trolls and even more serious threat actors during online meetings.

The developers of the online video-conferencing service cautioned users to avoid sharing Zoom meeting links publicly and widely on social media and to use some simple management tools within the system to help avoid scenarios in which uninvited participants disrupt meetings in unpleasant and threatening ways.

“As more people use our platform and host their virtual events using Zoom, we wanted to offer up tips to ensure everyone joining an event does so with good intentions,” according to a recent Zoom blog post on the topic. “Like most other public forums, it’s possible to have a person (who may or may not be invited) disrupt an event that’s meant to bring people together.

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The company posted in response to numerous reports of threat actors upending Zoom meetings with hate speech such as racist messages, threats of sexual harassment, and pornographic images that drive meeting participants offline or force the meeting to be abruptly cancelled. Some of the attacks have even go so far as to threaten those attending the meeting with physical harm.

Zoom has become the de facto platform for the post-Covid-19 business environment as the pandemic has forced workers to stay at home while still conducting every-day business.

Organizations ranging from corporations to small businesses to schools to fitness instructors and even therapists are now meeting clients online using Zoom amid the quarantine and stay-at-home orders that have rolled out globally in the wake of the coronavirus’ rapid spread.

However, it didn’t take long for threat actors to sabotage this new way of conducting business by using public links to hop on meetings to shock, taunt or scare users.

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In one such episode in California, unknown participants crashed a school-district Zoom meeting with chants of the N-word, cackles, pornographic images, and even threats that they would find out the home addresses of the attendees. Another Zoom-bombing occurred during a meeting hosted by Mexican food chain Chipotle, which experienced disruption by a pornographic image, one of the attendees reported on Twitter.

A journalist and contributor to the New York Times Kara Swisher and collaborator Jessica Lessin were forced to shut down a Zoom meeting about challenges women tech leaders face after just 15 minutes because a participant bombed it with the shock video “2 Girls One Cup,” Lessin reported on Twitter. The uninvited participant switched between accounts so the hosts could not block the disruption, she said.

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Zoom Bombers.jpeg

Numerous instances of online conferences being disrupted by pornographic images, hate speech or even threats can be mitigated using some platform tools.

Officials at Zoom have released tips for users of their video-conferencing platform to help avoid getting “Zoom-bombed” by trolls and even more serious threat actors during online meetings.

The developers of the online video-conferencing service cautioned users to avoid sharing Zoom meeting links publicly and widely on social media and to use some simple management tools within the system to help avoid scenarios in which uninvited participants disrupt meetings in unpleasant and threatening ways.

“As more people use our platform and host their virtual events using Zoom, we wanted to offer up tips to ensure everyone joining an event does so with good intentions,” according to a recent Zoom blog post on the topic. “Like most other public forums, it’s possible to have a person (who may or may not be invited) disrupt an event that’s meant to bring people together.

zoom bombers 3.jpeg

The company posted in response to numerous reports of threat actors upending Zoom meetings with hate speech such as racist messages, threats of sexual harassment, and pornographic images that drive meeting participants offline or force the meeting to be abruptly cancelled. Some of the attacks have even go so far as to threaten those attending the meeting with physical harm.

Zoom has become the de facto platform for the post-Covid-19 business environment as the pandemic has forced workers to stay at home while still conducting every-day business.

Organizations ranging from corporations to small businesses to schools to fitness instructors and even therapists are now meeting clients online using Zoom amid the quarantine and stay-at-home orders that have rolled out globally in the wake of the coronavirus’ rapid spread.

However, it didn’t take long for threat actors to sabotage this new way of conducting business by using public links to hop on meetings to shock, taunt or scare users.

zoom bombers 2.jpeg

In one such episode in California, unknown participants crashed a school-district Zoom meeting with chants of the N-word, cackles, pornographic images, and even threats that they would find out the home addresses of the attendees. Another Zoom-bombing occurred during a meeting hosted by Mexican food chain Chipotle, which experienced disruption by a pornographic image, one of the attendees reported on Twitter.

A journalist and contributor to the New York Times Kara Swisher and collaborator Jessica Lessin were forced to shut down a Zoom meeting about challenges women tech leaders face after just 15 minutes because a participant bombed it with the shock video “2 Girls One Cup,” Lessin reported on Twitter. The uninvited participant switched between accounts so the hosts could not block the disruption, she said.

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With the kind of situation the world is facing today, many business owners are worried. COVID-19 may not directly affect many businesses, but it does affect their workforces. 

In China, for example, early this year, they have decided to lock down many cities. This forced people to stay in their homes, leaving offices unstaffed. Companies were in turn forced to implement work-from-home arrangements and those that were caught unprepared faced problems.

This can happen to anyone at this time. As the number of COVID-19 cases around the world continues to rise, so is the possibility of instituting similar lockdowns. Thus, any business owner would be wise to prepare a business continuity protocol.

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Basically, the idea of business continuity centres around keeping your business running despite any major event like the COVID-19 pandemic. If your staff is not around to run your business processes, what would you do?

Forcing your team to go to the office is not an option. Their safety should always be a priority. With that, your business should have these measures in place in case everyone has to stay home.

COMMUNICATION

Remote teams need reliable channels of communication to keep a business going. Free chat apps like Facebook Messenger would work, but they aren’t always the best. 

For one, message threads are not quite organised in these apps. Usually, the most recent messages appear on top, followed by later ones as you scroll down. But it’s not always the most recent message that’s the most important.

Privacy is another issue. What is sent in a group chat can be seen by every member of the group, so what if you have a message intended only for a few members? That means another group chat has to be created just for that purpose. This is totally inefficient, as the team members would get overwhelmed with so many different group chats.

Communication software that is tailored for businesses is the better option. The popular app Slack, for example, allows users to create separate threads, each with its own privacy settings. With this, each unique topic can have its own thread and only specific people can see each one.

These apps also support voice and video calling, which is important in case you would want something similar to a face-to-face meeting. It’s just like having a virtual boardroom with everyone just in their homes.

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Some teams coordinate all of their activity through chat apps. However, when it comes to deliverables, there are certain roadblocks in these apps that can make you and your team members less productive.

One problem is that important messages would get lost in threads over time. It’s very hard to scroll up a conversation that has dozens of messages to find them. The search function may work, but what if you don’t know what to look for?

This is where Project Management software comes in. Think of Trello, Basecamp, or Asana. These apps combine communication with task assignment, delegation, setting deadlines, and many others. 

With these apps, information is organised similar to online forums, where there are specific pages for specific topics. With this, the important things are much easier to find. This would also ensure that questions, comments, and suggestions are related to those topics only. That way, you would avoid having a mishmash of messages on the same thread.

CLOUD STORAGE

If your team were to work remotely, they would need a way to send, receive, and store files off-site. While email can work for this, it is just too cumbersome especially when your team regularly exchange files with each other. An example is when a single pitch deck gets updated often.

For a more efficient way to pass files amongst each other, cloud storage solutions like Dropbox or Google Drive are the best. With these, you can synchronise files across all members of your team. So if one person edits a document, everyone else can access that edited version. 

Another advantage is that your files are stored in the cloud. So in case someone’s computer malfunctions, the files in the cloud are still there. Everyone else still has access to them. 

Cloud storage solutions also have privacy settings. This way, you can restrict access to sensitive files to only a few people. 

With these measures in place, you can protect your business from the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. More so if you have the expertise of a managed IT services company by your side.

Is your business in Ireland? Do you need an IT solutions provider in Wicklow? Contact us now at IT Support 4U. We are always here to help. 

Get in contact with us on support@itsupport4u.ie or call 0404-62773 / 01-9015737 and we can login and get things started for you. 

The threat of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 has reached pandemic levels. This has forced so many companies to implement work from home setups for their employees, as more and more cities are put under strict quarantine measures. 

However, despite how advanced our technology is these days, many business owners admit that it is still quite a daunting task to set up systems that allow their teams to work from home. 

To ease the burden, here are the basic things you would need to know about work from home setups. 

COMPUTER

The workhorse of the modern workplace is the computer. Either desktops or laptops are fine, as long as they can accomplish the tasks that your teams must get done. Your employees may already have computers of their own, so there is often no need to buy separate ones for them as you implement remote working procedures.

MONITOR

When working from home, not just any monitor will do. To get the most out of a monitor, a spec called resolution is something to take into account. Resolution refers to the number of pixels that a monitor can accommodate. Common ones are 1366×768, 1440×900, and 1920×1080 pixels. 

A resolution of 1920×1080, also known as ‘Full HD’, is a good starting point for monitors. It provides a good deal of vertical space for working with documents and spreadsheets, and it also has a lot of horizontal space for design software. Full HD monitors can work well for most employees.

If the functions of your business require greater screen space, then consider investing in higher-resolution monitors like ones with ‘Quad HD’ resolution, which is at 2560×1440 pixels. This is perfect for professionals who want to get the most out of their virtual workspace.

Monitors can also do wonders for laptop users. Having an external monitor allows them to work on two screens at once, or they can use the monitor as their main screen if the laptop screen has a low resolution.

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PROJECT MANAGEMENT

One important thing for remote teams is the delegation of tasks. People need to know who tasks are assigned to, to whom they should address any concerns, and how to prioritise their work. This is exactly what project management software can do, and more. Apps like Basecamp, Asana, and Trello are software tools that enable you to manage your teams from a distance. They also allow real-time communication, file sharing, and collaboration all in one app. 

REMOTE DESKTOP PROTOCOL

Windows users can take advantage of the remote desktop capability of the operating system. The biggest advantage of this is that an employee can access his work PC from home, which removes the need to transfer files, install programs, and set up credentials in the home PC. In other words, using remote access will be as if the employee is in the office.

INTERNET CONNECTION

Working from home demands an internet connection that is stable and reliable. This is especially true for work that involves bandwidth-intensive tasks like video editing, animation, and teleconferencing. Thus, it is best to have a wired internet connection, such as DSL, cable, or fibre-optic. 

The best consistency of network access can be ensured by high-speed, unlimited-data fibre-optic internet connections. Though a bit more expensive, they are the most reliable, especially for real-time collaboration and teleconferencing.

ROUTER AND LAN

Typically, telcos provide a router to each of their clients. This is essential as it provides internet access to all of your devices. For smartphones, Wi-Fi is the only option. For PCs, however, it is better to connect them through a LAN cable. 

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Wiring the computer to the router works better as LAN cables have higher bandwidth capacity than Wi-Fi, as well as faster transmission speeds. This means that the connection to teleconferencing software, cloud-based apps, other internet-dependent systems remains fairly consistent all day. Wi-Fi is prone to interference and dropouts, which bring down productivity. Wired LAN, however, rarely encounters those issues.

In this time of a great global health crisis, your business does not have to go down. Remote work setups can do wonders, and can allow your business to thrive even in these trying times.

Here at IT Support 4U, we understand that many people need help in setting up remote work processes for their teams. Our expertise as a managed IT services provider in Wicklow is here to lend a hand. Give us a call today and let us know how we can help you.

Get in contact with us on support@itsupport4u.ie or call 0404-62773 / 01-9015737 and we can login and get things started for you. 

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Daily Motivation for those who are self isolating or Working From Home – #WFH #PositiveCoronavirusNews

If you want Success, go and get it!

The only person stopping you, is you!

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