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Setting Up a WordPress Website, Part I
Wednesday, March 19th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

Last month, we discussed "All About WordPress" which was a general overview about what this great content management system is all about.  This month, we will take things a big step further.  We will be "setting up" a WordPress.org website.  This will include getting a Server Space ready, looking at the Software files, activating the WordPress platform, going through the basic Settings area in the software, looking at some Themes and setting one up, and creating some initial blank Pages and Posts to get our content started.  This lecture will be all about the first steps in designing a WordPress website!

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Setting Up a WordPress Site, Part I

All About WordPress
Wednesday, February 19th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

Join us for the next Flag Tech Talk featuring a discussion on "WordPress". We will talk about some of the background of this hot Content Management System. Find out the differences between WordPress.org and WordPress.com, look at some of our favorite Plug-ins, and learn about Security Issues. We will also delve into some website Control Panels and show you around a little, so you get to see an inside look at how it works!

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All About WordPress

LinkedIn for Your Professional Life and Business
Wednesday, January 15th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by
Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

Join us for the next Flag Tech Talk featuring a discussion on the business social media site called "LinkedIn". We will discuss tips on how to build a strong professional profile within the platform. Get an inside view on how to use this social media to connect with others in the business world. We will also talk about developing a page within LinkedIn to market your business. LinkedIn is a great resource for business networking and we will help you use it effectively.

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LinkedIn for Your Professional Life and Business

Analyzing Your Website Statistics
Wednesday, December 18th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

This discussion will be all about reviewing your website statistics to see how well your online marketing is going. This is one of the most underused benefits of having a website. No other form of marketing can give you so much information like: how many visitors have you had, how many pages have they looked at, where did they find you, what search words did they use to find you... We will be looking at a number of webstat programs that are standard on most web servers or can be installed into your site like Webalizer, AwStats, Google Analytics, Yahoo/Bing stats, and a few others. Come make better use of your online marketing by learning about your website statistics!

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Analyzing Your Website Statistics

Our Favorite Tech Tools
Wednesday, November 20th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by
Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

Join Flag Tech Talk for "Our Favorite Tech Tools". We will show and tell about a number of our favorite apps, websites, devices and programs that can make your tech life more productive. Photo editing, video editing, task management, password management, screen casting, project management and social media management are just some of the topics to be covered. Feel free to bring or talk about your favorite tech tools too!

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Our Favorite Tech Tools

Going Mobile: Are You Ready for the Small Screen?
Wednesday, October 16th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

A huge portion of the public is now viewing websites on SmartPhones. This has led to a whole new view of how websites should look and function. Clearly you still want your core website to have lots of the information so that it has good content and is very searchable. So, the concept of making a separate Mobile Website or Webpage is now a new area that small businesses and non-profits should be considering. Along with this, there are now QR Codes (which are those box-like bar codes) that can be used to create an interactive experience with cell phone users. Come to this Flag Tech Talk to learn about how Mobile Websites and QR Codes can enhance your marketing.

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Going Mobile: Are You Ready for the Small Screen?

The Amazing World of Google Apps
Wednesday, September 18th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

This lecture will delve into the vast world of Google Apps.  We will take an in-depth look at the Google Chrome browser figuring out some of the tips and tricks to setting it up and using it to the fullest. 

Then, we will discuss many of the other services available including Gmail, Play, Hangouts, Calendars, and Voice. 

Learn about the cloud technology being used and how you can synch all of your devices so that your computer matches your cell phone.

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The Amazing World of Google Apps


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Wednesday, August 21st at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

Having a website doesn't mean anyone is ever going to find it!

One of the most important things you can do to make your internet presence work for you is to have your site prepared correctly for the search engines.

This discussion will look at lots of techniques to make a website ready for Google, Yahoo, Bing, and the thousands of other engines out there.

Learn all about Meta Tags, Picture/Alt Tags, and how to get more Keywords into your website!

Analyze some website statistics to make the right choices with your marketing.

With this knowledge, your website traffic should sky rocket!

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Using Prezi for Presentations
Wednesday, July 17th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

Are you tired of PowerPoint presentations? Would you like to create more engaging presentations that can be used for meetings, workshops, classes AND be embedded in your website? Come to Flag Tech Talk and learn about Prezi!

With Prezi, you move seamlessly from brainstorming your ideas to presenting them. Zoom out to show the overview of your Prezi, zoom in to examine the details of your ideas, or simply move freely through the prezi and react to your audience's input. Work online to store your Prezis in the cloud and co-edit in real time, from across the room or across the globe.

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How to Prezi


Choosing Accounting Apps & Software for your Business
Wednesday, June 19th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Jody Seibert of The Dog Ate My Books Accounting Services

Accounting is just one part of your business workflow.

We'll talk out how to document your workflow by choosing a suite of software applications to automate and run your business more efficiently.

This is a great opportunity to learn about what accounting software is available online (in the cloud) as well as apps that integrate into your SmartPhone and Tablet.


 
The Battle of the Search Engines
Wednesday, May 15th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Joe Bodin of Reliable Web Designs

The Internet and Search Engines have changed our lives in amazing ways adding an onslaught of readily available information. Through time, we have seen drastic changes in how this information was provided. From Yahoo, who was the original big guy, to Google who then emerged and began their efforts to take over the world. Add into the mix the failing MSN who remade themselves into Bing and have been desperately trying to make a dent in the market. Beyond this, there are literally thousands of other Search Engines out there that each offer something different and special. And now, Social Media sites like FaceBook are doing their best to find their niche in the Searchable process online. During this Tech Talk, we will discuss the different Search Engines trying to figure out what makes which ones better, get everyone's insight into what they like and what they don't, and then look into the future to try to figure out where it is all going.

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The Battle of the Search Engines


 
Technology on a Budget
Wednesday, April 17th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

Do you or your organization need to run on a small IT budget?

Join Flag Tech Talk this month to discuss resources to keep your IT costs down. Is it worth it to buy Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop and other major pieces of software?

Do you need the latest desktop, laptop or tablet?

Are there lower cost or free alternatives?

Find out at April's Flag Tech Talk.

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Technology on a Budget


 
The Pros and Cons of WordPress
Wednesday, March 20th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Joe Bodin of Reliable Web Designs

The idea of WordPress started simply as a Blog format that now has expanded into much more.  This "open source" web software now has lots of flexibility to be used for many different things.  But, are people using it correctly for what it is...? 

We'll take a look at some of the differences between WordPress.com and WordPress.org; analyze the value of WordPress as a marketing tool both from a Search Engine point of view and a Blog and Social Media tool; and try to figure out if it's the right platform for you. 

Come discuss with us the "pros and cons" of using WordPress!

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The Pros and Cons of WordPress


 
Flag Tablet Talk
Wednesday, February 20th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by
Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

The iPad started the trend and there are now hundreds of tablets out there. Even Microsoft is getting in the game. We will discuss the spectrum of choices out there including Android Tablets, iPads, Nooks, Kindle Fire and Windows 8 tablets.

Learn about the different operating systems, which one has the best App markets, and get insights into both the software and hardware that is available. Feel free to bring your own Tablet to learn some tips and tricks!

 

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Wednesday, January 16th at 6 p.m. at Bookman's
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

Having a website doesn't mean anyone is ever going to find it!

One of the most important things you can do to make your internet presence work for you is to have your site prepared correctly for the search engines.

This discussion will look at lots of techniques to make a website ready for Google, Yahoo, Bing, and the thousands of other engines out there.

Learn all about Meta Tags, Picture/Alt Tags, and how to get more Keywords into your website! With this knowledge, your website traffic should sky rocket!

You can also click here to read up more on SEO services provided by our lecturer.

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Pharming, Phishing, Scams and Fraudsters: What YOU need to know to protect your identity and your assets
Wednesday, November 14th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé

Presented by Joe Bodin, "Reliable Web Designs"
  • Ever received an email from your employer requesting that you provide your login and password information due to some software upgrade or glitch?
     
  • Ever receive an email from your bank asking you to provide personal information such as your date of birth, SSN and account number?
     
  • Ever receive an email from a relative claiming to be trapped in a foreign country with no way out unless you wire them funds?

If you said "yes" to any of the above, then you have most likely been the target of a scam.

What YOU need to know to protect your identity and your assets. Join us as we discuss tips for protecting yourself so that you don’t become the next victim with a stolen identity or a bank account that has been zeroed out by a fraudster. We will talk about email scams, domain scams, pop-ups, spyware, adware, and many other forms of fraud. Come discuss how to make sure that you protect yourself from the latest scams.

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Mobile Websites and QR Codes
Wednesday, October 17th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

A huge portion of the public is now viewing websites on SmartPhones. This has led to a whole new view of how websites should look and function. Clearly you still want your core website to have lots of the information so that it has good content and is very searchable. So, the concept of making a separate Mobile Website or Webpage is now a new area that small businesses and non-profits should be considering.

Along with this, there are now QR Codes (which are those box-like bar codes) that can be used to create an interactive experience with cell phone users.

Come to this Flag Tech Talk to learn about how Mobile Websites and QR Codes can enhance your marketing.

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Exploring Windows 8
Wednesday, September 19th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

Microsoft is getting ready to release the newest version of the Windows Operating System, Windows 8 on October 26th. What does this mean to current Windows users? Will my current computer run it? What software will it run? Should I switch? What does it look like? We will show you around a Beta Version of Windows 8 and answer all of these questions and more at our next Flag Tech Talk.

 


 
Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Wednesday, August 15th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

Having a website doesn't mean anyone is ever going to find it!

One of the most important things you can do to make your internet presence work for you is to have your site prepared correctly for the search engines.

This discussion will look at lots of techniques to make a website ready for Google, Yahoo, Bing, and the thousands of other engines out there.

 

You can also click here to read up more on SEO services provided by our lecturer.

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Analyzing Your Website Statistics
Wednesday, July 18th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

This discussion will be all about reviewing your website statistics to see how well your online marketing is going. This is one of the most underused benefits of having a website. No other form of marketing can give you so much information like: how many visitors have you had, how many pages have they looked at, where did they find you, what search words did they use to find you...

We will be looking at a number of webstat programs that are standard on most web servers or can be installed into your site like Webalizer, AwStats, Google Webmaster Tools and Analytics, Yahoo/Bing Webmaster Tools, and a few others. Come make better use of your online marketing by learning about your website statistics!

 

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Choosing Accounting Software
Wednesday, June 20th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Jody Seibert of The Dog Ate My Books

QuickBooks™ is the most common accounting solution available to small businesses, but it is not the only option. During this discussion, we'll talk about the pros and cons of using this software as compared to several cloud based solutions. We'll focus on items to consider when choosing the right software for your business including tips for streamlining your accounting and electronic payment options. This presentation is for the non-accountant. Bring your questions!

We'd like to thank our guest speaker, Jody Seibert, for such an interesting discussion.  To see her PowerPoint presentation, click here.

 


 
All About Android
Wednesday, May 16th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Bret Carpenter of the SBDC.

Android SmartPhone and Tablets...

We will be looking at setup, security, and apps that are available in the Android network.

The discussion will also cover different business uses that you should be using on your device.

Discover the best ways to synch up your device with your Google Account so that you can have your Calendars, Contacts, and Files available to you from your Home, Business and On-The-Go.

Feel free to bring your phone or tablet with you to start using your Android correctly right away.

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Simple Steps to Getting and Maintaining a Website
Wednesday, April 18th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

The process of getting a website sometimes feels like a huge task for a small business owner to conquer. The first step is to understand what it takes to get a website.

This lecture will outline these steps with helpful tips, some cost concepts, and will help you understand what you will have to do to make this happen.

Then, we will also discuss what it will take to be successful in maintaining your site over time, so if you already have a site then you should still attend to see what the long term future holds.

This lecture had a small, but passionate group! We really enjoyed the discussion...!  If you wish to see the screen presentation that went with this lecture, click here.  You can also click here to view more details on the subject right in the middle of the homepage on the presenters website.

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Running Your Business on a Shoestring Budget
Wednesday, March 21st at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by
Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

This month’s Flag Tech Talk will be all about how to run the technology part of your business on a shoestring budget.

If you are a start up or an establish business looking for cost effective computing solutions, come on out.

Free and low cost software will be discussed including office software, photo editing, task management, and accounting.

Also, we will talk about cost effective hardware (laptops, tablets, and workstations), phone systems and other money saving tips.

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Tuesday, February 21st at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

Having a website doesn't mean anyone is ever going to find it! One of the most important things you can do to make your internet presence work for you is to have your site prepared correctly for the search engines. This discussion will look at lots of techniques to make a website ready for Google, Yahoo, Bing, and the thousands of other engines out there.

We had a really great audience to this Tech Talk.  It truly was a nice conversation and the attendees asked a ton of questions!  If you are interested in seeing the screen presentations that went with the lecture, click here or scroll up this page to the more current SEO lecture. Enjoy!

 


 
Flag "Tablet" Talk
Tuesday, January 17th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs" and
Prepared by Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

This coming month, Flag Tech Talk is going to be Flag Tablet Talk! The iPad started the trend and there are now dozens of tablets out there. What is the big deal? Should I buy one? What do I do with the one I just got for Christmas?

We will talk about iPad's versus Android tablets.

We will discuss the things tablets do well and not so well.

Tablet features, apps, synchronization, and accessories will also be part of the discussion. If you have one, bring it!!

We'd like to thank everyone who attended this Tech Talk.

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Social Media Integration
Tuesday, November 15th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

Most of us know that being on FaceBook and Twitter is a key part of marketing our businesses and organizations. It's become something that more and more people believe you have to do to be successful.

This lecture is all about learning to integrate all of the social media options into your internet presence. You will see how you can fit together a Blog, Videos on YouTube, FaceBook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and your Website.

We'd like to thank everyone who attended this Tech Talk.

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Basic Security Tips to Keep You Safe
Tuesday, October 18th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs" and Bret Carpenter
of the SBDC

Learn some of the most basic ways you can protect yourself on the internet. So many people do things that open themselves up to problems on the web without even knowing it. 

Today, there are thousands of websites being hacked, security breaches, computer viruses, email scams, and identity theft that frightens people.  All of this can be minimized or even prevented by some simple techniques to keep yourself safe. 

Join us for a discussion on how to protect yourself in our computerized world.

Look for an article on Flagstaff Business News on Security Issues in their September issue.

 

We'd like to thank everyone who attended this Tech Talk.

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Web Based Business Tools
Tuesday, September 20th at 6 p.m. at Kickstand Kafé
Presented by Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

Have you ever needed a software tool such as a photo editor but do not want to pay for Photoshop?

Does your staff need to be able to share information about customers?

Do you need mobile access to critical business information?

Do you need to work collaboratively on a presentation or document?

Come to Flag Tech Talk's Web Based Business Tools session and find out about free and inexpensive ways to accomplish any of this and more.

We'd like to thank everyone who attended this Tech Talk.

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Search Engine Optimization
Tuesday, August 16th at 6 p.m. at Pizza Furiosa
Presented by Joe Bodin of "Reliable Web Designs"

Having a website doesn't mean anyone is ever going to find it! One of the most important things you can do to make your internet presence work for you is to have your site prepared correctly for the search engines. This discussion will look at lots of techniques to make a website ready for Google, Yahoo, Bing, and the thousands of other engines out there.

We'd like to thank everyone who attended this Tech Talk. If you are interested in seeing the screen presentations that went with the lecture, click here or scroll up this page to the more current SEO lecture. Enjoy!


 
Cutting Through the Technology Hype
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 6 p.m. at Pizza Furiosa
Presented by Bret Carpenter of the SBDC

We are constantly bombarded by marketing hype about The Cloud, Tablets, Android Phones & iPhones, Apps, iPads, Mobility, Chromebooks, the list goes on....

Let's take a sensible look at what all this means to small businesses and organizations.

We will explore what these things are and how they relate to your business.

We'd like to thank everyone who attended this Tech Talk. Bret's presentation was done online on a website called Prezi (which is in The Cloud), so we thought it'd be nice to make it available... Simply click on the presentation and it will begin to play. Enjoy!

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If you have comments or questions about Flag Tech Talk, would like to suggest a class or lecture topic, and/or would like to be a guest speaker, then please contact us at 928-526-6991 or info@flagtechtalk.com. We are always looking to be creative with our discussion series!
 

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