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Creating Infographics with PowerPoint

Creating Infographics with PowerPoint

Infographics are a great way of sharing important information or step-by-step instructions. It allows you to present data visually in a clear, simple manner, which allows readers to follow along easily and offers them the ability to refer back to the information at a glance. Using images in social media and newsletters is key in today’s market as it draws attention to your message and brand, which can ultimately increase your conversions. Creating infographics can be a fun way to take your business to another level and you can use PowerPoint to do just that.

I found this awesome article from Hubspot, a fantastic website focused on marketing, that I refer to frequently when working with clients as they offer many tips and strategies for marketing.  This article also has templates you can download to create your infographics. Find all the info and templates HERE!

Virtually Yours,
April

Font Squirrel

Font Squirrel

If you enjoy creating quote graphics or sales page banners or anything that involves using various types of fonts, you’ll find Font Squirrel to be an awesome resource for providing you with unique fonts to express the emotion you want to convey. An example is shown for each font and they also provide a font filter, allowing you to search by different categories.. All fonts are 100% free for commercial use, with exception to the ‘Almost Free’ tab.

There are 19 pages of fonts, in alphabetical order by name, with a download link beside each example. They also have a sidebar widget, showing the font categories and the number of different fonts in each category, which you can click and be brought to a specific category page. Font Squirrel  is quick and easy for finding and downloading fonts to use for all types of applications, giving a unique look to your message or brand.

Virtually Yours,
April

Key Ingredients for Success in Your Business

Key Ingredients for Success in Your Business

The most important aspects of success in a business these days is authenticity, transparency, consistency and in being “generative” (love the meaning of this word- see article). I definitely identified with this article I read on Mosaic Hub by Suzanne Tulien. Suzanne states that these aspects or ingredients are important in your personal branding, but I feel that it’s important in your overall success in life.

People can typically tell if the person standing in front of them speaking/selling is truthful in what they say. If you don’t believe what you are saying it will be noticed. You must believe, deep down in your heart, that what you have to offer is truly of value and that the main goal in your offering is that it helps people obtain success, reach a goal, fill a need or solve a problem. Making money should be secondary. You need to show the passion you have for your product. Once you can do that, it will show in every aspect of your life.

Be your truest, most authentic you at all times. Live it. Breathe it. Walk the Talk. Become the best you can be by learning new things, facing new challenges, being a servant to others. That’s what success in life is really about. Enjoy the article and if you find value in it, please share it with others.

Read it HERE

Virtually Yours,

April

Keeping Your Website & Online Presence Secure

Keeping Your Website & Online Presence Secure

Many small business owners create a new website to introduce themselves to the online world, showcase their skills, sell their goods, post blogs and interact with potential and current clients among other reasons. In order to do that with regularity, online security should be your top priority.

When you create a website in Word Press and possibly other web creation sites, the default username assigned to you is ‘admin’.  User names of ‘admin’ are often targeted by hackers. Unfortunately, user names cannot be changed. If you want to keep your website secure and safe from hackers and bots, it is imperative that you add a new username inside your Word Press (or other website) admin panel; one that cannot be easily guessed and that you will remember. You would then delete the user called ‘admin’. Here are instructions for changing your website username:

  1. Add a new user with a username that is NOT ‘admin’ or a variation of ‘admin’
  2. Set role to Administrator.
  3. Set personal information carefully; this will be your new main Administrator account.
  4. Select a strong password (see more below). Mix uppercase and lowercase letters, use numbers and allowed punctuation marks.
  5. Check the box to have Word Press email the user info to you.
  6. Log out of your admin username account.
  7. Log in with your new account.
  8. You can then delete the user named ‘admin’

Along with changing the username, it is important that you select a password that is difficult to guess or interpret. Your password should have different variables; uppercase, lowercase, numbers and symbols. There are random password generators online that will issue you ASCII character passwords. This site will give you a random 64 character password containing the type of characters you need for all of the sites you access that need to be highly secure. Gibson Research Corporation is a secure, safe site, which randomly generates passwords every time you refresh the page.

If that is too much for you (however, the longer the password, the harder to get hacked), there are many other sites online or you can just create your own, but make sure to use a combination of characters without a pattern.

lock-156641_640Of course, when you have 64 digit passcodes, you cannot possibly remember them.  Yes, you can write them down and keep them in a safe place. Another option is to sign up for a  password management system online that you can use to store all of your passwords, with one master password to access the program. I use Roboform and I love it. There are others as well and many free like LastPass and an open source program called Keepass. The basic features of all of the programs are the same, but vary slightly in some ways.

Having strong usernames and even stronger passwords, not only for your website(s), but also for your social media, banking and bill-paying sites, will keep you from having to re-invent your online presence, which costs tons of time and maybe even money. If you have any questions or I can help in any way, feel free to email me April@aprilrhunter.com

Virtually Yours,
April

 

 

 

 

 

Photobucket Revisited

Photobucket Revisited

It’s been many years since I have used Photobucket. Recently I volunteered to help out a connection on LinkedIn by beta-testing a new feature on Photobucket.  Photobucket now offers personal hashtags that when used on Twitter, Photobucket and/or Instagram, the photo(s) appear in your Photobucket library. I tested this feature out and it’s amazing!

Not only can YOU add photos and VIDEOS to your Photobucket library by adding your hashtag, your friends can add photos and videos to your library as well by using your hashtag!

Since it has been many years since I have used Photobucket, I found some other features I love:

  • Option of making an album private or public
  • Custom titles for your photos and/or videos
  • Photo editing! – You can add effects, frames, stickers; change the brightness, contrast, orientation, resizing, etc.
  • Browse other members public photos and videos and “like” them, comment on them
  • Mobile app provided

Check out Photobucket today to store all of your images and videos, whether you share them publicly or not. I am glad I signed up again. I didn’t know what I was missing!

Virtually Yours,
April

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

November. The month of thanks.  On this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for so much in my life.

My Health – As I get older I start to realize that one day in the not so distant future I will most likely become frail and ache from time to time. I am thankful today that I still have the use of my limbs and that I can climb stairs and lift heavy things without much effort. I can still ride a bike and run. I don’t take any medications, my blood pressure and cholesterol are both under control and my general overall health is great!

My Children – First and foremost my two adult daughters are healthy. They are also smart, beautiful and successful. I am so very proud of what they have already accomplished and what they will continue to accomplish as they progress through life.

My Mom – Although dealing with my elderly mother can be trying at times (it has been a true test of patience), I am thankful she is still with me at 82 years of age. She has not had an easy life and as time goes on she is starting to become forgetful, but can still get around on her own and stays busy. I am thankful for every day she is here.

My soul mate and the love of my life – Gerry is an angel sent from above. He makes me a better person and shows me every day what the definition of love is. And even though he’s a relatively new addition to my life, he has already changed it in positive ways too numerous to count. We love deeply and completely. A true blessing not only for me, but for others as well.

My friends/colleagues – I have acquired some new connections this year for which I am extremely thankful. They have all made growing my business so worth it. The support they give me and the confidence they have in me makes me want to push forward in order to serve others as well.

My business – This year I made a decision to make what was a side business into a full time career. Yes, it’s a huge leap of faith, but having people in my life who support and motivate me helps immensely and I am excited and so looking forward to what 2014 will bring.

I am thankful that I have a roof over my head and food in the fridge. I am thankful that I have a pillow to lay my head on every night. I am thankful I can see the fall colors outside my window, smell the wood burning in the fireplace, wrap my arms around my loved ones and feel peace in my heart.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your loved ones!

Virtually Yours,
April