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Bits and Bytes Archive - Bay Area Consultants Network (BACN)

Tools for Scheduling a 1-on-1 Meeting

online scheduling tools

Volker Frank compares online scheduling tools Google Calendar, Doodle, TimeTrade, and ScheduleOnce, and offers his conclusions on which is best for what

Why You Need Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools

Google Webmaster Tools

Sallie Goetsch explains why you need Webmaster Tools in addition to Google Analytics. Reasons include notification when your site is down or has security problems, and the ability to ask Google to re-index your site.

Why Meetup.com

List of business meeting in Marin

Sallie Goetsch (organizer of the East Bay WordPress Meetup) explains how consultants can benefit from joining and starting meetups. It’s work to run a meetup, but it will position you as a thought leader, introduce you to great people, and bring you clients.


Livescribe pen and tablet

Terry Gault demonstrates Livescribe, the digital pen and recording device that transforms note-taking and meetings.

The New BACN

BACN's 2013 SlideShare stats

Harry Chapman discusses the formation of the new BACN 501(c)6 nonprofit organization and shares the statistics from BACN’s SlideShare site (which we use to host our speaker slides).

SEO: Don’t Believe the Hype


Every day consultants receive email messages, and sometimes telephone calls, from companies promising to put them on the front page of Google. Now, if you can’t get on the first page of search results for your name or business name, either you need to change your name or rebuild your website from the bottom up. […]

Why Dragon Naturally Speaking


Michael North explains how using Dragon Naturally Speaking has saved him 12 hours a week and freed up his thinking.

7 Apps to Increase Your Productivity

7 apps that will make you more productive immediately

Waze (free for iOS and Android) QuickVoice (iOS only, $15) BestParking (web and mobile, free) Skype (free Skype-to-Skype; 2.1 cents/minute to land or cell) SuperTinTin ($29.95) Dropbox (free up to 2 GB) Evernote (free; premium is $45/year) Square (free device; transaction fees comparable to PayPal) (That looks like 8 apps, but it’s really 7.5, because SuperTinTin won’t do you […]

The 5-15 Report

The 5-15 Report (with clock)

Judy Baker explains the 5-15 report popularized by Patagonia: it takes 15 minutes to write and 5 minutes to read, and it lets you know what got done, what worked, and one action that each team member can take to improve the project.


How I met Prezi

Terry Gault explained Prezi, the web-based presentation application that gets you out of the PowerPoint mindset by using a single canvas rather than a series of slides. Warning: it might make you a little dizzy.