I’ve been reading a lot about “Zoombombing” in the news lately. Zoombombing is when an uninvited guest joins your meeting and sometimes posts inappropriate videos, links or images. While there is never a guarantee that anything on the Internet is completely un-hackable, there are a couple of very simple solutions to prevent it.
SOLUTION #1: DON’T MAKE YOUR ZOOM MEETING LINK PUBLIC
A zoom bomber can’t get into your meeting if they can’t find the link. Do not post links to your meetings on public websites, Facebook pages, or social media posts. Instead, personally invite your zoom meeting attendees via text or email. If you are a school or municipality and need to announce an online meeting read my next tip.
SOLUTION #2: REQUIRE REGISTRATION
If you absolutely must post a zoom meeting link publicly, choose the option to require registration when setting up the meeting. This is a good solution for schools and municipalities where meetings are open to the township, etc. All paid plans have the option to require registration.
You will find it when scheduling a meeting on Zoom’s website. You can then post the zoom meeting link which will take people to a registration page where they will be required to enter their name and email address (and any other information you wish to capture). Registrants will immediately receive an email containing the link to the zoom meeting. Although this is not a fool proof solution, at least you will capture the email address of the zoom bomber.
We hope you find this helpful and will calm any fears of using Zoom for your meetings. Be smart. Be safe.
Hello friends. We're all in the same boat! We are trying to adjust to this work at home environment and doing our best to keep business moving forward. For some of you, that is not possible. Perhaps you've had to close your business for the time being. And for others, business has slowed to a crawl. So what can YOU do during this slow time to drum up business?
Take advantage of this time to work on your marketing efforts. One of the BEST marketing avenues is Email Marketing. Email marketing has proven to be one of the most effective forms of advertising. But how do you get started, you may wonder? Let me share with you a few valuable tips...
Step 1: Sign up with a reputable email marketing service. MailChimp, Constant Contact, Vertical Response are all great services. Compare prices and options. We personally like MailChimp the best.
Step 2: Add an opt-in form to your website. This will allow people to sign up to receive emails from you.
Step 3: Create compelling emails with valuable information for your clients and prospects.
You might be saying to yourself, "Great Eric, but HOW DO I GROW MY EMAIL LIST?"
Answer: Develop a powerful Lead Magnet!
A Lead Magnet is a valuable piece of content that you give to your audience for free in exchange for an email. These can be in the form of a cheatsheet, checklist, guide, report, emailable tips, etc., that would be valuable to your clients.
Questions to ask to develop a great lead magnet:
Finally, use this downtime to promote the lead magnet on social media!
Promote the heck out of your free lead magnet. Write a blog post about it, create a newsletter, create social media posts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with your free offer. Use Instagram and Facebook stories to make videos on the topic and then tell people about the free item you're giving away. Be creative! Have fun with it.
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Stay home, stay safe, stay busy,
I am extremely excited to announce that I am going "ALL IN" on Visual Media! After 27 years of running this business part-time, I'm making it my full-time hustle. Read my email announcement and let me know if I may be of service to help grow your business.
Click over to webdesignledger.com to read 5 graphic design trends in 2020 that you’ll need to be looking out for. Happy New Year! Here's looking forward to a great 2020.
Traditional thought has long centered around sending emails Tuesday through Thursday mornings between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Conventional wisdom and past studies have shown that these hours are when many people read their emails. However, more recent studies have since pointed to other optimal times.
One cross-industry report found unique open rates averaged 21.7 percent between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m., and 17.6 percent between midnight and 4 a.m. Those night owls also had the highest clickthrough rates.
Another study determined mobile activity peaks between 9 p.m. and midnight, that Monday emails produce the highest ROI, and that Friday emails produce the highest clickthrough rates. Saturdays and Sundays produced the lowest sales volumes, but the highest open and clickthrough rates in this study.
Some research indicates emails are most effective within the first hours of delivery; that’s when almost 24 percent of all emails are opened. Interestingly, virtually no emails are opened 24 hours or longer after they’ve been delivered.
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I am Eric Acevedo, a web site designer and Internet Marketing specialist. Here is where I blog about web tips, ideas, and information about how the web can help your business.