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Use This Magic Word When Googling for Tech Support

August 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Adding one word to your Google searches will help find solutions faster.

The next time you’re pulling your hair out over a technical support issue, you might want to try this simple trick to help you find real answers to the problem you’re experiencing:

Add “solved” to your search query. Rather than just describe your problem, i.e. “Outlook won’t sync to my Droid smartphone,” try adding +SOLVED to the end of the search. Many tech support message boards use “[SOLVED]” to close threads on technical support issues.

One other trick is to use ~solved instead of +solved. Using the “~” (the tilde) tells Google to not only look for “solved,” but also synonyms for solved, such as “fixed,” “resolved,” etc.

Solved stampGetting great results from Google is usually a matter of writing better queries. Here’s a helpful article on ways to improve your search skills, straight from Google:

http://www.google.com/support/websearch/bin/answer.py?answer=136861

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Sign Etiquette: Post with Permission (& Network!)

July 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Differentiate yourself with common courtesy.

Directional signs. At Oakley Signs & Graphics, we supply agents with a lot of directional and open house tent signs to help direct street traffic to their listings. They’re an inexpensive and useful way to increase exposure.

Posting directional signs can be tricky business sometimes. Local ordinances may impact sign usage and there are also neighborhood associations to consider. Unfortunately, the poor habits of a few agents who don’t remember to clean up their signs after open houses can make sign usage for others a real hassle.

But have you ever considered that the humble OPEN HOUSE directional is a great opportunity to network with people in the neighborhood? The next time you’re scouting locations for your sign, why not knock on the doors of a few people with prime intersection real estate? Try asking for permission to post your sign with a script like the following:

“Hi, I’m hosting an open house for one of your neighbors at 123 MAIN ST., and I was wondering if I might have your permission to post a sign on your corner for the next few hours.”

Whether or not they consent, invite them down to see the open house (and try the refreshments, if you have them). If they do give you permission, remember to drop them a thank you note with your business card when you pick up the sign.

[Click here to learn about how agents are following-up with clients and prospects after open houses!]

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