OIVAC – Online International Virtual Assistants Convention

It’s a Steal! 5 by 5 pm on 5/5

It’s a steal! OK. Maybe not quite a steal… but it’s still one heck of a bargain! The OIVAC is celebrating the number 5. Purchase any 5 sessions by 5pm on 5/5 and you will receive passes to attend 2 sessions for FREE!

Yep, that’s right. Buy a 5 session pass (only $100.00) by no later than 5pm on Cinco de Mayo (5/5) – and you get 2 FREE passes. That’s 7 passes to presentations provided by industry leaders on topics relevant to today’s virtual professional for the price of 5.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it?!

Well, that’s not all….

Not only do you get access to 2 additional OIVAC sessions at no charge – you can give your free passes to anyone with an e-mail address, internet connection and the desire to learn! Give a FREE pass to a client, co-worker, spouse, mother, child, nephew, neighbor… or redeem yourself.

Simply buy a 5 session pass by 5pm on 5/5, and in your confirmation you will automatically receive the details on how to redeem or gift your 2 FREE passes.

Of course, no need to wait til the last minute! The OIVAC 5 special starts now, so navigate to www.oivac.com and buy your 5 session pass today!

Call for Moderators:

If you would like to serve as a moderator during the OIVAC this year, be a part of this international event, and get your name known and out there to fellow VAs and business people, contact Anita at anita@akavirtualpa.com.au or Nikki onnikki@scribes.net.au.

Training sessions will take place next week on 7 and 8 May – times to be confirmed. It’s seriously very easy to do and you do get a blurb of what to say as well as sitting in for free at the session.

Open Sessions:

Speaking of sessions, we have several FREE activities scheduled this year.

* International Virtual Assistants Day Celebration – VAs celebrate the industry and our contributions to the growth & stability of small
businesses, awarding of Thomas Leonard International Virtual Assistant of Distinction and Janet Jordan Achievement Awards; Keynote Speaker Susan Solovic, CEO of SBTV.com; State of the Industry presentation; and distribution of prizes and giveaways
* Networking Sessions – Opportunities to meet and greet VAs from around the globe
* Exhibitor Halls and Trade Show – Network and chat with VA organizations, vendors and grab downloads, giveaways, etc.
* Four Sponsor Sessions – Learn about some VA organizations, benefits of becoming a member and get to meet the leadership
* Certification and Accreditation – Open discussion about pros and cons and VA organizations offering credentialling opportunities
* Intro to the Virtual Assistance Industry – Sessions where potential and aspiring VAs can get answers to questions about the industry
* Understanding Your Client through Market Research – Better define your business’ future growth through target audience research, impacting successful marketing plans/campaigns

Yes, they are all free and open to the public activities. Stop by and check them out. These are all no-cost opportunities to speak up, ask questions, give input, and have a good time!

And, don’t forget the 37 seminars given by expert VAs, niche specialists and Internet-based business leaders, waiting to share their insight and knowledge. Read profiles of our exceptional array of presenters here.

Take advantage of the 5 by 5 p.m. on 5/5 special or signup for the entire convention and receive mp3 recordings along with your purchase. And, you don’t have to travel, worry about hotel, meals, leaving family friends or clients.Visit OIVAC and check out the schedule for details.

4th Annual Online International Virtual Assistants Convention

I just got this update from the OIVAC today …

“X” marks the spot on your calendar for this year’s 4th Annual Online International Virtual Assistants Convention (OIVAC).

“Jammies” and your favorite chair are just the style for the cost-effective, daily, 8 a.m. to 12 midnight, Thursday, May 14, 2009 – Saturday, May 16, 2009 online Convention. Highlights of this year’s event include exciting features like: Social Networking, Fundamentals Of Copywriting,1 Shopping Cart, QuickBooks and technology topics like Google Analytics, W3C, CSS, Advanced Microsoft Office and WordPress.

Also offered: never-before-seen activities and training, product demonstrations, seminars on business planning and marketing, and other
informative and business enhancing topics. Prizes and awards, exhibits and trade show booths, too! And don’t forget our famous Blog Hopping and Podcast Tour that kicked off on April 13th.

That’s three days of powerful stimulation! And just so you know, there is still time to get your name on the attendance list. It’s so easy to order
your “tickets,” so you can meet up with your friends and colleagues, and create a network of new contacts. Make it a point to stop by www.oivac.com today. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

… Now, as a side note, I will be presenting the QuickBooks seminar, so be sure to sign up!

10 Most Extraordinary Twitter Updates

I would like to share an excerpt from a post I was reading on Mashable today…

Twitter updates are used to communicate everything from birthday wishes to political opinions. But there are some special, shining cases where the status update has been used to do some extraordinary things, from marriage proposals to breaking news, and much more.

The following are 10 of the most extraordinary and creative uses of Twitter updates. These amazing updates have made the news, pushed the boundaries of what the status update can do, and have even fundamentally changed people’s lives.

Read the whole story 10 Most Extraordinary Twitter Updates.

My Request for Creating Custom Twitter Backgrounds

I’ve been using Twitter for a while now, and also use it for my clients and I started doing custom backgrounds in Photoshop several months ago. I tend to think of custom backgrounds in 3 categories: good, boring, and frustrating.

The good backgrounds are the ones that are creative or have good contact information AND are optimized for smaller screens. Let’s face it, how many of us use laptops and are using 15″ (or smaller) screens?

The boring backgrounds are the plain standard backgrounds that you choose from in Twitter.

The frustrating backgrounds are the ones where the Tweeple are TRYING to have a good background, but because they have little or no concept of how the viewer’s screen size affects how their background looks to the viewer, half their information gets cut off by the bottom of the screen, the Twitter box or the right side of the screen. What if I DO want to connect with you on Facebook, LinkedIn or call you? I can’t because your information is chopped off and you potentially lost a valuable connection.

Here are MY suggestions for optimizing the viewability of your Twitter background:

  • Don’t put anything important on the right side. Keep that for the “pretty” stuff because unless I’m viewing it on a 21″ monitor I probably won’t see it anyway.
  • Keep the information on the left side no farther than about 130-150 pixels from the left edge (even less if you can swing it). Up to 150 pixels from the left is still visible on my husband’s 15″ laptop.
  • Keep the information on the left side no farther down than about 550 pixels from the top edge (again, even less if you can swing it).

I can not even begin to tell you how frustrating it is for me (even on my 17″ widescreen laptop) when I can’t see the contact information.  You are much more likely to have someone visit a web site, send you an email, connect with you on other social networks, etc. if they can see the information right on their screen.  We are pretty lazy as a society (yes, I’m part of that society), and we don’t want to have to click on your web site link in your bio area (You DO have a web site or other information link on your Twitter profile don’t you?  That’s a whole other can of worms.) and search around your web site to find how to contact you.

So, bottom line, if you are creating your own Twitter background (or having someone do it for you), please check to see what it looks like on at least as small a monitor as a 15″

Here is a resource I found very helpful when I don’t remember the dimensions (which is more often than I care to admit). Croncast

Happy Tweeting!

Social Media Marketing Efforts Should Not Equal Advertising

I am not an “auto follower” on Twitter – I check out the profiles and web sites of people/businesses who follow me before deciding whether or not to follow them back. I recently was checking the profiles of the Twitter users who recently followed me to see if I wanted to reciprocate the follow. One of the first things I noticed about one of my new followers was their two word bio – not very enticing. The second thing I noticed is that every single one of their Tweets had the link to their web site in it…EVERY ONE. Obviously this business did not get the memo about rule number one of social media marketing – It’s not about advertising, it’s about building relationships with your target audience. Needless to say, they did not earn my follow.