Fresh Drink on a Nice Day; Vodka Watermelon Cooler!

Blend it all, add lime wedges and ice and enjoy!

Blend it all, add lime wedges and ice and enjoy!

It’s what we do best. No, not drink one of our fave Spring/Summer beverages, Watermelon & Vodka Punch (although it may be a close second!) At Dasheroo what we try to do best is follow the trusty mantra: a picture, or pie chart in this instance, is worth a thousand words. Mix it up in as large or small of a concoction as you want, simply following the ratios to the right. Santé!

If you’re not a whiz behind the bar here’s step-by-step instructions!

Qwickbyte: Do You Know Your Google Pagerank?

Your website pages have a Google Pagerank (1-10, 10 being the highest or “Google’s Rank ”) which is an algorithm concocted by the Chief Googler’s a long time ago. Used to be that Google Pagerank was THE thing that ranked your page but now there are more than 200 ranking signals that blend to get you your rank. Inbound links also affect your Pagerank so you want inbound links but more importantly they should have a high PR and the content needs to be relevant to yours to have a + affect your Pagerank. One more thing, getting a pagerank from 2-3 is way easier than getting it from 6-7 so be patient.

To check your pagerank go here. It’s free.
To check your inbound links and their ranks, go here. It’s also free.

Track our Startup’s Progress with Business Dashboards – We’ve Got Collaboration!

Last week we talked about our exciting progress, but we kicked it up a notch this week! Great job guys! Here goes:

  • First, we’re into ‘insights’, not ‘widgets’…truly useful and info-packed metrics visualized for you!
  • Business dashboards you can add Insights to AND you can customize it to your liking.
  • We’ve got COLLABORATION!
  • We can’t even stand it anymore!
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Our first stab at what a business dashboard could look like. Cool eh?

  • We’re rolling out more Insights, next up to tackle? GOOGLE! It’s gonna be a biggie, that one.
  • If you haven’t seen our Facebook page it’s up, there’s a ton of great information there about how to boost business and how to look at data.Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 10.27.25 AM
  • We’ve got Twitter! Already a whopping 100 followers in just a few days too. Again, loaded with information and fun. Follow us please.
  • In our “WHO CHARTED?” series you’ll find some funny ass charts.

We’re on our way to getting a ton of people on the early access list and we’re limiting it, so if you want to secure your spot get on it today.

We can’t wait for next week!

How To Create a Google Mobile Ad

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Our buds over at eMarketer say that mobile advertising spending is going to rise by 75% in the coming year! Holy cow! What does that mean for you? You need to be a part of that mix and Google and Facebook are on the forefront of the spending growth.

How to create your mobile ad from Google Adwords help:

Not sure if you’ve selected the “Mobile devices with full browsers” setting in Adwords so your ads can show on high-end mobile devices? Keep in mind that if you’re already using enhanced campaigns, your ads will be eligible to run across all devices.

Here’s how to check the device settings in your account:

  1. Sign in to your AdWords account at
  2. Go to your Campaigns page and select the campaign where you want to have mobile ads.
  3. Click the Settings tab.
  4. In the Networks and devices section, click Edit next to Devices.
  5. Select Let me choose…
  6. Make sure that Mobile devices with full browsers is checked.
  7. Click Save if you’ve made any changes.

Now you’ve got a mobile ad for Google. And if you’ve got a mix of mobile ads and regular ads, as far as we can tell mobile ads will automatically render if the reader is on a mobile device. One more thing, of course if mobile ads are on the rise so is there cost, check out this Forbes article.

How to Get Your CRM Sh*t Together

Customers make your business successful and you always want more of ‘em. Where do you get them? They’re probably sitting under your nose man!  Where to start? Take 30 minutes each day for ONE WEEK and do the following whether you’re just starting out or you’re a 10 year old company.

Day 1. Download ALL of your contacts from your email client. (Outlook, Gmail, etc.)

Day 2. Collect all the business cards you’ve received over the years and put them in a spreadsheet (forget the address even! Input name, title, company, email and phone.)

Day 3. Download all of the people that may have purchased something you sold from your e-commerce system.

Day 4. EVERYONE IN THE POOL! Ok a spreadsheet works. Have one column for how you know them (i.e. purchased, tradeshow, BFF, Gmail, Family, etc.)

Day 5. VERY IMPORTANT – Flag “Influencers.” These are people who are gonna amplify your message to their friends and followers (they have a lot of them).

Day 6. Upload them into your contact manager or CRM provider so they’re in one freakin’ place. (Zoho, Insightly, Act!, Salesforce)

Day 7. Send them an email. Use an email marketing provider like Mailchimp or VerticalResponse so you can get any bounced email (you’ll have a bunch if you haven’t reached out in a while, don’t get discouraged. People move jobs, change email addresses!). Make sure you do a special email to your “influencers.”

Do this every month so it’s not so daunting. Then you’ll have one list of people who might just buy from ya because they can now see your sh*t.

Qwickbyte: How to Increase The Number of Webpages People Visit

Let’s talk visitors. They come your site every day but what do you know about them? Do you know how many pages on average they visit? If you’ve got Google Analytics the dashboard will tell you!

Especially if you’re an online retailer you definitely want to increase that metric. Your customers should be exposed to multiple products to increase your Average Order Size.

  • Somewhere on the page where you display a product or a service, feature a complimentary product or service.
  • Test inserting a modal window with a complimentary product as visitors check out.
  • On the page after they check out, test offering a product with a discount to get them back in!

 It gets your visitors looking at more of your products.

Qwickbyte: What is Facebook Reach and is it Important?

Facebook “Reach” is simple; it’s the number of unique people who have the ability see your post. While “likes” are important, you won’t get ‘em if people don’t see your posts. So, your Facebook reach is calculated by the number of your “likers” who see your post PLUS if they like, comment or share your post it’s the number of THEIR friends and followers who could see your post.

Bottom line? Post interesting sh*t so people will interact with your post and multiply your reach.

How Cheap Can it be To Start A Tech Company?

It’s amazing how affordable it can be to develop and support your new application in a world class way. Here’s how our brand-spakin’ new company Dasheroo (affordable, scalable and powerful business dashboards no matter your business size) is starting out!

We just completed the pro-forma budget for Dasheroo, and compared to what it would have cost even a few years ago, it’s amazing! A big shout-out to you, Cloud and SaaS! Buying and scaling your own servers & hardware? Nope, at least not in the foreseeable future, thanks to Amazon EC2. Time-consuming programming to develop web apps and make them mobile-friendly? Not with Bootstrap (yes, it’ll be free).  And then all the affordable business apps we’re using, or planning to when the time is right:

  • Agile product development tracking – Pivotal Tracker, $18/month

  • Front-end mobile friendly web development – Bootstrap, Free

  • Code hosting & collaboration – Github, $25/month

  • Product wireframes – Balsamiq, $12/month

  • CRM – Zoho or Insightly, Free to $12/month

  • Support – Zendesk or Zoho, Free to $25/month

  • Team Collaboration – Basecamp, $8/month

  • Billing – PaySimple or Braintree, no minimums! From 2.3% + $0.29 per transaction to 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction. (Note: make sure you really dig into revenue recognition capabilities before deciding!)

  • Google Apps – $5/month per user

  • Accounting – Kashoo, $20 per month

  • Payroll – ZenPayroll, $65/mo for less than 10 employees

  • Blog – WordPress, $10/month

  • Social – Twitter, Facebook, and well, you know use the ones most pertinent to your biz., Free + advertising costs

That’s less than a couple hundy per month. Plus, all of the above business apps have a free trial option, and many also have a free ‘starter’ plan for limited usage, so you can scale them as your business grows.

So at least big up-front costs don’t stand between you and your dream. There’ll plenty of other challenges for you to slay! That’ll be the model for Dasheroo too – affordable, scalable and powerful business dashboards no matter your business size!