A Trip Down SF in 1906!

Amazing the old days. Things to look for: Only suits and professional looks, cars and trolleys and horses all existing on the same route, people crossing all over the place, pretty good pace everyone has in their direction they head, maybe a wrong wayer, and a few more.

The Envelope

I was purussing my photos on me and celebs and others I have met over the years. The best ones were way back at the Phoenix Open, yes the Phoenix Open before all the throngs of people up at TPC. There is an intersection of like two tees and, two greens where if you waited patiently you could get photos with all willing celebs playing in the Pro-AM. There were also a few other spots that after a couple of years of walking around you knew the spots.

On this occasion I got to meet Jack McKay famous for envelopes. Who knew there were so many kinds and shapes. Well Jack did and way back realize the need for not only sizes but getting them to busiesses quickly as at that time it was the only way to communicate with anyone.

I recall the discussion that email would kill the the letter, the bill and this the envelope. No one will send anything physically. Well if you Google envelope you will see that the variety continues! And the envelope has not “spam filter” when you think about it, only a cost factor. Which make you think about all those that we never open and toss into the blue can right away, a waste of money for whoever sent it.

The Google Knowledge Panel – First Step!

As more requests come for the Google Business Page the question has been asked about the Google Knowledge Panel. Here are a few tidbits on the Google Knowledge Panel, much of it from Google.

How is a knowledge panel created?

according to Google they are automatically generated when searching for entities that are in the Knowledge Graph.

In other words as things change on the Web, it will be reflected on the Knowledge Panel.

With that tidbit the first thing to do, RIGHT NOW, is to Google yourself. Then look to the right side of your screen and if you see stuff about you look at the item displayed and see is the words “Claim this Knowledge Panel” is there. If it is AND it REALLY IS YOU, then CLAIM IT RIGHT AWAY.

What this means is Google has found you, stuff on you which probably includes, books you have written, artciles, a website with your name or about you, social platform presence, Google Business Page, YouTube channel and maybe even a Wikipedia Page. There are other reasons that may be in play, the key here though is that YOU are in control, so CLAIM IT!

Under way

Changes to PMV Productions are under way as you may have noticed. The Top 1 classes will resume next week. Its looking like Monday 2pm MST time or the 3pm slot is the final choices. Am considering a Q&A 15-30 minutes before and after so that the full hour can be devoted to the week’s topic.

ALSO looking at adding a Lecture Series, since I was the prof, concentrating on a full talk. This may take on the Master Class format and concentrate on topics like Spreadsheets, Web Design and others. These may take shape around current events or needs as asked for. The length would be about 90 minutes each time.

ALSO a major re-vamp of the Your Google Business Page and you is underway. The main question to ask is “What would one more client, each month, mean to your business?”

It Worked!!

Ha, I guess my little Suns Rant worked, they took care of the Pelicans this evening. Still not without getting down by 10 at the half. Was an entertaining 4th quarter and did go down to the last 3 minutes, maybe two. Some of these games are like the NASCAR races, watch the first five minutes, around the half and then the last 5 of the game. May not do much for the beer sales, but the heartache and blood pressure will be more stable. Chris Paul was amazing with 14-14 from the field, Yes!

The next series should be a good one, whoever that will be.

AH, the Suns…

Having been a Braves fan forever, as well as a Chiefs fan and a few other teams across the Pro spectrum you always worry about the label, “The Best Team around”. This usually spells disaster when it come to the postseason. And right now, the Suns, are smelling up the NBA court. The best team is now 2-2 against the 8th ranked Pelicans.

I haven’t had a chance to watch the games, as they are NOT on regular network TV. TNT has the grab on those games, but I am told its nothing to behold.

What I do know is there are teams that find ways to win once the playoffs start. The Atlanta Braves are prime example in last years MLB season. I thought they were done with three weeks to go, then miracles occured and they were in the playoffs. AND they managed to win the games needed, including the last game of the season resulting in a World Series win!

The Suns need to come ready to play, every team is gunning for them and knows its first to four wins. Now it is first to two wins. And if you look back at the season, the Suns did have a slump a couple of times and have lost two in a row.

I haven’t given up completely, but my confidence is not high, and looking at some of the other teams playing there are some hungry players that want a Championship Ring. OK….more later. Hopefully MUCH LATER!!

Five of 31 Musts on Websites

There are five must haves on any website. These may be simple, but you would be surprised by how many websites do not have them. Many of these sites are in the form of the one pager, which is not a bad thing, but sometimes the implied brevity makes folks forget to include some obvious items.

The five are:

  • An email address – Email addresses can be gotten in a number of ways. Getting a Google email, or opt for the Google Suite, gets you many other accesses to Google features. ALSO, most hosting companies give you one email per domain. In many cases you can have any number of email to your domain. The system can sort them out. Either way it makes you look much more professional and big.
  • A phone number – Yes it may be old school, but some folks do like to chat with someone. Get the number from Google Voice, it is free and you can get whatever area code you need. You could also consider a form of text message, or a chat area on your site.
  • The locations of the above items, as well as others is usually at the bottom of the page. Makes sure it is easily found, and that if there is a menu at the top of the page that there is a link. Also, make sure this information is on every page of your website.
  • If you have social media presence make sure of two things. First, that the link works and that is going to the right account. If you are going to use the logo of the social platform, make sure the graphic also links. There is a reasonable debate on whether to write out the service such as Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. This most from the Search/Google view point. Also, remember that these are graphics, therefore the ALT tag plays a role.
  • Speaking of ALT tags, make sure ALL of your images are a) properly sized for easy loading, b) properly file named, c) properly defined in the description of the graphic, d) made into a link and e) use proper keywords in the ALT tag itself.